New Year’s Eve Party Ideas for Kids 2017

New Year’s Eve Party Ideas for Kids 2017

When you are a kid, New Year’s Eve can seem like such a glamorous holiday. Parents get dressed up, a babysitter is hired, and everywhere on television, adults are seen having a grand old time-and there are no kids anywhere!

Why not let your kids and their friends enjoy the spirit of the holiday with their own New Year’s Eve party?  It does not have to be held at midnight, but sometime during the day on December 31st.  Parents will enjoy celebrating with their kids while everyone is wide awake and not tired and cranky.

Here are some ideas for you to try at your own New Year’s party for kids!

What Kind of Food to Serve at Your New Year’s Eve Party for Kids

Easy to Prepare, Easy to Eat

When planning a party for adults, many hosts are concerned with the food they plan on serving. If it is not up to snuff, guests will not be happy and the whispering will begin.  If there is not enough for everyone to eat, guests will talk about you, too, and not in a good way. You should always have enough food to eat…leftovers are not a problem because you won’t have to cook the day after you stay up late entertaining.

The focus on the party for kids is not the food, although they will want to eat when they get hungry.  Games and fun are what they fell is most important.  They are not going to want to stop and spend time eating when there is a fun game going on! There are plenty of inexpensive party supplies to make the food portion of your party more festive.

The kinds of foods to serve your pint sized guests should be simple and child friendly, yet it should also make them feel like they are attending a grown up party. Finger foods that they can nibble on can be heated and served at the designated meal time are also very budget friendly as well.

Some kid friendly finger foods to serve are:

Mini hot dogs (pigs in a blanket)


Mozzarella sticks

Cocktail knishes

Chicken nuggets

Mini sandwiches

Fruit and veggie trays

For adult guests with a more discriminating palate, you can also serve mini quiches, blintzes, or any other food that does not scream “kiddie”.

Kids will be thirsty, so for beverages, in addition to water, have on sparkling grape juice on hand to serve in champagne glasses.

Photo Booths Are a Hit

New year's Eve Photo Booth props are so much fun for your adult or children's party.

Photo Booth Props Available on Amazon

One of the most popular things to do at parties is to have a photo booth. It need not be fancy, just an area dedicated to taking fun pictures.  These props were made especially for New Year’s Eve 2017.

Glow in the Dark Fun Favors for Kids of All Ages!

This package of 100 glow stick bracelets are perfect for your New Year's Eve party for kids.

100 Pack of Glow Sticks/Bracelets from Amazon

No matter how old they are, kids love things that glow in the dark.This pack of 100 will go a long way and is friendly to your wallet.

Games to Play at Your New Year’s Eve Party for Kids

How you want to play your games depends on how many guests are attending and how you want to run your party.  If you are scheduling blocks of time, like 45 minutes for games, 45 minutes for food, and 45 minutes of free time, then it will be different than letting the kids do what they want and then having a game, letting them graze at the finger food, etc.

Some games to play are:


When my nieces and nephews were younger, we always took out the karaoke machine at family gatherings.  It kept them busy, they loved to sing, and they never got bored of it.  We adults enjoyed sitting and listening to them.

Relay Races

Depending on your climate, you may be able to take the party outdoors, if only for a little while. All kinds of races can be done, you are only limited by your imagination!


Having a pinata is always a “hit” at parties!  Adults need to be on hand to supervise the candy collection and make sure that all kids get candy.

Scavenger Hunt

Create a simple list and have children search for the objects on it.  They can be New year’s related, searching for bags of confetti, hats, or blow horns.

Countdown Fun!

The most fun New Year’s Eve tradition is the countdown.  It is exciting because we are leaving the old year behind us and are heading into a new one with the promise of things being better and starting anew.

Kids will enjoy these countdown ideas because they are permitted to scream, yell, and throw things without getting into trouble.

2017 Glitter glasses for New Year's Eve and graduations available on Amazon. Sold in 12 packs.

2017 Glasses Sold in 12 Packs on Amazon

When you are ready for the countdown, go outside with these party supplies, like this set of glitter New Year’s Eve 2017 cardboard party glasses, and don’t worry about the clean up inside the house.

Confetti Fun for a Small Price!

This 2017 confetti is fun for both throwing and decorating at your party.Confetti Available on Amazon

Kids love throwing things, and taking them outdoors to throw this tissue paper confetti lets them do that without messing up the inside of your house.

Featured image from Pixabay and altered by the author in Picmonkey.


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