However with a little bit of pre-planning and imagination, it went off without a hitch (except for the fact I can't count to ten) and all the kids had an awesome time.
THE FOOD Christmas food is easy because it presents itself with so many themes (no pun intended).
You can go traditional (rum balls, shortbread, roast turkey) although kids don't tend to eat that much shortbread these days, the rum balls might be dangerous territory and the roast turkey is probably overkill.
Thinly slice watermelon, then grab a Christmas tree cookie cutter (or angel or snowman)
These holly themed biscuits are made from Marie biscuits, with a generous layer of white icing, two spearmint leaves and the 'berries' are made from thinly sliced red liquorice. You could also use Jaffas.
If you're a bit more adventurous in the lolly aisle you can make snowmen out of marshmallows and reindeer heads with jaffas for the nose, Smarties for the eyes and pretzels for the antlers.
THE GAMES You can't have a kids party without games, and while I toyed with the idea of Musical Snowflakes (like musical statues but with a tenuous Christmas link and perfect for half a dozen very 'girly' girls) and Santa Says (like Simon Says but you get to wear a silly red hat) I made the mistake of actually asking my daughter what she wanted.
'Pass the parcel,' she said.
'But it's a Christmas Party, not a Birthday Party,' I argued.
'It's Jesus' birthday,' she countered. Touche.
Oh so jolly and festive... but will the kids actually appreciate it?
I made sure though that all the prizes were Christmas themed, including chocolate Santa's, pencils that said Merry Christmas, a sheet of Christmas stickers I cut up into small pieces, and for the larger 'prizes', some small Christmas craft packs I picked up for a few dollars from Spotlight. Everything else was from Coles and Woolies.
I know there are people (myself included) who believe that there should only be one prize in pass-the-parcel and kids need to learn that you can't win all the time… but I am also one of those people who get totally carried away at Christmas time and want everyone to be happy. You can see how there is a lot of conflict in my life.
When there are six year old girls involved, you have to include some craft activities. My personal favourite - because it generally isn't that messy - is making Christmas angels.
It's a bit creepy when done with adult hands… it looks much better when kids do it. But the combination of paint and kids and party makes me light-headed, which is why we didn't do it.
I know! It's another one of those things that kids now expect at the end of a party (whatever happened to a kiss on the cheek and a polite thankyou). But since I am a card-carrying member of Party Bags Anonymous, I couldn't help but make Christmas cracker goodie bags for everyone.
You can either make your own crackers out of toilet rolls and Christmas paper, or you can do what I did, and buy some, then carefully prise them open and stuff them with even more lollies and toys. They also looked particularly festive piled high in a wooden basket.
MY TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL KIDS' CHRISTMAS PARTY
Be like Santa and check your list twice. I inadvertently missed a child when labelling the crackers and it was only dumb luck and some quick work with the liquid paper that meant that everyone had something to take home.
Always have an extra game up your sleeve. 'Santa Says' is a winner as you don't have to prepare anything (as long as you have a spare prize).