We’ve been throwing our Kid’s Noon Year’s Eve Party for the past four or five years now. We saw the idea and ran with it and now it’s an annual event. Over the years, we’ve tried different activities to make for a fun and celebratory morning, and you can see a few ideas here and here. Here’s nine Easy Noon Year’s Eve Party Ideas to make your own party a smashing success (and not so much stress on you!).
Easy Noon Year’s Eve Party Ideas
Whether you start in the morning and go all day until midnight, or just till noon, you’ll want a few activities to countdown to the big moment. Here’s some we’ve enjoyed and a few new one’s we’ll try this year!
Photo Booth – When guests arrive, have them snap a photo to commemorate the moment! I like to hang a plastic tablecloth, tinsel garland, or these sparkly backdrops from Oriental Trading. Provide some photo props on sticks like these winter sparkle props, and you’re done! These days everyone has a camera phone so that part is easy. Or what about using one of those Instax instant cameras for a fun effect?
Fast & Easy Board games – for kids who want to chill out, have a few tables set up with easy board games to play. Here’s a few we enjoy:
- Yeti in my Spaghetti
- Pie Face
- Connect Four
Easy Craft activities – Cutting out snowflakes, or inexpensive multi-packs of easy winter craft kits like these snowflake frames, snowman ornament, and puzzles are a great way to keep little hands busy while you wait. You could have kids complete a new craft on the hour, or put them all out for kids to pick and choose.
DIY party hats and noisemakers – Set out plain party hats and noisemakers, some washi tape, stickers, and markers and let kids go to town decorating their own party hats. When the time comes for the exciting moment, everyone will have their own unique look to celebrate! Check out these noisemakers we’ve made other years!
Minute to Win it games – An hour could be spent on these fun and laugh-generating Minute-to-Win-It games. They are so low-prep, and if kids don’t take to one, you can easily switch to another game (try these!)… in a minute!
Make a snack – Pretzel kisses are a fun and easy snack kids can help make!
Complete a reflection worksheet – I love this Stars & Wishes worksheet for young kids – just three things that shine from the last year and three wishes they look forward to coming true in the new year. For older kids, grab my free Reflections Printable to look back/look forward. This year I also discovered Big Life Journal’s New Year’s Growth Mindset Printable kit, which contain 16 pages of a growth mindset prompts to help kids reflect on 2017 and get excited about what they’ll achieve in 2018. The engaging and colorful pages are perfect conversation starters for kids and parents! TIP: At a party, kids are very excited and wound up. So you might just have kids complete one simple page like “New Things to Try in 2018” or “12 Things I Want To Learn in 2018”, but then find some one-on-one time with your child to work through the remaining pages at your leisure.
Check out my video detailing this exciting journaling printable kit!
Create a Balloon Drop!
The highlight of every Noon Year’s Eve party is our balloon drop! It’s so easy to make and has such a big effect! Simply tape together two festive plastic tablecloths and use painter’s tape to affix it to your ceiling. Keep one end open and have a little slack to fit the balloons in. Then blow up a few dozen balloons and slip them into the open end and tape that up to. I also like to cut some paper or tissue for confetti and throw that into the mix as well. When twelve noon (or midnight if you’re going for the real deal) comes, countdown the minute beforehand, then release the tape and balloons and confetti will shower down around everyone!
Enjoy Noon’s Year’s / New Year’s Eve Inspired Snacks
After the balloon drop, we always have a snack table ready before parents bundle up their kids to go home.
- I love this milk and cookies idea in plastic champagne flutes I found here at Style Me Pretty!! I recreated it using dark chocolate cookies (for midnight) with colorful M&Ms for the confetti thrown as the New Year begins! Fun, right!?
- Party Candy! How about Hershey Kisses for the “kiss at midnight”? Hand everyone a Ring Pop to “ring in the New Year!”
- Lunch Bites! Sandwiches, veggie trays, mac and cheese, make your own pizza, and soup have also been popular lunch bite ideas for our kids and their friends!
And there you have it. Stay organized. Keep it simple. And have a ball with your kids this New Year’s Eve – er, I mean NOON Year’s Eve! I hope these Kids Noon Year’s Eve party ideas helped you out!
Here’s a video rundown:
Thanks to Oriental Trading for providing products for this post! And to Big Life Journal for providing a printable set for my review. All opinions are my own.