Decorating the table appropriately will add to enjoyment of youngsters
To make the children’s party at Christmas time a brilliant success is not at all difficult. All they need is room to play in, grames and pastimes planned ahead to fill up the time, someone to supervise them and Christmas goodies to eat. This last item in the program of the Christmas party means a great deal to them, but they are easily pleased.
The old-fashioned games, “blind man’s buff,” “drop the handkerchief,” “hide and seek,” have unfailing charms for the youngsters, but they will not play at one game long.
A “fishing pond” pleases them and is easy to manage. A lot of toys and trinkets are wrapped in paper and tied up — a sufficient number to provide something for every child. Before the party, these are piled up in some convenient corner and a curtain of some kind hung across the corner to hide them. Fishing poles with lines having a crooked pin at the end are made ready, and each child casts his line over the top of the curtain. Someone in charge of this part of the entertainment fastens a little parcel to the bent pin for each child, and someone else sees to it that each little guest gets one chance at the pond.
A fortune teller’s corner helps amuse the little folks and their brief fortunes all are written out before the time of the party. A big owl, mode of paper, stands on a small bench in a corner with a box containing the written fortunes behind him. His head is made so that it will move in a nod to signify “yes,” or from side to side for “no” in answer to questions. Someone, of course, sitting behind, manipulates the answers and finally thrusts one of the folded pieces of paper forward on the bench or table.
When it comes from time for refreshments, they are served, and from a decorated table containing a “Christmas pie,” each child gets a little bag of sweets or some little trinket to carry away. The pie is a centerpiece containing the little gifts.
On the table shown above, it is a low square box covered with red paper and cotton, supporting a tiny Christmas tree and a Santa Claus. Small figures made of snapping bonbons and candles with shades that represent a chimney top set off the table. It is shown in the picture, ready for the cakes and other sweets that are to be served.
Paper table cover, paper napkins and small paper plates help make the children’s party an easy matter for the housewife to handle. Finally, when their revelries are ended, they may form a little lantern procession, each child having a small paper lantern to pretend to light him on his homeward way.