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Here’s 10 simple New Year’s Eve traditions to make it fun for the entire family! Includes kid-friendly ideas.
NEW YEAR’S EVE TRADITIONS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
So you want to make New Year’s Eve fun for your entire family? You’re in luck!
Celebrating New Years Eve was always a family affair growing up. If you’d like to start some of your own meaningful family New Year’s Eve traditions, this post is for you! As always, no pressure to do them all. Just pick your favorites for a fun New Year’s Eve together!
NEW YEAR’S EVE TRADITIONS- PARTY IDEAS
1. LET KIDS STAY UP LATE
New Year’s Eve was the only night of the year that us children got to stay up as late as we wanted. Some of you may be cringing at this idea, so I’m not saying it’s a must. But… usually there are very little commitments on New Year’s Days, so we were always able to sleep in after a long (or short) night.
Staying up as late as we wanted was an absolute treat! There was no bedtime to fight and since our celebrations involved the family, we weren’t intruding on any of the festivities.
Tip: If you don’t want your children staying up until midnight, do a faux midnight countdown. That way they still get to have the fun of the clock striking 12 in their mind.
2. CHOOSE FUN & SPECIAL FOOD TO EAT
If you ask my husband about New Year’s Eve traditions, he’ll tell you his favorite is the food. And I would have to agree.
Since New Year’s Eve is a long celebrations, it’s fun to have a variety of appetizers, treats, and other snacks to munch on throughout the night. We don’t do a formal dinner that night, because it’s fun to eat foods we don’t normally get.
For Kids: Let them pick out a few treats or snacks you usually don’t buy!
Favorite New Year’s Eve appetizer ideas:
- orange chicken bites
- pizza pockets
- mozarella sticks
- sweet cheese ball and vanilla wafers
- jalepeno poppers
- crackers and cheese ball
- veggie/fruit platter
Fun idea: if you do want to have a dinner, I’ve heard families cooking breakfast for dinner and making an assortment of breakfast foods. That would be fun to try some year!
3. PULL OUT ALL THE GAMES!
Another fun New Year’s Eve tradition is playing games as a family. This is a great time to pull out those new Christmas games and play them all!
I could dedicate an entire post to our tried-and-true favorite family games, but I’ve compiled a list here for now if you’re looking for some fun games:
Some of our all-time favorite games include:
4. BANG POTS & PANS AT MIDNIGHT
Want to know how to ring in the New Year with a bang?
Try running up and down the streets at midnight with pots and pans in hand. There’s no need for fancy noisemakers when you can pull out pots and wooden spoons from the kitchen. (We always had some extra wooden spoons on hand so we wouldn’t break the nice ones!)
To this day and no matter how old we get, we still run outside at midnight and bang pots and pans and scream, “Happy New Year!”
Tip: Buy wooden spoons from the dollar store that you don’t care about!
5. HAVE A FAMILY-FRIENDLY TOAST
Another fun New Year’s Eve tradition is doing a toast! Grab some non-alcoholic sparkling drinks, such as Martinellis. Or whip up some fun Italian sodas.
6. Have a special treat or game for each hour to make the time go by quicker.
Make the night extra fun for littles by having a special treat, snack, or game for them to open on each hour. We did this a few years ago and the kids loved it! And seriously, the time passed by so quickly.
7. WATCH FAMILY VIDEOS FROM THE YEAR
Chances are you have probably taken a million family videos from the year. Compile them before New Year’s Eve and take some time to watch them.
We love watching all our family videos from the year and even year’s past. It will be so fun to see how everyone has grown and it’s a great way to look back on your year.
8. TAKE A FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE PICTURE
Taking a New Year’s family photo is one of our favorite traditions! In fact, my family usually gets really into it and we all wear black and silver or gold for our New Year’s Eve party.
Tips for creating a simple New Year’s Eve photo backdrop:
- Hang up a black sheet or tablecloth for your backdrop
- Create a simple New Year’s Banner or you can purchase one such as this one
- Grab or make some fun props such as hats and glasses
9. DELIVER NEW YEAR GIFTS TO NEIGHBORS
Some years we choose to simplify Christmas by giving New Year’s gifts to our neighbors instead of Christmas gifts. We love doing this for a few reasons:
- It simplifies Christmas
- We can deliver New Year’s gifts when the season has slowed down
- It’s fun to give treats or other NYE party supplies
- Most people’s Christmas goodies are gone, so they aren’t sick of getting more treats. This way, they are more spread out.
Simple New Year’s Gift Ideas:
“Just Poppin’ By to Wish You a Happy New Year!” — tags here.
Merry Christmas and Happy Root Beer! – tags here
Here’s some Extra Dough for the New Year! — tags here.
10. Set New Year’s Family Goals
We keep a Family Goals binder where we update our goals and reminisce on the last year’s goals. If we’re really good, we pull them out monthly or at least a few times in the year to check our progress.
You can grab the printable goal sheets right here.