Easy and Fun New Year’s Ideas at Home
New Year’s is going to look a lot different this year. We’re all going to be mostly stuck at home and if you have kids, well, it might be a good idea to have some simple things for them to do throughout the night!
*Tip- the countdown begins at 8pm in our house thanks to kids countdowns available on Netflix 😆
We’ve rounded up the best ideas for recipes, activities and party themes so feel free to pick and choose a fun combo for your family 🙂
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Kid-Friendly New Year’s Party Ideas
These are fun things you can do to liven up your New Year’s party at home. Things to do, make or add to your new list of New Year’s traditions <3
Create a prop area for fun photos
Make your own DIY New Year’s photo props for a super cute New Year’s photo booth with your kids! Of course, funny stuff from the Dollar Store works too 🙂
This confetti bar comes together pretty easily and is so fun for kids to grab a confetti popper to ring in the New Year!
Diy Noise Makers
So festive, easy to make and fun for both kids and adults to ring in the New Year 🙂
Happy Home Fairy has some really cute suggestions- a new DVD, snacks, printables or even a disposable camera!
Paper Number Pinatas
Create a number pinata for the hours leading up to midnight- a fun thing to do every hour!
New Year’s Resolution Cups
Create a an erasable label and each write your New Year’s resolution on it to cheers the new year 🙂
Build an Epic Blanket Fort
Get the whole family involved in making a crazy awesome fort! You can face it towards the TV and watch a movie at the end!
Use Bubble Wrap to Ring in the New Year
Have your kids stomp on some giant bubble wrap to create lots of noise for a year end hurrah!
Re-dress the Christmas Tree with New Year’s Decor
This could end up being a year end tradition every year… we’re already planning our New Year’s tree! Which makes me happy because usually I take the tree down when I’m so done with it LOL
New Year’s Eve Recipes for Kids
Super fun and easy recipes to make your New Year’s extra special. Your kids will LOVE these!!
Add some pizzazz to your kids drinks for the evening but maybe do this one earlier rather than later… you know, from the crazy amounts of sugar 😉
New Year’s Pretzel Rods
Chocolate Caramel Fondue
Easy to find ingredients and minimal steps makes this fondue quick and definitely kid friendly!
Oh, my word. This is one of the best ideas I’ve ever seen! Get creative with the frosting and toppings- she even has tiny heart cupcakes on skewers for dipping!
It really doesn’t get more simple than this… Use Pillsbury Pizza Dough to create this year in dippers and enjoy!
Midnight Kiss Cookies
These are just ridiculously cute. Gingersnap shooters! Who comes up with this stuff?! Make sure you make the hole for the straw before the cookies cool 😉
Cookies and Milk Toast
Instead of champagne, have your kids toast in the New Year with an elegant (but probably plastic) champagne glass full of milk and topped with a cookie!
New Year’s Eve Activities for Kids
No party is complete without silly games and activities- take your pick and have fun!
Minute-to-win-it Party Games
Minute-to-win-it games work really well with kids because, well, they only take a minute! They’re usually ridiculous and get everyone laughing. A perfect New Year’s tradition!
New Year’s Eve Bingo
Cute, free printable New Year bingo cards that are great for kids and adults!
New Year’s Eve Scavenger Hunt
Whether you’re at home, at a party or hosting a party- these will keep the kids busy after they get bored of pop and cookies.
M&M’s Straw Game
Make winning fun with M&M’s as a prize! This game is great for kids and adults.
Mini Marshmallow Shooters
These are so easy to make and provide hours of entertainment. Set up targets (or get them to aim at mom or dad 😉 )
DIY Party Poppers
These don’t take long to make and you can put whatever prizes you want or little notes that start conversations (like the year in review or top 3 moments this year).
Glow in the Dark Ring Toss
This is hands down going on our New Year’s tradition list! Glow in the dark ring toss really only require glow sticks.. lots and lots of glow sticks 🙂
New Year’s Eve Balloon Countdown
Set up enough balloons for every 30 minutes to an hour leading up to the count down. Put a small prize or instructions for a quick game in each balloon.
New Year’s Madlibs
Grab and download some free New Year’s themed madlibs to get you all laughing!
Don’t Look Back!
This game is simple but fun, especially for kids. Someone stands and throws over their should without looking back while someone else tries to catch! Good luck!