This year, we had a genius plan. A rented clubhouse + all the kids together for some of the time + babysitters for the evening + a catered dinner + fabulous presents + a hilarious new game = One of the greatest nights ever!
At, surprisingly, a very affordable price.
We started the day with lunch at an apartment complex clubhouse. We were able to rent the Clubhouse for $50 for the day. Perfect and no one had to stress about cleaning/decorating their house. We are in Pinterest-avoidance mode.
The kids were able to run around freely, play with each other, eat a picnic lunch on a tablecloth, and even do crafts!
The Nativity Gingerbread Houses by Aunt Loryn were a hit with everyone!
We had an electronic Secret Santa name generator email us names in November, and that afternoon, we had the kids do a gift exchange.
We broke up the kids' party around nap time (they pretty much let US know when they were done with the party). We cleaned up lunch and snacks and all headed home for quick rests and to drop the kids off at their various babysitters.
Then, Chad and I picked up our Italian take-out, and we all met up again for a very yummy dinner of baked ziti, chicken parm, salad, and bread (that no one had cook- holla!).
We also did a gift exchange at our adult party. Each girl purchases 5 gifts- the same 5 gifts- but something(s) (valued around $5) that they consider their "favorite thing(s)" for the year (a la Oprah). The guys do the same thing in their group. Then we take turns "presenting" and all get to go home with fabulous gifts! It's super fun!
And of course we took our requisite girl pic.
I swear taking one of the 9 kids was easier.
We ended the night playing "Cards Against Humanity." It's very similar to Apples to Apples.
But more PG13/R rated.
My question for these cards: "Years down the road when currency is no longer the same, how will people pay for goods and services?"
My two favorite answers (and pretty much the only two cards suitable to post on this blog):
I'm already in post-party withdrawal. I need to see these people again soon but 6 families' schedules are hard to organize.
We are already planning a summer time "group birthday party" for all the kids. :-)