Little House on the Prairie: Week 10 – Prairie Party

We have reached the final week of our ten week summer study of Little House on the Prairie and what a summer it has been!  Whilst I do have a couple more posts in the pipeline, this is ultimately my last one posting on our weekly adventures.

This week was all about the prairie party and I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to pull it off in time.  However,  it all came together at the last-minute (insomnia has its uses!) and a great time was had by all.  This prairie party was not just for an end of term wrap up.  My little four-year old became my little five-year old this week, so we combined both celebrations into one big party!

It is a tradition in our family that the birthday child gets to go out with granny for the morning to buy a pair of birthday  shoes.  This proved to be quite useful as it gave us some time to prepare for the party without her (she didn’t know about our plans).   Unusually for the UK the temperature was so high we had to keep anything perishable inside, so were unable to set up everything.

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We had bought in a couple of bales of hay and straw, which we covered with various patchwork quilts.  We also covered the ground near our little house with a large quilt.

I had made the bunting out of the children’s old clothes, simply cutting rectangles, turning over the tops, fastening and threading through some knotted, ripped up material.  Professional it was not, but it added some lovely home spun colour to the proceedings:

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We laid out my granny’s china:

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Set out the girl’s homemade baskets for the planned activities:

For making button necklaces
For making button necklaces
Rags to curl everyone's hair!
Rags to curl everyone’s hair!

Apples for bobbing:

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Gary had also brought home some logs from work which were cut and placed for the children to be able to jump one to another:

They are to the left of Oscar!
They are to the left of Oscar!

Even Raggy joined us for the big event:

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A5 returned, quickly changed into her prairie dress up, and was led blind folded to the Little House and its accompanying picnic.  This was her just as L10 had un-blindfolded her:

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We brought out the food – ham sandwiches, fruit salad and water melon served with pink lemonade:

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The littles enjoyed helping themselves to large servings of fruit salad:

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After we had all eaten the children settled down to some of the activities.  First was button necklace making:

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And B2 wearing her necklace:

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Next was hair ragging.  I thought this would be a real hit, but although she sat long enough to have them done, they were soon pulled out.  Always happy to be led by the children, we moved swiftly on….

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Here she is posing before insisting I take them out again! (you can see her necklace too)
Here she is posing before insisting I take them out again! (you can see her necklace too)

The one activity A5 had particularly requested was eating doughnuts hanging from the apple tree.  So using elastic (to make it even harder!) we hung five ring doughnuts from the branches at different heights:

And they were off!
And they were off!

I suspect much cheating was going on….

Should be a hands off challenge!
Should be a hands off challenge!
Although I'm not sure the little ones fully understood the term 'hands off'!
Maybe the little ones didn’t fully understood the term ‘hands off’!

The older ones were pros at this doing it every time the twins have a birthday:

L10
L10
C10
C10
And T11 who as you can see has managed to dislodge his completely off the elastic and is happily devouring it!
And T11 who as you can see has managed to dislodge his completely off the elastic and is happily devouring it!

The children had a quick play on the logs, with T11 being the gentleman and helping his little sisters:

Firstly the birthday girl
Firstly the birthday girl

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And then B2....
And then B2….

Although she decided she was better at it on her own:

Look at that balance!!
Look at that balance!!

After the fun on the logs the children insisted it was so hot they absolutely had to do the apple dunking next:

A5 took to its coolness first
A5 took to its coolness first
And managed it first try!
And managed it first try!
Then B2, who had a helping hand..
Then B2, who had a helping hand..
But was still rightly pleased with herself!
But was still rightly pleased with herself!
L10 got it first go...
L10 got it first go…
As did T11
As did T11
C10 however had to go back a few times...
C10 however had to go back a few times…
Dropping it along the way...
Dropping it along the way…
Until at last, bedraggled as a wet rat, she emerged apple in mouth!
Until at last, bedraggled as a wet rat, she emerged victorious, apple in mouth!

And last but not least we did what all the children had been longing to do since the very start of the party…we opened up the Prairie Mercantile.  This was a child’s paradise, full of colourful candy.  We had bought an assortment of sweeties and transferred them into the jars we usually use for various tea bags and coffee.  The greengrocer local to us had kindly donated some paper bags to fill with the sweets.  Thanks Steve!

L10 agreed to be the store keeper and served the rest of the children.
L10 agreed to be the store keeper and served the rest of the children.

We had given all of them some pennies each and let them at it.  It’s amazing how much more enthusiastic they were towards this activity than, say, the hair ragging:

The older ones kindly let the littles go first
The older ones kindly let the littles go first
Particularly T11, who isn't known for his philanthropy with regards to food!
I was particularly impressed by T11, who isn’t known for his philanthropy with regards to food!
C10 helped the littles choose whilst L10 made sure they all paid her the correct pennies!
C10 helped the littles choose whilst L10 made sure they all paid her the correct pennies!

And at last it was the older one’s turns:

They deliberated...
They deliberated…
and deliberated...
and deliberated…
You'd think after waiting for so long he would know exactly what he wanted!
You’d think after waiting for so long he would know exactly what he wanted!
Done at last!  But what's this?  The littles are back for more!
Done at last! But what’s this? The littles are back for more!
Then C10 took over from L10 and served her sister.
Then C10 took over from L10 and served her sister.

Oh the fun!

Then to finish off what was surely the best Prairie party ever, A5 decided it was time to harvest her kitchen garden.  All of it.

Our prairie carrots were slightly deformed prairie carrots!
Our prairie carrots were slightly deformed prairie carrots!
Her sister soon got in on the act...
Her sister soon got in on the act…
And then her other sister...
And then her other sister…
B2 even began planting some of it again!!
B2 even began planting some of it back again!!
Our harvest
Our harvest

And soon it was all picked and the day slowly came to a close with cool baths, cuddles and stories of Dinosaurusrumpus!

Happy birthday to my darling 5-year-old.  I love you so very, very much.

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51 comments

  1. So much fun! And happy belated birthday to A5! What a great party. What happened with the carrots?! Ours turned out like that too, a few years ago. I wonder whether the reason is because the box isn’t deep enough? It’s very puzzling.

    1. Hi Debbie! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. Yes, I’m not sure what went wrong with the carrots – the cabbages were almost as bad, lots of stalk and not many leaves. In the end the chickens had a feast!!

  2. I have so enjoyed watching your Little House fun! We had done very similar activities last year, but without the fabulous house! I love the donut game, and the deformed carrots!! Our carrots are never more than a 1/2 inch so yours are wonderful!!! Thank you for letting us share in your memories! Holly

  3. Oh Happy Birthday A(5)!!! What a fabulous (underlined three times) prairie party! Thank you for sharing so many of the photographs – everyone looks like they are having a delightful time! Oh my goodness A5 looks adorable in her rag curls – well done to the older sister who pulled that off! (I’m sure I would have made anyone look like a birds nest with those)

  4. What a fun party! Love all of the pictures. My son and I are listening to On the Banks of Plum Creek in the car. I will have to have him stop in and look at all of your Little House activities over the past few months.

  5. An absolutely beautiful party! I LOVE donuts, and I’ve never seen donut hanging before… I must try this with my kids one of these days! Happy birthday to your little girl, it looks like she had an amazing time. 🙂

  6. We have enjoyed watching your Little House bloom. What a great way to celebrate a birthday and your summer fun. The doughnuts and apples reminded me of my childhood parties. Congratulations on a job well done by all. That is what homeschooling is all about!

  7. What a wonderful and original party! The pictures of C10 bobbing for apples had me laughing. I had never heard of the donut on a string game. We will have to try that for my son’s 10th birthday next week. We have always done a candy filled pinata, which I am getting tired of. Happy Birthday A5!!

  8. What a wonderful and creative party! Such a great birthday celebration for your now 5 year old. (Happy Birthday)

    Thanks for sharing the pictures, it was fun to see all your creative ideas!

  9. What a gorgeous party! Such a clever idea and you must have had enormous fun! We seem to have even more in common Claire… my 4-year old also became a 5-year old this week! So you and I would have been pregnant at the same time! Happy, happy birthday to your little girl! I pray MUCH blessing on her little life!

    1. Happy birthday to your little man!! If you lived closer we could have celebrated together!
      You wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere near me when I was pregnant. I don’t do ‘being pregnant’ well!! Best watched from a looooong distance away! (Love, love, love the baby at the end though!)

      1. Thank you! You are so funny! My pregnancy was a just an exhausting blur as I wask working in a paediatric unit at the time and here in SA our shifts are 12-hours long. Take on pregnant woman add 12 hour nursing shifts and you have …. Well… Something that is not organic, hip and pretty to look at… 😀 But I agree… The baby at the end is just the best!

  10. I have loved following along on your Little House study. It looks like you all had so much fun. My girls love LH. We actually live only about a mile from the homestead in Independence ks. The party games were great ideas. I am going to try some for our fall hs party!

  11. WHAT a fun birthday party! I’m so borrowing the elastic doughnuts idea – I’ve never seen it before. All the pics are gorgeous, but that last photo of A5 is my favourite. So beautiful. Well done all of you!

  12. What a lovely party and the tradition of buying a new pair of shoes birthday morning is wonderful. Simple and something to look forward to. I really like this one.

  13. I so want to do this!! Omgosh this is my dream! How did you make the stove? & are y’all going to continue to do this this summer?!?!

    1. Hi Teresa!
      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. It was a fabulous summer, probably our best ever, but no, we are not going to continue with it. We have other plans this summer, although I’m not sure anything will ever top our summer spent with the Little House.

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