10 Fun Ideas for a Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve

bubbly jello parfaitsWe still can’t believe that 2012 is nearly over! We love celebrating New Year’s Eve with a cozy, family-friendly bash at home (after all, is there anything better than partying in pj’s?)–and when we stumbled on this compilation of wonderful NYE food and favor ideas from our friend Haley of the Team Ibrahim blog, we couldn’t wait to share them with you. Consider adding one (or several) of these to your own festivities and enjoy creating a new tradition. Whatever you end up doing, we wish all of you a safe and happy new year–and we can’t wait to spend more time with you in 2013! Take it away, Haley!

Will you be ringing in the new year with some of your favorite little ones? Need some inspiration on easy ways to ensure that everyone has a great time? We’ve got you covered! We’ve compiled some of our favorite family friendly New Year’s Eve ideas for you!

DIY Resolutions

diy nye resolutions

We love this Kids New Year’s Resolution Printable from 30 Handmade Days! What a fun way to chronicle how much your kiddos change from year to year. And, who says the kids have to have all the fun? You should fill one out, too!

Let’s Get Loud

nye party favors

We love this idea from The Real Thing with the Coake Family for New Year’s Eve Noise Makers. Just make, then shake, for some good ‘ole fashioned NYE noise!

Break Out the Bubbly

The little bitties need some fun and sparkle during the festivities, which is why we love these Bubbly Jell-O Parfaits from Spoonful (pictured at the top of the post) – and we’re pretty sure your VIP guests will love them, too!

Twist It, Twist It Good

twisted pretzel bites

Um, YUM? These Twisted Pretzel Bites from Six Sisters look delish and would be a fun finger-food for your kidlets (and the big people).

Start the Countdown!

nye party favor ideas

How much do we love these New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags from Organize and Decorate Everything…let us count the ways. What a fun way to count down the afternoon and evening with fun treats, games, and activities opened at the top of each hour!

Sushi, Anyone?

pb&j sushi

Okay, so typically PB&J’s are the exact opposite of fancy–but roll it into cute little faux-sushi pinwheels, add chopsticks and your kids will nominate you for mother of the year. Thank you, Bon Appetite, for such a fun idea!

Kid-Friendly Eats

new year's eve recipes

The Dollar Store Mom has some great ideas for food that is both portable (for the kids that like to eat and mingle), easy to make, and adorably cute. Check out her Kids New Year’s Eve Party Food for recipes and how-to photos.


milk and sprinkle shots

Cheers all around for these super cute Milk + Sprinkles Shots from Martha Stewart’s Dreamers into Doers. Seriously, I can’t think of anything cuter than the bitties kickin’ back a shot fun-size portion of moo juice rimmed in pretty party sprinkles.

Check the Clock

nye countdown ideas

Here’s another fun countdown idea, this one from How Does She?–and it’s completely customizable, too. Fill the balloons with fun ideas for short activities or crafts and pop one each hour leading up to midnight (or your designated ‘midnight’ depending on the age of your VIPs).

Gettin’ Sticky With It

healthy party appetizers

Super Healthy Kids made Sticky Stacky Sandwiches, which are fabulous deconstructed sammies that you can customize based on your kiddos’ favorite sandwich elements.

Whatever you decide to do just remember to make it fun (and easy) and try to kick back and enjoy the time with your favorite little socialites. Cheers to a happy, healthy, and FUN 2013!

This post originally appeared on Team Ibrahim

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