I had the perfect invitation:
and it seemed too good an opportunity to miss, these are what traditions are made of after all! I had visions of a pool party (not quite in keeping with the wintery theme of the card) however, as the weather turned increasingly wintery and the guest list hit 25 (that was just the kids) I ditched the swimming idea and replaced it with a far more christmassy birth day idea - A nativity play!
I was a tiny bit pushy and asked if each family could bring costumes for the play and a plate of food. I think this was okay, though can I say at this point that returning from holidays the day BEFORE your party is a DUMB idea - unless you want insomnia and regular panic attacks about all the things you need to do but can't...
It was a great success! The rain held off for all the important bits, the treasure hunt, eating and the nativity play and the house wasn't even slightly trashed in the inbetween bits. My friends brought wonderful food and gave fabulous help in crowd control and catering. Half way through I could honestly say I was enjoying myself, the birthday boy was happy (just not in the photos) and the festive cheer was contagious!
With great costumes, a decrepit cubby house that needed no imagination to stand in as the inn, eager kids and Eleanore determinedly narrating from the kid's Bible, it was wonderful. I think we all realised what a blessing these children are and how precious it is to share the Christmas story with them.
Any angst in the lead up has been blissfully forgotten and I'm already thinking of ideas for next year's event. Only one thing yet to be determined could be the date. I wonder if Arch would mind celebrating his Christmas birthday party in July?
|Archie is ONE!|
|The Christmas Angels|
|Mary, Joseph and King Herod (historical accuracy not great here..)|
|The Inn Keeper pointing out the benefits of his stable|
|We ended up with two Marys - both beautiful!|
|Wise Persons delivering gifts|
|And the Party Bag (love it!)|