The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 5, 1965 · Page 7
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 7

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, August 5, 1965
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wifo M4 "A CHILD'S BIRTHDAY PA RTY can be a big headache for mother , says some infq rma ti on I read recently, "but it can also be fun if properly Banned with the right attitude." It goes on to give some advics* O n how to accomplish the remarkable feat of throwing a successful party from the children's viewpoint wtthout leaving the mother of the honoree in a state of post-party nervous etxhaustion I Very appropriately, the information is furnished by the makers of Bayer aspirin. - o - n'ARTICLE LEFT ME WITH a distinct feeling of "Now they tell me 1" If there is anything in which I am thoroughly experienced It is children's birthday parties and I can't remember a single one that wasn't absolute bedlam. Although the advice comes too late in my case, at least I can look back and find out what I did wrong. And I might be able to bring up some of the party pitfalls the aspirin people didn't think of. - o - IF I HAD FT TO DO OVER again the first bit of the new advice I'd follow is "Leave nothing to chance. Make out lists, in advance, of everything you must do and check them off as you go." I made out lists, alright, but something always happened to them - I left them in an apron pocket and ran them through the wash, the kids colored on them, or, conceivably, the honoree ate them. As for the tip, "Don't tell your child about party plans too far in advance - one week is generally soon enough", I always felt mighty lucky if the kids let me in on the party plans a day or two before. - o - "KEEP YOUR GUEST LIST short - large groups of children quickly become uncontrollable", is so right but so hard to accomplish. Why, when our kids were little if we just invited the first cousins alone we had a mob scene, to say nothing of the second and third cousins once removed, a small portion of the 147 kids in the neighborhood, the honoree's school and Sunday school classes and the four or five extras of whom the honoree "requested your presents at a birthday party." And, incidentally, the word "presents" in this case is not misspelled. - o - THE BEST WAY I EVER FOUND to keep the guest list shorter and the birthday party less complicated was to, at the first year possible, stop inviting the mothers to come to the party along with the children. In theory, the more adults you have present, the more help you'll get with the arrangements but it simply never works out that way. The company mamas get off in a corner and talk among themselves while the hostess mama supervises the games and struggles with the refreshments. You have to have coffee for the adults along with the Koolade for the kids and you feel you have to get out your best dishes because you can't let adults sit on the floor and eat from paper plates with the children. And the kids always seem to behave better when their own mothers aren't with them. -o- - ' " WE USUALLY FOLLOWED THE ADVICE, "Indicate on your invitations how long the party will last", but no matter .how firmly we -underlined "From 4 until 6", we always had four or five guests breaking up the gift toys long after the orgy was officially over. Some of our better brawls were held at the Call State Park and transportation was in the back of the pickup truck. As far as the kids were concerned this was more fun than riding in a limousine and each guest wanted to stay on while we took all the other kids home. Perhaps we'd still be circling Algona "if Father hadn't been firm and finally said, "Now, when I stop in front of your house, you've gotta' get out I" - o - "KEEP REFRESHMENTS SIMPLE, PREPARE THEM in ad- vance", is good advice. I'd go even further about the cake and advise you to have somebody else - a grandma, aunt or the bakery fix it. It's supposed to be the mark of a good mother if she always makes her children's birthday cake with her own loving hands, but I always found my hands turning out more affectionate to say nothing of my birthday party patience being better, if I didn't have to fuss around all morning trying to make the layers come out even and cutting up gum drops to simulate flowers. Bakery cakes were also lots more artistic than anything I could whip up. But I never did figure out a way to cut a birthday cake so that each and every child got an equal share of the frosting roses on his piece. - o - I STRONGLY SUSPECT THAT THE current crop of young mothers are more efficient than I was at that stage so maybe some of them will be able to follow this tip: "Give yourself some relaxation and beauty time before the party - you'll be a nicer mommy to have around. Take time for a hot, relaxing bath. Two aspirin tablets and a 20-minute rest should have you in good shape." I wish I could have managed to follow that tip just once, but my 20-minute rest period was usually spent blowing up the balloons. However, I never failed to need and take the aspirin - after the party I'd eat them like popcorn. - o AS A LAST MINUTE PRECAUTION, THE article says that although children love pets, you should put yours away in a locked room just before the youngsters are due to arrive. In my experience, at a birthday party kids are all over the whole house, so who's got an extra room in which to lock the dog ? Besides, any dog we ever owned always had the idea that it was she who was the honoree at birthday parties and she Insisted on being the center of attention. None of them was ever any good at Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey, but they always got their share of the refreshments and not always from her own plate. - o THE ADVICE FROM THE ASPIRIN makers concludes, "Above all, remember that the party is supposed to be fun - so enjoy it yourself." Birthday parties are fun, and in spite of the confusion I must have thought somebody was having fun for I kept giving them year after year after year. And I did enjoy them even if it was somewhat the way you enjoy being hit on the head with a hammer it feels so good when you stop. If it were at all possible, I'd go back to the days of children's birthday parties. At least, in retrospect I think I would. - o DURING THE WEEK OF August 1 through 7, people having birthdays include Marilyn Deal, Kimberly Thuente, Jeanne Dau, John Levy, Clara Shilts, Charles Taylor, Susan Nitchals, Kathleen Ballard, John Faulstich, Ronald Hylik, Sally Steele, Mary Helen Cassel, Bertha Sundet, Glenn Strayer, Rick Watson, Sandra Nagel, Kathy Buchanan, John Gilbert, Theo Logan, Judy Sigsbee, Ed Gilmore, Julie Chrischilles, Ricky Klein, Kristine Mawdsley, Phyllis Woods and Muriel Sigsbee. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Zeigler, Mr. and Mrs. Harold McNertney and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bloom have wedding anniversaries. - o IN A LETTER THIS WEEK, SOMEBODY who signs herself, "LuVerne Reader" says "Peaches are in at Hood's and very nice ones, reasonably priced, too." She sent a couple of very good recipes. It made me a little homesick, for although we have very nice super markets down here, none of them carry peaches by the lug - just by the basket, 10 for 69£ 1 Always used to get a lug, use what we wanted fresh and can the rest. Anyway, this week's recipe is Peach Crumb Cake. 1 box yellow cake mix 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 1/4 cup melted butter 2 cups, sliced fresh peaches Divide dry cake mix in half - 2 cups is half the box. Prepare mix as-package directs using half the ingredients (water and egg) called for in 'directions. Measure 1 cup batter and set aside. Pour rest of batter into greased 9-inch square pan. In a bowl combine remaining half of dry cake mix with cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in melted butter to make large crumbs. Sprinkle half of crumbs over batter in pan, arrange peach slices over crumbs in pan. Carefully spoon and spread reserved batter evenly over peaches. Sprinkle with rest of crumbs. Bake in 350 degree oven about 40 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream or cold, sprinkled with confectioners sugar. Serves 9. GRACE SOCIETY NEWS FAMILY PICNIC A family picnic was held Sim- day at Clear Lake honoring Mrs. Du Pois, Coos Bay, Ore. In attendance were Messrs and Mesdames Darrell Peterson, Jerry Peterson, Clear Lake, Orrie Peterson, Sr., Burt, Don Peterson, Orrie Peterson, Jr., Robert Bonnette, William Johnson and the respective families. - o - BRIDAL SHOWER A dinner and bridal shower was held July 27 at the Johnson House honoring Mary Bradley. Hostesses were Mesdames John Dreesman, George Powers, Daniel Bray, Walter Bradley and Luke Linnan. Miss Bradley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. Joseph Bradley, will be married August 21 at St. Cecelia's church to Dennis Waller, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Waller. Dennis, a recent graduate of Drake University, is employed by Look magazine in Des Molnes. - o WED 40 YEARS Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson will observe their fortieth wedding anniversary August 15. Open house will be held from 2 to 4 o'clock at the Methodist WESLEY By Mrs. Viola Studer First annual men's and women's golf tournaments at Hillside Golf Course began July 31. Mr. and Mrs, Lou Lickteig and their houseguest, his sister, Anges Lickteig of Greeley, Kans., and Kathy and Ruth Lickteig went July 25 to Mundline, Chicago, to visit another sister, Sister Anastasia and Father Dominic. They returned July 27. Mr. and Mrs. Herman Studer drove to Bass Lake, Minn. Sunday and visited the Rich Roiling family, who spend many weekends In their camping trailer located there. Mr. and Mrs. August Studer and grandsons, Douglas and Danny Dornbier, visited briefly at the Roiling trailer that afternoon. Ethel and Anna Flom, Alma and Julius Funnemark and Margaret Flom left July 30 for Lake Qkoboji to attend Bible and Missionary Conference to hear Dr. Arnold Olson of Minneapolis give the principal address. He is head of Evangelical Free churches, The baby girl born July 8 and adopted U days later by Mr, and Mrs. Phillip Studer was baptized Ann Marie. Her sponsors were Marlene Reising and Don Potthoff. Studers also have a son, Kent, 5 years old, Mr. and Mrs, Gary Wingert and children of Phoenix, Ariz, spent last week in the parental Clare Wingert home. They had spent several days in northern Minnesota, Karen Wingert of Minneapolis spent several days In the parental home, ITEM: The quick-drying feature of modern latex paints makes it necessary to clean brushes and tools immediately after use. It you have splattered some of the paint, wipe it off immediately with a damp cloth. EST SALE! SOLID HARDWOOD IN RICH WALNUT OR MAHOGANY FINISH 3 SIZES TO CHOOSE FROM 4 DRAWER 37" High 26" Wide 17" Deep $ 34.95 5 DRAWER 44" High 31" Wide 17" Deep 39.95 6 DRAWER 52" High 31" Wide 17" Deep '49.95 STOP IN TODAY- LOOK OVER THESE FINE CHESTS - WE'RE SURE YOU WILL AGREE THESE ARE TRULY GREAT BUYS! church. No invitations will te sent, but all friends are invited. They request that no gifts !*> given. ATTENDS WEDDING Mrs. Kathryn Mahoney has returned from Chicago where she attended the wedding of Ruth Ann Faulkner to Lt. Kevin Burke July 10. The couple will live in Kansas where he is stationed at an army base. The service was performed by the bride's brother, Father Al Faulkner. The mother is the former Margaret Kerrigan who was an Alponahigh school graduate a numlier of years ago and made her home here for some time. - o - BIRTHDAY OBSERVED The birthday of Roy Hutzell was observed July 28 at Fairmont, Minn, where they were joined by the Wineman families, old friends, some coming from as far as Chicago. - o - FAMILY REUNION Mr. and Mrs. Gene Helmer attended a Martin family reunion Sunday at Mason City. Among those present were Mrs. Helmer's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Martin, Clarion. Thuuday, August 5, 1965 Algona (la.) 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