to start the evening, each guest was given a character name taped to their back. "yes and no" questions were used to discover one's own identity. cinderella turned out to be kate mckay (from kate and leopold.) mr. alive discovered he was tarzan, while mooch found out she was hello kitty! =) daniel boone was peter pan, while zorro could related to his other identity as robin hood. mr. rodgers, appropriately enough, embraced his more adventurous side as han solo. during dinner, voting for the best costume was conducted. dimes were also given to each guest as motivation for using each person's character name. for using a name other than their own for the evening meant giving up one's dime! mr. rodgers seemed to win each time this game was played.
the food was delicious. italian sodas and fizzy orange juice, homestead soup, snickerdoodles and jello only added to the fun of the activities. while munching on treats, the winners for the best costume were announced: daniel boone and cinderella.
the next game was "pavlov's game" where the person who was "it" had to leave the room while the other players decided on an action the person had to perform. to help the individual discover the desired action, clapping provided encouragement while clearing one's throat showed disapproval. this was so much fun! mr. rodgers was the most fun to watch as he tried to figure out that we wanted him to flex his muscles.
the evening ended with "never dressed without a smile" which cinderali was not good at! the "it" person had to try to make the other players smile. when someone was spotted smiling, it was their turn to be "it." the last person to smile won! again, mr. rodgers seemed to win at this one at first, until it was noticed he too was unable to hold a completely straight face. even he smiled a little... =)
we all had so much fun last night. taking pictures, laughing, eating good food and enjoying each other's company made last night the highlight of my week. lots of happy thoughts lumped into one night.