5 Ideas for Teens on New Year’s Eve


new years eve teen ideas

They’re too old to want to hang out with the little kids, and too young to safely go out on their own on New Year’s Eve.  So keep your teenagers close by with these 5 fun ideas for making your home the place to be on New Year’s Eve.

1. Food First

Teenagers like to eat.  On New Year’s Eve, you can add some flair to the usual teenage appetites with a sundae bar, a make your own pizza or taco buffet and sparkling fruit juices to toast the New Year.  Before the guests arrive, whip up some popcorn balls or popcorn smores.  You can also have a beverage sampler with different kinds of coffees.

2. Game On

Set up a rotation schedule for different game stations.  Include video games, outdoor games like HORSE or horseshoes, card games including War, board games, and a scavenger hunt.  Rotate stations every 30 minutes.

3. Party On

Have supplies on hand to make ringing in the New Year exciting.  Get noisemakers, confetti, and funny hats for the kids to wear.

4. Show Time

Let the teens put on a low-tech or a high-tech show.  For the low-tech option, have them do a play or a talent show.  For the higher-tech approach, let them put together a video to show at midnight.

5. More Food

After the New Year arrives, shift the food focus to a New Year’s breakfast.  Whip up some pancakes or a hearty breakfast casserole in advance.  You can even cook some bacon ahead of time, refrigerate it, and reheat in the microwave when it’s time to dig in.


  • Jazzy

    As a teenager myself, reading these ideas, i feel like they are more suited to younger children not teenagers. A rotation schedule for games is not what a teenager would call fun, unless alcohol is involved (Not that I personally drink). Think back to when you were between the ages of 14 to 18, were you performing to your friends at a pretend talent show? On New Years Eve?

    I do not mean to be rude or offensive in any way, as it seems a lot of thought has been put into these ideas. I only mean to provide some constructive criticism as these ideas are not suited to teenagers in this day and age.

    • Julie

      What WOULD be a good idea for a party for teens on New Years (that doesn’t involve drugs or drinking or sex!)…?

      • Dave

        New years is a good time to allow your kids their first taste of alcohol and teach them about drinking in a safe environment where you are present. Otherwise it will be at some skankey house party where you have no control.

  • Danny Fratella

    Absolutely not.