Sunday, October 19, 2008

Friends + Food = Fantastic Fun

For the second year in a row we have hosted a "kids only" Halloween party. The kids and I look forward to it all month. This year we had it a little earlier in the month than normal to make sure two of Katie's good friends would be able to come. Speaking of friends...my kids have too many. Is that possible? I told them they could each invite 5 friends. It quickly turned into way more than the 15 guests I had bargained for. Between the kids they would have chosen two or three kids out of a family of four and so we would invite the rest. so 15 turned into 27 and we still didn't invite everyone the kids wanted.

Like last year we gave each family a food assignment to bring to the party. This is totally the way to throw a party. All I had to do was plan some activities. My home was already decorated for the holiday, the guests were bringing the food and all I did was punch and games. We have so much fun searching the Internet for fun "spooky" food recipes. This year we had the best grub yet. I especially enjoyed the Jack-o-lantern grilled cheese sandwiches. Yummy. Enjoy the food slide show...hope you aren't watching it hungry:-)



We played Halloween bingo, a treasure hunt for lollipop ghosts the kids had made and hidden, and of course the so so popular game of eating donuts from a string hanging from the ceiling. Things went way quicker than I thought and so we also ended up telling add-a-line spooky stories, a witch dance game, freeze dance to Halloween music and a costume contest.



It was a fantastic night and I only had to sweep three times afterwards to clean up the mess.

12 comments:

Heather said...

It looks like it was a great party. My kids had a blast. Thank you for inviting them. You titled this friends + food = fantastic fun. After looking at the food slide show, I'm wondering if me being in Portland + Matt being in charge of the breadstick bones = um, no breadstick bones. It looks like you weren't lacking though. Now, I've got to go ask Matt a question...

Kath said...

Wow! Looks like we missed out on a great party. Too bad we live so far away - your 27 guests could have been 30! I've said it before but have to say it again - you are AMAZING (and brave) to throw such a party! I'm also impressed with your creative friends and the fun food stuff!

a loving family member said...

Wow, you are so brave having so many. That is part of what makes you a great mom.
Love
Mom

Nicole said...

Wow, I am so stealing some of those treat ideas- I too really like the sandwiches. How fun!

Familia Bethers said...

Man Jen do I really wish we lived closer. I proposed the idea of a kids Halloween party here at our house! What was I thinking!!! You know I am lame when it comes to creativity! I will for sure be calling you ;)

Sarah said...

How fun! I can't wait for Carter & Claire to get a little older so we can do fun things like this!

McInnes Family said...

What a fun party!! I love all of the creative food ideas. And even though I'm not hungry; it of course made me hungry :) You are brave to host that wild of a kid party. What a fun mom!!

Heather said...

Brienna had a great time. Thanks for inviting her! You are one of the most fun moms in the neighborhood. :)

Jamie C. said...

I guess it's pay back for having Kate talk endlessly about a pajama party, because all Gabs wants now is a costume party. She had a ball! You are one CUTE mom! Amazing!

Fisher Family said...

What a fun party..kudos on the planning having the guest bring the food. perfect

April said...

Elise was so excited when she got home from the party. I didn't tell her there would be big kids there, she has this phobia of big brothers and sisters, but in the end said it was the best party ever. Thanks for doing it early this year. I am happy Elise could be there. Oh, and thanks again for the costume:)

Anonymous said...

Never in Mom's home!!!
Tucson Grandpa