Happy (almost) 2019! Time sure does fly, doesn’t it?
While the idea of staying up past midnight is a distant memory (thanks to your adorable little alarm clock who's up at 6:00 a.m. asking for breakfast) you can still throw a great New Year's Eve party. But now, it'll be for the kids.
Luckily, you can create a fancy affair without breaking the bank. Here's how to plan a budget-friendly, kid-focused NYE party that's fun for parents, too!
To create an affordable, yet glamorous look for your New Year's Eve party, pick your favorite metallic - silver or gold. Purchase balloons, streamers, tablecloths, cups/plates/napkins/utensils, and confetti (if you can handle the mess) in that color. Hang streamers from the ceiling and decorate the walls with balloons to create a simple, yet classy look.
Save some ceiling space for your "midnight" balloon drop. You will need an extra set of hands for this project, along with a plastic tablecloth, balloons, confetti, and painter's tape. To start, lay your tablecloth on the floor. Then, blow up enough balloons to fill the tablecloth - consider putting confetti inside for extra sparkle. Together, bring the tablecloth up to the ceiling and tape the corners and sides. If you're using confetti, sprinkle some in. Leave a small gap somewhere so the tablecloth is easy to pull down later.
Sweets & Bubbly
Keep it simple and cost-efficient by throwing a dessert-only event with one impressive treat: a cupcake bar. You'll need vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, vanilla and chocolate frosting, and cupcake toppings - small candies, cookie pieces, sprinkles, and fruit. Bake the cupcakes ahead of time, but don't frost them. Place the frosting in separate bowls and fill either a cupcake pan or small cups with your toppings. Allow the kids to spread their own frosting and scoop their own toppings onto their cupcake.
For drinks, serve basics, such as water and lemonade, but have plenty of sparkling apple cider and plastic champagne flutes on hand for your countdown.
Activities To Ring In The New Year
What’s a New Year’s Eve party without 2019 glasses or headbands? Instead of buying completed ones at the store, let the kids get creative. Purchase inexpensive sunglasses and headbands, pipe cleaners, decorations – such as glitter, rhinestones, and feathers – and glue sticks. Before the party, cut some of the pipe cleaners in half and pop out the glasses’ lenses. Kids can add their own flair to a pair of glasses or a headband before making their numbers out of pipe cleaners. Then, use the pre-cut pipe cleaners to wrap each number around their personalized accessory.
New Year's resolutions and 2018 reflections aren't just for adults. Create pages for resolutions and separate ones for reflections. Leave these pages with plenty of white space so kids can use markers to customize them with decorative words and drawings. Resolution topics can include:
- What I want to do
- What I want to learn
- What I’m looking forward
- How I will help others
Some reflection topics are:
- I am most proud of…
- I am grateful for…
- My 2018 best memories are…
- My 2018 favorites (books, movies, activities, etc.)
New Year’s Eve Party Favors
For a positive start to the new year, send each kid home with a personalized wish jar. Before the party, cut strips of colored paper and label glass jars with each guest's name. Ask every guest to write a New Year's wish for each person and place it in their jar. Then, close the jars so they can read their wishes tomorrow.
The New Year’s Eve Countdown
Thanks to the Internet, you no longer need to wait until midnight for the countdown. Select an appropriate time, pour some sparkling cider into each glass, gather the kids under the balloon drop, and play a countdown video. At "one," release the balloons and turn on the dance music. When the last kid has gone home, it's time for the adult party. Put on pajamas, clean up, and get under the covers well before midnight. Your adorable little alarm clock will be at your door at 6:00 a.m. on January 1…probably asking for breakfast.