I threw a little winter party for Stella and six of her girlfriends the other day. She invited four classmates and two twins (who I wish were my own children) who are not in her class. The girls were all told to show up in pajamas. I thought this could work as a pre-first-slumber-party exercise. David took Oliver off on a Japantown adventure, so we had the house to ourselves.
Everyone showed up exactly at 4:00, and everyone left promptly at 7:00. Just enough time for me to really enjoy this girl energy, crack some sarcastic jokes with the twins, endure silly screaming that could only have been louder at a Bieber concert, eat half the cookies they baked, and watch Stella have a pretty great time. We have been taking trips for her birthday the last few years, so she deserved a little party action on her own turf.
The girls jumped right into the crafts and baking. Somehow we ended up with a dance party break (why wouldn't we?) with these ladies all busting out some choreography from the recent winter talent show at their creative arts elementary school. I've never considered lip-syncing a talent, but hey, it gets the kids onstage.
They ate a lot of candy and potato chips, then we did a gift exchange. Six years old may possibly be too young for this to be a comfortable concept for a child. You might want to hold off on something like this until you're dealing with second graders. It depends on the crowd, I suppose.
The party ended with some playing and messing around in Stella's room while some Rankin/Bass Christmas videos played in the living room. It was quick and easy. I don't think I've ever thrown a kids' party where the parents weren't invited. Really takes the stress off the preparations. I highly recommend it!
After this is when my body shut down. I immediately collapsed from the weight of the holidays, all the parties and food, and my two performances over the last week. I am even getting sick. It's fine. I am in perpetual motion and I love the moments when I can't handle it anymore. I've been crawling around like a turtle ever since. Happy holidays!