Family New Year’s Eve Guide!

Around here, the Ski Slopes are the stars for New Year’s Eve!  For families, there really aren’t that many other options. In my experience, there are three types of “New Year’s” families:

  1. The whole family is out and about, skiing, eating, attending parties.  The kids actually stay up late, and they all sleep till noon the next day.
  2. The babysitter comes over to ring ing the New Year with the kiddos, while the parents go out to have a toast at one of the local restaurants celebrating the night.
  3. Parents and kids hunker down at home, spending some quality time together.

Which type of family are you?

In the past, we have really enjoyed spending time with the kids at home on New Years Eve, although I have visions of Judd and I getting all spiffed up and hanging out with friends at a local hot spot. Maybe when the kiddos are a little older, but they are so young to make it up so late, and we can do some really fun activities to make the night special. Our favorite thing to do is to have a movie night, spreading out our sleeping bags on the floor in the living room, and eat popcorn and candy!

My husband and I have a trick we play on the kids, but it’s so fun! We set the clock forward to strike midnight at whatever time we want the kids to go to bed!  Then, they can ring in the New Year with style and still get a good night’s sleep.  Shh… don’t tell!

No party would be complete without hats! I found a couple of cute hats to make on the Family Fun website. Click on the photos to get the directions:

Some more party essentials from Family Fun:

What can you do at your “At Home” Party?

  • Pop confetti filled balloons
  • Bang on pots and pans at midnight
  • Make New Years’ Resolutions
  • Play your favorite Board Games

What are your ideas for a family New Year’s Eve?  Keri will be publishing her round-up of High Country NYE activities shortly, so check back for specifics!

This post is listed at Works for Me Wednesday at We Are That Family


  1. Ohh love the hat help, thank you! We have a NY party where we always wear a hat and I was hoping to have a fun one this year 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Oh, thanks for the tips!!! Sounds like a fun way to ring in the New Year!!!

  3. The past few years we’ve been home with the kiddos… but I really wouldn’t have any other way at this point 🙂

    Thanks for the great ideas!!!!

  4. We huddle together as a family and dodge the falling bullets that people shoot into the air.. gotta love Arizona.