5 Tips for the Best Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration Ever!

New Year's Eve used to mean putting on your best dress, drinking champagne, and toasts at midnight. Now, it means being exhausted by 8:00. And knowing you likely won't stay up long enough to watch the ball drop since you know you will be woken up the crack of dawn by a small child on January 1st rather than getting to sleep in. But that doesn't mean New Year's Eve celebrations have to be a thing of the past. Pink Peonies founder, Rachel Parcell shares her top five tips for celebrating New Year's Eve in style by throwing a great, family-friendly party guests of all ages will enjoy. 

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1. Serve food that's fun: A popcorn bar goes a long way in pleasing guests of all ages! You could prepare a bag of plain popcorn for each guest and then set out different items to mix in like M&Ms, chocolate chips, nuts, or salt. You could also have a hot cocoa bar with marshmallows, peppermint, and whipped cream. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, create a fondue bar with kid-friendly dippers (fruit, cookies, marshmallows) and the adult side (shortbread, gourmet marshmallows, fancy biscuits).

2. It’s midnight somewhere: If your little ones won't make it to midnight, don't feel like they need to stay up to ring in the new year! Move up the midnight toast for them, whether it's at 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, or even 9:00 pm.

3. Have your own ball drop: Kids love balloons! Suspend a bunch of balloons above the party then release them at midnight (or whenever you choose to celebrate the new year). It may take more planning, but you could even fill balloons with confetti before you blow them up and have the kids pop at the end of the countdown!

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4. DIY noisemakers: You don't have to go out and purchase noisemakers. Kids will have tons of fun creating their own! Simply collect empty plastic water bottles, remove the label, and fill them with beans, buttons, bells, ribbon, and confetti. Then screw on the cap and decorate the outside with glue, paper, tape, and ribbon. Make some noise for the New Year!

5. Make it fun for everyone: Kids' attention spans can be short, so be sure to have plenty of games and activities for them to do! Some fun options are karaoke, dancing, and board games. Also, try building a fort or creating decorations for the night!

How do you make New Year's Eve family-friendly? Share in the comments!

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5 Tips for the Best Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration Ever!

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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