It may be six o’clock in New York, or 3 o’clock in California, but in Paris they are already blowing horns, kissing, and ringing in the new year. That’s the premise for the kid-centric New Years Eve party.
Once we had kids, New Years Eve was never the same. Sure, I could have gotten a sitter, dressed to the nines and made an evening of it like other grown-ups, but my paranoid mind felt irresponsible sharing the road with drivers that did not have my kids’ best interests in mind.
That’s when New Years became a family event for us and I don’t regret it one bit. We’ve had big sleep over parties, gone snowshoeing, sung Karaoke, made sushi, and “travelled” to other countries to welcome the new year with a little cultural experience.
Most kids and sometimes their sleep-deprived parents, struggle to stay up until midnight . New Years Eve is supposed to be festive, but if you are exhausted and the kids are crabby that’s no fun at all. Why not pick a party time that works for you and the kiddos? Then, search the globe, or the Internet, to find a country where it is midnight at your chosen time. For the sake of discussion lets say, in New York at a party time of 6:00 pm it will be Midnight in Paris. Voila! We have a party theme.
New Years in Paris
- Begin the party at around 5pm.
- Decorate Parisian style, with an Eiffel Tower and Paris photos (a calendar comes in handy here)
- Give your guests a beret upon arrival
- Listen to French music
- Eat baguettes, cheese and chocolate
- Decorate fancy noise makers
- And then at 6:oo ring in the new year with a count down in French
dix, neuf, huit, sept, six, cinq, quatre, trois, deux, un!
- You even have time for a showing of Ratatouille before sending guests home on safe roads and less exhausted. Tuck the kids in bed and you can still have a nice glass of champagne and a proper New Year kiss from your special someone.