It probably goes without saying, but the closing of the door in 2021 can’t come a minute early. We look forward to welcoming 2022 with a big celebration. A large, family-friendly, completely socially distant, and COVID-19 compliant celebration – and yes, there is such a thing!
If you have young kids, NYE isn’t an open bar night anyway. Being home (and not looking for a sitter) is a lot easier, even in a year without a pandemic. But partying from your couch doesn’t mean you have to give up making it a special evening. Have everyone dress up first, or kick back into a full slumber party scene. Next blow out. You can buy hats, streamers, and noisemakers, or make your own.
Decorate your space with streamers and lights or add backdrops like this festive Times Square from Party City. Then take some silly and random selfies to post on social media like Facebook and Instagram. You can even add props for the whole family.
Cook dinner together with an expert
If you are like us, now you have enough home meals planned and cleaned up in 2021 to qualify as a top chef candidate. Make this a real vacation treat by virtually bringing in an expert to walk you through a special dinner. Get ingredients from Goldbelly and cook pizza together with Emmy of Emmy Squared. The experience even includes an adult cocktail kit that goes perfectly with your pizza. Truffle Shuffle also has a video class, as well as all the ingredients delivered to your doorstep to make a decadent mac and cheese with truffle. (You can give the kids some non-truffles – more truffles for you!)
Party all over the world starting in Times Square
With the magic of the internet at your fingertips, you can easily dial into celebrations around the world. In fact, the world-famous Times Square party is going completely virtual this year on a newly developed website and includes live streaming celebrations around the globe from 6:00 p.m. You could actually say a Happy New Year every hour until your kids passed out! There are also games and other interactive functions between the streams.
Attend a Virtual Noon Year’s Eve Party
Who said you have to ring in the new year at 12 noon? Why not try at 12 noon? Choosing lunchtime for your celebration is a great way to introduce young children to the countdown fun before they nap. On December 31st, there will be live virtual celebrations for families around the clock. There are a few free options to choose from at Eventbrite:
- Lunch evening party for children
- Children’s New Years Eve ZOOM Party and Countdown – McKhool & the Gang
- Lunchtime family fun party hosted by Boy Scouts!
Play party games with friends
We know that the children miss their friends because we also miss our adults. So this could be a great night to reconnect from afar while remembering the good times. We’re big fans of the interactive, socially distant party games that you control with your phone on the Jackbox. These offer numerous trivia options, including some updates for the holidays. (This is a good one for kids ages 10 and up.)
Create a digital time capsule
2021 will be one for the history books and not one to be soon forgotten. Help your kids end the year by making a time capsule, says Michelle Stansbury, Zulily lifestyle expert. You can always do it the old-fashioned way: take a mason jar and let the kids fill it with mementos from the previous year, including a family photo, then seal it so it won’t open for a decade or two. However, this year consider a virtual version like Memories. This website allows you to send messages to a loved one around the world via email or SMS, or even to yourself to be delivered as a reminder to that mother in the future in time.
Sing together in a virtual karaoke session
Which kid doesn’t want to let go and have a lot of fun? Book a virtual karaoke room and invite friends and family to an epic jam session or a lavish dance party. Let kids turn up the volume as you count down the end of 2021 whenever you want. See you in 2021, can’t wait to meet you in 2022!