Do you let your children stay up to see in the New Year on New Year’s Eve?
We don’t usually, but the boys are getting a little older now, so if they can manage it, I think we might let them stay awake. Otherwise, it’s just the two of us plus Jules Holland, and Cal falls asleep before 10.30, so it’s getting a little dull!
I always stayed up on New Year’s Eve when I was a child. All of the neighbours got together, including the kids who were all of a similar age, and went around each house having food and drinks, and doing the conga in between! If only things were so neighbourly these days!
I’m not sure what we did to entertain ourselves as kids back then. Probably spent time laughing at the adults! But here are some ideas if you’re spending New Year’s Eve together as a family, whether you stay up late or not…
- Have fizzy drinks and mocktails – there are plenty of recipes out there, but try fruit juice mixes with lemonade or soda, or smoothies with cherries, umbrellas or sparkler decorations.
- Watch fireworks – have some of your own fireworks in your garden, or join in with an organised display at a local hotel or park.
- Crackers & party poppers – our kids go crazy for party poppers! For them, they are the ultimate permission to make a noise and a mess, and definitely say ‘celebration’. Crackers are another great pop and surprise – you may have some left over from Christmas, or could pick them up cheap in the sales. Alternatively, make your own.
- Make a Photo Booth – grab a few props, silly hats, wigs and glasses, and have a fun photo shoot. Make some memories!
- Dress up – see above. Dress up in something silly or fun, or dress up smart or in party wear. Whatever takes your fancy – anything goes.
- Dance-off – have lots of fun dancing to your favourite tunes, or using your favourite video game maybe?
- Make Resolutions – talk about resolutions, write or draw them, or maybe video them for future reference?
- Games – board games or party games are always fun, especially when the whole family are together. I’m sure you’ve been given some for Christmas this year – what a great time to try them out!
- Reminisce – look at photos from the past year, make a time capsule or a scrapbook of your year. Gather together any tickets, postcards or other souvenirs you have saved from special trips this year.
- Make a Time Capsule for the future, like this one from My Kids Adventures
- Bake some special treats – how about these fabulous New Years Confetti Clock Cookies from Repeat Crafter Me
- Do some New Year crafts – you might like to try this New Year Wishing Wand from Babycentre.co.uk
- Or some toilet roll tube confetti poppers from Smashed Peas and Carrots
- You could also make your own party hats or masks
- Have lots of glow-in-the-dark activities: glow sticks, a disco ball if you have one, flashing glasses and other cheap Pound Shop novelties, torches, glow balloons…you get the idea! Lights out, party on!
Finally, and most of all, have some fun together this New Year’s Eve!
Happy New Year!
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