This past Sunday evening on All Hallow's Eve, we attended an All Saint's Party with our Home School Group! Simply put, it is a fun evening of a potluck meal and games and sweets for the
kids little saints and biblical people.
It was a pretty good turn out, I would say - with over 30 kids there! Can you find the treekids in this picture??
Branch, Blossom (with black hair) and Bump are in the middle to the right in front of the tall angel girl in white. Bud is in the back row on the left... don't look for blonde hair or a clean shaven face, for that matter! He is wearing blue and is between the second and third red trees from the left!!
Aren't costumes so much fun!! This is my best picture of Bump as a Franciscan Friar. Originally, we were going to have him hold a little stuffed robin and would have called him St. Francis of Assisi, but the bird flew the coop. So, "Franciscan Friar" it was!!
Besides the Friar, we had Blossom as Blessed Kateri Tekawitha, a Mohawk warrior's daughter who was persecuted by her tribe for her Faith. Branch dressed as St. Cecilia who is regarded as the patroness of music because of the story that she heard heavenly music in her heart when she was married. Bud disguised himself as Saint Peter, Jesus' apostle and the keeper of the keys to the kingdom of heaven!
There were lots of games to play: St. Martha's Cake Walk (win yourself a VERY tasty pumpkin spice cupcake loaded up with cream cheese frosting - yum! I was so glad that Bump won one and didn't eat the whole thing...)
Seven Deadly Sins Golf had children hitting golf balls labeled with the seven deadly sins.
Blossom came and played my game many many many times. I set up a Saint Nicholas' Coin Toss where kids tossed a few pouches of coins into a
laundry basket with a red poster board with masking taped bricks chimney.
There was a game called "Feed My Sheep" where a bean bag toss was covered with a fleece-type fabric and a sheep drawn on and the bean bag had to be tossed into the
There was a Saints Bingo game, a Rose Toss into Juan Diego's Tilma, St. Anthony's Lost Keys where there were three cups and a set of keys under one and the teenager moved the cups around like in a magic trick and the children had to guess where the keys were, a Fishers of Men game where they tossed the line over a blue sheet to fish for a prize attached to a clothes pin, and finally there was Mary Magdalene's Scented Oil Match Up, where the kids sniffed a salt shaker with a scented cotton inside and matched it with another shaker of the same scent. All the games seemed to be fun for the kids.
Bump's eyes began to glaze over as the evening came to a close.
Bud was wondering... I wonder what!?! Perhaps he is wondering about the wig and beard set I sewed up for him earlier in the day when the purchased one was "too scratchy." Perhaps he is wondering if I can manage to sew more costumes to play around in at home. Perhaps he is wondering how he can convince us to stay at the party all night long (never mind that every one else will be going home...) Perhaps, and most likely, he is wondering if we will find some other families to do a similar party with next year wherever we are living!!