Looking for some family New Years ideas? You can have a family-friendly event for the eve or day of New Years that will satisfy the need for fun and give you some bonding time as well. Here are a few party ideas for New Years Eve
Save Family Memories With a New Year's Time Capsule
The end of the year is the perfect time to look back over the past few months and capture some cherished memories so you can relive them again next year. You can get the kids involved in this as well. Have each family member write down their favorite moments of the past year on small pieces of paper or in a book you keep and write in each season.
Then, look back over what you each wrote the previous year. It's fun for the kids to see how they've grown emotionally and for the adults to see which goals they've worked on and which they decided to skip.
After you read the notes from the previous year, you can put them in an ornament for the tree or just keep them in a box so you can read them anytime.
If you live in the warmer climates, have a family New Years campfire complete with marshmallows, s'mores, and spooky stories. Add some sparklers or (legal) fireworks to the mix and you've got a new family tradition the adults and kids can both get behind.
This is also a good activity to invite neighbors or your kid's friends to.
New Year's is the perfect time for a movie marathon night because you can all stay up for hours to get through the films. Choose a theme with movies from one particular actor, director, or genre, or just have everyone in the family pick one film they want to watch.
Plan out the meal that night by trying to tie in to the movie selections. Where is the movie filmed? What are the characters eating? These are things you can use to help choose your food selections.
Game nights are a great way to get the whole family involved, and with things like the Wii and PlayStation, you can also get your heart rate up to burn off some of those New Year's calories. Don't forget about board games like Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, or Scene It.
Invite your friends and their kids over and have a potluck. Have everyone make a dish that represents "home" to them or has a funny family story behind it.
This is a good way to teach your kids about their heritage and the dishes you made with your grandma or aunt as a kid. It's also a good way to get to know your friends just a little bit better.
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