After a whirl-wind holiday season, it can be nice to relax with a laid-back New Years party that the whole family can enjoy. Instead of attending a cocktail party just for adults to ring in the New Year, opt for a family-friendly setting with games, foods, and drinks that the little ones can enjoy as well.
Setting the Stage
One of the first steps in crafting a New Year's party is choosing decorations. You'll need to order them in advance so they arrive on time, so picking them out early is a good idea. Bugs-n-Blooms' room décor includes a wide range of sizes and colors in a variety of insect and flower designs. They are cheerful, colorful decorations that pair well with other decorating items like paper lanterns.
Hanging decorations are made of nylon fabric stretched over a flexible wire frame, which lets you fluff-out the wings and petals to make the decorations more 3-D. All sizes come with a hoop and fishing line to make them easy to hang, but the hoop is also easy to remove if you want to use them in another way. These decorations come in small sizes, which are perfect for attaching to other objects like a vase or chairs, medium sizes that look great decorating serving tables, and large and extra-large sizes that add interest to walls and ceilings.
Make feeding everyone easy by serving lots of finger foods that don't take much time to prepare. Finger-food recipes that will work for this type of party include stuffed celery, fried cheese poppers, fruit and cheese plates, meatballs, mini pizza wedges, and crackers with dip. Make sure to include lots of foods the kids will eat.
To make serving easier, put all the food on one table and the drinks on another. Decorate the tables with colorful table cloths, clocks ticking down to the New Year, and a few butterflies, ladybugs or flowers from Bugs-n-Bloom.
Activities for All Ages
Kid-friendly activities for a New Year's party include having a game night or showing family movies like The Princess Bride and The Love Bug. Card games, Apples to Apples and board games all allow large groups and a variety of ages to play together. New Year-themed charades is another option for game night, where participants act-out their New Years resolutions.
At the end of the party, ring in the New Year at the stroke of midnight. Noise makers, party hats and confetti are key parts of this tradition, and they can be economically made at home if you like. If your kids are too young to stay up that late, you can set the clock ahead a few hours so it strikes “midnight” at 7 or 8 in the evening. Then the kids can celebrate with you before bedtime.