While New Year's Eve is a big night for special parties, dancing, and champagne toasts, many people prefer to celebrate a quieter, more relaxing New Year's Eve at home with family and friends. If that appeals to you, our real estate agents have some great tips for a festive celebration in the comfort of your own home where friends and kids can join in the activities.
If you're looking for Wichita homes for sale, or you just moved into a new home, why not spend a relaxing New Year's Eve at home this year? Whether you spend the evening with your kids or a small group of friends, there are lots of ways to ring in a fun-filled New Year at home.
Decorate the house with things that sparkle or glitter
Hand out party hats, horns, and glow sticks to your guests
Dress up in festive party attire
Crank up your favorite playlist
Count down to the ball drop
Set Up a New Year's Eve Buffet
Whether you're hosting adult friends and family members or a house full of kids, a New Year's Eve buffet will be a big success. Adults may prefer an assortment of warm appetizers and finger foods like meatballs, chicken fingers, pizza bites, deviled eggs, cheese cubes, and fondue that go well with a glass of champagne. For the kids, set up an area with chips, popcorn, pretzels, snack mix, pigs in a blanket, and chunks of fresh fruit.
For fun, you can create an area on the buffet where both adults and kids can decorate New Year's Eve cupcakes and cookies with frosting and edible glitter, gold stars, and gold dragees to create a festive atmosphere. You can buy packaged candies and wrap them in holiday paper or put them in gold and silver paper cups. For extra New Year's Eve effects, buy a gold paint pen and let guests decorate star-shaped cupcake toppers, glasses, plates, and napkins with their own festive artwork.
When the New Year's Eve countdown begins, make sure all of your adult guests have their glasses filled with champagne or sparkling cider for non-drinkers to toast in the new year. For older kids and teenagers, you can fill their glasses with lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, sparkling cider, or grape juice so they can participate in the countdown festivities.
Have a Mock Countdown
If you know your kids won't be able to stay up until midnight, you can fudge on the time a bit and have a mock countdown. Rather than waiting for the clocks to strike midnight way past your kids' bedtime, do your countdown a few hours earlier so they can participate. That way, the kids can go to bed happy that they got to join in the fun, and the adults can stay up to celebrate the real midnight if they wish.
To make the countdown more special for young kids, create a pinata ball that's decorated with paint, glitter, and sparkly beads. When the pinata ball drops, the kids can bang it open to find trinkets and toys that create special New Year's Eve memories. You can even create a special January 1st tradition with a New Year's Day breakfast for those early-to-bed, early-to-rise kids.
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