It is almost time to bid farewell to 2017! Do you have big plans?!? Traditions?!?
There is something about a new year that energizes me! I love the feeling of a “fresh start” on January 1st and all the new beginnings. Of course, those of you that know me well know that I love to celebrate pretty much anything and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Themed decorations, fancy foods, and celebratory sips are just a few things I am all about for NYE fun!
This year is a wee bit different because I could be pushing a bambino out as the clock strikes twelve, still hugely pregnant or holding my sweetest blessing of 2017 while sipping some bubbly. It’s all up in the air, but one thing is for sure…my family is still celebrating the close of a pretty crazy year and the joy of new beginnings in 2018!
So, how does one celebrate with a preschooler or tiny tots whose bedtime falls hours before the adults go clink, clink?
I’ve got you covered with 6 of my favorite ways to celebrate ringing in new year with your kiddos. It’s the little things, traditions, and time spent together that they will remember for a lifetime.
6 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with your Preschooler
A few of my favorite places to look for holiday decor are TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and Target. Last year I found the most festive decorations at Home Goods complete with coordinating paper plates, cups, and hats. Yes, every celebration needs a few party hats!
Tidbit – Get the kiddos involved! My little guy loved helping decorate the mantle with the decorations we chose together and setting the table with our festive “dishes”.
#2 Year In Review
What better way to close the year than with an interview recapping your kiddos favorites from 2017. Honesty and kids never fail to bring on some laughs!
Tidbit – Print out interview questions from Pinterest or type up your own. To add a bit more comedy into the mix have your little one ask you questions.
#3 Get Crafty
Themed crafts are always a good way to get kids excited about celebrating a holiday!
Tidbit – Make the crafts early in the day so your kiddos can enjoy them later in the evening.
#4 Game Time
Games always bring everyone together, so choose a few favorites to play throughout the day or have a mini game marathon before your NYE countdown.
#5 Treat Time
Let’s get real here…NYE is the last day of the year to go all out before those resolutions start, so get your treat on! I’m not a baker especially being 40+ weeks preggo, but I am up for chowing down on some festive sweets.
Tidbit – Keep things really simple by stopping by your local bakery or dessert bar and picking up a variety of mini desserts or pastries. Set up a little dessert bar to enjoy before you kiss the sugar goodbye at midnight!
#6 The Countdown
When we ring in 2018 my little guy will be several hours into dreamland. Mama can’t hang with a 4.5 year old staying up until midnight and if I am still hugely preggo I am have to set my alarm for 11:59 so I don’ t miss the countdown!
Tidbit – The littlest of kiddos will easily go along with a countdown at any time of night. Last year I found an early dinner worked well so we could enjoy games and desserts. After that we turned on Netflix’s Puffin Rock NYE Countdown, put our party hats on and welcomed 2017 as if it were midnight. The smiles and excitement my son had were absolutely priceless! He was thrilled to experience NYE with us and we were thrilled he was snug as a bug before 9pm!
Midnight is just a number, so if you know your kids will morph into overly energized nuggets after 9pm make their NYE countdown special at a time that works best for your family. It’s about the experience, the time spent together as a family, and the fun created as you celebrate the excitement of new beginnings in a new year!
Wishing you all a fabulously festive remainder of 2017 with all things beautiful in 2018!
Cheers | Kate