Monday, December 19, 2011

Buddies~ Christmas Party

Today was the Buddies Home School Christmas Party, it was a great success, 'C' even informed me that it was his favourite Christmas Party :-)
We started off with the Christmas songs that we have been practising over the last few weeks. Then we played some party games: musical statues, musical bumps and hunt the thimble (well troll). After that we sent the kids to play for a bit while we prepared our feast for them. Everyone had brought something, we focused on savoury and healthy snacks with delicious home made soda breads, tortillas (Greg I know they weren't really tortillas but I can't remember what you called them ;-)) We had veggies to dip into cream cheese, lovely cheese biscuits and wee willie winkies (cocktail sausages for those of you not Scottish). It was gorgeous, and the kids truly feasted.
When everyone had finished we cleared the table and sang 'We Wish you a Merry Christmas' as we brought the gingerbread house to the table,

and then the kids feasted again!

The kids went off for some free play time in the playroom and we cleared the table for the parents to have a cup of tea and some gorgeous pies baked by Yvonne (thank you x)

We sang the clean up song and tidied up making a space for us to sit down in a circle to read our story. I read Stick Man for the children. Then we wondered if we sing loud enough would Santa hear us and come to visit? We tried and shouted out Jingle Bells at the tops of our voices, and what do you know he did hear us! We opened the door and he had left bags of presents. The gifts Santa brought have actually been a few weeks in the making. We wanted to give each family something special, but also practical and something that will give all the children a lot of play. So we decided to make a rainbow of play cloths for each family.Last evening Roisin and I bundled them up and popped them into their bags. It's a shame the colours didn't come out better in the picture, but they really looked very sweet. One evening last week we had got together after the kids were in bed and had a dye party.

We brought a bucket each and we dyed 6 muslin squares for each family: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Of course while we were waiting for the dye to take we had a wee bite to eat...
It was a really fun evening and it was so lovely today to see the children getting so much pleasure from such a simple gift :-)
A truly merry time was had by all!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from all the Buddies x


  1. Wow, that looks truly lovely.
    What recipe did you use for the gingerbread house. I need a full-proof one that's tried and tested! x

  2. Hello, thanks for stopping by! This is the site that I got the pattern from a few years ago:
    I use a different recipe though and I'd be happy to share it if you'd like. The one in the recipe is nice but I use my childhood one. Hope this helps and I'd love to hear how you get on. hugs Laura x

  3. What a lovely day - looks like a wonderful time had by all. Your gingerbread house looks amazing - I failed miserably with one last year, so went for the easy ready assembled one. It is holding up well, but one or two bits are missing.
    Lol @ wee willie winkies - Halls was not far from where we lived. xxx

  4. Once again I am inspired to find some like-minded people in my community and start up our own Buddies group. Are you all homeschoolers?

  5. Hi meli-mello, I'm so glad that you like the post. I can't recommend a group like this enough, ti is truly wonderful. I am currently writing a piece for Rhythm of the Home (a wonderful blog if you haven't come across it yet) and I hope it will be in the spring edition. It will be guide lines of setting up a home kindergarten group. However if you want any hep before then or want to talk it over I'd be delighted to help you in anyway I can, you can email me hugs Laura x

  6. Dear Laura, your group is just wonderful. I used to host a playgroup back when my older two were my only ones- and then again when Cedar was a baby. They were not structured, but it was wonderful getting together with other mamas and children!
    A merry Christmas to you, dear Laura! <3