Our close group of friends have holiday parties each and every year. It is a tradition that we look forward to! This year we included our Mommy group as well. (the groups over lap since half of us were already friends before twitter/blogging/facebook anyway)
This year we hosted the Easter gathering. We enjoy entertaining but with us both working full time and having 3 kids, it is a process. I start buying stuff 2 weeks in advance. We have to start 3 days before with cleaning, organizing and setting up. By the end of the party, we are beyond tired!
Stef, Amber and I started planning the party at the beginning of March. Stef got all of the supplies for the kids to dye eggs. Amber put together treat bags for everyone. I bought all of the kids baskets, made dessert (which the party was the day after my SIL's birthday so we celebrated this as well), prepared all of the salads and hosted. Each family brings 20 filled eggs that we have the husbands hide. We also have the families split the cost of pizza, bring drinks and snacks. We have our parties down to a science since we have been doing it for as long as I can remember.
The parties have grown in size! We are continually adding new children to the mix...including more babies that are due this year.
Even though it was still cold out, we had them hidden in our front yard. We did all of the activities in waves. Toddlers, younger school age and then tween/teens.
First up for the hunt, our toddler crew!
Next up, the older kids.
After the kids were done hunting their eggs, we ordered pizza and dyed eggs. (I wish that I had pics of the egg dying but I was in the kitchen helping the whole time)
The kids also played outside, trashed the bedrooms, played video games and had an all around good time. We ended our party with singing and cake. In the words of Charlie "Happy to eww!"
Another successful family/friend fun party in the books!