New Year’s Eve is probably one of the most celebrated evenings across the world. With everyone still in the festive mood after a wonderful Christmas and on either their school holiday or a well-deserved break from the office, everyone tends to put on their dancing shoes and party until midnight.
But if you’re not feeling going out this year and painting the town red, we’ve got a few ideas that might be useful to make it a special night at home for the entire family.
So here’s to avoiding the crowds and ending off 2017 in a memorable way, and all from the comfort of your home with the ones you love!
1. Dress up all fancy
Pull that little black dress out from the back of your cupboard, dust off your sharpest suit and dress up the kids!
Your night will feel special and fun if you dress for it — plus it will make for awesome pictures.
Go over the top: White gloves, pearls, bow ties and tiaras are easily found in your local party shop, amongst your kids’ toys or, if you’re really lucky, in granny’s cupboard.
Paint everyone’s nails. Wear hats. Break out the glitter and get fancy!
2. Watch the celebrations in other countries
If your kids need to go to bed before midnight you can bring their new year celebrations forward a little early and watch the celebrations on TV of other countries having their New Year’s.
3. The Balloon Drop
You can’t have a ball drop in your own home, but you can have a bunch of balloons drop as you ring in the New Year.
You can make one by filling some netting or a plastic tablecloth with inflated balloons (don’t use helium). Tape the balloon-filled net to the ceiling in the party room and release them when guests reach the end of their midnight countdown.
4. Candyfloss drinks
Put some candy floss in a fancy glass and let the kids pour fizzy lemonade over it to make a delicious and festively fun drink.
5. Make some noisemakers
Instead of buying noisemakers, set up a crafts table and have the kids make their own noisemakers to welcome the New Year.
There are so many different ways to make them so check out this Pinterest board for some fun make-and-do crafts.
6. Record the year
Take a minute on New Year’s Eve to record a few of your child’s memories.
Write their favourite book, food, toy and anything special that happened that year.
Put it away with your holiday decorations to take out and read the next holiday season.
7. Have a backyard camp
Camping on New Year’s is quite a popular family tradition, but if you happen to find yourself at home this year, you can make it equally as fun!
Camping in the yard is a fun way to make being home a bit more exciting and will essentially create the same effect as camping elsewhere. Get the marshmallows roasting, hot chocolate flowing and set up some camping chairs and fairy lights. It can be a really pretty scene and will be sure to get the kids all excited.
8. Throw a karaoke party
Who doesn’t love some good-ol’ karaoke?
This one will get the whole family dancing and singing along so you’ll really feel that New Year’s cheer.
The best part? Horrible singing tolerated! That’s a win-win for everyone, really.