Ever since I made this checkerboard coffee table, it's gotten a lot of use. I recently moved it from our upstairs loft to the downstairs family room, and I know the kids have plans for New Year's Eve that include a competitive chess tournament!
When the kids were a little younger, we played Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders and other preschool games, but lately we've been tackling Apples to Apples, Scrabble and sometimes, Monopoly. It just depends on how old your kids are. If we need to stay awake, we start a game of Charades or find a family action game on the Wii.
Of course, I always have balloons, hats and noisemakers on hand too--gotta keep it festive! Well, I always have noisemakers, but I'm talking about the party kind!
You can change the food and games to suit your own family's likes and tastes. We make it a point to have a family movie night once a week, but we don't seem to have a game night as often. So New Year's Eve is a little more special with the games. And since my family is extremely competitive, it's a very active night!
If any of your kids make it to midnight, pour them some Sprite while you enjoy a glass of Champagne, and cap off your family night with a toast to the new year.
I hope this has given you some ideas for a night of family fun. Happy New Year, everyone, and thanks so much for reading! Have a great 2014!