Sketch #5 – Party Season Extraordinaire

Party Season

Get your Glad Rags on!

Have you ever heard that saying? Growing up all around the world and with British parents, I will occasionally throw out gems like that only to be met with blank looks. I’ll admit, sometimes it’s a test!

December (and even November now too) seems to be the month of parties, family togetherness, special events, concerts, and more. Diets get thrown out the window as we are faced with so many tempting treats. Open House buffets, boxes of chocolates at the Receptionists desk, holiday drinks after work, steaming hot cider after being out in the snow, and of course, all that holiday baking that makes your house smell so heavenly. It’s enough to send us all into diabetic comas!

And it’s also the perfect excuse to pull out your prettiest, more sparkly, party dress.

Or in my case, my good pair of “Mom Jeans”!


What does your “party season” look like?

Office parties and martinis at the latest hot night spot, or a dozen children decorating cookies and then running off the sugar high by doing laps around the kitchen? I definitely fall into that latter category now. My husband gets to attend all his Team Lunches, and Coaches Appreciation Dinners, but I pretty much put in earrings and perfume and call myself ‘dressed up’.

As the children get older, the ability to sit and visit with the adult family members becomes easier. And that’s what I look forward to the most now. Recently we had my brother and his family over for pizza and games. The children did actually play games, but the adults just caught up on each others lives! Oh, there may have been several glasses of wine in there too. Just saying!

The other thing I love is that my daughters are surrounded by Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and cousins that are in easy visiting distance! And even better, they all seem to LIKE each other! Both my husband and I grew up far from family – in my case, usually half a world away – so we actively cultivate the cousin relationships. Last Christmas we were fortunate enough to be able to stay with his sister and her family for two nights. It was such a treat! The photos I’m using and the stories I am telling with Sketch #5 are from this time. It’s a double page spread so there is more room to tell the story – both with the words I write and the embellishments I choose.

Let’s take a look.

12 sketches - party

I took the liberty of looking up the origins of Crokinole so if you’re interested you can click the link to see for yourself.

These Days are Merry and Bright by Alison Day Designs

I can’t wait to see what your party pages look like. You may have photos very similar to mine – lots of small children and family fun, or you may be able to pull out that metallic paper (tell me I’m not the only one that hordes that stuff) and scrapbook about the Masked Ball you went to, or the Black Tie dinner at the swankiest restaurant in town. Let us Mom types live vicariously through your pages!

Don’t forget to share a link to any pages you make in the comments below or over on my Facebook page. We’d all love to see your work and read your stories!

Happy Scrapping!

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