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I remember my first New Year’s Eve as a new mom. Wait, no I don’t. Not really. I remember being in a roomful of people, sitting on the couch…and that was it, I was out. I woke up for about 30 seconds when everyone cheered at midnight, and that’s all I remember. My party animal ways have continued…I can’t remember a single year where I’ve made it til midnight since then.
So yeah, New Year’s Eve with kids is a different animal. Here are a few tips to get you through the night:
- for the love, don’t celebrate at actual midnight. Google a countdown clock, and find somewhere in the world where midnight comes at a reasonable hour for you. I’ve found that if I do a countdown an hour after everyone’s normal bedtime, it’s a special treat and the kids feel like they’ve gotten away with something…but they’re not completely fried the next morning.
- lay in some sparkling cider and do a special toast. We do this every year — we even get out the fancy crystal glasses because what good are they if I just keep them hidden? Go for it.
- talk about the cool things that happened over the year. At dinner on New Year’s Eve (which is fondue, you remember), we talk about the past year. And I feel like this year, while everyone on social media is droning on about how awful 2016 was, it’s even more important. We went on a great vacation. One of the kids started elementary school. Someone learned to read. Someone learned to swim. These are things to be celebrated, and when you really start thinking I’m guessing you’ll be amazed at all the things that happened in 365 days.
- and be sure to have some noisemakers on-hand. You can grab them at grocery stores and dollar stores, or you can make your own. If you’re feeling especially brave (or just suffer from hearing loss like I do), you can bring out the pots, pans, and spoons and let the kids go nuts. Or you can make these simple ones below.
(NOTE: This craft involves dried beans, which can be a choking hazard. As with any project, supervise all children closely.)
- paper plates
- curling ribbon (we like sparkly and metallic for the occasion)
- dried beans
- metallic pens, glitter glue, glitter, stickers, other items to decorate your plates
Decorate the outside (bottom) of your plate with markers, glue, glitter, stickers, etc. Cut small lengths of curling ribbon and glue along the inside edge of one half of your plate. Allow to dry.
Fold your plate in half, so the outside decorations are showing, and crease along the folded edge. Staple along the edge until plate is 3/4 of the way shut.
Using the small opening that is left, add a handful of dried beans. Don’t overfill, or the beans won’t have room to move and make much noise. Staple the rest of the way around the plate. Finish by curling the ribbon ends.
Shake ’em like a maniac and have fun! (and perhaps invest in a pair of earplugs? I forgot to put that on the supply list.)
Happy New Year, everyone!
Do you have any favorite NYE family traditions?