7 ways to make New Year's Eve at home with kids more fun

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Stuck without a babysitter on New Year's Eve? That doesn't mean you have to give up on all the fun.

There are loads of ways to ring in the new year with your kids that will make you wondering why you ever bothered with the hassle of pushing through crowds and spending lots of money.

Instead, ditch bedtime routines and do the midnight countdown together as a family.

And the best part is you don't have to wait in line for the toilet or get stuck without a cab to get home. The champagne is cheaper, but better quality, and you can cheers in your PJs.

Our family's best NYEs have been at home spent altogether and now we wouldn't have it any other way. And who better to share your first kiss of the year, than with those you love the most in the entire world. 

Here are seven ways to make NYE super fun:

Compile a family playlist

Get everyone in the family to pick their favourite songs (yes, even The Wiggles) and put together the ultimate family playlist. That way everyone from the oldest member in the house to the youngest feel part of the party planning and better still can get up and dance when their songs come on.

Turn your lounge room into a disco

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Push the couch back, blow up some balloons or better still get a cheap disco ball and make your lounge room a dance floor. It's NYE - you need a place to show off all your best daggy dancing. And what a better time to show your kids how to do the sprinkler and the worm?

Stock up on party props

Make sure you've got a stash of sparklers, glow sticks, novelty photo costumes and some board games. To make it to midnight you'll need to keep excitement levels up. Time to get your Twister on.

Make a feast

Put together a platter of everyone's favourite foods, grab a selection of desserts and tasty treats and make it a night of no rules. If you want ice cream for dinner, then you can. It's the last day of the year – live a little.

Invite another family over

If you know of another family also at home, ask them to join you. Maybe they could even sleep over? Make a night out of it. Who says you can't have a party when you have kids?

Watch the fireworks

Whether it's at your local beach, city centre or on the TV – there's nothing more glorious than watching your kids' eyes light up when they're watching the fireworks. And there are normally kid's fireworks that are held earlier than the midnight ones, so it's not too late for the little ones.

Make family New Year's resolutions

Ask everyone what their favourite part of the year was and what they're hoping for in the year ahead. Write down some family resolutions – things you want to change, places you'd like to visit and activities you'd like to do. Take the time to show gratitude for each other, for the year you've had together and get excited about the year ahead.