Countdown to New Year’s

We have a fun Countdown to New Year’s every year. This one was from a couple years ago but I never shared it, and I wanted to give you some good ideas for your family New Year’s eve celebration. What’s so great about this is that you probably already have a lot of the things you need to carry this out and your family will love it.

Countdown to New Year's using bags marked with clocks for every hour

Supplies Needed:

Bags (lunch bags, white lunch bags, or small gift bags)
Paper Clocks (I cut them out with my Cricut) You could even draw them on the bags
Fillers for each hour (we change them up a little every year)

You can really pull this together last minute if you need too. I waited until the last minute to make the bags but didn’t want the kids to know what was inside so I gave them some circle punches and had them cut circles out of silver and gold tissue paper. It kept them busy and I was able to fill the bags quickly and we had confetti for the night.

You can start with the hour you like, we start at 6:00 or 7:00. Of course if you have younger children and they can’t stay up late you can start it early in the day. I started with Just Dance this year. It’s always a good time and something the whole family can enjoy whether they’re playing or not.

New Years Eve Countdown Bags 7 o'clock

Next was a movie I knew the whole family would enjoy. Pick something you know will keep the kids entertained.

New Years Eve Countdown Bags 8 o'clock

We also have snacks during movie time. It’s a little different every year. The whole point of the bags is to keep it a surprise so we change things a little every year.

New Years Eve snacks

We choose one time during the night to write down special events from the previous year and goals for the new year. It’s fun for the kids to write some of their favorites of the year. Save the papers from year to year so you can look back on previous years highlights and goals.

New Years Eve Countdown Bags 9 o'clock

One of the times always includes games. We usually play a couple fast games so everyone stays interested. Adjust the games for the ages in your family.

New Years Eve Countdown Bags 10 o'clock

I usually try to incorporate some kind of craft or project during the night. This year we made party hats using washi tape and stickers. It was fun and easy for even the youngest kids. We also gave them glow necklaces and bracelets to wear.

New Years Eve Countdown Bags 11 o' clock

Isn’t this hat cute?!

New Years Eve party hat

A few minutes before midnight we open the last bag which has noise makers and poppers.

New Years Eve Countdown Bags midnight

And a few kisses for those who don’t want the real thing.

New Years Eve Kiss

Sometimes we like to add new traditions. This year we incorporated a Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight to represent the 12 months of the year. You want to have only sweet grapes, a sour grape means a bad month. We put the grapes in glasses of Sprite.

New Years Eve tradition

Like I said, we change things a little every year.

Here are a few more ideas for you:

Scavenger hunt
Photo booth (a family favorite)
Making a treat
Service project (something quick, like tying a blanket or gathering food items to donate)

New Years Eve Countdown Bags

Happy New Year!!!

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  • Kaitlyn Hiatt December 28, 2019, 9:29 am

    I love this idea! I’ve done this before, and I am definitely doing it again this year! Thanks for the new ideas! And btw, I love the Spanish treat/tradition! I will definitely be doing a lot of theese ideas, and thx for making them kid friendly!

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