|Grace's 4th birthday Japanese Doll Tea Party|
If you decide to avoid traditional party games, you might decide that an activity for the kids would fill the time in nicely.
|Ikebana - yes really....|
And you'd be right about all of that.
And you might also think that such an activity would take, perhaps, fifteen or even twenty minutes, whilst the children carefully arrange their flowers according to the ikebana principles you've explained to them.
And you'd be wrong about that.
Five minutes, I have discovered, is the length of time flower arranging holds the interest of the average 4-12 year old.
As one of the Dads said "I bet you were wishing that took a bit longer".
To fill in the time not taken up by the activity, if you have some blokes available who are willing to be chased or have ice put down their shirts, it will give you a chance to heat up the food you've forgotten to put in the oven. This 'fill in' activity will be the absolute highlight of the party. All the kids will talk about for days after was how awesome your child's father was when he chased them and made them nearly vomit from laughing so hard. And none of them will notice the individually hand sewn party bags made from old flour sacks you saved after home baking all your bread for all those years...