6 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Family New Year’s Eve Party


Ushering in the New Year as a family can be a blast with just a little extra effort on your part. Here are six ways to entertain the kids and easily make your family’s New Year’s Eve party memorable for all.

1. Make bags for the kids to open each hour up until midnight

I usually start letting the kids open goodie bags beginning at 8:00. These bags give them something to look forward to as they count down each hour until midnight. Each bag contains a variety of poppers, sparklers, noisemakers, candy, or treats.

2. Turn your Christmas tree into a New Year one

We always leave our tree up until after the new year, so turning it into a New Year tree is a lot of fun! I love this idea of adding balloons, filled with money and fortunes, to pop at midnight. You probably need to have a faux tree like ours to do that though.

3. Play fun, interactive games


We always play Left, Center, Right using pennies or quarters to make it a little more fun for everyone. Other games we love to play are Telestrations, Speak Out, and Wits and Wagers which get the creativity and laughs flowing!

We’ve even done a family puzzle contest with dollar store puzzles, to see who can complete theirs first!

4. Serve festive drinks

How about a fun Torani Soda Bar setup? Or sparkling cider in plastic stemware is always a fun option for the kids.

5. Make vision hats or choose your One Word for the year

A friend gave me the idea of turning our New Years’ hats into walking vision boards. Such a fun idea! Have everyone cut out pictures and words from magazines representing what they hope for in the new year and glue them to their party hat! Or start talking about your One Word for the new year.

6.  Family conversation starters


  • Cut these up and put them in a New Years Hat.
  • Pass them around and have each person answer the question they draw.
  • OR print the entire list (also included with the FREE printable) and have everyone answer all 20 questions!

1. Who is someone you enjoyed meeting this year?

2. What accomplishment are you the most proud of this year?

3. What do you wish you spent less time doing in 2023?

4. Where was your favorite spot to hang out in 2023?

5. Who helped you be a better person this year?

6. What moment from 2023 brings a smile to your face?

7. Who did you love visiting with this year?

8. What is your biggest disappointment from 2023?

9. Who most inspired you in 2023 and why?

10. What is something new you tried this year?

11. How did you help someone during 2023?

12. How did you relax this year?

13. What’s something sad that happened in 2023?

14. What was a favorite gift you received this year?

15. How were you courageous this year?

16. Who made you laugh the most in 2023?

17. What item of yours got a lot of use in 2023?

18. What’s something that surprised you this year?

19. What are you most grateful for from 2023?

20. What was the best place you visited in 2023?

Happy New Year Friend! 

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