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Kids love celebrating New Year’s Eve, too, but bedtimes often mean they miss out on the fun! This New Year’s celebration won’t be held at midnight though, but in the afternoon! The kids get to celebrate and you and your adult guests will have time to get home for the babysitter, so you can go out on the town and celebrate New Year’s Eve too!

I would start the party around 5:00, so the kids have time to play before dinner. Have dinner at 5:45 and then a New Year’s countdown around 6:15. Then everyone would hit the road around 6:30.

Send a ring pop along with your invitation that says, “Ring in the 2015 at the Miller’s New Year’s Party!” Your young guests will love the sweet treat.

Make sure to specify whether parents are also invited to the party. If you’re hosting younger kids, then this is probably the wisest choice. Do you really want to watch a house full of little ones by yourself? Probably not, and parents love to see their cute kiddos enjoying a party! It’s a great photo op.

If your child is “hosting” the party, then ask them to help with the invitations. Print up invitations on white cardstock and ask your kids to help add sparkles. Or, let them color on the invitation. They will love helping!

Decorations are another great place to get kids involved. Make a large welcome banner and have them help color in the letters. If they are older, they can paint the sign themselves!

Your menu certainly doesn’t need to be fancy for a kid’s New Year’s party. We all know how picky they can be, so choose foods they will eat! I would, however, make whatever you serve seem extra special for the holiday!

  • Kids eat hot dogs, right? Serve pigs in a blanket to make it fun!
  • Serving grilled cheese or PB&J? Use cookie cutters to cut the sandwiches into fun, festive shapes.
  • Serve Mac & Cheese in a fancy silver bowl.
  • Just before the “ball drops” make sure you have everything set up for a night your little guests will never forget!
  • Have a New Year’s countdown about an hour into the party.
  • Pass out glasses of sparkling apple juice

Make sure to send your young guests home with something to remember the last day of the old year!

Everyone will love getting their picture taken at the party. Set up a photo-booth with a digital camera on hand and have the kids stand in front of a 2015 photo op! Print the photos before they leave. An inexpensive frame along with the photo makes a great favor.

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