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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

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Party Fun with Children

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jan 8, 2015 2:03:00 PM

New Year's party funThis year plan a kid friendly New Year’s Eve party. Invite your friends with children to ring in 2015. If you have to start early, because of their ages, change your clocks a couple hours ahead. They’ll never know!

The key to successful children’s parties is to be prepared and have lots of activities to keep them occupied. Here are some easy and inexpensive suggestions for kids of all ages. 

Food and Drinks:

  • Make fun food like fondue. Serve melted cheese with bread, pretzel rods and carrots.
  • For dessert serve chocolate fondue with pound cake, leftover Christmas cookies or lady fingers.
  • Pop open a bottle of sparkling (non-alcoholic) juice. Pour it into fancy glasses rimmed with colored sugar or jimmies. Make sure everyone makes a toast.
  • Decorate cut out cookies with count-down clocks.


  • Keep kids occupied during the evening with a scavenger hunt game. Make count down bags for each child starting with 7:00 and continue to midnight.

New Year's party funInside place instructions to hunt for something you’ve hidden around the house. Chocolate gold coins, little toy prizes, etc.

  • Make a time capsule. Collect family memories (photos, vacation souvenirs, ribbons and art work, even that A+ test!). Put everything in a box you found at Goodwill. Tapes shut and label with the date and “Open in 2016”.
  • Have the kids make a “Happy New Year” banner and party hats.


  • Fill balloons with confetti. At midnight, everyone gets to pop one to ring in the New Year.
  • Or fill a large bag with helium balloons and have a “ball” drop at 12:00.
  • Make confetti poppers.
    • Fill toilet tissue tubes with candy, little toys and confetti you made with a hole punch and paper.
    • Wrap with tissue paper and tie each end with curling ribbon. Tie loosely so they can be easily opened.
    • Write Happy New Year and 2015.
    • Make one for every guest.

Have a very Happy New Year!

Topics: Merri Cvetan, New Year's party, party ideas for kids