Ironically, New Years’ Eve has never been a night when my
husband and I have booked a sitter.
We’ve always treated it as a casual family-night in. We’ll just make dinner and
watch the ball drop together. And even when the kids were about six, we would
let them stay up with us to welcome the New Year.
I was recently telling this to a friend who was pretty shocked that I would ever let a child stay up until midnight. And yes, I know, I would pay for it, for a few days of excess whining afterwards. But it was a fun, simple family tradition.
What do you do on New Year’s Eve? If you’re booking a sitter, I’d suggest doing that today. But if you’re staying home with the kids, I have some fun NYE family party ideas from the Editors at Care.com that might(!) be a little more exciting than my Dick Clark Rockin’ Eve. Would love to hear your ideas too:
- Host an Early Ball Drop. This would work for all early bedtimers. Google New Year celebrations in major cities in earlier time zones and celebrate while watching online. Countdown and blow horns, toast with fizzy apple cider. Whatever you want. Then kiss goodnight and let the kids get their sleep.
- Throw a Slumber Party. The friends with the biggest house get to host! But this way, kids and grownups all get to join in the fun – and parents can be with their friends after the kids have gone to bed.
- Have a New Years Day Open House. Forget the late nights and host a play date brunch for people to drop in and relax. It’s casual and playful, and another day for you to enjoy being with your kids – and each other.
Whatever you do for your New Year’s
Eve and Day, I hope you have a great – and safe – night.
And here’s another tip. If you’re going out for dinner and you know you’ll be home early, as in around 9:30 or 10, let babysitter job applicants know. Create the Care.com job post with a title like "Need NYE Sitter – Will Be Home by 10PM." This works if you’re looking for a fun early night (since little ones don’t know it’s New Year’s Day!), you might just open up a wealth of job applicants (so they can go out after you get home!).
Tell me, what do you like to do with your kids for the holiday? Is it a big celebration for you?