I had 8 little leprechauns running through my house yesterday for Noah's preschool St. Patrick's Day Party
And, yes, my house was trashed afterwards which of course I'd been expecting - but to be honest I'd really underestimated them this time. Of course, it's less about the kids and more about what kind of activities I plan. I always think, "Oh, this will be so fun for them and so cute" and I forget to think about the chaos it will cause. I try to keep things under control but soon realize I'm losing that battle and just let them go nuts. It's worth it, the kids had a great time!
The party activities were as follows: shamrock necklaces decorated with glitter (see what I mean about my choice of activities?) dancing to celtic music, a few St. Patrick's Day storybooks, pin the shamrock on the leprechaun, lunch (shamrock pb&j's, green shamrock jello jigglers, and VERY green sprite) cookie decorating (shamrock sugar cookies with green frosting and shamrock sprinkles) and to top it all off a search for the "pot of gold" (my big black cooking pot filled with goody bags which included gold chocolate coins, St Patrick's Day stickers, and eatable grass - the eatable grass was probably my worst idea yet).
Noah and his best buddy Austin enjoying the jello jigglers, or as Noah put it the "jeddo jiggwers"
I let Alex stick around for the party - she's been more excited about it than Noah! She was a total ham as usual - that girl is a wild woman. Such a party animal - should I be worried about the high school years yet?!?
Noah teaching Austin how to do a "Cheers!" (he loves this)
All Alex ate was jello, cookies, and sprite, of course
We're missing one kid in both of these pictures, but I tried. Alex is cracking me up with her hat!
Paul got home just after the party ended and the last kid left and about fell over when he saw the state of the house. Every room of the house. It took us 2 hours to clean up, it was hilarious! Thanks goodness for that new vacuum...
Happy St. Patrick's Day!