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Games, Party Ideas, Crafts for a Kid Friendly New Year's Eve Party

New Year's Eve is a time for celebration.  Some parents enjoy getting a babysitter for the kids and heading out to enjoy the festivities.  We have always opted to have or go to a party with adults and children.  We found it to be a great way to celebrate the new year.

If you are having children at your party then you should be prepared by having some games and crafts available to keep them busy.  Be sure to have plenty of prizes on hand for the winner of the games.




New Year's Resolution Game

 Geared toward older children and adults.   Each guest writes 2 or 3 New Year's resolutions on a separate piece of paper and puts them in the hat.  A resolution is drawn from the hat and read out loud.  It is the job of the guests to try and determine the owner of the resolution.

New Year's Freeze Dance

This is the traditional freeze dance that all kids love with a twist.  Give each child a New Year's Eve noisemaker  then put on some kid friendly music.   The kids can dance and make music with their noisemakers while the music is playing.  Once the music stops the children must freeze and yell "Happy New Year."

Homemade Fireworks

Tape sheets of bubble wrap (use  large bubbles for best results) to a hard surface. After the New Year's countdown have the kids stomp on the bubble wrap to make their own fireworks.

Hide The Clock

Prior to the party make some clocks out of cardboard and set the time to 12:00.  Hide the clocks throughout the house.  Send the kids on a clock hunt.  Who ever can find a clock gets to trade it in for a surprise.

New Year's Relay

1 Ping pong ball for each team (painted with the New Year on it)
1 spoon for each team

Divide children into teams. Give the first child on each team a spoon and a ping pong ball. Set up the course to where they have to carry the "New Year" ball on the spoon to the end of the course and come back. Hand off to the next child and continue until all children have played on the team. First team done wins.


You will find that everyone loves to sing!  Include popular songs from the ending year as well as old favorites.

Know Your Guests

 Every thirty minutes, call out a question that pertains to guests at the party.  Give a prize to the person who guesses the answer first.  Questions could  include:  "Name the person who owns a Corvette?",  "Who is the tallest person at the party?", "Who came with the most children?",  "Who is the oldest person at the party?", "Who had the last party at their house?", "Who talks the most?", "Who is the comedian in the crowd?" 

Balloon Bust 

Divide the group into two teams.    Blow up gold or silver balloons and    tie one  to everyone's ankles. Say "go" and watch the teams trying to burst the other team's balloons first. The team with the last balloon wins. As your balloon is burst you withdraw from the game.

Create a Word  

Write the word New Year's Resolution on paper and see how many words the kids can make out of it in 5 minutes.


Have a New Year's Eve Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is probably one of the most popular party games and I have done them many times with my kids.  A few pointers to help you to get started:

  • Identify Your Teams
    Divide the kids into teams and have them select a “heart filled” name for their team.  Suggestions:  Conversation Hearts, Cupid's Kids, Loving Hearts, Red Hearts
  • Select The Area For The Hunt To Take Place
    You will want to select boundaries and keep the area limited.  Use caution tape to create the boundaries.  Hide the items within the boundaries.  Make sure the lighting is adequate. You can use indoors or outdoors.
  • Bags Are Required
    Decorated  bags should be given to each child.  This will help them to navigate and keep organized.
  • Prizes Make It Fun
    Select prizes for each team.  Even if it is just a certificate of accomplishment.
  • Starter List of Scavenger Hunt Ideas
    1. I am noisy but fun and used on New Year's Eve toy?
      A noisemaker
    2. Find something that you can recycle.
    3. Keep your head warm on New Year's Eve?
      A New Year's Hat
    4. Get the signature of the everyone who lives in the house.
    5. Is it 12 o'clock yet?
      A Paper clock
    6. How you knew to come here tonight?
      Party Invitation
    7. I float high and look pretty?
    8. How many people are at the New Year's Eve party?
    9. Find something shiny.
    10. Get the signature and New Year's Resolution of 2 adults.


New Year's Eve Kids Crafts


What is a New Year's Eve party without noise makers and hats.   Why not keep the kids busy for a while by having them make their own. They can use their imagination to create unique items to use for the dropping of the ball.  Be sure to start craft projects early in the night so that it will have time to dry before midnight arrives.

Noise makers:

You will need plastic container or drink bottles with lids  in all sizes and shapes.  Have the kids fill their container about half way with  beans, rice, marbles or anything else that you may find around the house that would make noise.   Use permanent markers, scraps of construction paper, pom poms etc.. to decorate the outside of the container.  Write each child's name on the bottom when the project is complete. 

Tiara's for girls:

Purchase white foam tiaras or visors at your local craft shop.  Prior to the party using glitter glue put the year on each tiara.  The night of the party have the girls decorate it with craft gems, feathers and markers.

New Years Hat's for boys:

Purchase plain party hats or  if the size works top hats at your local craft shop or retail store. .  Prior to the party using glitter glue put the year on each tiara.   The night of the party have the boys decorate it with shiny silver and gold scraps of paper, markers, stickers and feathers.

Old Year -- New Year:

You will need two adult volunteers, a male and a female.  Dress up the women as the old year and the man as the new year and have them come out dressed just after 12:00.  To make it fun use items around the house for their costumes.  For example, you can use cotton balls to make a beard on old years face and white sheets to make a toga.  New year should be a baby.  A white tablecloth would make a great diaper on a man without a shirt.  Don't forget a bottle, bib or pacifier. Every New's Years Eve Party needs everyone to sing Auld Lang Syne at least one time so have old year and new year lead the song.

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak' a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and the days of auld lang syne?
And here's a hand, my trusty friend
And gie's a hand o'thine
We'll tak' a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.


Decorating for New Year's Eve


  • You want everything to look shiny, glittery and new.  Your color scheme should be white, silver, gold and black.

  • Light up your house with strings of tiny white Christmas tree lights.  The more you drape around the house the better.

  • Add lots of balloons to your decor. Balloons are fairly inexpensive but are a great way to decorate for a party. You can get some Mylar balloons that say "Happy New Year" and then go with regular, balloons in white, silver, gold and a few black.
  • Be sure to include a "Happy New Year's" banner.
  • Purchase some great hats and noisemakers. Hand a hat and noisemaker to each guest about 11 minutes before 12:00pm.

  • Use streamers and long pieces of curly ribbon to decorate from the ceiling and along the dinner table.
  • Purchase napkins, forks and plates in silver or gold.

  • Decorate your table to look pretty with a white, silver or gold cloth tablecloth.  Create a center piece using flowers in clear vases or our fortune bubbles below.  You can use just one large vase or a cluster of small vases.  Be sure to add a few baloons to give a festive feel.

    Fortune Bubbles compliments of

    Required items: Note: Each bubble (ornament) contains one fortune. Display in clear glass vases.

    • See-through plastic ornaments to use as bubbles (available at crafts stores)
    • Calligraphy pen or colored marker
    • 8-1/2 x 11 sheets of art paper (amount needed will vary depending on how many fortunes you are making)
    • Scissors
    • Fortunes or inspirational quotes
    • Curling ribbon



    • Cut strips of paper 1-2 inches long (or as needed to fit in ornaments) and 8-1/2 inches wide.
    • Write a fortune or quote on each strip of paper.
    • Roll each fortune into a small scroll and tie with curling ribbon, leaving ends of ribbon long.
    • Place 1 fortune into each ornament. Allow excess curling ribbon to trail out of ornament.
    • Pile the bubbles in a basket or glass bowl.
    • Let each guest choose a bubble and read their fortune aloud to the group

Food Ideas

Since New Years Eve is always a late night I like to have substantial food served buffet style so that guests can help themselves throughout the night.  If you plan on starting the party late then you can go with appetizers and cocktails.   Be sure to include some kid friendly food with either option.  Chicken nuggets, and fruit kebobs are always a hit.  Desserts are also always a hit.


Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Pretzel Rods
3 or more bags of melting chocolate
(depends on the number of kids)
Halloween Sprinkles
Wax Paper

Melt chocolate in crock pot on high stirring occasionally.  Once chocolate is melted have kids dip the pretzel into the chocolate and then into the sprinkles.  Give them a piece of wax paper to put it on to dry.

New Year's Eve Potion

Drink boxes, bottles or cans.

Create labels out of silver and gold  paper to fit your drink. Decorate each label with stickers and/or glitter and add a slogan. 
For example New Year Juice, Heart Warming Syrup, Warning - Extra Strength. Celebration Cider

New Year's Pineapple Colada Smoothie

1/3 cup crushed pineapple, slightly drained
1 cup nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract

1/2 Cup ice cubes

Place pineapple, vanilla and coconut extract in blender. Blend several seconds add ice and continue to blend until desired consistency.

Holiday Pretzel Treats

Heat oven to 170 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Fill cookie sheet with bite-sized waffle-shaped pretzels in a single layer. Top each pretzel with an unwrapped Hershey's Kiss or Hershey's Hug. For a nice, colorful variety use both. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes or until he chocolate feels soft when touched with a spoon. Remove tray from oven and quickly press an M&M's candy into the center of each melted Kiss. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then refrigerate about 10 minutes to set.

New Year's Fondue

Select a variety of fruits such as strawberries, kiwi, grapes. bananas, apples, pineapples or oranges and some sweets like marshmallows, pretzels, pound cake squares. Display the goodies on a gold or silver platter.


12 ounces sweet German chocolate, or semisweet chocolate chips
1  tsp. Vanilla extract
1 cup light cream or half and half

Add small pieces of chocolate into a saucepan on low heat. Add the cream and stir until the chocolate is all melted. Add the vanilla extract and stir. Transfer the chocolate sauce to a fondue pot. Using the fondue forks or small wooden skewers, spear the goodies and dip into the chocolate.  

Candy Necklace

Candy Necklace

I have made this many times will all age children.  Younger children will need a bit of help but kids all love it!

I would recommend that you make a sample so that you can judge how much candy and ribbon you will need to purchase.  That is the most difficult part of this project if you are making it for a group.  Also, you can vary it for different holidays by changing the color ribbon and candy used. 


Plastic wrap (Saran wrap)
Individually wrapped  candy.
Silver and gold curling ribbon cut into 6 inch strips


Lay out three feet of plastic wrap, cutting it in half lengthwise.  Place a few pieces of candy every three inches.  The exact number will vary based on the size of the candy.  You want each section to look full.

Roll the plastic over the candy to cover completely and seal the candy in the middle.

Tie ribbon (knotted) between each section of candy.

Tie the two ends of plastic wrap together and cover the knot with another ribbon.

Finished product will be a great hit!

Create Your Own New Year's Cookies

One round sugar cookie for each child
White cake frosting

Cake decorator gels in a variety of colors

Mini M&M's
Have each child create their own special New Year's Eve Cookie.

Spread each cookie with white frosting and using cake decorator gels and M&M's create a masterpiece. 


Enjoy Your Party!