Just because you have children, does not mean the fun of New Year’s Eve is over. You can still have an amazing time and it may be just as crazy, if not as loud, as your pre-children days. Here are some ways we celebrate with our children.
Wishing Paper: Our friend introduced ‘flying wishing paper’ to us a few years ago and we have been hooked ever since. Write down your wish for the New Year on your paper, roll it up, place it on the special board, light it with a match and watch it burn down. When the flames have almost burned the whole wish, it will magically fly up into the air thus granting your wish. This is so much fun for everyone and is a good way to think about the coming year. As always, do not let children light the paper and make sure a responsible adult is supervising. (Click here to purchase).
Wishing Jar: Have everyone write down their wishes for the next year. Make sure to write their names on the papers and place them in the jar. Put aside the jar until next New Years Eve and read out everyones wishes.
Photo Booth: Last year we set up a ‘photo booth’ for the kids and they had a blast. We gave them a polaroid camera (click here to purchase) and some fun props (click here to purchase) and let them have fun and get creative.
Get Festive: Light up glasses with the date on them, glow sticks, hats, noise makers and party hats are all a hit for New Years Eve.
Sparklers: Its not New Years without some fireworks, or the safer version, sparklers! Read the packaging first and make sure there is adult supervision. (Click here to purchase).
Sweet Treat: Make your own chocolate dipped marshmallows to serve at midnight. They are super easy to make and the kids can help out. Melt your chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave (30 second intervals and stir in between until melted). Place your marshmallows on sticks and dip into the chocolate. Dip your marshmallow into sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet. Lay them on parchment paper to set. Enjoy!
Best of 2016 Questionnaire: We created this fun printable for your New Years Eve. Have your kids answer these questions based on their favorite things from the year. It helps children to look back on the year and think about all of the special moments. I love to keep these as special keepsakes of the memories of every year. Click here to get our free Printable!
Hope you all have a happy and healthy New Year!
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