Source: Life, Love & Sugar
While many people leave the house to celebrate New Year’s Eve, there’s nothing wrong with staying home and sticking close to family. If you celebrate New Year’s Eve at home, there are plenty of ways to get everyone, young and old, involved in the fun — even if they don’t stay awake long enough to watch the ball drop! Here are five ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home and make it a night to remember.
Make the kids feel special with New Year’s Eve activities just for them!
1. Eat a tasty dinner
New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be all about the countdown. Get things started with a hearty dinner, and offer up some delicious appetizers and other special treats throughout the night.
If you’re searching for more appetizers to set out as you get ready to count down, these no-mess finger foods should do the trick!
The champagne in this dish cooks out so kids can enjoy a plate, too. Serve it with pasta and the winter salad below for a well-rounded, flavorful meal.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 3/4 cup dry (Brut) champagne of good quality
- 4 shallots, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 3/4 cup chicken stock
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
- 4 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Sprinkle lemon juice over chicken breasts. Salt & pepper to taste.
- Heat large skillet over high heat. Add oil and butter. When butter is melted but not brown, add chicken breasts and cook until well browned on one side (approximately 2-3 minutes). Flip chicken breasts and do the same on other side. When well browned on both sides, remove to cookie sheet.
- Place chicken in preheated oven and cook 9-10 minutes. Immediately after placing chicken in oven and while chicken is cooking, prepare sauce.
- Remove from oven immediately when done and tent with foil to keep warm if sauce is not yet ready.
- Keep the skillet hot and deglaze the pan with the champagne. Reduce over high heat until 1-2 Tablespoons remain. Add shallots and garlic, saute 1 minute.
- Add chicken stock, and reduce until 2-3 Tablespoons of liquid remain. Stir frequently to avoid burning the garlic and shallots.
- Reduce heat to medium, add cream. Simmer until slightly thickened. Stir in mustard, 3 Tablespoons chives (reserve remaining Tablespoon of chives for serving), and salt and pepper to taste. If chicken is not yet done, turn sauce to lowest heat setting to keep warm.
Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tot Bombs
Source: Damn Delicious
Kids and adults will love these bacon-wrapped tater tots. Make them ahead of time and reheat when your party starts so they’re warm and crunchy.
Brussels Sprouts Winter Salad with Lemon Champagne Vinaigrette
Source: The Comfort of Cooking
Kick off your dinner with a healthy Brussels sprout salad topped with a light lemon champagne vinaigrette. The oranges and pomegranate seeds make a beautiful, brightly colored salad.
Source: Life, Love & Sugar
These Champagne Cupcakes are the perfect way to end your meal. Light frosting and sparkly sprinkles will make these a festive New Year’s Eve dessert the adults can enjoy while the littles nibble on cookies.
2. Play the Year in Review game
Source: The Dating Divas
One of the best parts of New Year’s is looking back and then looking forward. Play the Year in Review game to remember your 2015 milestones and memories. Kids will enjoy sharing new skills they learned or big events they remember. If you’re brave, share your intentions or goals for the year.
3. Serve the kids cookies & milk
Source: The Peak of Tres Chic
While the adults are sipping champagne at midnight, let the kids stay up but toast with milk in martini glasses and warm cookies.
If you have DDs or guests who choose not to drink alcoholic beverages, make them feel just as special with these Moscow Mule mocktails!
4. Play New Year’s Eve bingo
Source: Hip Hip Hooray
Mark squares while you’re watching the countdown on TV in this family-friendly holiday game. The first person to score BINGO can get to choose the next activity, have an extra treat, or open a goodie bag filled with prizes. You decide!
5. Give Kisses® at midnight
Source: Create Craft Love
Send your guests home with Kisses® wrapped in cellophane. Print out the free label to tie around the bag for a custom touch.
Save on your New Year’s Eve treats with Hershey’s® coupons!