The Christmas season is always filled with parties, which I love. Last week I had my book club Christmas party, but this week we had a lot of parties.
The first of which, was my ornament exchange party. This was my fifth year doing it, and it is always fun to see what everyone makes. I was pretty happy about how my ornaments turned out, as well. (I posted instructions on how to make them, if you want to check it out.)
I also had our Relief Society Christmas party. Different sisters signed up to decorate the tables, and the one I sat at was amazingly beautiful. They had their traditional gift exchange, and by some miracle, I ended up with an awesome present. That never happens.
And then, on Friday, Lily and Derek both had parties. Lily had a Christmas party at our house with some friends. She planned it, and helped me set everything up for the ornament making, cookie decorating, and the hot cocoa bar.
They had such a great time! First, they made Christmas ornaments using cookie cutters and clay that I baked while they were doing other things.
After the ornaments, we played the present game. They would take turns rolling the dice, and if they got doubles, they could start unwrapping the present. I had wrapped the present in 6 layers of wrapping paper and bubble wrap and lots of tape. They were pretty amazing at unwrapping though, and managed to get it open much faster than I had planned on :). Inside the box were treats for everyone, and the winner got to choose first.
Then it was time for cookies and hot cocoa. They each got to create their perfect mug of hot cocoa by adding all sorts of different things to it, and then they each got to decorate and eat a plate of cookies. It seemed like they all had a blast, and I know that Lily was happy, which was perfect.
While Arthur and I were helping LIly with her party, Kevin was braze enough to take Derek and three of his good friends to the mall to play glo-golf. The mall in December is always an adventure, but then add four 9 year old boys in the mix, and it is crazy town.
They had such a great time! Derek even got a hole in one on the last hole and won a free round of golf!
And they managed to get out of the mall with only minimal running on the escalators ;). Afterward, he took them all to get custard at Culvers.
It was a busy week, but so much fun! We all had a wonderful time at all of our parties, and even have a couple more in the coming weeks before the holiday season is over.