2016 is about to roll out, and we’re anxiously waiting for 2017 to roll on in. 2016 hasn’t been the kindest of years. We’re ready for it to end. When we asked the kids how they wanted to kiss this year goodbye, they said they REALLY wanted to party. This year Santa brought the kids a murder mystery game pack, so it seemed the perfect time to have a little family time with the kids while celebrating with some fancy fixins’.
When the package from Santa arrived on our fireplace it contained a game manual for me and envelopes for each of the kids. I set the scene. Each child was given an invitation to the Teen Idol Awards and the swanky Hollywood after party hosted by world famous photographer to the stars, Poppy Razzi (me), and her faithful and loyal assistant (Gigi). For tonight only, each kid would get to play the part of one of their favorite celebrities. They needed to prepare a costume and be ready to walk the golden carpet at precisely 5:30pm. But, sadly, during the course of the evening, someone at the awards after party would meet their untimely demise, and we would all have to work together to solve the crime.
The tweens LOVED this. They were SO excited. Their excitement rubbed off on the littles, who had a BLAST choosing a costume. Ally helped prepare a totally corny menu that had dishes with names like ‘Get a clue stuffed chicken’ and ‘Crime scene cake.’
Food gets the teens excited about almost anything, and really, they were good sports about the family fun. They cheered their siblings on as we took pics of them walking the golden carpet, making their grand entrance at the awards. This is Tess, entering the awards ceremony as Selena Gomez. Sadly, tonight wasn’t her night to win the Teen Idol Award though. Instead, Brady took home the Teen Idol Award, playing the part of Logan Lerman.
His story would come to a tragic ending though when he was strangled in the bathroom approximately one hour after this photo was taken.
He makes such a convincing murder victim that he made one of these once happy girls cry. Whoops. Sorry, Sofia. We talked her through it by having him re-enter the game to help her solve the mystery as a friendly, and helpful, ghost.
This has to be my favorite pic of the night. As Poppy Razzi, I roamed the room taking photos and helping the little kids who can’t read make sure they understood their clues well enough to give away the necessary info to help the other kids solve the mystery. You see, I knew who the murderer was all along.
Joe played a helpful and friendly police officer, Officer Nelson. Every time Tess got a clue, which inevitably contained some sort of criminal activity, she wanted to report it to Officer Nelson. “Officer Nelson. You can’t tell the others, but I’m being blackmailed. Help me.”
This had Joe and I guffawing. It didn’t take long for us to arrest a suspect. Poor Ally, otherwise known as Taylor Swift, will be doing hard time. Apparently she and Logan lived next door to one another, her dog peed on his yard regularly, and he was threatening her poor pooch. So, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Here she is being read her rights.
She is not resisting. She simply can’t breathe, she was laughing too hard.
All and all, it was a GREAT way to end an otherwise pretty stinky year.
The kids were already begging to have Santa bring another mystery again next year. That’s not the way Santa rolls though. Every year there is a new adventure or experience to be had.
I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings.
–FullPlateMom, who doesn’t want anyone to think that this sort of family fun is a one time occurrence. It’s not. It happens pretty regularly around here. One time, we threw a wedding for two stuffed dogs so that they no longer had to live in sin. God, that feels like a lifetime ago, and yesterday, all at once.