A New Year's Eve Bash with Kids

Eliza Clark
December 29, 2014

We all know just how impossible it is to find a babysitter on New Year's Eve. And we also know just how impossible it is for the little ones to stay up far past their bedtimes, much less til midnight. So does life with young children mean an end to New Year's Eve fun? 

It's a valid question, but we're here to tell you: not at all!!  In fact, with a little mental rejiggering and a few Savvy ideas, you may find that ringing in the New Year with the kiddos is more fun than any of the tipsy, late night dance parties of your past.

Here are our tips for a happy, memorable celebration:

Invite over another family or two with kids so that all ages have great company and dance partners.

Reset all the clocks and then set the alarms. Pick a time that will work for the little ones—say 8 or 9 o'clock—and set your clocks forward so that midnight strikes at that hour. Then, for extra excitement, put all of the clocks in the house together on a table and set the alarms. That way you'll know exactly when to pop the bubbly.

Keep to an easy, pot-luck menu—we've all done a lot of holiday cooking already! Some sort of bean dish (or black-eyed peas, for those of you in the South) and grapes traditionally represent good luck in the new year (and most kids like them... all the better!). For the grown-ups, make a dish of leafy greens, like spinach or kale, to bring everyone a year of prosperity.

Provide the requisite noisemakers and party hats. Or better yet, have your preschooler help you create pretty cut-out paper crowns for all the pint-sized guests.

At the magic hour: champagne for the grownups, juice for the little ones, kisses for all, and your favorite dance music!

From the Parents

  • Pasquel Terwillegar

    We're going to the Family Fun Center http://www.fun-center.com/public/tukwila/prices/specials.cfm $20.00 for indoor attractions all day!

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 1

    Yeah I agree. This IS stupid, and on top of that I don't what "little kid" and going to eat black eye peas. This is a pretty much a scenario that we already do - minus all the clocks on the table and odd selection of food choices. I think we're all looking for some ELSE to do, and this article only repeats what most of us already do anyways. Waste of time.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 2

    My neighbors have done an Irish new years the last couple years and it is a blast. Ireland strikes midnight at 7pm EST which is perfect for our households of little ones. We did our own countdown but I think it was also televised on CNN. Last year I think there were about 10 families there and everyone had a good time. The kids made a ton of noise and loved the horns and confetti. This party allowed the adults to either stay up later for a reprise, or head to bed not feeling quite so lame.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 3

    This is retarded.

    over a year ago


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