There’s no need for a sitter if you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve bash that both kids and adults will love. The key is to provide food, drinks, games, and music that all ages can enjoy.
Serve sparkling drinks
The bubbles are half the fun of a New Year’s Eve party, so serve club soda with lime, sparkling apple cider, and other sparkling fruit drinks (like sparkling cranberry juice or orange sparkling water).
Set up the non-alcoholic drink station with ice, colored straws, and plastic cups (and sippy cups depending on the children’s ages), and keep it separate from the adult alcohol drink station so kids can serve themselves.
Dish out food that makes you feel like a kid again
Everyone loves mac and cheese, grilled cheese, and pizza. Buy some mac and cheese bites and pizzas from the frozen section of the grocery store and cook grilled cheese, cutting it into quarters. Put a vegetable tray with hummus on the coffee table.
With these finger foods, you don’t need to make anything separate for the kids or adults. Everyone will be happy to eat like a kid again, and the kids can reach the healthiest options since they’re sitting right on the coffee table.
Create a radio-friendly playlist
You know your kids love singing along to Top 40 radio, so embrace the songs you both like and create a playlist that everyone will dance to. Choose the radio edits to avoid any swear words.
Celebrate the ball drop in an earlier time zone
If you’re trying to get your kids back into an earlier sleep routine for school, you won’t want them to stay up until midnight local time.
Ask your adult guests to celebrate an earlier ball drop (if you’re on the East Coast, watch London’s countdown; if you’re in the Central, Mountain, or Pacific time zone, watch New York’s countdown). The kids will get the experience of the countdown and can go to sleep whenever they’re ready without feeling like they’re missing out.
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