Since my kiddos are finally old enough to make it to midnight, I decided to throw a little New Year’s Eve Party for them last year. No guests and no real plan, just a night of hanging out with a little organized fun. It was a huge hit with them and the grown ups had fun too.
The main part of the night centered around a balloon countdown, which I created on the mantle. (A wall would work just fine too!) The balloons served as an hour-by-hour countdown until midnight. I blew up a balloon and slid a small piece of paper inside, each with a fun activity written on it. I tied the balloons and taped them to the mantle after writing a time on each one with a marker. We started at 6 p.m., meaning we had seven balloons/activities until midnight, but you can have as many as you want.
Winner, Winner, Chick-fil-A Dinner
It’s no secret that my family loves Chick-fil-A. My kids tell everyone they meet that it’s the best thing I cook. So why wouldn’t we start off a party with some CFA?!
My kids love slime. They had been dying to make floam — slime with styrofoam balls in it. For months I told them no, not wanting to deal with the mess. So when they saw that we were making that on New Year’s Eve, they were super excited.
The next activity of the night was a homemade noisemaker. I bought some cheap noisemakers at the dollar store and paper plates. The kids busted out all the supplies from the craft cabinet (it’s basically a small Hobby Lobby) and made noisemaker creatures. Googly eyes, pom poms, pipe cleaners, markers — use whatever you have on hand. They loved them. Note: If I had it to do all over again, I would make this a later activity so you don’t have to hear the noisemakers the whole night — or deal with the kids blowing them in each other’s faces!
Family Game Time
I had some time-themed minute to win it games ready for them. Their favorite was moving M&M’s from one plate to another by a straw in their mouth. They had to place each candy on an hour on the clock I drew on a plate.
I basically love any excuse to make cookies! We made chocolate chip cookies from scratch — and by from scratch, I mean the cookie mix you just add a few ingredients to.
Glow Dance Party
While I was getting the noisemakers at the dollar store, I picked up a variety of glow sticks — bracelets, necklaces and glasses. We turned out all the lights, turned up the Kidz Bop and danced away the last hour of 2018.
I wanted something special to end the night and remembered the balloon drop event that the Owensboro Museum of Science and History has each year. For $4 with a balloon drop bag from Walmart, I created the same thing at home — just a much smaller scale. The kids loved it and was the perfect ending to a fun-filled night!