It was a weekend bookended by parties. Teenagers, from which I was banished upstairs, on Friday. Then some home ed friends on Monday.
There was a big group party that day but it was just too tricky to face on public transport. At Halloween we’d been invited to a local friend’s with a couple of mutual friends and we all decided that we should do Christmas too. After a lot of discussion about whether we should throw it open and have a bigger party, we gave up on finding a venue (very hard locally unfortunately) and ended up the 4 families at mine. I shouldn’t but I always feel guilty about not inviting people, I’ve spent too long in the home ed scene feeling on the fringes that I overly worry about doing that to others. That said my house is small and 8 kids and 5 adults was just about right.
We did have a lovely time. To be honest it is the adults who are friends more than the kids I think and make a good team for this sort of thing. Although the kids all get on well and are a nice balance too.
They started by decorating pots for goodies. I had a plan for Santa style pots but ended up just throwing them some stickers. Sometimes easy option is definitely the way to go!
One of the other parents had made a really lovely game with a quiz and little handmade personalised stockings.
Next game was blocks of ice with counters frozen in. They melted the ice with warm water and pippets and swapped the counters for
plastic tat prizes. Stick the nose on the reindeer.
I’d made play dough from cornflour and shaving foam (highly recommend it, I had fun mixing it – will do with the kids mixing another time). They had buttons and sticks to make snowmen. Food time. Making and decorating human Christmas trees.
A fun evening. Even if I did spend a lot of time (for the second time in 4 days) hoovering up Pringle crumbs after.