New Years Eve ideas
I don’t know about you….but I’m not much of a New Year’s Eve partier.

Since moving to a smaller town several years ago, we now live a good 30-45 minutes away from the “big city,” and the prospect of driving that far on “the deadliest night of the year” has never been very appealing.

But staying home on New Year’s doesn’t have to be boring…not by a long shot!  Here are a few creative ways to make the evening special even though the surroundings are familiar.

New Years Eve ideas

Countdown Bags – The Idea Room

fun family activity to count down to the New Year. Simply fill your bags with ideas to do every hour leading up to the big event. At the designated hour, have your child open up the bag to reveal the task inside. Some bag filler ideas….treats, disposable cameras, a new movie to watch, craft kits, noisemakers and confetti, etc!

New Years Eve ideas

Printable New Year’s Party Hats – merrimentdesign

Ring in the New Year with style wearing these fun and FREE printable new years partyhats! They are super easy to make and are sure to be a hit at your New Year’s bash.

New Years Eve ideas



20 Questions for a New Year’s Eve Reflection – The Art of Simple

Free printable with 20 questions to use as a springboard to reflect on the past 365 days. For you, for the kids, or for the whole family. Great idea!

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Good Luck Grapes – Party Bluprints Blog

Do like the Spaniards do and eat grapes at midnight for good luck! Thread 12 grapes on a skewer for each guest and serve in a tall champagne flute.

New Years Eve ideas

DIY Balloon Drop – One Good Thing By Jillee

What could be more festive than a balloon drop!? Make a homemade balloon drop and at midnight pull the string and let the balloons fall. Kids and adults alike will LOVE it!

New Years Eve ideas

New Year’s Eve BINGO! – Hip Hip Hooray Blog

Free printable New Year’s Eve BINGO game that you can play while you wait for the ball to drop on TV!

New Years Eve ideas

New Year, New Goals Worksheet (Printable) –  Dawn Nicole Designs

Keep your goals in view all year long! Another free printable to get the creative juices flowing.


Bubbly Jell-O Parfaits – The Family Room Blog

Toast the New Year with a cool, sparkly dessert that wiggles and jiggles.

New Years Eve ideas

Resolution Generator – Zimbio

A fun web site for generating random resolutions. Get ideas on what to do for the new year like “take more sick days,” or “enjoy life without posting about it.”

New Years Eve ideas

Fun Fizz Countdown –

Countdown each hour leading up to midnight with some “champagne” fizz fun using baking soda and vinegar. Your kids will be amazed!

New Years Eve ideas

New Year’s Tree – Our Best Bites

Start a new family tradition! Strip your Christmas tree of all the decorations (except the lights) and dress it all back up again with inexpensive New Year’s decorations!

New Years Eve ideas

Marshmallow Countdown – The Decorated Cookie

Super easy EDIBLE countdown “clock”!  Simply write the countdown on marshmallows with edible pens. Such a cute and tasty idea!

New Years Eve ideas

Milk and Cookies “Champagne Toast” for Kids – Style Me Pretty

Let the kids in on the fun of “toasting” the New Year! Grab some plastic champagne flutes, get everyone their favorite cookies, and when midnight strikes, the kids can toast, as well!

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New Year’s Eve Kit –

Hit your local party store for noisemakers, balloons, blowers, poppers and some sparkly confetti. Package it up in a party bag and attach to a bottle of Martinelli’s. Instant fun!

New Years Eve ideas

Printable New Year’s Eve Photo Props – Infarrantly Creative

Photo props are a fun way to capture the excitement of the evening! We had photo props at our Christmas Party and it was a blast!

New Years Eve ideas

I hope some of these ideas will get you enthused about ringing in the New Year at home. Let’s make this the best New Year’s Eve ever! :-)

So what about you? Do you go out on New Year’s Eve or prefer to stay home?