Well, it took several years but we finally got there! For the Dolly's birthday party yesterday we turned on Singstar, had someone come and slap makeup on faces and then sat back and drank mugs of tea while it all unfolded around us!
Nobody kicked a hole through a bedroom door, nobody dropped their trousers in public, no one suffered anaphylactic shock, no one had an asthma attack, no children were lost and none killed in the process.
I think, having finally cracked it, I can now safely retire from the birthday party game. And now ... to put up the christmas tree :-s