It doesn’t take much to throw a fun New Years Eve party for adults; great music, prosecco and sparkling cider will do the trick, but a kid-friendly night out isn’t that simple. From their inability to stay awake until midnight to their need for constant entertainment, if you don’t know how to throw a kids’ Christmas party, don’t worry, you are not alone. It can be done, however, and the best approach is to schedule it in multiple pieces so it doesn’t feel so overwhelming.
Children’s New Years Party Invitations
First of all, you will need some funny New Years party invitations for your kids. This can be tricky as most NYE party invitations feature champagne glasses that clink or reference alcohol, which is obviously not ideal for a children’s party. If you’re specifically looking for “Kids New Years Party Invitations,” you’ll see a handful, but if you’re not in love with any of them, look for colorful and bright regular invitations somewhere like Etsy where you can contact the seller directly to customize the invitation for children.
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Children’s New Year Party Decorations
When it comes to decorating a children’s New Years party, there are many general decorations that you can use, whether the party is for adults or the little ones. Think of balloons, streamers, banners, and all the bright, sparkly things kids will love. You can also double it a little with a decoration that can also be used as an activity like a pinata full of candies or a table runner which is also a giant coloring page.
New Year’s Eve games and activities for children
You will definitely need to find ways to keep your little guests entertained during the party, which means having a bunch of ideas for games and activities. Some simple ideas are coloring and activity sheets, DIY party hats and banners, and cutting out a bunch of tissue paper so they can make their own confetti mix to throw when the clock strikes midnight (or 9:00 p.m., whenever you plan to ring in the New Year with them). Here are some other fun ideas:
- Decorate their own jars or boxes and fill them with New Years resolutions or 2022 bucket list
- A fun game of musical chairs using all of the hottest songs from 2021
- Countdown games: come up with a mini-activity or a different game for each hour (or half an hour, depending on the party) to get kids excited for the New Year
- Set up a fun NYE photo booth with props and costumes (this is a great opportunity to turn the party into a black tie affair)
- New Year’s treasure hunt maps; Give the kids a list of things to watch out for around the house, like a golden balloon, a photo of the baby for New Years, etc.
Kid-friendly New Year’s snacks and drinks
Children have to eat, right? Give them their snacks and drinks in style with fun dinnerware, straws, cutlery and dessert toppings. To make it even more fun, serve the food like you would at any adult party. Focus on appetizers and finger foods, easy-to-eat desserts, and maybe even whip up a few mocktails for your little guests. Here are some ideas for snacks and drinks:
- Mini pizzas (like Bagel Bites)
- Cupcakes or cake pops
- Chicken nuggets on fancy toothpicks
- Shirley Temple drinks (bonus points if served in plastic champagne flutes)
- Pigs in a blanket
- Tater toddlers
- Vegetable sticks with ranch dressing
- Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Pizza stuffed in slices
- Pretzels, Pirate Booty or other salty snack
- Sparkling grape juice
New Year’s gifts for children
The best thing about New Year’s gifts for kids is that you don’t have to come up with an elaborate gift bag like you might for a birthday party, you can just supply them with what they need for make some noise and celebrate the New Years. When they arrive, give them a little kit with a party hat or crown, a necklace, a noisemaker and a confetti popper (if you’re brave enough for the mess it will create. ). Of course, there are also favors that kids love whatever the occasion, like glow sticks, candy, and stickers. Don’t feel like you have to go any further, as the whole night is filled with celebrations, so they will be very happy by the time they get home.
On the surface, the idea of having a New Years party for the kids can be a bit daunting, but when you break it down little by little, it’s definitely a manageable affair (after all, who needs prosecco when it comes down to it. are there musical chairs?). Just take all of your usual NYE activities and spruce it up and your guests will be delighted. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, especially since the kids probably won’t even be able to stay awake until midnight, so the party will be over before you know it.