Party till the ball drops, family friendly style

Well here we are….that twilight zone after Christmas but before New Year’s.  When you take a“load” off.  Christmas is over and was a huge success!  It is time to relax and bask in all the greatness that you are and the Christmas you created for your family.  Not really, right?  First of all we never feel great even though we should love ourselves more often (hello New Year resolution).  Second we never relax and even when we plan to…. something ALWAYS comes up….and this time it is New Years.  Every year on December 26 I want to snuggle, relax, read a good book, and just when I am ready to get into the groove I realize that New Year’s is here in a hot minute.

Now-a-days I stay in for New Year’s, but once upon a time I use to dress up and go out.  I really enjoyed going out all night and someday I may do that again (who am I kidding I can’t stay up all night), but for now I love staying in with my family.  We have always made our own party at home that we all look forward to (ok maybe not my husband who would love to just veg).  I love planning parties and my kids love participating so it is a win win.  Also, I know the time will come when my kiddos will have their own things going on so I want to soak up as much of them as I can while making memories to last.  So if you are like me and want to hang up your sequins for some comfy P.J.’s, trade the crowds for your closest loved ones then join me in this family friendly party.

Just because you are staying home doesn’t mean you can’t jazz the place up a bit.  Amazon is your best friend today as they can deliver and deliver quickly!  What Amazon doesn’t cover a quick trip to your local market store will.  The best part of this party is you don’t need much and what you do need you can make with your kiddos which is half the fun!

DIY New Year's Eve decor

Make a fun drink bar.  Where kid friendly and adult beverages are available.  Get some festive glasses so it is fun for everyone.  Gather some frozen fruit, fun straws, and cocktail umbrellas to dress your beverage up.  Check out Life as Mama for this fun idea for kids to toast with.

DIY New Years

Balloons….can’t have a proper party without balloons.  I ordered mine on Amazon.  Different colors to make it cheery and bright.  I have two activities for the use of my balloons and all extras are spread throughout my house for fun anytime (my kids can play with balloons all day).  Our first activity is the balloon drop.  Last year my kids loved this, and wanted to keep doing this over and over.  Definitely something they will always remember, which is why we are doing it again this year. Thanks to One Good Thing by Jillee, we have this fun activity.  All that is needed are balloons, plastic table-cloth, streamers, and if you’re a brave mom confetti.

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Balloon countdown is my second activity with balloons.  We are trying the balloon countdown this year but last year we did a bag countdown which was fun, just mixing it up a bit.  The amount of balloons needed for this is totally up to you. You will need a balloon for whatever time you decide to start your PARTY and then one for every hour of your party.  It’s always Autumn is a great example of this activity.  All you need are balloons, sharpie to write the hour (depending on how many activities you have planned maybe every half hour), and a small piece of paper to place inside the balloon with whatever activity you have planned for that time.  Blow them up and string them in order with some ribbon.  Let your kiddos “pop” the balloon at the given time (we of course have to take turns) with a push-pin or simply stomping the balloon.  My kids love the anticipation of the big BANG.

This year my hourly/half hourly activities include:


Color scavenger hunt; this is a great one for littles.  Super easy to put together as well.  Scribble a few familiar colored crayons on a paper bag with the name of the color underneath.  Have the kids go around the house on a scavenger hunt to find items that are the colors on your bag.  To challenge the kids, time them and whoever finishes with the most items in their bag wins.

Board games; Guess Who, Apples to Apples, JengaHiss (good for littles), Labyrinth, Pencil Nose,….yes even that awful Pie in the Face. (I really dread that game but allow it like once a year for something special such as New Year’s.)

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Confetti popper; fun, simple, and honestly good for every age group.  If you are that brave mom that dares to put out confetti than this one is for you.   Martha Stewart had this great idea.  Who doesn’t have some bubble wrap lying around after Christmas?  I know after all my online purchasing for the holidays I had a nice supply. If not find bubble wrap here.  Throw a little confetti on the floor, tape some bubble wrap over the confetti and let the kids jump to their hearts desire.  You can even have a dance party making all the noise you want.

Glow in the dark freeze dance; just as it states, freeze dance in the dark with glow in the dark sticks.


Wishing wall; the wishing wall in Times square which is actually called Hopes and Dreams gave me this idea.  A mindful way to express your wishes, thoughts and possible resolutions as a family.  Some color coded cardstock or post its and a cork board is all you need (if you don’t have a cork board try some left over cardboard from the holidays).

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Make your own noisemaker; thanks to Paging Supermom for this fabulous craft.  Save those cans from dinner (if none on hand find them here, gather some cute twine, pom poms, and bells.

Build an enormous fort just like Pretty Providence and One good thing. Gather every blanket, pillow, and stuffed or real animal you can find.  We all have one big sleepover on New Year’s so we go big.

The grand finale, silly string war; okay so we all know I am the crazy mom that does confetti, well I also double down with silly string.  Two cans of silly string a person and we have ourselves a little war.  I figure once a year I will let those two mess makers happen in one night. Bring on 2019!

Here are a few extras that can make your party have the special touch:

I found this festive New Year’s package with tiaras, hats, and all the trimmings.

We love to hang tinsel over the bathroom and any other frequently used doorway as it just to fun to walk through, also double up as a photo prop background.  Speaking of… check out these sweet photo props.  For a fun PG adult photo prop, I love this enormous sized Champagne bottle.

These metallic streamers are a fun way to get the kids involved in decorating the house for the party.  Stream them anywhere streamers are stream able.  Also this banner is a must paired with these balloons.

Hope you are inspired and enthused to plan the best ever New Year’s Eve party.  Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!!  Happy New Year’s!Happy New Year! //

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