Get those noisemakers ready, it’s New Years’ Eve! This year the kids are running the show and we are turning back the clock so the little ones aren’t up all night long. This New Year’s Eve, try some of Peyton Lambton’s tips for hosting a kid-friendly party with these easy DIYs that are fun for the whole family. We are turning back the clocks to celebrate midnight with a daytime party so the kiddos can participate and—let’s be honest—so the parents can party, too, knowing their little ones are tucked in. Take a look at Peyton’s family’s favorite traditions while you are counting down to midnight. The first activity she’ll share is to make a Time Square Ball Piñata. Our last activity of the night will be to hit the piñata for prizes. The day before the party, use glue and newspaper to papier mache an inflated balloon, and let dry for 24 hours. Then at the party, the kids can cover it with either tissue paper or cupcake liners. Be sure to leave an opening for all the prizes! We’ll open this piñata up when the clock strikes kid-night! Next, the kids can decorate their own time capsule. Using cardboard boxes, Kraft paper, tape, and coloring materials they can take these time capsules home to hold their treasures from the year. Remember: Don’t open until next year! Let’s head on over to the next activity! Cardstock, pompoms, glue, scissors, and string are all you need to make these festive mini party hats. After dinner, set up a dessert station for cookie decorating. Decorate with colorful sprinkles and frosting to look like the new year’s eve fireworks. Then, create activity bags to open when the clock strikes each hour. Plan what time kid-midnight is going to be, for example 7 pm—it doesn’t have to be too late. Create bags for 5, 6, and 7 pm. Depending on when the party starts, how many activities you want to do, and the age of the kids, you can do more or less activities and bags. You know your kids better than us, so plan for more activities or less—whatever works best for your family. Each bag is labeled with the time to open and has an activity like painting their favorite things from the year, items to make party hats, pictures to look at from trips, holidays, school, and more from the year, ingredients to bake cookies or treats, or items to make a time capsule. For younger kiddos, label the bags with different colors so that they can follow along, too. Now, lastly, it’s time to unwind—and for parents to get ready for their party to start! Floor pillows are perfect for the kids who aren’t quite ready for bed and want to stay up to watch a movie. We hope you ring in the new year with some of these festive ideas! Here’s a toast to another great from Peyton and all of us at Wayfair.
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