A Very merry unbirthday

Camp has started again, and like always, the days have been full of art, creativity, and fun. On Friday I led a special activity for a group of lovely and imaginative campers- A Very Merry Unbirthday Party. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter's tea party we celebrated our Unbirthdays in a wacky and silly way. 

At an Unbirthday party you must dress up! We wore our best party-attire: beaded necklaces, over-sized sunglasses, top hats, and bobbly antenas. 

Everyone has an Unbirthday to celebrate. At an Unbirthday it is everyone's birthday! At our Unbirthday party we danced with partners, we switched seats to sit next to new friends, and we talked and laughed together. 

"There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get unbirthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know."- the Mad Hatter. That's why Unbirthdays are better! At our party we gave each other gifts and made each other cards.

Of course every good Unbirthday party needs tea! We drank iced tea with sugar cubes and ate mini cupcakes. We raised our glasses to toast the special day.

There may be surprises at your Unbirthday party. At our party there was an unplanned engagement and wedding! Proposals were made and gifts were exchanged. There was a game of charades, a photo shoot, and even a guest who was celebrating her real birthday! You can not plan everything at an Unbirthday, but you can be sure it will be fun and absolutely crazy.

 

retro italian christmas

In my family we celebrate Christmas with the Italian tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes. It is the only time of year when we move all of the furniture out of the living room to make room for two long tables and 19 guests. The night is a huge party that lasts until 1AM, complete with videos, singing, jokes, a bonfire, and plenty of delicious food and drinks. This year my parents came up with the idea of a retro Italian theme. Our living room was transformed with tinsel, big colored lights, glittery bells, melted snow trim, a nativity scene, and multiple santa figures. The effect was spot on. I helped to decorate the tree with metallic glass balls, Santa faces, and other ornaments. I helped set the table with popping crackers and Santa place cards. Can you tell how much fun we had?

 

 

 

Pom poms and pomanders

The weekend before Christmas I hosted a girls-only holiday craft party.  

10 of my girl friends fit perfectly in my apartment. We chatted and laughed, with homemade buttered rum, chocolate desserts, and every color of yarn you could want. I taught a tutorial on how to make a pom pom, using either a fork or a toilet paper roll. We made pom poms for our hair, our gifts, our hats, and each other. Some of us wrapped up gifts and created stamped gift tags. I also offered oranges and cloves to create pomanders. The pomanders smelled heavenly and looked so pretty with their red bows. 

 

A craft party is busy and messy but a lot of fun. 

 

House warming

Despite the smudges on the walls, the grease in the oven, and the cheap carpeting, I am happy to be living in an apartment that feels like home. I have 2 awesome roommates who are polite, generous, and fun to live with. The 3 of us hosted a house warming party to celebrate the new place. We celebrated with our friends, and beer, and music, and a giant crossword puzzle in the shape of America. This was one of the easiest and most comfortable parties I've hosted. The atmosphere was friendly and happy. 

At the party I offered 11 x 17 paper and assorted drawing supplies for our guests to design us one-of-a-kind place mats. Our friends had fun drawing together and thinking up some creative ideas. It was a fun party activity, and we ended up with some special, humorous, and personal house-warming gifts. Each paper will be laminated so that we can use them as place mats when we eat!

4th of july bbq

This year my family threw a fourth of July BBQ party. We invited close family friends to join us and our relatives from out of town. With my newly recognized interest in party planning, I was excited to help out in creating an invitation, setting tables, and creating some fancy herb sugar garnish for watermelon. 

 My parents put in a lot of work when hosting a party, but it is work that is done with care and love. My dad hung tarps in the backyard to protect us from potential rain. He mowed the lawn and sprayed to keep the mosquitoes away. He lit tiki torches and moved the furniture all around until it seemed just right. My mom picked flowers from the garden to put in vases. She stirred a crock pot of pulled pork and husked ears of corn, brushing away all the pesky hairs. She put out American flags by the porch and tinsled skewers in the pasta salad. Watching my parents, I know why I like this type of work. Watching the guests, talking, tasting, and staying dry, I know it was a successful party.