Family friendly New Year's Eve party tips
New Year's Eve post-kids might be a more muted celebration than in your
previous child-free days but, as Mumsnetters tell Lidl, it can still be a
LOT of fun. Here are some budget-friendly suggestions on how to make the most of celebrating
31 December at home
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1. Spread out the festivities
"Let the kids have a party on a day before the adults' party. Then arrange
sleepovers for the night of your party, so you're not trying to arrange things
suitable for all ages at the same time."
2. Or get creative with your timing
"We change all the clocks so that the children think they are staying up with
us to see the New Year in. We have been known to stand in the garden singing
Auld Lang Syne (badly) at 6.45pm!"
3. In fact why stop at one celebration?
"We do a round-the-world celebration, starting with a BBQ for Sydney at 1pm
our time, and then work our way around the world - curry at 5.30 with Delhi;
olives and hummus with Athens, then a big American breakfast. We watch each
country's fireworks on the hour and toast their new year. This way, the
children don't worry so much about not being up 'til midnight."
4. Share the hosting duties
"This year we have really got to know our neighbours so we're planning a
street meal - starters in one house, main in the next and so on. With several
courses, including cheeseboard and cocktails, no-one needs to do all of the
work and even the main course can be small portions to keep costs fair."
5. Get older kids involved
"I find that the children like to have a bit of a job - so one serving
canapes, one doing soft drinks, one being the wine waiter. They like to be
allowed to be a part of things - but also retreat and do familiar ones, so we
usually have films on in another room for the children who need some space."
6. Stick to family favourites
"We always play Bingo. I collect cheap prizes throughout the year, so there
are plenty to choose from. My husband comes up with new calls for the numbers
each year based on what the family members have been up to and it is
something the whole family looks forward to."
7. A few fun decorations go a long way
"Smother the place in fairy lights, get a good music playlist together, and
have a few fun bits like hats, party poppers and crackers. Invest a few
pounds in a cheap and cheerful disco light - they're fantastic!"
8. If you fancy a theme, keep things simple
"I always host a winter get-together for family. We have baked potatoes and
huge saucepans of curry or chilli; other family members bring salads and
desserts. There's mulled wine for the adults and fruit punch for the children. We
save sparklers from Bonfire Night and have them in the garden."
9. Keep the season for giving going
"We have a £1 present game where the adults must get each other
the most useless, ridiculous present for a pound. Last year I got a budgie beak sharpener... I have no birds/budgies. The kids love watching us all open
our daft pressies."
10. Don't be afraid to indulge a little
"It's a great chance to have food that we don't normally, like smoked salmon,
lobster, lots of nice cheeses and meats, nuts, crackers and lovely bread.
Lidl is great for this; always luxury, but on a budget!"
11. Expect the unexpected
"I stock up on party food and drinks, when they're on offer, and fill the
fridge/freezer. That way there's always something to throw together for a
quick buffet if people drop in."
12. Avoid the big clean up
"As guests are leaving give them leftovers in a doggy bag - it's always gratefully
received and means less tidying up for you to do later! Disposable tablewear is
the way to go and anything else can be bunged in your (pre-cleared)
dishwasher so you're not facing a mess the next morning."
13. Sometimes less is more
"We watch a film, then at ten to twelve we switch over to watch the fireworks
on TV. We then wake up the kids and go out the front to watch all the local
fireworks and wish the neighbours Happy New Year."
14. Make sure EVERYONE has a glass to toast the New Year
"We love non-alcoholic punch or mulled wine for kids (or drivers) and
alcoholic versions for grown-ups. The children use proper glasses which makes
them feel grown up."
15. And... enjoy it!
"There's nothing better than
being surrounded by loved ones with good food and music so while the party is
in full swing just enjoy yourself."
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