Monday, September 12, 2011

Homecoming Shmomecoming - Pity Party 2011

In my church, the youth are advised to wait to start dating until they turn 16.  It was a hard and fast rule when I was growing up, it was never questioned.  But then, dating was different.  It seems like kids now don't really "date" so much as they "hang out".

At any rate, I heard some of my young women talking via FB about getting asked, who was 16 who wasn't, who would go IF they got asked....the usual excited chatter from Sophomore girls who desperately want to be asked to a dance.

I decided I'd host my own Homecoming party for the girls that either weren't old enough to go or didn't get asked.  It was gonna be our own Homecoming Pity Party except that we were gonna have so much fun that no felt bad about not going to the high school's Homecoming

We started the evening off with pizza


Some games





Did you know that girls will pretty much act like idiots if it means they win the game?  Yeah, I know!


We ended the evening with the movie "13 Going on 30"   A nice reminder to not try and grow up too fast.   No need to hurry along.  Waiting until you are 16 or even not dating after that for awhile is totally okay.  As the wise Billy Joel tells us, "Vienna waits for you".


I made all the girls pose for a traditional dance picture with smiling Jesus.  Of course we were missing two of them, but this was our group. 



And dang, we had fun!  Might need to make this one a tradition!

16 comments:

Janiece said...

great idea. The girls will remember this for always!

" Hit It......." said...

This is a great idea. I hope someone will do this for my daughter. Her birthday isn't until August (i.e. she is the baby of the group).

Will you invite Tay in three years?

Kristin said...

What a FABULOUS idea - and what a FABULOUS mom you are :D Wish I thought of that one once upon a time . . .

Kristin

Connie said...

Who wants to go to a Homecoming dance when you can go to the party of the century? Looks like so much fun.
I can tell you're a great YW leader.

Haacke/Hansen said...

Love it!!! You are so awesome.

tammy said...

Awesome idea! I think I would've rather done this than some of the dances I went to.

Lindzena said...

I wish I'd had a leader like you growing up! I always had a hard time, I was the youngest of my friends by a few months and always felt left out at that age. I hope I can do this kind of thing someday, if I ever work with the young women.

CountessLaurie said...

What a great thing to do!! You ROCK!

Pedaling said...

best idea, ever!
this is the idea of a great leader!!

Omgirl said...

What a fantastic idea! I wish someone had done that for me. Oh wait, I snuck out of the house to go to homecoming when I was 15 and told my mom I was at a friend's house. Nevermind! But still a great idea!

val said...

Super cute idea!

Garden of Egan said...

I wanna be in your group!
That is such a great idea.
You so rock!

Amy said...

You are just too awesome! Looks like the girls had a great time. Bet they weren't even thinking about the dance.

Mrs. Organic said...

Brilliant. I'm putting this idea in my bag of tricks.

Sue said...

love, love this idea.

I'm telling my yw president today.

Cherie said...

M that is cool!! Even if they got asked to the dance it totally looks like the party was more fun than any dance any day!!!