Host the Ultimate Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Party

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New Year's Eve party dancing
Photo: Marley Kate

Trying to plan a New Year's Eve party for the family? Throw a party at home filled with food and fun. We're sharing easy decorating ideas, delicious recipes, and ideas for the ultimate New Year's night in. Plus, get creative New Year's Eve games that are perfect for family time.

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Party at Home

new years home party confetti balloons
Marley Kate

Instead of braving the crowds, stay in and throw the ultimate family New Year's party. Decorate with plenty of confetti, balloons, and streamers for the most festive party space. Make DIY confetti from scraps of leftover holiday wrapping paper, tissue paper, or even newspaper.

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Beverage Bar

New Year's party drink station
Marley Kate

Colored sanding sugar is the secret to this festive New Year's party drink station. Set out dishes and let guests play mixologist. If you're serving alcohol, set it up in a different location away from little hands.

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Confetti Contest

New Year's party girl confetti toss
Marley Kate

Get the kids involved in a little friendly competition. A confetti-tossing contest is an entertaining New Year's eve party game. See who can toss a handful of confetti the highest with bonus points for flair. Sure, it's a little messy, but the fun is totally worth it.

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Make Fondue

New Year's party fondue station
Marley Kate

A big batch of cheese fondue is one of our favorite New Year's Eve party foods. It's perfect for adults and even the pickiest eaters. Fire up the fondue set ($40, Crate & Barrel) and set out a variety of dippers like tater tots, pretzels, tortellini, and fresh-cut veggies.

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Fun Party Favors

New Year's party noise makers jar
Alexandra Grablewski

Fill a clear jar with fun New Year's party favors like noise makers, balloons, and mini disco balls that doubles as an easy centerpiece. During the party, award prizes to the game winners or gift each guest with their own to take home.

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Photo Op

New Year's Eve party boy with camera
Marley Kate

During your New Year's party, let the kiddos play photographer. Turn it into a fun New Year's eve family game by creating a list of things to capture on film and see who can collect the most snaps! Try common party moments like toasts, confetti tosses, and candids.

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Party Hat Cakes

Party Cake

These cute cakes have their party hats on. This easy New Year's dessert is baked in snow cone liners and decorated with colorful candy. Make the cake ahead and decorate during party time with the littles.

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Noise Makers

New Year's party girl noisemakers and decorations
Marley Kate

Instead of the classic kiss, ring in the New Year with fun noisemakers. Keep bedtimes in mind and celebrate the big moment well before the ball drops.

Editor's Tip: If your kids are set on watching the ball drop at midnight, you can find recordings of past years' celebrations online.

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Confetti Cookies

Confetti Cookies
Blaine Moats

These colorful cookies are the perfect snack to ring in the New Year! Serve them on a big tray decorated with plenty of bright sprinkles.

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DIY Confetti Balloons

confetti filled party balloons
Adam Albright

These aren't your basic party balloons! A dose of colorful confetti makes them the perfect piece of New Year's Eve party decor. Plus, they're super simple to make! Just use a funnel to add confetti to a set of multicolor balloons ($3, Party City), then inflate them.

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Dance Party

New Year's Eve party dancing
Marley Kate

Get the New Year's Eve party started with a fun dance party! Clear a space in the center of the room and play festive family-friendly music with a small speaker ($42, Walmart). Make a game of it and give awards to those with the best moves.

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DIY Confetti Hats

Boy with DIY Confetti Hat
Christie Spencer

This fun New Year's Eve party idea is as easy as cutting and gluing. Make each kiddo a colorful crown to wear for the evening. Cut out the crowns ahead of time and have the kids decorate them with stickers, markers, or confetti and glue. Once they're decorated (and dry!), use tape to secure the crown in the back.

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