It turns out though, that everything turned out just perfect.
People showed up, both boys and girls, moms and dads. No beads were flung, no one choked or cut themselves or complained. In fact, people were a downright pleasure to be around, and lovely and gracious and accepted help but at the same time did much of the crafting on their own.Jules’ whole family came too. It was fun meeting new faces, some who knew me and some who had no idea who I was. But once some familiar faces came in, I felt great. Thanks Anne and Jules for making the effort. I hope you all had fun.
I’ve been asked lots of times over the years, how I put up with the messes kids make when they craft, how I keep my patience, how I hold their attention. My only advice is to try and start from a young age, and only do one thing at a time. Kids will want to bring out the contents of the entire craft cabinet in the course of a day. But we’ve always had a rule that we put one project away before we start another.
Other than that, kids are kids and messes are inevitable. You can either direct them to produce a controlled mess, like a craft project, or let them make messes on their own by giving them free play. Either way, a mess will be made. Personally, I would rather have a mess from a creative project than a mess they’ve cooked up because they were left undirected in their room for an hour. And p.s., I’m not mother of the year here. My kids make plenty of both messes because our life is not one constant, ongoing arts and crafts project. I just much more prefer craft project messes over say, Lego messes.