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Ringing In the New Year

Ringing In the New Year
December 28, 2015 Melissa Bauman

As the end of the year approaches, many of us are making plans for December 31st. For the little ones, this will be just another night, but as kids get older, they may want to take part in the festivities. While hosting a New Year’s Eve party for adults can be quite the task, ringing in the new year with children can be simple but still fun. Here are a few fun ideas to ring in 2016 with a smile!

Image courtesy of krishna arts at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of krishna arts at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

1. Festive Food

Every party needs lots of snacks, and parties for kids are no exception! Pizza is an option that everyone loves, and it’s quick and easy for mom. If you have older kids that want “fancy” food, try easy appetizers like chips and queso, finger sandwiches, or even fondue. And don’t forget the sparkling grape juice for a midnight toast!

2. Fun-Filled Activities

New Year’s Eve tends to be a long evening, so it’s important to make sure there are plenty of activities to keep your kids busy! Some ideas include a movie marathon or a scavenger hunt for younger kids, or a game night for all ages. You could also plan a themed party, such as a spa night or a New Year’s Fiesta!

3. Glittery Decor

Glitter is the signature color for December 31st, and is part of what makes the holiday so much fun. Decorations can be as simple as a few balloons and streamers, or as extravagant as a photobooth complete with props. Have your kids help craft a banner or centerpiece so they can give their party a personal twist.

4. Safety First

While New Year’s is a fun and carefree holiday, it’s still important to be cautious. Remember to be extra careful with sparklers or other fireworks, and even confetti poppers. Also, you may want to consider hosting a sleepover so parents of your little guests do not have to be out on the roads while everyone is making their way home from adult parties.

Hopefully these tips help if you’re planning on ringing in the new year with kids! Here’s to a happy, healthy, and fun 2016!

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