So we thought we’d share some ideas for family-friendly New Year's Eve celebrations that will keep the kiddies safe and also add some fun to the evening.
1. Make a New Year’s Eve rocket or piñata filled with candy, chocolates and confetti. Let the kids help you make three or four after dinner and then let them count down the final seconds of the year. [Step by Step directions for a popper rocket here.
2. Flip the day. Let the kids have dinner in the morning and breakfast at night. Let them wear their clothes inside out and socks on their hands. It’s one day out of the year where they can be silly.
3. Cover all the clocks, hide all the watches and have a ‘timeless’ day.
4. Collect photos, mementos, flight stubs, movie tickets and other items from the year and make a 2013 memory book. Let the kids draw pictures or make collages representing their favorite parts of the year past.
5. Visit the craft supply shop in Hawally and get feathers, glitter, streamers, balloons, buttons, bells and other items to make party hats. Don't forget the numbers 2014.
6. Decorate a bunch of balloons with glitter, paint and etc and then let the kids pop them all at midnight
7. Make a time capsule. Ask each of the children to collect one item they want to put into the capsule. Have them write a short note explaining the item’s importance. (For younger children, let them draw pictures or even take Polaroid snapshots to include). Add a few family photos and a list of family resolutions for 2014 from throughout the year past and seal up. (A medium sized shoe or gift box is perfect for this.) Store in a closet to be opened on New Year’s Eve 2014.
8. Let the kids all dress up. Have a girls’ make up party with nail polish and lip stick or let them dress up in costumes. Why wear them only one night a year? Let the boys wear their favorite pirate or spider man costumes and the girls wear super girl or Hello Kitty. Be sure though to give them all masks – or let them make masks using basic crafting supplies.
9. Have a mock count down. If the kiddos are too young to make it to midnight, change all the clocks in the house and have the countdown earlier.
10. Choose one thing each family member wants to learn in 2014 and spend New Year’s Eve making a plan for how to do it.
We wish you all a very safe and happy New Year!