While you count down the days until you can don your sparkliest dress, make sure you plan more than just your New Year’s Eve outfit. Get the kids involved in the festivities with a few fun activities, even if you’re hiring a sitter for your big night out. Here are our favorite ideas for kid-friendly fun to ring in the new year.
Pre-Party Party Time
If you plan on being out for the evening, throw a pre-party for little ones who will be fast asleep before the ball drops. For all-day NYE fun, start with some DIY paper cup party hats to get the creativity flowing. Next, let the kiddos create their own NYE celebration with balloons, a tablecloth and maybe a little glitter. After all, is it really NYE without a little sparkle?
This insanely fun balloon drop is perfect for kids who are determined to beat the clock and see midnight. Even if midnight is out of the question for the under-5 crowd, a bedtime balloon drop is still a fabulous way to bring in the new year at 8 PM or so. Don’t forget to stop by Samplehouse for plenty of New Year’s plates, cups, napkins, balloons and decorations to make your pre-party party truly special.
Party Snack Station
Keep the kids occupied in the kitchen on New Year’s Eve with a few hands-on snack ideas. You can find hundreds of ideas in the Samplehouse Cookbook—many of them are kid-friendly and easy to pull off, even with little hands on board. Hint: Anything with the word “bite” in the title is perfect for snacking and perfect for a party.
Our Jalapeño Cheese Bites are a spicy, gooey snack perfect for a New Year’s celebration. For older kids wanting to try something more advanced, our Chicken Poppers are easy, savory bites that tend to disappear if left unattended. For a sweet treat, try our Peppermint Brownies with a big mug of hot chocolate to end the night on a good note. For more irresistible Samplehouse recipes, pick up a copy of our cookbook at any of our locations.
Kid-Friendly New Year’s Crafts
Help the sitter keep the kids entertained on New Year’s Eve with a couple of these adorable hands-on crafts to keep the kids busy and happy. These wishing wands are perfect for little ones and contain just the right amount of magic. Try this countdown chain for an hour-by-hour activity that will keep their eyes on the clock. When all is said and done, the warm and fuzzy feelings will be flowing like champagne… ahem, like sparkling cider.
Happy New Year!