New Year’s Eve is a traditional celebration time for families. Teens enjoy getting together to bring in the new year as much as everyone else. They like watching the ball drop in New York City, wearing party hats, making noise and eating junk food – who doesn’t?
There are, however, a few speed bumps in the road to a fun teen New Year’s Eve party that you, as the responsible parent, will need to traverse cautiously. You can put yourself at ease by following our tips on the teen party rules page. Be sure to talk with your teen and send a clear message about the rules and keep the lines of communication open. Once this is done, the real planning can begin.
4-6 Weeks Before the New Year’s Eve Party
Make the basic decisions. How large will the party be? Can you have it at home or do you need a bigger space? If you need a place that is bigger, start calling around right away as party places are usually booked for this date. Also, check to see what your community is doing for New Year’s Eve. You could add your teen’s party to the lock-in at the local bowling alley. What does your teen want? These questions need answered before you plan anything else.
Plan the budget. How much will your teen be allowed to spend totally? Do this job together. Take that figure and split it between the expenses for decorations, food and activities - plus the location if the party is not at home.
2-4 Weeks Before the New Year’s Eve Party
Invite the guests. Be sure to send out invitations before the Christmas break, so the guests can plan and check with their families before the holidays start.
Decide on activities and decorations. Having games and activities that teens can do when each finds time during the party works best. Things like sign in boards and don’t-say-these-words games free up those who just want to chat and entertain those who need it. Decorations and novelties like confetti and noise makers are called for on New Year’s Eve. Sent up a television to watch the fireworks and the ball dropping.
Note: If you are ordering supplies through a catalog or online, do so early. You'll want to be sure you have the order in plenty of time. Make a list of everything you've ordered and who you ordered it from complete with phone number. Keep this handy in case you need to call the company.
The Week of the New Year’s Eve Party
Tie up any loose strings. Have your teen call the guests who haven't responded yet to get an accurate account of who will be attending. Do any out-of-the-way decorating. Did your teen order something and it hasn't come in yet? Call the company and be sure it's on its way.
Purchase supplies. Bring your teen along for help getting all of the supplies. Make the lists by store(party store, grocery store, etc.) and write it all down - it's easier than forgetting and having to go back to the store for a much needed recipe ingredient. If your teen and a friend want to do the shopping, let them. Check the list of items when they are done to be sure you won’t be missing anything the night of the festivities.
Take the time to get ready and delegate jobs. Be sure there is enough time and help the big day to get the party area ready. Enlist friends who will be attending, older siblings and other chaperones. Anything that can be readied beforehand, should be. This is also the time to set up a clean up crew.
At the New Year’s Eve Party
Relax and enjoy the event. Since this will be a late night, you may want to keep an alarm clock ready so that you can set it to go check up on the party. Not that you should go to bed, but falling asleep in front of the television is not good chaperoning and an alarm will prevent that. Better yet, invite one or two guests yourself and enjoy your company too.