No sitter? Join the crowd. We asked our friends who write the Hip Hip Hooray blog for ten fun ways to party at home family style. Let’s count ’em down.
10. Board game on. Best bets: Apples to Apples Junior, Pictureka, Twister, and Uno. If needed, team up to keep toddlers in the action.
9. Set up a camp-in. Go all out with tents, cozy pajamas, and sleeping bags. Whip up fun treats like hot cocoa, s’mores, and ants on a log.
8. Make a fresh start. Use cookie cutters for a new take on kid-friendly, healthy snacks. Apple slices in the shape of gingerbread men — with peanut butter and sprinkles — are sure to delight.
7. Time for a capsule. Gather your favorite memories, school pictures, and souvenirs from the past year. Put everything in a plastic container and bury it in the backyard by flashlight. Pull up last year’s and reminisce.
5. Countdown chain. Ask kids to share the notable events of their 2010. Write them down on paper strips (use sparkly and patterned papers to make your home festive). Create a chain and hang it up, then take turns removing links and reading them aloud as the big moment approaches. Example: Ike turned 4!
4. B-I-N-G-O. Download Hip Hip Hooray’s darling bingo cards with New Year’s images (balloons, confetti, music, streamers, etc.). Fill it in while watching the holiday antics on television.
3. Expect the unexpected. Premake surprise balls for each child, filling them with noisemakers, confetti, and a mask. Have them unwrap the layers throughout the night — ending with a celebration at the stroke of your family-friendly “midnight.”
2. Make it pop. An alternative way to throw the confetti: New Year’s-themed confetti poppers.
1. Cheers! Let them toast, too, with a glass of bubbly-free candy champagne bubbles.
While you enjoy a sip or two of the real thing.
Find more fabulous party ideas online at hiphiphoorayblog.com.
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