I wanted to throw a Noon Year’s Eve Party the minute I heard about it. But the holidays were so busy, I put off even thinking about it until after Christmas. Here’s how to Celebrate Noon Year’s Eve with a Party for Kids!
How to Celebrate Noon Year’s Eve with a Party
A Noon Year’s Eve party is a great way to celebrate the New Year with kids and not keep them up until midnight. I found most of my ideas on Pinterest! (of course! What did we do before Pinterest?). Our party was so simple to throw together!
For food, I had a veggie platter, fruit kebobs, and macaroni and cheese muffins. Also, colorful sodas from our local soda bottler. Keep it simple with a main dish, snack foods, and a fun beverage. Kids are too wound up to want to eat much. Plus, it’s only lunchtime, not dinner!
Celebrate Noon Year’s Eve with Fun Activities!
From 9 am until noon, we had a different activity each hour for the kids (my 3-year-old and his cousins) to enjoy!
9 a.m. – Make pretzel Kisses treats to enjoy after lunch. This activity is very quick – maybe next year I’ll do cookie decorating or something more time-consuming, as this activity went very quickly!
10 a.m. – Decorate noisemakers – paper plates with beans and bells inside! You can find another noisemaker we made over on this post.
11 a.m. – Cut out snowflakes! I started the countdown timer on my iPad using this website. I wish it came with music though!
Noon – Balloon drop and lunch! The balloon drop did take some time to rig up the night before. We had about fifty balloons. I “sewed” two tableclothes together with cording and taped them to the ceiling with painter’s tape (leave some slack to add balloons and confetti). When noon hit, we pulled the cord to release the balloons!
(Get a detailed description of how to set up a balloon drop here).
Then we enjoyed lunch. All in all, the kids had a blast and filled in the extra time just playing, while the adults chatted. A Noon Year’s Eve Party is sort of like Structured Relaxed Play – if you can put those two ideas in the same phrase! Ha! We plan to do this again next year!
UPDATED: We have had a Noon Year’s Eve party in our house since 2013… Here’s more posts:
We got both boys into bed by 8 p.m. and hubby and I enjoyed a little movie night, then watched the ball drop in New York City (on TV!). We did miss our annual Scrabble match up because we were a little busy with party cleanup (ha! We’ll never find all that confetti!), but we’ll fit that in this weekend!
How do you celebrate Noon Year’s Eve or the New Year with your little kids? Do you stay up late? Do you let them stay up too?