with our little and adult friends. It’s a day of coming together so we invite our closest
friends and their kids for a backyard grill and organise a fun, no stress group activity.
We’ve had water-slide races, playdough house building competitions, bread baking
competitions in the outside wood fire, even a dancing competition where we split up into
groups and choreographed a dance routine with our kids to perform in front of an
It’s mandatory that all adults participate, I mean, let’s face it, how often do you get the
day with your hubby and your kids and your friends? If you’re all together, i.e. a no
babysitters event, then why not enjoy the day together? It’s in our human nature to want
to play and I’m telling you it’s so much fun!!!
Don’t get me wrong, I love my adult time (and I’ve tried to incorporate some into this
years activity don’t you worry about that!) but just letting yourself be a kid for a day,
relating to them on their level is immensely freeing. As adults, it’s part of our human
nature (that insecure side of ourselves) that we worry too much about the things that
aren’t important - like behaving like cool adults, keeping up the only partial truth that
we’ve got it all together—great house, successful career, spunky husband who still finds
you irresistible even when you’ve got baby vomit caked into your scalp. Sometimes
you’ve just got to say “Screw it, I’m going to have some good, clean, wholesome fun!!”
So, this year we are face painting. Everybody’s name goes into a hat and each person,
adult and child (even toddlers can participate) has to paint someone else’s face, and legs
and arms if they so wish. We’ve actually done this before at a relative’s adult birthday
party and it was loads of fun.
If you buy water-based paint you shouldn’t have to worry too much about your clothes
but leave your finery at home for this day. You can build a board of photos with
suggestions and have prizes for the winners. Good music is always a great idea to keep
everyone in a festive mood. As the day goes on more and more funny, colorful faces
appear in the crowd. It really makes everyone drop their serious side for a day of play
and it’s fantastic bonding time for parents and kids.
Now for the really good bit: I’ve said it’s in our human nature to want to be silly little
kids, well it’s also in our human nature to want to be naughty grown-ups. Once
everybody has gone home, the kids are in bed and the mess is cleaned up it’s time to put
on some steamy music of your choice, hop in the shower or bath with your loved one and
help each other get rid of all that paint! The perfect end to a perfect day…
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