15 Fun Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids

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For years you may have planned extravagant celebrations and nights out on the town, but in recent years,  have you found yourself scrambling for ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids?

You may have already picked out your little black dress for that special night out, or let’s be honest, your favorite sweatpants, because we all know how scarce AND expensive babysitters are on this one night of the year.  But, no matter what your plans may be, you still need some great ideas to celebrate with the kiddos!

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Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids!

Fun Ways to Countdown:

When celebrating New Year’s with kids, counting down to the magical hour is a must.  We found a few fun ways to incorporate a countdown into your celebration that kids and adults alike will enjoy!

Decorate with Jen’s simple balloon clock countdown from The Suburban Mom. This is a creative way to help kids visualize the countdown and will add some fun decor (or a cute photo background) to your celebration!

Another awesome countdown idea that is sure to keep your kids entertained and HAPPY are these New Years Eve Countdown bags from The Dating Divas.  You can get the printables and plenty of ideas for your bags on their site!

These New Year’s Even Countdown bags might be one of our all time faves!  These bags make the countdown a little more fun and exciting! Leanne at Organize and Decorate Everything puts her own spin on this fun activity.

Here is one last simple countdown from Amy at The Idea Room!  We LOVE how easily you can put this one together, all with things you probably have in your pantry.

Party Fun and Crafts:

Every party needs fun favors and activities!

This Sparkler Firework Craft is not only a fun party favor but a great decoration too!  Emma at the Kids Craft Room makes this a fun and easy craft that kids of all ages can make!

We are obsessed with how cute these Starting Off the New Year with a High Five and on the Right Foot crafts are!  Crayons and Cuties in Kindergarten shows how to create these great keepsakes step by step and even provides printable labels.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids by teaching them the power of self reflection and goal setting.  Heather at Moritz Fine Designs has these adorable worksheets that you can do with your kids to ring in the new year and make it better than the last.

Lindsay at Run Lucas Run has another adorable resolution worksheet that is great for your New Year’s Eve celebration.

Every party needs a good party hat.  Betti Jo at Paging Supermom has downloadable templates for these party hats, making this hats a quick craft to complete your New Year’s Eve celebration.

Ok, we know, confetti is messy, but come on mama, confetti is SO much fun!  For one night a year, while you celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids, why not make these DIY confetti poppers from Little Bins for Little Hands?

Noise Makers:

Bring on the noise mamas!

These paper plate noise makers from Crafts by Amanda via the Kix Creativity Lab will put a huge smile on the kid’s faces!  We LOVE them, and so do our kids!

Another great noise maker….by Carrie at Worth Pinning!

We have a ton of jingle bells left over at our house from Christmas crafts, so these festive noise makers from Life as a Mama will be an awesome addition to our NYE celebration!

Party Food:

We love everything from Style Me Pretty, especially these milk and cookie champagne flutes!  These will most definitely make an appearance at our celebrations this year.

Modern Parents, Messy Kids has some fun mocktail ideas.  We all know how much fun mocktails can be, so be sure to try these out this year!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids by creating these fun sprinkle topped milk shooters from Ellie Bean Design!  Surely, your kids will feel grown up with this fun dessert accessory!

Whether your New Year’s Eve includes kids or you miraculously found a babysitter and a sexy black dress, we wish you all a Happy New Year and hope you find a way to incorporate some of these fun ideas into your celebration!

What are your favorite ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids?  We’d love to gather more fabulous kid-friendly ideas from you!

Chat with us in the comments below!