How to Enjoy New Years Eve at Home with your Family

Are you celebrating New Years Eve at home this year?   When you’re young New Years Eve means going out with friends to a party, probably dancing, drinking and having a great time way past midnight.  Then sleeping all day the next day to recover from a great night!  I did it while I was younger and loved every minute of it.

But I’m not in my 20’s anymore… heck I’m not even in my 30’s anymore. I’m married with children and a dog.  Now my New Years Eve consists of being home with my family and if I’m being honest here, struggling to keep my eyes open until midnight.  If you have children, then you know exactly what I mean.

New Years Eve at Home

But staying home with your family, doesn’t mean you can’t plan a fun night in.  There are so many ways to enjoy the evening and ring in the New Year at midnight, while at home in your PJ’s and maybe drinking coffee, rather than champagne.  Over the year’s we’ve enjoyed our time home doing fun things and sometimes even with friends.

New Years Eve at Home with your Family

Here are 6 ways to enjoy New Years Eve at Home with your family that everyone will enjoy!

Host a Family Game Night

Family game night is perfect for a New Years Eve at home.   My kids love playing board games and could do it all night.  This year we plan on playing some of their new games they received for Christmas…

New Years Games

Rack-O, Parcheesi, Clue and Risk are 4 games we added to our board game collection this Christmas.  The girls were so excited because they’ve never played any of them!  You can find these games at Winning Moves Games along with so many more games that are perfect for family game night any time of the year.

Make a Meal of Appetizers

My kids love when I turn a bunch of appetizers into dinner.   They love the variety and being able to “pick” rather than formally sit for a dinner.  We do this every New Years Eve at home and they look forward to it.  Rather than make them all from scratch, I like to pick up some good frozen appetizers for a quick meal rather than spend time putting it all together.  More time for family time and they sure don’t complain about it.

Make a Quick and Easy Dessert the whole family loves

What holiday doesn’t include dessert?  My family is big on dessert and while I make a lot of cookies for Christmas, they’d much rather have something different for New Years Eve.  I like to whip up a batch of Saltine Toffee or something my kids have now dubbed as New Year’s Crack because we have it on New Years and it’s so addicting, we call it crack! LOL  Try it, it’s simple and so good!

Make it a Movie Night

We have a huge collection of movies on Blu-ray along with Netflix and Amazon prime.  A great way to spend New Years Eve at home is to pop in a movie while either eating dinner or while we play a game.  Or even better yet, snuggling on the coach with some popcorn, a fire in the fireplace and a nice cup of hot chocolate!  I’ve found most of the New Years Eve shows that are on aren’t really appropriate for my kids so a movie is a much better choice for us.

Make some Yummy Coffee Drinks

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I love my coffee!   I have a couple of cups every day and New Years Eve is a great time to make some fun Coffee drinks – with and without liquor!  I get all my coffee from Cross Country Cafe and what I love is she has awesome recipes for using your k-cups to make a fun coffee drink.  Their Winter Selection of coffees are perfect for this time of year!

Make some Fun Drinks for Kids

My kids love fancy drinks, or drinking out of fancy cups.   At Christmas dinner we use our crystal wine glasses for the adults and the girls like drinking out of them too.  It’s super cute to see how excited they get to drink water out of a crystal wine glass!  They also love when I make them fun drinks.  New Years Eve is the perfect time to make some fun drinks for them.   Some of our favorites are warm milk drinkscolorful drinks, including colorful soda and our absolute favorite thing to do is make colorful ice cubes!!!  These are always a hit with the kids.

However you decide to do it, New Years Eve at home can be a lot of fun!