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Ringing in the New Year with family

Updated on December 27, 2011

Ringing in the New Year with kids can be fun

Ringing in the New Year with kids hasn't changed much over the years
Ringing in the New Year with kids hasn't changed much over the years | Source

Ringing in the New Year with family

Although many adults go out to a club or nightspot to ring in the New Year, families with younger kids often prefer to stay home for New Year's Eve. Party hats, streamers, and noisemakers are all things that kids love to use. Add some kid-friendly snacks and you have a great family New Year's Eve celebration.

Some snacks you might want to fix include hot dogs rolled up in biscuit dough (also known as pigs in blankets), pizza bagels, peanut butter rollups, cheese quesadillas, chips and dip, fruit salad, carrot sticks, cheese squares, and celery filled with peanut butter and topped with raisins (also known as ants on a log).

Don't forget the dessert. You can fix cupcakes with sprinkles and 2012 written on the tops. Another option is to make a New Year's cake with an outline of a clock showing the hands of the clock nearing midnight.

You can make confetti easily using a paper shredder and colored construction paper or scrapbooking paper. Give each of the kids a baggie full of confetti so that they will be ready to celebrate

You can use a computer program to make a '2012' sign for each child or draw freestyle on a sheet of card stock. Let the kids use paint, makers, or crayons to decorate their signs and hang on the walls.

It's a lot of fun to invite several families over to see in the New Year together. If you have younger kids and don't want them up so late, you can choose to make your celebration end earlier, celebrating the New Year at 8:00 or 9:00 pm instead of midnight.

Sparkling cider is a treat that most kids don't have often but most will enjoy. It tastes enough like apple juice that usually even young kids will try the cider. Keep some regular apple juice on hand just in case.

Special party cups, plates, and napkins will make your celebration more festive. You can usually find these in discount stores for less than full price, You can buy a special tablecloth or let the kids make one. Use a plain white paper tablecloth and let the kids decorate with markers. Sprinkle confetti around on the edges of the tablecloth and the kids will really enjoy their New Year's table.

After the snacks, you can play a board game like Monopoly or a group game like Charades together for a while. The kids will enjoy playing in teams or playing kids against adults.

If you plan to stay up late, you can watch the festivities on TV. But if you plan to make it an early night, make your own New Year's Eve ball. Use a plastic play ball and write 2012 on it with brightly colored markers. As you count down to midnight, let the ball slowly come down from up high and drop it at the end as you reach Happy New Year!


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      Sandy Wallace 5 years ago

      Thanks, I appreciate your comments. I wasn't sure how many pictures Hub pages would allow in posts. Still on a learning curve for this site.

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      itakins 5 years ago from Irl

      Great ideas for family fun-time.Some pics would add a lot to this hub - voted up.