The past couple of years my husband and I have celebrated New Years Eve with our kiddos. We take the time to enjoy the evening as a family, but also have some time as just the two of us to count down to the new year. This is how we do it.
1. Snack food for dinner.
We always opt to have snack type food for dinner that is out for the evening. This allows for the boys to eat when they like and make it a little laid back. We usually have pizza of some sort as an option as well. I’ve been able to purchase a Groupon to Mama Mia’s Take and Bake the past two years and it has been great. We pick up our pre-made take and bake pizza the day before and bring it home to make. It’s super tasty and enjoyed by us all! Tip: open up the Groupon app through Ibotta and you can earn money back on your Groupon purchase!
2. Give the kids a fun bath.
After our snack time we give the boys fun baths before we all get in pajamas and enjoy the evening. We have used Dollar Store glow sticks and fun bath bombs to make the New Years Eve baths for them fun. This year I found this great da bomb bath bomb at Target. It has confetti and a small prize. The boys are going to love it!
3.Play Games, watch movies, and get festive
We love to play some board games and watch a movie or two to pass the time until it is our countdown to New Years. It is also important to wear some nifty hats and have noise makers for when the countdown begins! I got these at Target for $5.00.
4. Count down begins and kids fancy milk toast.
We do allow the boys to stay up later then usual but we do not have them stay up until midnight. How we get away with this is we do an early countdown around 9:30 using the kids countdown to New Years on Netflix. We turn on our Netflix, let the boys pick their favorite countdown, gather the noise makers and fancy milk toast, and get ready to ring in the new year! The boys have loved doing this each year and feeling special with their fancy milk. I make them by taking a glass and dipping them in frosting and then in sprinkles. Then you just fill with milk and add a fun straw. It is their way of feeling special and having a toast just for them.
After the countdown we get the boys to bed and still have plenty of time to enjoy a few hours to ourselves and watch the ball drop at midnight!
I hope these tips help you to celebrate with kids and I wish you a wonderful 2018. What do you do with your kids on New Years Eve?