Noise makers are a must for a good New Year's Eve bash. These horns will last you all year long.
Or you can get noisemakers for a crowd. Everyone can participate and pick their favorite party horn.
Kids, and adults, love banging pots and pans. It's a classic New Year's tradition.
Don't forget the pans. Anything you have on hand will work great.
For an even more festive party, add some decorations and festoons. Let your kids help decorate, and they'll enjoy the party even more.
Balloons are a fun decoration and are great for stomping on at midnight.
Inexpensive streamers can add color. Quick to hang and take down, crepe paper streamers can be used just about anywhere.
Your kids will love you for this one, but Silly String isn't for the faint of heart. I'd recommend laying out a large sheet on the ground before opening these cans. When the fun is over, shake the sheet into the garbage can, and you'll save a lot of clean up time.
If you are looking for something similar to Silly String but with less mess, you can try reusable ribbon streamers. These are great for waving around and are kind of addictive.
Don't forget the confetti. You can throw this in the air as the clock strikes 12:00 for an extra special celebration. Kids will love it, and they can even help clean it up.
An alternative to regular confetti is a confetti-filled egg or cascaron. Everyone will have fun cracking these eggs on someone else's head — just be gentle.
Save that leftover bubble wrap from Christmas presents to stomp on for New Year's Eve. Kids and adults love this.
If you're up for it, you can light some sparklers to celebrate New Year's Eve. These would be especially fun if you live in a warm climate and can go outside.
Hold the alcohol, please, and let your kids enjoy their own version of bubbly. Mini bottles of sparkling apple cider are a fun indulgence on New Year's Eve.
If your kids are anything like mine, they don't stop being picky eaters just because it's a holiday. Don't order any sushi for them — make some fun sandwiches instead.
And don't forget about dessert. Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids has the perfect recipes to make on a long evening like New Year's Eve.
Have everyone write their New Year's resolutions on small pieces of paper and put them into a jar as the night progresses. You can read the resolutions as midnight gets closer or on the next day.
Don't forget Chinese New Year. You can teach your kids about other cultures by celebrating Chinese New Year. This year it's on Monday, January 23, 2012. These red envelopes are perfect for gift giving. Tuck small items like jewelry or coins inside them to bring good luck for the New Year.Next: Eco-Friendly Kids' Decor