Sure, you can simply serve sparkling cider or grape juice for the kids on New Year's Eve, but why not make it more festive and "mix" them up a mocktail. The fruity cocktails you're mixing for yourself can easily be made "virgin" for the kids. If you want to make it more special (and to distinguish your drink from the nonalcoholic versions), make something just for them.
By combining a few of their favorite fruit juices with sparkling cider, sparkling grape juice, tonic, club soda or ginger ale, your kids can enjoy a "champagne" toast as well. Garnish their drink just like you would your own, with an orange slice or a cherry on top.
To serve, forget the cocktail glasses and stick to the kids' regular drinkware. This will distinguish adult drinks from kid drinks and there will be less of a chance of spilling if the kids drink from cups or glasses they normally use. If your kids are old enough, prepare their drink in a large punch bowl and let them serve themselves in cups you'd use for a kids' party.
As for the food, prepare a few of the kids' favorite dishes as well as some of your own. Mini macaroni and cheese cups a great idea as are mini hot dogs, tortellini with ranch dip, chicken fingers, mini pizzas, and mini PB&J or Nutella sandwiches. If you want to go a little more gourmet, cheese or chocolate fondue is always a crowd pleaser. You can even do satay or kebabs. The best part? All of these nibbles are adult-friendly.
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