Monday, October 5, 2009

Our Version of Battle of the Sexes. Who Won????

Last Friday we had a birthday party at our house and played our own version of "Battle of the Sexes." There were seven couples in attendance, so each team had seven players.

Following a very yummy dinner, we competed in the following events:

1. Food Presentation
2. Fashion Design
3. Marksmanship (Nerf guns)
4. General Knowledge (10 questions taken from Cranium)
5. Communication Skills (played four rounds of Pictionary and one of "telephone".)
6. Home Building/Shelter
7. Romance

And who won??? Well, let me show you some of the pictures and let you judge for yourselves! :-)

First was food presentation. Both teams were given five cans of play dough and 15 minutes to make an attractive looking meal. The women very cleverly and artistically made a steak, asparagus, carrots, mashed potatoes with a slice of butter, corn on the cob, a garnish, and a biscuit. And the men . . . . ?

A banana split!!

Not very nutritious, but definitely eye pleasing. (In case you are wondering, they did not make the strawberries or grapes. They stole those from the refrigerator.)

Next came fashion design. Each team was given a roll of paper towels, a roll of toilet paper, a bandanna, scissors, and some orange curling ribbon and challenged to use the items in making an "outfit" for a member of their team. These all came in a Target sack. The women busily went to work "sewing" a dress, and even used the orange ribbon to make gathers in the skirt. I think it turned out pretty cute.

But I have to admit the men were pretty clever in their design. They said theirs was Pharaoh and even used the Target sack for his breastplate!

When it came to shelter, the women were better at turning our dwelling into a home than we were at making a good livable structure. We used blankets over chairs but then taped up pictures we drew of the temple, a portrait of my daughter who was the judge, (a little flattery) and drew fake windows.
And the men?????
They "built" the Parthenon!! And they themselves were the pillars. Inside stood one of their team members, wrapped in a "Toga" and carrying a book about Greece. Pretty hilarious actually, although I think their creativity was sparked a bit by laziness. :-) (None of them read my blog so I can say that.)

Our last event was romance. Each team was given a copy of a primary song and had to turn it into a song about romance. The men were very cute as they sang to us on bended knee (my husband even brought me the bouquet of silk flowers from the entry table). Their song was very sweet and we all appreciated their kind words.

Our song, however, was not only very flattering to our husbands, but also ended with a kiss and so they willingly gave us the win. :-) That put us one point over the top---in a very biased judging system---and we were declared the winners. Here we are wearing our medals (gold sparkly wooden stars) and humbly and graciously singing, "We Are the Champions."

The men took it well and we all had a great time. The only thing I would do differently were I to do it again, is to eliminate one or two of the activities--such as the shooting and general knowledge. It took much longer than I anticipated and started to get a bit long in the end.
Still it was a lot of fun and spending the evening with friends definitely brought . . . joy to my journey.


justmeagain said...

That sounds like so much fun!! I want to come to one of your parties!! :-) Love the pictures-especially of the Parthenon. How funny!!

Lisa said...

What a fun dinner party! I love it when grown-ups get to act silly.

Tanielle said...

What a ton of fun!!! I love when we as adults can act goofy and laugh!! We use to have a Halloween party every year when I lived in Idaho. The couples that didn't show got t.p.ed. How funny to see a bunch of grown people dressed in Halloween costumes decorating someones yard with toilet paper!

The Kurtzeborn Family said...

How fun!! I love that your ward is full of friendships. What a blessing! I love all the categories you came up with. I would love to steal your ideas and use them for something fun with friends out here!! Glad you guys had a great time :)

Becky said...

Sounds like such a fun party! I may have to do that one myself. I am kind of getting in the mood to throw one soon.

Shannon said...

How fun!! You guys are so creative!

MissKris said...

CUTE PICTURES! Bishop looks so funny as a statue! And that food! The first plate should be submitted for a future play dough commercial!

Christina said...

What a creative and fabulous party! I'm definitely calling you if I ever need some cute ideas!

Carolyn said...

So that's what you do once the kids leave home! I can't wait.

(The clay food was rather impressive.)

Joy For Your Journey said...

Oh, you don't have to wait until your kids leave home, Carolyn! I still have one at home and two of the ladies at the party have two year olds. :-)

Terri said...

Wow, where do you come up with all these ideas? What a party animal. Way to go woman! You should write a book, my word you have some great ideas. (My idea of a fun evening is a good book and no one talking to me. How are we related?)