I have to admit, I’ve always thought of Christmas as a holiday for our kids. Then, after all of the present ordering, gift wrapping and stocking stuffing (not to mention trips to see Santa Claus and cookie decorating sessions), New Year’s Eve was the reward for us–a fun raucus night for my husband and I to share with our friends.
Now don’t get me wrong, we always include our kids in our New Year’s eve party, but the little folks never really thought of it as a holiday but rather just another night with friends over and some confetti. This year, however, they’ve really gotten into the idea of throwing themselves a kids New Year’s Eve party! With not much time to spare, I searched online and ran to Walmart. I have to say without much effort we’re now ready to throw them a party.
If you’re looking for some last minute fun ideas keep reading:
So here was my Inspiration (from Pinterest ‘natch):
During a quick trip to Walmart, I grabbed some glow sticks, plastic wine glasses, Jello pudding cups, Toll House cookie dough and a bag of M&M’s.The kid’s Table: I’ll add more glow sticks on New Year’s but this was the trial run that Big and I did on Sunday (I told you he was excited for a party). I plan to put a glowstick necklace on each plate, a glowstick bracelet around the bottom of each cup and then place a glowstick by the fork setting for maximum impact.
Cookies & Milk Mocktails The kids will love these festive milk and cookie mocktails (if you don’t have time to bake your own cookies from scratch then just buy the Nestle tollhouse dough and when you take them out of the oven just push 4-5 m&ms in each)
Sprinkle Pudding Cups: Really just Jello pudding in plastic wine glasses and topped with sprinkles or whipped cream.
Cupcake Decorating Bar or Piñata Cake: I have a couple of cake mixes and some tubs of frosting. My plan is either to create a quick cupcake decorating bar which is always fun and super easy (just put all the toppings in your cupcake pan for an easy display and even easier clean up). But if I’m feeling really ambitious, then I’m going to make my famous piñata cake.
My kids also wanted to play some games on the big night so we went back to an old standby which is a takeoff on Minute to Win It Games (it’s actually our tradition for the 5 of us to play these games on Christmas morning so I’m ready for the kids to do them again with their friends).
To play, divide the kids up into teams so that each team has 2-3 players on it.
Here’s the game list:
Toilet Paper Wrap: Give each team a roll of toilet paper, when the clock starts, see which team can wrap one of their teammates up in a roll of toilet paper.
Unwrap the Kisses Contest: Give each team a family size bag of Hershey kisses. When the clock starts, each team battles to see who can unwrap more Hershey kisses within 1 minute. (this is harder than you think but sure to get lots of laughs. This is Big and my’s best event).
Empty the Box (the tissue box that is): Give each team a box of tissues. When the clock starts, using only 1 hand, pull all tissues out of a tissue box. Then the next person goes.
For other fun game ideas check out NBC’s Minute to Win it game section on their website.
Have a happy and safe New Year’s!
Thanks for all of your support.
We’ll see you in 2014!