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New Years Eve Family PartyNew Years Eve Party Ideas for Family Parties

New Years Eve is always an exciting night so I thought I would give you a couple of New Years Eve party ideas for amily parties.  As I mentioned on Martha Stewart Living radio yesterday, with the current economic climate continually changing, we now, more than ever, are examining our spending habits with more care and consideration.  Therefore, this New Years Eve, make it a family celebration and include the entire family when entertaining with your friends. New Years Eve party ideas include having friends over for a potluck dinner and for your guests to enjoy and participate in, Guess Whose Baby Picture and family favorite board games could serve as the evening's entertainment for a family celebration.

As I mentioned on radio, since we are talking about family parties, keep it simple and casual.  Call the party time for early evening, request casual dress and create a menu complete with easy-to-make food items or fresh ready-served food that is easy to pick up at the market or deli.

Keep costs in check.  Limit your guest list and ask guests to participate in a pot-luck dinner.  Avoid duplicate food selections by tagging each family unit with the food item they need to bring.  Spend more time with your guests at this family celebration and less time cleaning up by making sure your guests bring their assigned menu selections in ready-to-serve containers.

New Years Eve party ideas include the Guess Whose Baby Picture game.  Simply ask each guest to bring theirs' and their children's infant pictures.  Then randomly tape the pictures up on a board and hand out paper and pens.  Each family plays as a team and the family who guesses the most correct pictures, wins a prize.  For family parties, the prize could be anything from a gift certificate to a family-styled restaurant, movie tickets or a gift-card from the local market or video store.

A second family celebration oriented entertainment suggestion is to turn New Years Eve into family game night.  For family parties, ask each family to bring a couple of their favorite board games such as Scrabble, Monopoly, Sorry!, Candyland, Barrel of Monkeys or Chutes and Ladders.  For a more challenging time, try Trivial Pursuit, Jeopardy Board Game, Wheel of Fortune or a jigsaw puzzle.  For puzzle parties, set a time limit.  The family who completes or is closet to completing the puzzle in the least amount of time wins.

Your New Years Eve party ideas should include a family celebration dinner menu.  For family parties especially, I recommend menu items that are filling, fun, kid-friendly and easy to eat.  Again make sure your menu selection is easy to prepare or can be picked up at the local market ready-to-go.

Finally, select menu items from all food groups, avoid known allergens such as nuts and whenever possible, create a menu that allows guests gluten-free food selections too.

I hope you found these New Years Eve party ideas helpful for your family celebration.  New Years Eve is a great time to host family parties and what better way to celebrate the New Year than with your family.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra:  make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!


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Andrea Wyn is a special event planner with over 15 years of industry experience. She has been the Awards Event Supervisor for the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R) since 2000. Her book, Budget Bash-Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget, is available at http://www.budgetbashbook.com . She has an MBA from the University of Chicago & a BA from UCLA. To learn more about Budget Bash & events go to http://www.awynningevent.com