Kid Friendly New Years Eve Ideas!


Hi Everyone!

I usually have big plans for New Years Eve with my group of friends every year. House parties, drinks, laughs, and just sooo much adult fun. This year, however, the plans are slim to none. My mom (who usually babysits the girls’) has to work that night. THAT means, my girls will be home for the first NYE since…I can’t remember! So…in exchange for drinking games and adult fun, I’m switching the game up and throwing a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve party for Kayden and Kami.

I’ve been searching the web Pinterest and here are some cute ideas that I found and I am thinking about doing. WordPress was acting kind of janky with my photo source captions, so be sure to click the photos to be directed to the source site.

  Balloon Pop Countdown 

 I love, love, LOVE this idea. So much that I also shared it on the MBBL Facebook page. It’s a simple way to keep the kids busy while keeping them guess as to what they are going to be doing as the hours pass. You will need how ever many balloons you need for how every many hours you want to countdown (I will probably start at 5), and simple activities. Some examples of activities can be have a dance party, make cookies, share your favorite memory from 2012, or do a new year’s eve craft. Here is another example of the balloon countdown and a low scale countdown box option here.

Countdown Goodie Bags

This can also be done in conjunction with the balloon activity countdown. The idea of this would be to have the kids open their goodie bag each hour. These can be filled with cheap party favors and things you would use as stocking stuffer. These are simple and easy to do and of course, the kids will be looking forward to each hour to see what goodies they get. Check out the tutorial here.

Midnight Balloon Drop

What kid doesn’t love balloons? I’m almost 30 and I still love getting a gang of balloons for my birthday! A balloon drop is a fun way to bring in the new year. I did a balloon a drop for my New Year’s Eve party last year and even though we were a few seconds late releasing it, it was still a fun addition to the party. The only downfall is of course…blowing all those balloons! The balloon drop kits can be purchased at your local party store. If you are a DIYer, here is a tutorial of how to do your own.

New Years Tree

What a great way to re-purpose your Christmas tree right? Once you pull all the Christmas ornaments off, set up balloons all over the tree with New Year Garland, party blowers, and favors for a great NYE party focal point! You can even fill your balloons up with money or activities to do! This won’t work for me because I follow ALMOST all of those New Year traditions superstitions which includes all Christmas decor being down before January 1st.  I thought I would share though for those that don’t because this is a totally cute idea!

Food and Fun Snacks

Banana Split Bites (Source)

How incredibly cute are these?

Milk+Sprinkle Shots (Source)

Personal Pizzas made with Pillsbury Biscuits  (Source)

Veggie Shooters (Source)

There are tons of ideas out there on the interwebz. Many that I love, like a pajama pizza party, wish releases, all the way you and the kids getting all dressed up for a fancy party at home! I don’t have the time (or energy) to post them all! Here are some links to some other ideas to get you started if you need them.

What are you plans for the New Year? Are you going out for a night on the town or will you have a low-key celebration at home? If you have children, how will you celebrate with them? Please share! :-) 

Happy New Year!

  • Rae

    I am definitely bookmarking this post. I would LOVE to do the balloon drop. I’m sure my kids will love it.

    • Britton

      I’m sure they will! I decided not to do the balloon drop, but we will be doing the coutndown. Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year!

  • Renita

    Those milk shooters are too cute!

    • Britton

      YES! Happy New Year Renita! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mylah Saidah

    These are some awesome ideas Britton! I love them. Thanks for writing this post. :-)

    • Britton

      Aren’t they though! I can’t wait to see how my girls act tomorrow with this! Happy New Year!


    Super cute ideas. Being that my mom is in town, I too am staying am bringing in the New Year with my little one and the fam. It’ll be a mix of adult fun and kiddie fun. Thanks for sharing! I’m sure we’ll bite a few of your ideas ;-)

    • Britton

      Awwww! I hope you all have a great time! Happy New Year!

  • Phenomenal Mama

    Love this & I’m totally stealing some of these ideas! Lol! We’re always at home with the kiddos & these are perfect activities to keep them busy. My son loves NYE and always manages to hang in there until well after the countdown! (Do you mind if I post the link to your page on Facebook?)

    • Britton

      Sure! Go right ahead! Thanks!

  • MarieYoung

    I never go out because I just feel people get a wee bit too cray on New Years Eve and I don’t have time for that. It’s nice to hear someone actually spending time with their kids on this holiday. Most parents be #ON and out the door… I hope you all have fun!

    • Britton

      LOL! Thanks! I love to do things on New Year, but instead of going out, my friends and I usually opt for a house party. I’m STILL cleaning up confetti from our party LAST YEAR! I’m sure my girls will enjoy it…but NO confetti! LOL! Happy New Year!

      • MarieYoung

        Same to you!!!

  • Roxy

    This is too cute and my four year old is gonna love some of these ideas. Wishing you a happy new year in your blog and will continue to support you in the new year..stay blessed!!

    • Britton

      Thank you sooo much Roxy! I can’t wait to do this thing for them tomorrow! Happy New Year!

  • CarliAlice

    We just stay at home but if you’re doing all those things I’m coming over. :-) We’ve never celebrated New Year’s. We’re boring that way. The balloon pop countdown and mini pizzas are my favorite ideas on your list.

    • Britton

      Those are the ones we are definitely doing! Happy New Year! :-)

  • latesha conyers

    awesome awesome post! love the ideas. i had planned on going out but just found out at the last minute that my significant other has to work… Guess I’ll be kickin with the kiddos. I’ll definitely be implementing some of these ideas! Thanks

    • Britton

      Have fun and Happy New Year! Thanks for stopping by! :-)

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  • Simplicity Interrupted

    what great ideas!! i am definitely pinning this for next year! :)

    • Britton

      Yes! I’m so glad I decided to look for ideas and I am so glad I found such great ones!

  • LA Lynn’s

    That tree idea is EVERYTHING!!!! I should have took part in that as my tree is STILL up!!!! Lol!

    • Britton

      LOL, LOL! Take that tree down! It does seem like a fun idea though! Happy New Year! ;-)

    • Britton

      LMAO! Take that tree down Lynn! Definitely do it though if you have it up this time next year! LOL!

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