On Sunday night, we hosted Kensington’s First Annual Ugly Sweater Party!!
Last week, I hosted my own ugly sweater party and while I was planning that one, she asked me if she could have one too. I was like TOTALLY! #hermothersdaughter I asked her who she wanted to invite and she said five sweet friends who go to church with us (some of them also go to the same school too). After this party was all said and done, I told Andrew it was the easiest little party I’ve ever hosted because THEY WERE SO SWEET AND EASY!! This was such a special night for us. Here are a few pics so you can see too…
Thank you Hobby Lobby for making things easy 🙂 .
Hobby Lobby had Christmas Bingo, and the girls loved it!
I also had clues in a mug for Christmas Pictionary!
The table was all set and we were just waiting for her little friends to arrive…
We had musical reindeer antlers at everyone’s place for them to take home.
And some fun little goodie bags too!
She was pumped to wear her ugly sweater (thank you, Target!). We brought down her marker board for Pictionary.
Kensington picked the menu. We had a veggie tray (thank you, Trader Joe’s!) and then she wanted my Tomato Basil Soup with…
…grilled cheese sandwiches. My friend Brittany told me about this bread. It is INSANE! I have now bought it three weeks in a row!!
I like a lot of butter on my grilled cheese 🙂 . #becauseitmakeseverythingbetter
Our sweet friends arrived! Presley wasn’t able to make it, so we had five cuties in ugly sweaters.
I LOVED listening to them talk while they ate dinner. They were so funny, sweet and HAPPY eating their dinner.
They also ate half of my cake 🙂 .
We played Christmas Pictionary…
…and it got super intense and competitive!
Hahahahaha! Look at them!
And then, we wrapped up the night with Christmas Bingo. I think we played 4 or 5 rounds.
It was such a special way to kick off December!
I asked Kensington if I could share this and she said I could…but this year has been her BEST year. Kensington has always struggled with being really shy when she’s not at home. At church, at school, at dance…she has been so shy that it’s actually made things quite difficult for her. It’s been hard for us to help her because at home, SHE’S THE LIFE OF THE PARTY, but everywhere else, she has been really reserved and shy.
Academically speaking, this has been tough because sometimes her shyness made teachers think she didn’t understand her work/know what to do because she would get nervous a lot. Or she would have a question because she didn’t understand but be too shy to raise her hand. She is also that sweet kiddo that cried on the first day of dance/church/whatever because everything was new…but friends, SHE HAS COME OUT OF HER SHELL! Fourth grade has changed everything!!
First, she has an amazing teacher who has really encouraged Kensington in so many ways. Her principal told me this summer that it was her goal to make Kensington feel confident in fourth grade and hello? Mission accomplished! She has an awesome Sunday school teacher named Emily who has been so encouraging to her that she LOVES going to class and never says she’s nervous. Add on a totally cool dance studio owner who has really been encouraging and then add in her new love of volleyball (which her coach told me I was lying when I said K used to be shy), and I now have a really confident kid.
Guess what she did yesterday? She stood up in front of the whole fourth grade and gave a speech because she’s running for “judge” of their town.
IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE GRADE.
SHE STOOD ON A STAGE.
I mean, I could really cry. It has been such a wonderful year.
Anyway, I just wanted to share that in case you’re a mama with a kiddo that’s super shy too. I feel ya. The shy thing was really crippling, but friends, she’s got it going on right now! I’m so proud of this girl and was thrilled to host her first Ugly Sweater Party 🙂 .