My kids love a good New Year’s Eve Party. Staying up late, eating festive foods, making lots of noise — what’s not for a kid to love? Here’s how we in the Peace but Not Quiet household celebrate the evening:
1.) We don’t actually stay up until midnight. Or at least, not midnight here. I have little kids — they probably would make it, I certainly wouldn’t make it. We find another time zone and celebrate their midnight, about an hour after normal bedtime — late enough to make it a special treat but not so late that we’re all grumpy in the morning. We use this countdown clock (if you have one of those fancy TVs with The Internet on it, you could even project it on a nice big screen for everyone to see).
2.) We do fondue. We have a very simple recipe for chocolate fondue (1 1/2 c chocolate chips, 1 c heavy cream — melt in a saucepan and pour into fondue pot — or plunk the saucepan on the table and dig in). It’s fun for the kids to dip fruit and graham crackers, it’s festive…but fair warning, it’s also very messy! Stock up on the baby wipes for clean-up
3.) We make shakers. One of the best parts of the night — cheering, banging on pots and pans, blowing party blowers, and generally making a lot of noise. Sometimes we make our own noisemakers while we’re waiting for midnight. They’re simple and cheap and fun to make. Take one paper plate, fold in half, and tape ribbon along the inside. Staple the plate shut along 3/4 of the edge, leaving a hole at one end. Fill with dried beans,
staple the rest of the plate shut and decorate the outside with stickers, markers, crayons, etc. Then shake, shake, shake!
4.) We toast! For a midnight toast, use sparkling apple cider, or make our new favorite: Orange-Apple Surprises (really non-alcoholic mimosas, but it sounds weird to call a kids’ drink by an adult name, right?)
Happy New Year, everyone!