The host should also give some consideration for alcohol consumption for adults and might consider placing a drink limitation
to prevent the adult guests from becoming inebriated during the party.
Food should also be carefully considered when planning a New Year's Eve party which will include children. This is important
because children can be rather picky about their food. Fortunately appetizers are perfect for New Years Eve celebrations and
most kids enjoy appetizers.
Foods such as mini pizzas, hot dogs, and hamburgers are particularly popular with kids. Similarly, simple foods such as
cut up pieces of fruit or cheese or also popular with kids. The host may wish to plan on having an assortment of kid friendly
appetizers as well as more sophisticated appetizers for the adults.
One example of a cute food idea is to have sushi for the adults and to make an appetizer resembling sushi for the kids.
This can be done by cutting the crusts off pieces of white bread, spreading peanut butter on the bread and layering pieces
of strawberry on the peanut butter.
The bread can then be rolled up and cut to resemble pieces of sushi. The kids will enjoy having an appetizer that looks
like what the adults are eating but will also enjoy the taste of their own unique snack.
Another factor to consider when planning a New Year's Eve party for kids is the lateness of the party. Depending on the
age of the children, the kids might have difficulty staying up until midnight and may become cranky in the late evening hours.
If the children are particularly young and staying up would be difficult for everyone, the host can consider making the
event a sleepover party and staging an early celebration for the kids. The adults can set the clocks ahead and orchestrate
a mock New Year's celebration at a more kid-friendly hour such as 9:00 pm.
After a brief celebration, the kids can all retire to an out of the way location with an adult chaperone, such as a finished
basement or an upstairs bedroom.
The chaperone can stay with the children until they all fall asleep and then use a baby monitor to return to the party
while continuing to monitor the children. The adults can then continue the party and celebrate the real New Year at midnight....