As a child once I always remembered my parents making plans to toast the New Years with other adults sans children at a not so kid appropriate place. I would end up getting stuck at a babysitters house or my grandparents while my mom and dad were out enjoying the night life clad in their most sparkly and distinguished attire. I on the other hand would be presented in my pajamas to the ones responsible for me for the night with no plans to celebrate the coming of the New Year with the exception of a cookie and a glass of milk before bed time. Boring! So why not help your child plan their very own children’s New Year’s Eve party?
How to have a children’s New Years eve party? Well, of course you’ll first need a willing participant as the “chaperone” which is a glorified word for babysitter that would be willing to be designated for not just your children but others as well. Parents are always looking for responsible people to look after their children while they are out on the town. With other children in the loop it will provide a great money making venture for the chosen one, as they do get paid for their services.
Next you’ll want to contact all the parents involved and inform them of this extravagant event for which their child will need appropriate celebratory attire. Make it a big thing with fancy dresses and jewelry for the girls and slacks and ties for the boys. You’ll of course need to supply an array of novelty items such as New Years Eve hats and crowns, noise makers, silly string etc, etc.
Decorations are essential. Having the babysitter come to your house will alleviate having to rush to get things done. Party stores have a wide selection of streamers, balloons, decorative center pieces and signs. Your child will be able to help you decorate or do it on their own (depending on the age of the child) and being a part of the planning will also give that child something to look forward to.
Food and goodies are always a highlight of the evening. Sit and plan with your child on the items that he/she would like. I would suggest keeping to finger foods as they are less messy and more easy to clean up or store. Some examples of such foods include mini hotdogs wrapped in biscuits, a veggie tray with a favorite dip, fruit tray with yogurt and let’s not forget the dessert. One of my favorite suggestions would be an ice cream sundae bar complete with several toppings that they can put together themselves. Serve said items on fancy trays. You can either use the real thing or for convenience and less hassle head to your local party store and pick up some New Years themed throw away platters. Your idea is not to create a nightmare for the babysitter but to make it enjoyable so he/she might volunteer for next year.
Sparkling cider or grape juice will provide an excellent alternative to champagne. Purchase a couple of these fancy looking bottles and place them in buckets of ice. Then complete the look with some plastic champagne flutes so they can have their very own toast of the New Years.
Games or movies provide excellent entertainment during the long wait to midnight. However, when midnight approaches the grand finale of pots and pans is a must. Provide each child with some kind of noise maker, whether it be purchased noise makers or simple house hold utensils such as pots, pans, and wooden spoons. Weather pending of course, send them outside for a loud and crazy 60 seconds of making as much noise as humanly possible.
This party can be done rather inexpensively however, for some additional help with finances ask the parents to contribute an item for the event. I’m sure they would be more than happy to accommodate knowing that their child is actually having a good time while they are away. You will also feel confident knowing that you just didn’t send them to the boring old babysitters house and besides, New Years is a special event that should be celebrated by all, not just the adults.
Source: my own experience