We’re gearing up for our 3rd annual Noon Year’s Eve party with the kids. I’ve collected ideas from our past (and upcoming) parties to share with you in case you’re thinking of throwing your own party!
First, a Noon Year’s Eve party is a celebration of the coming New Year. Only it’s held on December 31st at noon, so little ones don’t have to stay up until midnight. Alternatively, some might celebrate this on New Year’s Day at noon. But… as I’m usually up past midnight the night before, I prefer to have our party on the 31st!
Here’s some key elements of a Noon Year’s Eve party:
The Countdown – do it as you like, whether you countdown throughout the party or just the minute before noon. I hear Netflix has a faux “ball drop” video available!
The Ball Drop – we do a balloon drop after the countdown ends. The night before, we blow up balloons and rig them to the ceiling. Like this:
- Use two vinyl tablecloths or pieces of fabric to contain the balloons.
- Punch holes through one side of each cloth and then “lace” the two clothes together with a long string or twine.
- Tape the unlaced sides to the ceiling with painter’s tape (or you could tack up if you don’t mind holes in your ceiling).
- Leave some slack in the cloth rigging to hold the balloons.
- Stuff the balloons into the shallow “pouch” you’ve just created on your ceiling! We find about 40-50 balloons is an impressive number to drop.
- I also throw in a few handfuls of confetti, although just a warning, you’ll be finding these until July.
The Activities – we have had our guests arrive at 9, but this year we’re going to start at 10, because it’s a bit of a long time for younger kids. Here’s just a few activities we’ve done while we wait for the Countdown and Ball Drop:
- Snowflake crafts (cut out snowflakes, draw with glue and sprinkle with glitter, or maybe you’ll have snow and you can go out and make real snowmen!).
- Cookie decorating (sugar or gingerbread cookies work great if you make them ahead and just have cups of sprinkles and decorations handy!)
- Pretzel Kiss making because, you know, you don’t want to do the actual “kissing on New Year’s Eve!”
- End-of-Year Reflection Worksheet – one year we did my Stars & Wishes goal setting / reflection worksheets (free printable at that link!). This year we’re going to do a Looking Back… Looking Ahead New Year’s Reflection Sheet! (free printable here! Just click the image below!)
- Photo Booth – hang streamers or tinsel from a door or wall and have kids sit in front with noise makers. Snap away!
- Decorate noise makers (Paper plates stapled together with beans inside are great! Color the plates and affix gems and glitter. Another year we made paper blowers with straws and rolled gift wrap).
The Food – after all the excitement, you’ll want to bring out some refreshments to toast the Noon Year! We like to keep it simple with veggie, fruit, and cracker trays. Homemade macaroni and cheese is always a great hit with the kids. Sometimes we have finger sandwiches too, but my kids aren’t really into lunchmeat. Colorful sodas and punch in clear plastic cups are fun to drink after the countdown.
However you decide to plan your fun – a Noon Year’s Eve party makes for a great tradition that kids of all ages can enjoy together. I also love that this is a good time to run out and get hugely discounted party supplies from the after-Christmas sales!!Happy New Year!!! Or, should I say NOON Year!