New Year’s Party Planning & Invitations
In addition to basic party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your New Year’s Eve party:
- Party hats
- Noise makers
- Wine glasses and sparkling apple juice
- Party music
- A disco ball
- A pinata
Creative invitations build excitement and can increase attendance at your child’s New Year’s Eve party. If you have time to make your own, be sure to involve your child in choosing the design and filling in the details. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Fold a square of black construction paper in half, and write “Let’s ring in [year] together!” on the front using a silver marker or gel pen. Write the party details inside and decorate open areas with squiggles of glitter glue to look like streamers and confetti.
- Cut out a circle from card stock and cover it with metallic craft paper or foil. Cut out black numbers (or purchase pre-cut numbers from the craft store) to spell out the upcoming year and paste them on the front. Cut a circle of black construction paper the same size as your invitation and glue it to the back. Write your party details on the back.
- Cut a circle out of card stock and draw a clock on the front with its hands marking 12:00. Write your party details on the back.
- Punch a hole in the corner of a card-style invitation and use ribbon to tie on a party popper. Mail these in padded envelopes and sprinkle glitter inside before sealing.
If you would rather not make your own invitations, let us print personalized invitations for you, which include all the party details on a themed background of your choice. Countdown to the New Year! Plan to start your party at 10:30 a.m. and have the children countdown to noon instead of midnight! Here are some ideas for making the countdown just as memorable as the real thing:
- About ten minutes before noon, have all the kids choose a hat and noisemaker, and start a countdown timer.
- Lower a ball-shaped pinata painted silver to resemble the ball in New York City. Once you hit 12:00, break open the pinata, and divide the candy among your guests.
- Drop air-filled silver and gold balloons over the children as they shout “Happy New Year!”
- Play the song “Auld Lang Syne” as the children celebrate.