It has been five years since we went out for New Year's Eve. Now that we have kids, staying up late to party and then waking up at 5:30a.m. (when our kids wake up) is just not how we like to start 2017. We would much rather start the new year with a full night of sleep, but that's not to say we don't love a good party.
Instead, we just party at 5pm (midnight in England), and say "Happy New Year" then. We have friends over with their kids, and make it one giant pajama party. I love these organic cotton PJ's from Skylar & Luna if you're looking for some cute PJs for your kids. All of the kids are wearing them in the photos.
I serve pigs in a blanket, cinnamon rolls, fruit and other breakfast goodies. It's super easy, fun for all and a great way to ring the New Year in with friends and kids with no fuss.
For decorations, I keep it simple. I just blew up 30 balloons and a got a couple special ones from the party store. The kids spent the entire time throwing the balloons around. I also got some horns and party hats, and called it good.
For activities, we just push the furniture back and have a big dance party (we are loving the Trolls soundtrack on Spotify right now). You can also ask the kids what their resolution (or their parent's hope is) for the new year and write it on a chalkboard. It makes for some super instagrammable moments.
Most importantly, make sure to just have fun and not worry about getting all gussied up for a party. Stay comfortable and make amazing memories with your family and friends.