Fun Family New Years Eve Party Tips

Fun Family New Year's Eve Party Tips

I can remember all the wonderful New Years Eve Celebrations we had when my children were younger. My favorite was the night my son, then 7, wanted my husband and I to dress up and dance. We had recently attended a formal wedding, so I had purchased a black evening gown and my son asked me to wear that while my husband wore his suit. We danced to Michael Bolton What a wonderful memory.

Planning at home New Years Eve Parties with the children can be very fun and magical. You can throw a home party filled with food, fun, and activities everyone would enjoy. Whether you decide to go glamorous and dress up in formal attire or decide that pajamas are as glamorous as you want to get, there are always great tips that will help you create your own magical memories.

Lets discover some tips for planning the party. Happy New Year!

A Party for All Ages

Planning at home New Years Eve Parties with the children can be very fun and magical.
Planning at home New Years Eve Parties with the children can be very fun and magical.
New Years Eve, with close friends and family gathered, is a great time to enjoy a game night.
New Years Eve, with close friends and family gathered, is a great time to enjoy a game night.

You may have decided that the days of ringing in the New Year until the wee hours of the morning with grown-ups is a thing of the past for you. That doesnt mean hosting an unforgettable party at home has to be. Whether you decide to keep it simple with a group of friends and family, or invite the whole neighborhood, I am going to share some tips on glimmering decor tips, food ideas and activities for all your guests.

New Year's Eve Party Games & Activities


New Years Eve, with close friends and family gathered, is a great time to enjoy a game night. Activities that can entertain you til midnight:

1. Board Games - Host a board game marathon
2. Guess the Guests Resolutions
3. New Years Karaoke - or try Rock Band or Guitar Hero
4. New Years Eve Trivia Ask Questions about the past year.
5. New Years Eve Scavenger Hunt
6. New Years Eve Name That Tune Using songs from top playlist of 2019
7. New Year's Charades
8. Create your own time capsule - Put anything you want to remember along with your resolutions in a container and then hide it till next year.
9. Throw a Bingo party - Use things like noisemakers and party hats as prizes.
10. Make a ball-shaped pinata that resembles the big ball that drops in New York City - At midnight, let the kids bang it open.

New Years Eve Attire

Hat Party - Everyone must wear a goofy-looking hat to get in the door.
Hat Party - Everyone must wear a goofy-looking hat to get in the door.

Formal Evening Host a Formal Event in honor of the New Year. Ask your guests to don dresses, jackets, gloves, bow ties, boas, and the like. Play dress up with young children, with feather boas, pearls, bow-ties, and other glamorous items. Create even more memories by adding a photo booth.

Informal Evening - Buy matching pajamas for all family members and have a New Year's Eve pajama party that includes Mom and Dad! Pitch a tent if you have enough space. If you dont have a tent, or dont have the space, pile the living room high with sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets (props if you opt for a fort!), throw on your favorite pajamas and watch the ball drop.

Host a Theme Party
  1. Hat Party - Everyone must wear a goofy-looking hat to get in the door.
  2. Masquerade Party - Supply attendees with masks or encourage them to create their own.
  3. Decade Party - Dedicated to the 70s, 80s, or 90s.
  4. Western New Year's Eve Party - Break out the cowboy boots, barbecue, and country music.
  5. Times Square Party - Recreate the eclectic energy and vibes of New York City.
  6. Holiday Movie Marathon Party Theme - Set out popcorn and other festive snacks, and enjoy Holiday Themed Festive movies.
  7. Brunch Party
  8. Disco-Themed Bash - Dance your way into the new year. Disco Bal, dance floor, great music
  9. Mardi Gras Theme - Feathers and beads are never a bad idea!
  10. Mad Hatters Tea Party - The whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland is always a classic.

New Years Eve Menu

Fondue Station
Fondue Station
Bread Bowls
Bread Bowls
Sparkler Cupcakes
Sparkler Cupcakes
Fondue Station
Fondue Station

From fancy fair to finger food, theres something for everyone in the following suggestions.

  1. Fondue Station - A big batch of cheese and chocolate fondue is one of our favorite New Year's Eve party foods. It's perfect for adults and even the pickiest eaters. Set out a variety of dippers like tater tots, pretzels, tortellini, and veggies.
  2. Sparkler Cupcakes An extra special New Years Eve dessert, cupcakes with sparklers. Have them ready for midnight by pre-placing the sparklers and lighting when its time to welcome in the new year.
  3. Midnight Snack Bags Let your kids pre-pack midnight snack bags to open and enjoy at midnight. Have them decorate brown paper lunch with glitter, stickers or any fun way they like. Fill the bag with treats such as trail mix, cookies, caramel popcorn. Staying up this late can really work up an appetite.
  4. Bread Bowls with Dips - Bread Bowls are great for all kinds of recipe ideas. From crowd pleasing dips, to dippable main courses, bread bowls are a fun and unique offering.
  5. Pizza-Making Station Keep it simple and let everyone create their own pizza. In the past I bought the pre-made pizza crusts and set up a pizza-station in the kitchen. I supplied different sauces, cheeses, and any topping you could imagine. (Follow directions for baking on crust packaging and always have someone supervising the baking. We rotated this task.)
  6. Pigs in A Blanket - Is it even a party without these guys.
  7. Nacho Bar - Tortilla Chips, shredded cheese, cheese sauce, black beans, pickled jalapeos, green onions, Pico, more shredded cheese, carnitas, guacamole, limes the works!
  8. Sandwich Bar - Offering a sandwich bar for dinner is a great way to feed a crowd on a budget.
  9. Pasta Bar - This buffet is perfect for a party, set up different pastas, sauces, and toppings and let your guests make-their-own!
  10. Crepes Bar - Crepes are always a crowd-pleaser in our family. Our favorite thing to do is create a crepe bar with both sweet and savory ingredients.

New Years Eve Beverages

Hot Chocolate Bar
Hot Chocolate Bar
Craft Beer Station
Craft Beer Station
Sangria Station
Sangria Station
Cookies and Milk Bar
Cookies and Milk Bar

Beverage Bar - Colored sanding sugar is the secret to this festive New Year's party drink station. Set out dishes and let guests play mixologist. If you're serving alcohol, set it up in a different location away from little hands.
  1. Bloody Mary Bar - Serve up tomato juice, top shelf vodka, clam juice with a variety of fruit with pickled vegetables as you like to mix up your favorite beverage flavor.
  2. Sangria Station - Pitchers of fresh and fruity sangria star in this. Whip up a few simple pitchers and serve them with creative toppers like fresh fruit, herbs, and sliced cucumber.
  3. Infused Vodka Station - Skip expensive store-bought flavored vodkas and make your own! Simply soak herbs in vodka and serve!
  4. Margarita Station - On the rocks with salt? Have a pitcher on ice and a pitcher of frozen, fresh lime wedges, coarse salt, stirring sticks, and glasses. Bonus points for a sombrero.
  5. Hot Chocolate Bar - Everyone loves a cup of hot cocoa, but topping it with extra goodies makes it even more special. First, create a large batch of hot cocoa and keep it warm on the stovetop, crock pot, or clean coffee urn. Assemble a station with mugs, spoons and small dishes of assorted toppings. Marshmallows, nuts, candy canes, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, cinnamon sticks, fruit and of course whipped cream all make for great toppings
  6. Craft Beer Station - This is as easy as it gets! Chill off those Craft Brews in a fancy bucket of ice and thrill the beer lovers at your event.
  7. Classic Cocktail Station - Party-goers will feel like true mixologists when you give them all the makings for classic cocktails. Make sure you stock your Cocktail Station with all the favorites Vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, tequila, tonic water, soda water, soda, simple syrup, fresh fruit, fresh citrus, olives, cocktail shakers, martini onions, ice, stirrers, and glasses.
  8. Cookies and Milk Bar Make sure to include chocolate and strawberry milk.
  9. Martini Bar I recommend supplying both vodka and gin in order to appease all guests. You should also supply vermouth, cocktail shaker (for those who want their martini "shaken, not stirred."), ice, and Martini garnish - Olives, cocktail onions, olive juice, lemon slices, citrus rind, maraschino cherries, and any other additions you'd like to put in your cocktail. The more options, the more fun!
  10. Coffee Bar - Make sure to have regular and decaf coffee and label them as such. Provide flavored liqueurs for an indulgent treat, Irish Cream is a great choice! Youll need to have cream and sugar (Flavored creamer is also a welcome addition.) Place mugs so theyre easy to reach and use decorative stir sticks instead of spoons.

It's Finally Midnight

Break the Peppermint Pig
Break the Peppermint Pig
A Milk-and-Cookies Toast
A Milk-and-Cookies Toast

  1. Hold a Mock Countdown - Sometimes the little ones just cant make it until midnight. Celebrate with the by having a mock countdown before their bedtime. You can find dozens of videos available online where they can watch the ball drop (even if it is last years!)
  2. Confetti Balloon Countdown - Use a large craft hole punch to make plenty of confetti out of colorful tissue paper or gift wrap. Then, use a plastic bottle with the bottom half cut off as a "funnel" to slip all the confetti paper into the deflated balloons. Blow up the balloons (one for each hour) and hang them high on a wall. Celebrate by counting down and popping one every hour until midnight (or bedtime).
  3. A Milk-and-Cookies Toast - Ring in the new year with a family-friendly milk-and-cookies toast. Prepare the glasses in advance by dipping the rims of cocktail or champagne glasses in melted chocolate, then covering with colorful sprinkles I usually use fortune cookies; you can order them on Amazon. Place a few bowls out with melted chocolate and colored sprinkles. At midnight, or during your mock countdown, serve the milk with their festive cookies and ring in the New Year.
  4. Break the Peppermint Pig - In upstate New York, they sell special peppermint pigs all throughout the holiday season. A tradition that dates back to the early 1880s. The pieces are shared in hopes of good fortune for the coming year. After a holiday dinner the pig is broken.Everyone gets to take a turn hitting it with a special candy-size hammer and eating a piece for good fortune in the coming year.
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Fun Family New Year's Eve Party Tips