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New Year’s Eve Party Ideas for Kids

by Rebecca Eanes

Can you believe that New Year’s Eve is just around the corner? I know you’re short on time with all the hectic holiday activities, so I’m here to make your New Year’s Eve party planning a breeze! I’ve gathered up some great games, foods, and activities to make this New Year’s Eve one your kids will remember.



  1. New Year’s clock cookies – Check out this cute and festive cookie. These won’t take a lot of time to make but are sure to grab the attention of your guests, big and small!


  1. Party popcorn – I found this recipe at Bombshell Bling and it looks delicious. I mean, kids love popcorn already, but add mini Reese Cups, mini marshmallows and other goodies and wow!


  1. Edible party horns – I adore these yummy treats from Cooking with My Kid. You’ll just need sugar cones, melted chocolate, and sprinkles. I imagine that these will be very popular with the little ones.


  1. Countdown cupcakes – These New Year’s Eve countdown cupcakes from Somewhat Simple are the perfect party snack. You just bake cupcakes as normal and draw on the Oreo icing with a food-safe pen. Voila!


  1. Skillet pizza dip countdown clock. This delicious recipe is found at Hungry Happenings and it’s making me hungry right now!



  1. Create a New Year’s Eve capsule. This is a fun activity that can be a new tradition for your family. The capsule is a way to preserve the best memories of the year plus your quickly-growing child’s likes, achievements, and interests. Include this reflections questionnaire. Find all of the instructions for the time capsule here.


  1. New Year’s countdown balloons – Try this balloon-popping activity this year. Fill five balloons with an activity to do each hour and the sixth balloon with confetti. Beginning at 6 pm, pop one balloon for hour to keep your kids entertained while you’re waiting on that ball to drop. Activity ideas include watching a movie, playing a game like Bingo, having a dance party, or making one of the foods above together!


  1. Paper plate clock craft – This craft from Buggy and Buddy is a really cute activity for little kids. The site includes several options that your kiddo can choose from, so it can be more involved for older kids or really simple for tiny tots.


  1. Create a party hat – Download, print, and color your own festive party hat from Happiness is Homemade. Get your hat here.


  1. Make a new year wishing wand – Check out this super cute craft by Fun Family Crafts. You’ll need cardstock, contact paper, sequins, and a pencil. Have your child write their wishes for the new year around the border of the star.
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