How do you make a New Year’s party that the whole family can enjoy?
For years, I barely acknowledged New Year’s Eve to my three kids so they wouldn’t know they were missing anything. I either went to some flashy grownup event or skipped it and went to bed. In the morning, I explained about the date change.
Last year, though, our family attended a party at a friend’s, and it was genuinely heartwarming. I began to think it was worth making an effort to mark the holiday, together, at home.
New Year’s is not just for adults. A small party is doable and relaxing; think about inviting extended family or close friends and their children.
“Parents feel more comfortable with their kids around,” says Selvi Rudge, a mother of three in Larchmont, N.Y., who often invites friends and kids for New Year’s. “And having the kids there just makes the celebration better.”
Preparing with some simple crafting and cooking projects can make everyone feel part of the holiday.
Finally, do you or don’t you keep the kids up till midnight? Go for it, but be prepared to send them to bed or say good night early if they fall apart.
And they may. But the karaoke, other kids and special treats may keep them fueled and happy enough to see the ball drop. And then you will have another family memory tucked away, and maybe another entry for the 2013 poster: I want the whole family to ring in the new year together again in 2014.