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How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids

New Year’s Eve with kids is insanely fun! We’ve got our best, tested NYE party ideas, from decor to activities, photos to drinks, and more. Read on to get our party plan!

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Here we go, gang! Our last DIY post of the year. We shared lots of details from our favorite New Year’s Eve party with kids over the last couple of days (see our sparkly 5 minute backdrop here and our party hats here), and now comes the big shebang!

We’ve got some simple decorations and quick party tips to help you put together a New Year’s Eve with kids that everyone will love.

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New Year’s Eve with Kids

If you don’t know what to do on New Year’s Eve with kids, no worries. I get it. Some of us (admittedly not me) are used to wild, wonderful, late New Year’s Eve celebrations. And once kids are in the picture, it can feel like there’s nothing to do.

But take it from me — our very best New Year’s Eve with kids celebrations have been right at home. Simple, so much fun, and the kids are in bed by 8 so you can keep celebrating however you like! (Or put on your sweatpants, like I do.)

Read on for all of the ideas we’ve used at home over the last few NYEs with kids. Each one is a slam dunk and had our family making so many happy memories.

New Year’s Eve Garland

Materials

  1. First, tie a few mylar tassels onto a piece of twine.
  2. Punch holes in the top of the gold letters and string them on another piece of twine to spell “Happy New Year.” The gold star garland was store-bought, so there was no DIY there.
  3. Combine all three garlands to make one big banner and hang somewhere fun.
New Year's Eve tips, tricks, and decorations for a family party
New Year's Eve tips, tricks, and decorations for a family party
How to make an easy gold banner for New Year's Eve decorations

New Year’s Eve Hats + Horns Display

This one is simple! Just gather all of the black and gold stuff you have around the house and put it all together. The only things we buy for the display are New Year crowns and noisemakers. It’s all in how you display it.

We use our Light Box, along with cake stands and trays to display the crowns.

New Year's Eve tips, tricks, and decorations for a family party
New Year's Eve tips, tricks, and decorations for a family party
New Year's Eve tips, tricks, and decorations for a family party

Party Hats

Make our printable party hats and set them out with stickers for kids and grownups to decorate. These hats are a major high point of the party, and all the kids love them. We highly recommend trying this one out!

Printable New Year's Eve Party Hats for kids and adults

Party Backdrop

Follow the tutorial we shared to make a super-fast, budget-friendly, mega-sparkly backdrop for all of your photos! This is always the other huge hit of the evening. It takes five minutes to put together.

How to make a 5-minute new years eve photo backdrop

Confetti Toss

We like to go big and let everyone throw confetti, and it is truly one of my favorite memories of every year. If you have the space (and the vacuum) to do it, go for it! It’s the best part of a New Year’s Eve with kids, for sure.

We use this confetti, which is colorful and looks great when you throw it. FYI: I had packaged up handfuls of confetti in individual baggies because I thought it would be cute, but in the end we realized it was better just to have it in a huge bowl and let everybody take handfuls. So I’d recommend skipping the bags.

new year's eve with kids
How to throw a simple and fun family new year's eve party
New Year's Eve tips, tricks, and decorations for a family party

Champagne and Cider Toast

We do a fake countdown around 7pm because all of our guests have little kids. So we set out a toast ahead of time to make it easy. We have one set of glasses that was set out for champagne and one set in a different area for sparkling cider so they don’t get mixed up. Set out your glasses early and pour the drinks right before the toast.

How to throw a simple and fun family new year's eve party

Hope these few tips help you put together something festive for a New Year’s Eve with kids! Not sure exactly what we have in store this year – maybe you’ll see it show up here on the blog in another 12 months. 😉 Thank you for following along, dear people, and Happy New Year! xoxo

Yield: New Year garland

DIY New Year Garland

How to make an easy gold banner for New Year's Eve decorations

This garland is perfect for a New Year's Eve with kids!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $15

Materials

  • Gold glitter letters
  • Gold mylar tassels
  • Gold star garland
  • Twine

Tools

  • Hole punch

Instructions

  1. First, tie a few mylar tassels onto a piece of twine.
  2. Punch holes in the top of the gold letters and string them on another piece of twine to spell “Happy New Year.” The gold star garland was store-bought, so there was no DIY there.
  3. Combine all three garlands to make one big banner and hang somewhere fun.

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