Have a Family New Year's Eve Blast!


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Believe it or not, you CAN enjoy a New Year's Eve bash with kids - even if you CAN'T get a sitter!

Infants and toddlers make it simple. Tuck them in, turn on the baby monitor, and you're free to party - as long as you limit alcohol consumption and keep the noise down.

Preschoolers and kids in the early elementary grades love getting into the New Year's spirit.

To build excitement, announce a day or two ahead of time that you're going to have a night-time New Year's party with pajamas on.

Then, when you go grocery shopping, you can let your child pick out a party snack. A trip to a party store for some inexpensive noisemakers will add to the excitement.

Or, create home-made noisemakers and decorations together. Visit www.familycrafts.about.com/od/newyears or http://wilstar.com/xmas/auldlangsyne.htm

  • Put into a box all the ticket stubs, souvenirs and photos you've saved from the year that's ending. Take turns pulling items out of the box and sharing fond memories.
  • With adult supervision, let kids make home-made party snacks.
  • Rent funny movies or old sitcoms to watch together. Maybe Abott and Costello or “The Honeymooners” will tickle your family's funny bone.
  • Invite everyone to write down on a strip of toilet tissue events from the year that they want to put behind them. Then ceremoniously (or unceremoniously!) flush away.
  • Play an old-fashioned game of charades. You might want to print out the special charades sign language from www.answers.com/topic/charades-2
  • Invite family members to write down hopes and intentions for the coming year on slips of paper. Each person can seal their paper in an envelope, to be opened the following New Year's Eve if desired.
  • After your celebration, consider saving your noisemakers and decorations to use again. Kids enjoy rediscovering their old favorites from year to year.

    And maybe you'll rediscover the kid in you.

    Happy New Year!

    © Norma Schmidt, LLC

    Norma Schmidt helps busy parents create peaceful, connected, spiritually well-fed families. To download Norma's FREE report, “55 Free and Low-Cost Ways to Have the Best Holiday Season Ever, ” click here .


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