While your New Year’s Eve plans may not be spent in sequined dresses, sipping champagne and dancing until the wee hours of the morning, it doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and memorable. Here are a few ideas to ring in the New Year as a family.

Mocktail Toast Channel your inner mixologist and craft a signature mocktail and cocktail to celebrate the evening. Give the bubbly concoction a special name and toast to another wonderful year.

Countdown to the New Year 5…4…3…2…1… Happy New Year! Even if your children don’t make it to actually see the clock strike midnight, be sure to count down to the special occasion. Whether you watch the ball drop in Time Square or you count along with a favorite show, countdown to the New Year.

Make a Photo Booth Capture the moment with an at-home photo booth. Use craft paper to create a back drop

Dress Up It doesn’t matter where you are celebrating, break out the nice dresses and bowties to celebrate the occasion! This holiday only comes once a year, so be sure to celebrate in style.

Get Props No New Years celebration would be complete without party hats and noise makers. Make a quick trip to the party supply store and stock up on fun props for the evening.

Make Your Own Party Turn on your favorite tunes, bust a move and turn your living room into a party! Just think of your couch as extra comfy lounge seating.

Record the Year Take a minute to write down your favorite family memories of the year, along with a few of your children’s favorites. As you welcome each New Year you can reflect on the past.

Whether you celebrate at 8pm or midnight, spending New Years together can be your own party! Our staff at NiteOwl Pediatrics would like to wish you a safe and happy New Year!