If heading out for New Year’s Eve isn’t your thing, or maybe all your party invites were lost in the mail (*looks inside echoing mailbox*), join the club. Staying in with the family can be fun if you just get creative!
Check out our recommendations below for ushering in the new year with family fun, traditions and activities.
Create a Time Capsule
What a difference a year makes, especially when you have young ones! As a family, create a time capsule box to open next New Year’s Eve (and so on, and so on) and fill it with pictures from throughout the year, personal predictions for the upcoming year or write notes to document fun facts like favorite foods, must-have toys, best friends and current height.
Try Something New
Like, totally new. Make New Year’s Eve a day of “firsts”. Visit a rock climbing gym, enjoy free-swim at the public pool, try out a new restaurant, investigate an unfamiliar town…or my personal favorite, have the kids make dinner, clean up and put ME to bed.
I don’t like using the phrase “New Year’s Resolutions” because you can bet your noisemaker I’ll give it up before the week is out. Instead, have each member of the family create a list of attainable goals and keep it posted somewhere in the house. This serves as a friendly reminder of those activities that are important to you and gives you a subtle push to keep moving forward.
Some ideas might include: books to read, charity donations, academic goals, family health goals, places to visit or activities/restaurants to try out. When anyone has accomplished something on their list, make a big to-do out of crossing it off. Aren’t we productive now!
Find an Early New Year’s Eve Celebration
Not that keeping my kids up until midnight in the freezing cold to see fireworks doesn’t sound like a hoot, but let’s be honest. No thanks. Many local restaurants and retail stores are hosting New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations set early enough in the day for the entire family to enjoy.
Several towns are having early firework displays which allows for the party horns to be crunched up and put in the garbage stored for next year before the stroke of midnight.
Have a Party!
Who says you have to be 21 to enjoy a party on New Year’s Eve? Don your best glittery get-up and invite other friends with kids over your place to usher in the new year. Keep it simple by making it potluck while you provide the super-ugly-but must-have party hats, oversized glasses and noisemakers.
Too cold for fireworks? Watch the ball drop and television and you’ll see fireworks and celebrations from midnight in other parts of the world!
Order Dinner Out—or better yet, Go Out
Not original whatsoever, but having nothing to prepare or clean-up just doesn’t get old, you know what I’m sayin’? If you’re ordering take-out, make sure you get your order in early enough because pretty much everyone else on the planet has the same idea and wait times can be unusually long.
If you’re headed out, have a special splurge at the end of the meal and order a bunch of desserts. Kids think that’s such a treat and makes the night even more special.
Are you staying in this New Year’s Eve? Share your plans with other families and inspire celebrations everywhere!