Christmas Pary Ideas?

Barb said: Dec 8, 2010
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Hi everyone!

I’m having a party December 11 for my students and their families. About 30 people will be there. We have been working on four or five cello pieces with 2-4 parts which we will play together, and the students will all perform a solo or duet. Some of us will also spend some time reading some 2 part Christmas carols.

One student is providing Christmas Crackers (a British/Canadian thing) which have whistles in them—8 different notes, and we can have some fun “playing by number” with the whistles (each person has one whistle).

Of course there will be refreshments. :)

I’m looking for a few more activities, games, icebreaker ideas. Something for those who are not interested in the extra playing. The ages are 8—grandparents.

Thanks for your ideas!

Barb
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said: Dec 8, 2010
 89 posts

“Match the baby picture to the current one” game.

Secret Santa/Lucky Dip type gift exchange with a really low price limit…or do it with secret compliments written at the party (”I really liked your bow hold during your solo”).

Seasonal singalong.

Ask everyone to bring canned goods to donate to the local soup kitchen.

Have a great time! Makes me wish I had a Suzuki party to go to this year! :D

Barb said: Dec 13, 2010
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Thanks, those are ideas I might use another time as I didn’t have time to prepare for them this time.

I remembered that I had some drawings depicting Christmas carols which have to be deciphered. So as people were arriving and setting up they were working on those, too—gave them something to talk about with the others as an ice breaker. Something younger siblings and grandparents could do together, too.

I also had the students introduce their family members.

Just before cookies we popped open the Christmas crackers, lined up in order of the whistle number received, and I, using the numbers provided, “directed” their playing (without telling them what they would be playing). It actually worked pretty well! We didn’t have enough for everyone, but all the students and most of the siblings and some of the parents and grandparents and spouses. A lot of fun. (see http://www.collectablesdirect.ca/product/gifts/seasonal/robin+reed+concerto+christmas+crackers+41245-acs.do )

Maybe next year I’ll morph the idea to notes on the cello instead of whistles—could even get the parents to play their kids’ cellos that way!

I was pleased with the overall result of the group playing—we all ended at the same time and everything even on the four-part piece! :) Not bad considering it was the first time we met as a group!

Barb
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