Celebrate the New Year with the Kids

Christmas has come and gone. The New Year will soon be upon us. "The New Year is most often celebrated by adults without children, as they party late into the night on New Year's Eve," write Meredith Brokaw and Annie Gilbar in The Penny Whistle Christmas Party Book.

How then can kids be included in New Year festivities? Brokaw and Gilbar have a suggestion- have a New Year's Day brunch for family and friends that not only includes the kids but gives them a central role in the festivities by preparing the food. If the idea of unleashing children alone in the kitchen to cook brunch sounds to you like a recipe for disaster, the authors note that "including an adult or two for supervision in the kitchen may not be a bad idea." What kind of food do Brokaw and Gilbar envision being on the menu? What dishes can actually be prepared and served by the children themselves? Recipes for Baked French toast, a Breakfast Banana Split, Blueberry Muffins, and Confetti Scrambled eggs are included in The Penny Whistle Christmas Party Book.

After brunch, the authors suggest games and activities the whole family can enjoy participating in. Take a look at this book and enjoy a family New Year celebration with the kids.