It’s hard to believe that a week from now we’ll be celebrating Christmas! And a short week after that, it’ll be time to ring in the New Year! While it has been years since we’ve gone out to a New Year’s Eve party, we know how to have a great time, right at home. Today I’m sharing some fun ideas and traditions to start, so choose your favorites and make your family’s New Year’s Eve special!
One of our favorite traditions is to make our last meal of the year amazing. Homemade French Onion Soup, filet mignon, homemade risotto, and roast asparagus are the standard choices at our house for the grownups. We make fun favorites like cheese fries, homemade dips, and mini pizzas for the kids. Everyone gets a say in the menu!
Let the kids get in on the toast. Pick up a bottle of sparkling cider or grape juice and bring out the fancy champagne glasses! Everyone gets to clink glasses and say Happy New Year!
Have a dance party! Whether you’re rockin’ in the New Year with live broadcasts on TV or counting the minutes while blasting tunes from Pandora, there’s no better way to celebrate the birth of a new year than by dancing!
Play some board games. Break out all of those new games you got for holiday gifts and have a huge family game night. There’s nothing like bringing in the New Year with lots of laughter!
Talk about the past year and the year to come. As the year comes to a close, share some of the memories that you’ve made along the way. Talk about favorite things you’ve done, silly memories, and share what you’d like to do or accomplish in the coming year.
Don’t worry about the time. If your kids are younger and can’t yet tell time, let them celebrate the New Year at bedtime or earlier! It doesn’t matter what the clock says!
Don’t forget hats and noisemakers! Pick up some party supplies or make your own! Balloons filled with confetti, homemade party poppers, silly 2016 hats…your local dollar store will have loads of ammo for your family night!
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What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?