November 21, 2017

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Party

A while ago we decided to find another opportunity to wear our ugly Christmas sweaters (Haha!!) and we created the Hamilton Reindeer Games.  I wanted a way to get together with our friends but have them create some memories with their families at the same time.  Everyone is always busy on the weekends, so I decided to make it a Monday night Family Home Evening activity.

I blogged about our very first one HERE.  Not even kidding, it ended up being on the coldest day of the year.  But our hearts were warm...

You should totally do this with your friends and family and I'm going to make it easy for you and have included my invitations and score cards that I made for your reference.  I hope you do it and make some fun festive memories!!

Here are some invites:

One from another year:

And another year:

A. Luke 2
1.        And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
3.         And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

CLUE:  Address of a local Liberty Tax

CHALLENGE 1:  Pay a tax of one cookie to the person in this address to receive your next clue.
CHALLENGE 2:  Put a “tax” of any amount in any Salvation Army Bell Ringer Location

B.  Luke 2
4.        And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5.       To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 
6.       And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

CHALLENGE 1:  Find a pregnant woman and take a picture with her (10 extra points if she is wearing red or a Christmas sweater)

C.  Luke 2
7.        And she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 
CHALLENGE 1:  Take a picture asking if there is any vacancy at any Inn/Hotel/Motel
BONUS CHALLENGE:  Serenade Front Desk with the song, Away in a Manger

D.  Luke 2
8.        And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9.       And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them and they were sore afraid. 

CLUE:  Go to this address and look under the sheep for your next clue:  I sent everyone to a widower’s home and hid the clue in his manger scene under the shepherds.

CHALLENGE 1:  Carol at that address

E.  Luke 2
10.    And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 
11.   For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12.   And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13.   And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14.   Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15.   And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which is the Lord hath made known unto us.
CHALLENGE 1:  How many angels can you find on Christmas Drive in the north pole? (I sent them to a community with a lot of blow up Christmas decorations and such. 
CHALLENGE 2: Take a picture with the majority of your family wrapped in a blanket. 
CHALLENGE 3:  Find a peace sign, take a picture with it

F.  Luke 2
16.    And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17.   And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18.   And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 
19.   But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20.   And the shepherd returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.   
CHALLENGE 1: Find a shepherd, take a picture with it.
CHALLENGE 2:  Find a heart, take a picture with it.
CHALLENGE 3:  How many nativities are in that same community as above?

G.  Matthew 2
1.        Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
2.       Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 
      Matthew 2
7.  Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 
8.  And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 
9.  When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 
CHALLENGE:  Take a Picture with any star decoration
BONUS CHALLENGE:  10 Extra points if the star is lit up in some way.
SUPER BONUS CHALLENGE:  Have three people put on Burger King crowns and take a picture

H.  Matthew 2
10.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
Matthew 2
11. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 
CLUE:  Look under the sack of gifts at this address for your next clue:  Pick an address of people you know that have some kind of gifts decorations in their yard.
CHALLENGE 1: Take a video showing your family rejoicing with exceeding great joy.
CHALLENGE 2:   Deliver your gift of a plate of cookies to anyone you choose.

I.  Matthew 2
12.  And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 
CLUE:  Depart to where the party is!
CHALLENGE 1:  Sing Christmas songs in your vehicle the entire way to this address.


July 29, 2016

Luau Celebration

Looking through my unpublished posts, I found this gem and can not believe I have not blogged this yet!

A few years ago John was out of state doing training for his job for 9 weeks leaving me a single mother except on Saturdays (but one Saturday he got snowed in and couldn't make it home).  That summer, I planned a dinner to thank my friends who helped me in some way while he was gone.  They didn't know it was for them, and I actually did it on my birthday and some people thought it was me throwing a birthday party for myself (which actually it really was the best birthday!) but mostly the husbands didn't even realize it was my birthday.  So, I read a little poem (part of it at the end of this post) during dinner that I had written to tell them that the dinner was really for them and I wanted to say Mahalo (thank you) to my village!

Not even kidding, that morning my app said like 90% chance of rain for the evening.  I texted everyone to pray hard it wouldn't rain and borrowed as many canopies as I could.  It sprinkled a bit during the day, but the weather ended up being perfect!  Hallelujah!

The Invite:
The front and back of the invite I made
The walk lined with tikki torches to my back yard

The set up - I wish I had removed the wrapping on the table tikkis before I took the pictures

I made napkins out of Hawaiian shirts I bought back from Hawaii a few years ago. (I gave my nephew a quick sewing lesson, and he helped too!)

I made the seashell candles that you can see in this picture too.

I wrote every name in Hawaiian on the place cards, so it was fun for people to try and figure out their name.  This one was easy.

So, I bought this china at TJ Maxx years ago, and I thought about renting china for this party, but looked into seeing if Replacements carried this china and it did!  So I got enough to make up the difference for the number I needed and considered it my birthday present!

I made these star fish chair wraps with raffia

The buffet

Salads: Spinach salad with Papaya Seed Dressing, Pasta Salad, Potato Salad, and Frog Eye Salad

Rice, Home made Hawaiian sweet rolls, Teriyaki Chicken, Polynesian Chicken skewers, Kalua Pig, and sweet potatoes

The appetizer station:

Pipi Kaula, and shrimp cocktail

The shrimp may or may not have been forgotten about when it was cooking....

We made some virgin lava flows or lava coladas

Of course my friends were greeted with leis when they arrived

The haupia in coconut shells

You guys, I love my backyard.  It basically sold the house to me.  Never a fan of our house, but huge fan of my back yard!  I love these pictures because it just reminds me of what a perfect evening it was!!

Couldn't resist adding a picture of the cows that came to see what all the fuss was about

Played a little Hawaiian themed charades:

Some of my awesome village!

And I even got to hold a newish little baby!  Love!

I had a little photo opportunity:

They made the perfect hula couple with their dark hair

The best evening!

Earlier in the evening, I stood up to do my prepared little poem to thank my friends and tell them what the luau was really for, and it was pretty funny because some people thought I was going to announce I was pregnant.  Which I was not.

Below is the first part of the poem I read out loud, I didn't include all of it though.  Too personal, it did make me tear up a bit reading it. 

Aloha!  Welcome!  We’re so glad you’re here,

You have been assembled under a bit of guise.

What’s she talking about?  I know you’re thinking,

But, this was all just a big surprise!

This isn’t a birthday party,

Or just an ordinary meal.

It’s a way I can thank you, my friends,

So, Mahalo!  Here’s the deal…

You see, my husband, he was gone

As you may recall, for a long nine weeks,

But, you, my friends were always there,

To help, even before I had to speak.

I soon realized that I was in good hands

That I was surrounded by my village,

I can’t even tell you how grateful I was,

For my sanity, my children did try to pillage.

And it goes on from there...  

It really was the perfect summer evening with friends!  Going through this post makes me want to do it again!
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