This year Zoey invited her entire class, plus a few friends over to celebrate her birthday in our home. As my Spanish is definitely not on par to direct or respond to 25 Chilean-Spanish speaking kids, I hired one of our favorite sitters to help coordinate a litany of games to keep the kids busy. We played pictionary, limbo, unwrap the mummy, pop the balloon… and now I’m just making up names, but you get the idea. At the end, we were all beat, but Zoey had a FABULOUS time and from what I hear, her friends did as well.
Takeaways for your amusement (notes for my next Rodeo):
Don’t invite people more than 10 days ahead of the party. Even more than 7 days can cause confusion.
Take the RSVP list with a grain of salt. Plan on 25% more kids arriving.
Unless you explicitly say so, entire families will come. Even if you give a drop-off option, plan on some parents staying.
There is a rhythm to Chilean parties. Activities for 90-120 minutes, pizza and orange soda, cake and singing, a pull-string pinata (not to be confused with a traditional pinata) and gift bags on the way out. No present opening.
Always have a back-up bag of candy ready for those kids who didn’t get enough and will cry crocodile tears. And won’t stop.
Hire as many people as you can to entertain and clean.
And lastly, if you play a game outside, make sure you do a full headcount of all children before heading upstairs. Eeek. Sorry again Amaia.
I’m not going to tell you how many of these things I did NOT do. Ahem.
And for the adult after party, I recommend Piscos.
3 ounces (90 ml) Peruvian pisco
2 ounces (60 ml) lemon juice
1 1/2 ounces (45 ml) simple syrup (recipe below)
1 egg white
4 ice cubes
2-3 drops angostura bitters
1. Blend all ingredients except the bitters on high speed until frothy.
2. Pour into a glass, top with a few drops of bitters and serve.
Repeat as often as needed.
1 cup (200 g) sugar
8 ounces (240 ml) water
(or equal parts water and sugar)
In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.
Picture stolen. Now I have a great reason to make a batch of piscos. ;)