I think it was a good party.
I never actually KNOW, the same way I never knew if I'd done well on a test in school, but I THINK Jane's Ninth Birthday Chocolate Extravaganza was a success.
If it were measured by sheer volume of chocolate available and consumed, I'm pretty sure we'd have won some sort of prize. (As always, click to enlarge.)
I had made shirts for the kids and they decorated them with fabric paints.
We played some games, like stack the Oreos and guess the number of M&Ms in the jar.
Jane opened presents:
Probably the best thing I did was "hire" my older daughter and two of her friends to help run the games. ("Hire" in the sense that they got to eat as much chocolate as they could stand.) I made shirts for them, too, and called them the Oompa-Loompas. They were pretty helpful, even if they did have a tendency to disappear and do their own thing every once in a while. (The nerve!) But they did a great job and even wrote the "Who Gave What" list during the present opening.
In the end, the guests took home these little goody boxes (Yes that's a toothbrush. I must have my little jokes.)
And Austin and I cleaned chocolate off of things like the basement door.
A side benefit to throwing this party is that I had no problem at all starting (RE-starting. Sigh. AGAIN.) my diet today because, LORDY, I am SICK OF CHOCOLATE.
Hey, I guess that means it really WAS a good party!