New Years Isn't just for Adults!
March 29, 2011
It’s time to Ring in the New Year!
One of the most looked forward to days of any year . . . is, not surprisingly, the last day of the year. So let’s seize this chance to let all acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind and have a night to remember so we can forget the last year.
This party plan is for those of us who will be spending New Year’s Eve with children. Click here for our Adult New Years ideas. So pop in that Dora the Explorer DVD and let’s make it to midnight!
Here’s a quick link to our main New Year’s Eve Theme page.
New Years Invitations
If you will be having a party for your child and some of their friends, it’s best to pick an invite which will appeal to them. While we have many to choose from, I find this version to be best. It’s got a wonderful multi-colored border and is very simple and fun. Nothing on it screams adult, so it’s a safe bet for kids. But feel free to check out some other options, just in case.
As always, to add an extra touch of something special to your invites, feel free to drop in some confetti. Kids always love opening something up and finding a surprise inside; so when a handful of confetti pours out, it’s sure to bring a smile.
Dropping in some small candies can be nice too (a chocolate coin is a good fit). But be sure to use something age appropriate for the children you are inviting. As a parent yourself, you know what you would like your own child to receive.
New Years Decorations
To make a New Year’s celebration fun for children of all ages, it’s best to follow that wonderful rule of KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid. That’s not to say you shouldn’t have a lot of decorations, but as children tend to be grabby and are ever willing to put something into their mouth, it’s best to lean towards decorations which won’t become a hazard.
If you did a good job decking your halls for the holidays, then keep up the good work and start with some foil swirls to catch the eye. To avoid incidents, try and hang them just high enough so that they are out of reach. We’ve got them in silver and gold as well as fun multicolors (more).
Now, throw some fringe banners on those walls! Don’t want to buy everything separately? Try a New Years kit. Everything you need and more is already packaged for you!
Are those walls covered yet? Don’t forget the garland! We’ve got silver and gold, multicolored, and blue metallic. Match to your theme or mix it up for this unforgettable night. How about some garland with flare? Check out the cone hat and top hat garland.
And never forget the balloons! Balloons are always fun for children (and some adults, too!) Try the standard New Years latex balloons, metallic balloons or the hugely popular Lumi-Loon. But don’t let them fly off; tie them down with fancy weights.
You can always use children in place of weights to keep a balloon tethered. Just lightly tie the balloon to your child’s wrist, being careful not to tie too tightly, and voila! Your balloon will not fly away and your child has something fun with them at all times. It can also be fun to just have some balloons moving freely about. Any balloons which are filled with just air are always fun to bop back and forth.
And speaking of balloons, your party can actually feature a midnight balloon drop. Here’s the kit, all set up for you. That will keep your guests talking well into the New Year and it can be a special treat for the kids!
Phew, alright, the ceiling and walls are done. Now for your table spread. First, let’s cover up that table. Nothing against your table, but these covers are great. Want to cover up your table with a fun variety of New Years things? There’s a kit for that. Want to piece it together? Here you go: centerpieces, table runner, serving tray, plates, napkins, and cups (all can fit a single theme).
The next level of plates and utensils are available too, thanks to Be Square Tableware. And don’t worry about any damage, our paper and plastic products are a fun and safe way to feed your guests!
To quickly plug my personal pick out of our kid-friendly sets of decorations I would have to go with all things neon. Bright, fun, and simple, our neon selection appeals to both boys and girls.
New Years Food
Feeding children can often be a chore. But for New Year’s Eve, you don’t have to think meal, just give in and give them what they want: Snacks. You know how they are always reaching and wanting as you push your grocery cart down the aisle? Well this time let them grab what they want. And don’t worry about having to purchase 30lbs of food. Sure, some kids can pack it away (they are always growing), but for most, their eyes are bigger than their belly.
Of course it doesn’t hurt to make some basics: pigs in a blanket are tough to beat and mini-eggrolls are always a treat. These are typically simple things you can buy frozen and just bake at home before your guests arrive (don’t forget to use both oven racks and maximize space).
Have some sweets available too, if you can. A tray of brownies is always nice. Or again, you can buy a bulk bag of your favorite bite-sized candy (try stocking up right after Halloween!) and voila, your selection is complete.
Be sure to stock up on juice and soda. And be sure to have varieties which aren’t all loaded up with sugar and caffeine. You want the kids to make it to midnight if possible, but you don’t want them still running around while the sun is rising.
For a special treat, try buying some bottles of Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juices. As a child growing up, I know I was always excited to have this around the holidays. It gives you a feeling of being an adult (probably because of the look of the bottle), it’s tasty and carbonated.
Another special treat for kids can be a crazy, fun light up cup. Whether it’s LED bright or just glowing, kids will marvel at the colors of these cups and will feel their experience is all the more special.
If you’re guests are mostly children you trust with having access to a cooler filled with sodas, try setting out our New Year’s party-themed inflatable cooler. Not only useful, but also a neat decoration.
New Years Necessities
Once your pint-sized guests arrive, help them to get right in the swing of things with some much needed New Years necessities. I speak, of course, about hats, noise-makers, glasses, and other fun items like the 2011 Blinky. Have a large assortment of things so that everyone can have something to wear and make noise with. For a quick and easy way to have both variety and enough for everyone, Check Out These Kits!
One word of warning about the noise-makers though: children will find it hard to wait until midnight before they make use of them all too often. Consider giving out hats and other fun items in the beginning and waiting until 11:50pm before handing out the noise-makers.
New Years Activities
Here are some good ideas to help pass the hours leading up until midnight:
- A movie. If you can get the latest animated movie on DVD, this may be your best bet not only to help pass the time, but also for crowd control. Pick something age appropriate and breathe a sigh of relief as the kids settle in.
- Games. Not board games. Or card games. Though it doesn’t hurt to have those on hand just in case some kids want to play in small groups. But try some larger, more interactive games like these. Just have everyone keep taking turns and this can provide a good distraction.
- Toys. In the same vein as games, a few small toys (perhaps dropped into individual party bags for everyone) can also help to occupy some time. They are grouped with our games on our website, so if you find one you find them both.