7 Simple Steps For A Fun

New Year’s Eve Party For Kids

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If you happen to find yourself at home with kids this New Year’s Eve, a party is a great way to ring in the new year. Follow these 7 simple steps for planning a peppy and painless New Year’s Eve party for the kiddos!

1. Choose a theme that makes you feel excited!

Your theme sets the tone for the party, so if you want your party to be lively and exciting, choose a theme that is fun and thrilling! Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling (or dropping):

Sparkle and Shine

A Sparkle and Shine theme begs for all the glitter, tinsel, and shiny metallic you can find! Decorate with swags of black and gold tassel garland and tissue paper flowers. Drape a festive Happy New Year banner between black, silver, and gold balloons. If you have any DIY bones in your body, you might consider creating and hanging this Paper Party Lantern Ball from Lia Griffith. Otherwise, head to your nearest party supply retailer.

Glow Party

 A New Year’s party is the prime time for a Glow in the Dark theme. Also called a Black Light party, decorate in bright neons and whites with black lights. Pop glow sticks inside of balloons. Drape swags of neon plastic tablecloths across the room. Turn bubbles neon and blow them outside. Use special glow in the dark drinkware and tableware for a little something extra. And, of course, make sure there is enough glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets for your guests.

New York’s Times Square

There is nothing quite like celebrating New Year’s Eve in Times Square–the lights, sounds, and the energy. It is absolutely magical. Bring the magic of New York’s Times Square to your kiddo’s New Year celebration with a New York-themed party. Cover tables and hang maps of New York City and articles from The New York Times. Dangle bright twinkly lights and post Broadway street signs. Build the New York skyline, including Time Square’s digital screens, billboards, and the famed ball drop.

2. Decide your guest list.

Make some decisions about how much money you are willing to spend on the party. Once you have a budget, think about location and management of the party to decide how many kids you are able to invite. 

3. Choose a place to have your party.

Once you have an idea of how many guests will be invited, choose your party space. For a kid’s party, it is probably best to have it at home as it is both convenient and safe.

4. Send out invitations.

For a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve party, a simple electronic invitation is a great way to get the word out easily and quickly. All of the free web-based online invitation services have New Year’s Eve party invitations to go with a variety of party themes and styles. An added bonus? They also have a guest management features to help oversee replies.

5. Budget for food and drinks.


When it comes to New Year’s Eve with the kiddos, keep things simple. Consider pizza, sandwiches, or a fun fondue party for kids. Think about offering simple snacks like this Easy New Years Snack Mix from Sportsmom Survival Guide or this White Chocolate New Years Eve Puppy Chow from The First Year Blog. You might also try to keep things a bit healthy with some NYE Festive Fruit Skewers from Fashionable Hostess or these traditional Spanish Good Luck Grape Skewers from Kix.

Of course your theme might also influence your food offerings. For example, a New York’s Times Square themed soiree wouldn’t be complete without pizza, hot dogs, or soft pretzels. A dash of colored sugar crystals adds a little Shimmer and Shine to any party confection.


Drink offerings are a fun and easy way to make your New Year’s Eve party super lively and memorable. These adorable Milk and Cookies Toast from Style Me Pretty or Milk Shots from Jo-lynne Shane are yummy and impressive to even the most discriminatory of child palates.

Or go glam and upscale with these Super Simple New Year’s Eve Mocktails for Kids from Modern Parents Messy Kids or this Sparkling Cotton Candy Drink from Vicky Barone.

6. Plan fun games and activities.

The first thing you’ll need to decide is how you will countdown to the new year. These fun countdowns are meant to be opened at specific times throughout the event and have inside of them a game or activity for guests to do at that time. So, will you do these New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags from The Dating Divas or this New Year’s Eve Balloon Clock Countdown from The Suburban Mom?

Whichever you choose, here are a few ideas for games and activities to put into the countdown bags or balloons:

Oh, and don’t forget the music! Take a ride on the Soul Train down memory lane with some iconic 2018 tunes! Kidz Bop or Radio for Kids playlists on Pandora and Spotify are always fun! The Now That’s What I Call Music 67 compilation album also includes fun pop music from this year that the kiddos can move and groove to all night long!

7. Plan a grand finale!

What’s a New Year’s Eve party without a really impressive conclusion?!?!?! A couple of options include this DIY Balloon Drop for New Year’s Eve from Hallmark Channel or this DIY Confetti Balloon for New Year’s Eve Celebration from The Nest.

Be ready to ring in the new year in style. Pass around these New Year’s Eve Midnight Kisses from Create Craft Love, or these DIY Confetti Poppers from Little Bins for Little Hands, or even these New Years Sparklers from Lil’ Luna to properly say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019.

If all else fails, just go to Netflix’s New Year’s Eve On-Demand, have your kiddos countdown to 0 sometime around 8:00 p.m., and call it a night!


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