We celebrated on Sunday afternoon with a family party at our clubhouse. Free, and I didn't have to tidy my own house to within an inch of my life - what more could mommy ask for?
We played some party games and I was surprised that the Americans didn't know one of my favourite childhood party games, called "Pass the Parcel". So here I will share with you all this fabulous British (apparently) party game.
Pass the Parcel
Get a small prize - if you find a pack of dinosaurs on clearance for 50cents at Party City, that's ideal.
Wrap it in a sheet of paper.
Wrap it in another sheet of paper.
Wrap it in more sheets of paper - the number of sheets until you think your kids will be bored with unwrapping. I guessed at one sheet for each year of party kid's age, so in this case 5 sheets.
Kids sit on the floor in a circle.
Give the parcel to the birthday boy (or girl, or any of the kids in fact).
Play music, while the kids pass the parcel around the circle.
Stop the music.
The kid holding the parcel removes one (and only one!) sheet of wrapping.
Start the music again.
Repeat until last sheet of wrapping is removed and that child wins the prize.
Kids absolutely LOVE this game :0) To make it a bit fairer, and so that everyone gets a small something, I wrap a tiny treat in between the sheets. A lollipop, or other small candy.
On Sunday, we played four games. I had two boy prizes and two girl prizes wrapped up. It's easier for the person controlling the music, if all girls sit one side of the circle and all boys sit the other side. Don't want a boy with a pink prize, do we. One of the girls on Sunday squealed, "Yay, girly prizes" when the first one was opened? :0)