Celebrating New Year’s Eve with children – tips & inspiration

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Are you looking for tips and inspiration for a successful New Year’s Eve with children? With our decoration, recipe and entertainment ideas, you can start the new year with your troop full of fun and joy!

Colourful decorations to get in the party mood

Colourful balloons, garlands and confetti – New Year’s Eve parties with children can be colourful. Garlands in particular are a must for the turn of the year with children. The best thing is for the little ones to make their own garlands and pennants for New Year’s Eve. Then add balloons in different shapes and colours, which the children can then also play with. Party hats and accessories as well as lots of confetti and streamers add to the fun.

The right food for a cheerful New Year’s Eve

Every year, many of us ask ourselves the same question: fondue or raclette? These two Swiss dishes are among the ultimate New Year’s Eve classics, and rightly so. Both dishes are ideal for a long evening and can be shared with all visitors. In case of intolerances, vegan cheese can be substituted.

Fondue? Chocolate!

Are your children no fans of cheese? How about a chocolate fondue for dessert? In combination with fruits such as bananas, pears or physalis, this sweet temptation becomes the culinary highlight of the evening. A little tip: you can sprinkle the sliced fruit with a little lemon juice to keep it fresh for longer.

Nuts and delicacies such as marshmallows also make the perfect garnish for this dessert. With the chocolate fondue, not only the children’s hearts will beat faster, but the grown-ups will also get their money’s worth.

We can’t keep our fingers off this

Finger food is also very popular on New Year’s Eve. The small bites can be easily prepared in the morning and served as part of a buffet in the evening. Whether fish, meat or vegetarian and vegan – finger food guarantees that there is something for every guest.

The classics include meat and vegetable kebabs, small sandwiches and muffins. With children, the general rule is: the simpler, the better. That’s why (homemade) mini pizzas and hot dogs also go down particularly well.

Snacks should also not be in short supply. Classics like crisps and popcorn are very popular with both young and old. If you want to offer healthy alternatives, pear crisps or vegetable sticks with herb dip and hummus are recommended.

The right entertainment until the big gong at midnight

New Year’s Eve is an exciting experience even for the little ones among us. The entertainment factor plays the decisive role here, because with the right entertainment the hours until midnight pass in the blink of an eye. The right music is especially important for a successful turn of the year. For this reason, you need a child-friendly playlist in advance. This way, the children can dance and let off steam together.

Games like “musical chairs” and “stop dance” or “freeze”, where the children dance until the music stops and then freeze, are also great ways to pass the time. Board and parlour games such as “Halli Galli” and “Mensch, ärgere dich nicht” also keep the little ones entertained while having fun. Other games like “Charades” and “City-Country-River” can shorten the time until midnight, especially for older children. Finally, guessing games like “Who or what am I?” also guarantee laughter and entertainment.

If you want to get the little ones thinking, you can ask them what their New Year’s resolutions are. This New Year’s resolution writing template can be handed out to the children to write down their ideas and intentions. Alternatively, if the children are too young to write themselves, they can draw a picture of their New Year’s resolution(s).

I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a Happy New Year!

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