Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Home

We will be celebrating New Year’s Eve at home this year, but that doesn’t mean it won’t still be amazing! I know I’m not the only one who’s excited to bid a not-so-fond farewell to 2021! And to help speed up the send-off, we’ve put together ways to say goodbye to the current year and to celebrate the coming year. 

first things first, what are you going to wear?

If you’ve got kids at home, let them choose the dress code. Maybe they want to wear those matching Christmas jammies again, or maybe they’re looking for a great reason to get all fancied-up? Or even dress each other in silly outfits or give those Halloween costumes one more rotation! Either way, why not let the kiddos choose the dress code for New Year’s Eve at Home. 

New YEar's eve at Home - decor and more!

Step up your party decor game with a theme or colour combination. Again, i love getting the kids involved in this one because you can offload almost all of the work on them! And don’t worry about having to go to the massive party store, you can make so many great things with the stuff in your house.  These are some of my favourites from Pinterest, and you can find them all linked here. Highly recommend the New Year’s Tree!

plan your new years eve at home menu

Whether you’re supporting a local restaurant with take-out or whipping up meals at home, plan something special for New Year’s Eve. Let the kids help plan and prep this one, too. Mine think finger foods and charcuterie board nibbles are super fancy. Add in a sparkling non-alcoholic punch like this one and you’ll be dining like high society! 

NYE at Home activities for kids

There are a few hours to kill on New Year’s Eve, and these are some fun ways to make the evening more fun. An hourly countdown may sound daunting, but it’s easy and the rewards are worth the effort! First, decide what time “midnight” will be and them decide how many hourly activities you want to do. As an example, if 8 pm is the kid midnight, you can plan 4 activities starting at 4 pm. 4 activities is easy-peasy! I love the idea of having a gift bag or wrapped box for each hour. Who doesn’t love opening more presents? And a brilliant way to reuse that leftover paper and tissue. In each hourly box/bag put in an activity like a puzzle, a deck of cards or a board game, a craft idea, or s simple instruction card (Call Grandpa, watch a movie, bake cookies). The fact that you’re doing it together is what will make the ordinary special.  Here are some inspiring ideas to help even more.

teaching kids about gratitude and goals at the new year

It’s true, 2021 wasn’t the year we hoped it would be. This is why the last day of the year is a great time to reflect back and be grateful for what we did have. The smallest parts of the past year – birthday parades, Halloween, a white Christmas – are all parts we can be grateful for. Teaching kids gratitude will help them see the positive in the last year, and help them make the most of 2022. 

I’m not a “resolutions” kind of person, so we’ve never made it part of our family’s NYE to discuss goals for the upcoming year because the girls seemed too young to understand the concept. I found this printable reflection and goal-setting worksheet that I love. My kids will be able to use this to easily to reflect on 2021 – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and we can plan some great goals and activities for 2022 at the same time. 

Happy new year!

No matter how you celebrate, or when you celebrate, I wish you nothing but love and family fun in 2022.

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