The end of 2016 is here. A year that certainly won’t be forgotten, that’s for sure. As with every year, bars and clubs will be filled to capacity, parties will be held around the world and countdowns shouted in every household. If you’ve got small kids in the house, you’re likely not in the night club ringing it in. If you’re looking for great ways to commemorate ringing in the New Year in a kid-friendly way, here are some ideas which might float your boat.
Who doesn’t love the pop of a bottle to ring in the New Year? Now, I’m not advocating handing the four year old a bottle of Prosecco (save that for Mammy!), but get kids into the mood with some special Kid Mocktails. These are also great for the pregnant ladies or non drinkers out there. Mix orange and cranberry juice for a refreshing mix that resembles a non-alcoholic Sex On The Beach, or mix apple juice with some fizzy water for Kid Friendly Bubbly. If you’re looking for something pre-assembled and easy, I’m a big fan of the Shloer range of sparkling fruit drinks. Dealz have also got special kid themed (Paw Patrol, Frozen and more) sparkling juice drinks in “champagne” bottles which your kids may love.
Baking Festive Food
This one is messy, so definitely a daytime activity. If your kids like to bake, get them into the spirit of the celebration with some New Year Cookies. Use cookie cutters to create number shaped cookies for the year, or party hats, stars and clocks. The more sprinkles the better! I really like these ones from In The Playroom. Also great for munching on later in the night!
If you feel like documenting the end of 2016 in a goofy way, set up a photo booth and get snapping! Use props from around the house, make your own or buy a set of “selfie props” (if you’re near a Boots pharmacy, a lot of them are currently in their sale!). Grab a camera or your phone and get posing – the funnier the better. Make it a fun shoot for the kids that can hopefully become a bit of a family tradition!
New Years Eve Time Capsule
This is a really cool idea I spotted in my wanders around Pinterest. It’s basically a quiz of your child at the age they are now. It documents who they are at the end of 2016, with questions like Favourite Colour, Favourite TV Show, Hobbies, Best friend etc. You can leave it at just the New Year Interview, or you can make it a bigger thing by grabbing a box (theres surely one around from Christmas, think Roses tin), wrapping it nicely and adding in little mementos like pictures or photos. Keep the box safe to look at in years to come as a time capsule (perhaps not for those on a Marie Kondo kick). I found some great inspiration for these over on The Idea Room.
Much as families love to ring in the New Year together, the idea of dealing with my toddler the day after a midnight bedtime sounds like my idea of hell, and probably yours too. The lovely folks at Netflix have thought of everything, and so, just like last year, they’ve pre-recorded a New Years Eve countdown for kids. It’s a special countdown with many of their favourite characters, and best of all, it’s available at any time from now.
Last years viewing stats showed the largest spike in viewing was around 7pm. This gives parents lots of time to get kids to bed “after midnight” before getting into the celebrations themselves. There are TEN countdowns available so there’ll be something for everyone’s tastes. From Fuller House to Beat Bugs, Skylanders Academy, Chasing Cameron, Word Party, King Julien and more, they’re all there. You can check them out by following this link or searching “New Years Eve” in your Netflix account. (They may also accommodate a lie in on New Years Day if the kids can work Netflix themselves, bonus!).
That lot should have you sorted out for a fun and festive New Year celebration! What are your plans this New Year’s Eve? Let me know in the comments below.
Happy New Year!
Disclosure:I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and received a Netflix subscription and an iPad Mini in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews, however, all opinions are my own, and I already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.
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