Forget staying up until midnight. For the pint-sized crowd, noon is new year’s (cool).

Throwing a kid-friendly New Year’s celebration doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be fun and festive — without making you lose your mind. Our no-fail plan: Easy, kid-friendly apps, sparkling mocktails, simple decorations, and dance party fun. 

kid-friendly new year’s noon party

the food

We’ve been working with Whole Foods Baltimore this holiday season to help readers create easy apps for all of their holiday entertaining. Truthfully, there is nothing more fun for a kid-friendly party then finger food! Best part? Each app requires just a few ingredients and goes together super quick.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots - (cool) progeny

Bacon-Wrapped Tater Puffs
Ingredients: Frozen Tater Puffs, Bacon, Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value® Organic Memphis Madness BBQ Sauce

Wrap each frozen tater puff with a half slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Bake for 15-20 minutes, at 350 ̊F, until bacon is cooked. Remove from oven and coat with barbecue sauce. Cook for another 4-5 minutes. Allow toothpicks to cool before serving. (Secret really is in the sauce for this one! Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value® Organic Memphis Madness is perfect!)

Mini Pizza Tarts - (cool) progeny

Mini Pizza Tarts
Ingredients: Frozen Puff Pastry Cups, Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, Marinara Sauce, Fresh Basil

Fill each pastry puff cup with a spoonful of marinara sauce. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350F untill cheese melts and cups brown (about 12 minutes). Top with chopped basil. 

Fingerling Potato Bites - (cool) progeny

Fingerling Potato Bites
Ingredients: Bread crumbs, Fingerling Potatoes,  Crème Frâiche, Fresh Parsley, Garlic

Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and boil in salted water until fork tender. Cut the tip off a head of garlic, toss in olive oil, wrap in foil and roast at 400 ̊F for about 30 minutes. Remove roasted cloves, peel and mash then blend with one container of crème fraîche. Toast 1 cup of bread crumbs at 350 ̊F until golden brown. Top halved potatoes with crème fraîche mixture, sprinkle with bread crumbs and chopped parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste. (Note: many kids don’t like ‘dirt’ — aka breadcrumbs — on top. So we omitted them!)

Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers - (cool) progeny

Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers
Ingredients: 26-30 count Raw Shrimp (peeled and deveined), Fresh Pineapple, Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value® Organic Memphis Madness BBQ Sauce

Run wooden skewers in cold water and pat dry. Alternate raw shrimp and diced pineapple on skewers, cover with barbecue sauce and bake at 350 ̊F for about 5-10 minutes, until shrimp are firm and opaque throughout. Remove from oven and garnish with chopped chives or green onion, if desired.

cupcakes - (cool) progeny

Cupcakes

Whip up your favorite batch or pick up some store bought ones and make it easy! Just top with festive paper pinwheels.

Ginger Sour Hiccup - (cool) progeny

Ginger Sour Hiccup
Ingredients: Ginger Ale, Simple Syrup, Maraschino Cherries, Lemon Juice, and Grenadine

Mix quarter cup each lemon juice, simple syrup and grenadine. Fill glass with ice and 2 ounces of lemon mixture. Add ginger ale to fill glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry. Great as a single serving or in your punchbowl.

Kid-Friendly New Year's Noon Party - (cool) progeny

the decorations

You can’t really go wrong with a multi-color theme accented with gold! We used polka dot noise makers, a batter-operated gold star, rainbow dot garland, and sparkly stems accented with paper poms and flowers to set the mood. Don’t forget gold balloons! We found all of these at Target.

Kid-Friendly New Year's Noon Party - (cool) progeny

the threads

Half the fun of New Year’s Eve is dressing up for the occasion! Let your littles show off their individual style. Our models are outfitted from Wee Chic Boutique. Stop by their store at Green Spring Station and check out their selection of modern kid-approved styles! (Maybe pair a new dress with one of these kid-friendly hair styles?)

the entertainment

Our advice for a great party? Don’t stress about the entertainment. Put your favorite kid-friendly dance mix on, celebrate one of these New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world, or make some holiday crackers. Just be sure to count-down until noon and make a lot of noise!

about our sponsor: whole foods market baltimore

Whole Foods Market Baltimore makes it easy on area families to eat fresh, healthy meals every day. The seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Visit them online. Want more appetizer ideas? Head to Whole Foods’ Mt. Washington or Harbor East locations to get their (cool) Update Your Apps recipe booklet!

Photography by Laura Black.