We all hear stories of parents staying up to the wee hours of Christmas Eve assembling bikes, train sets, and other complicated toys for the wee ones...OK - it hasn't happened since we were kids before the electronic game era... But wait - it DOES still happen, at least when the gift is a ping pong table!
But how do you sneak in a huge (and heavy) ping pong table, get it upstairs to the game room (which is next to my daughter's bedroom) and fully assemble it without my DD suspecting anything (complete with the bickering and arguing over why page 4 of the instructions was skipped, and debating over why there are screws left over). The answer to this long question is - you don't. After two weeks of debating the options and another week of finding a truck we could borrow to even get the darn thing home, we decided and early Christmas present was simply the only option. So last weekend, my husband and I toiled away, laughed at our occasional stupidity, agreed to disagree on the extra screw, and "surprised" our daughter with the table a week early. They haven't stopped playing since.
P.S. This is for ACOT's die cut challenge, Sketch N Scrap December Bonus, and Hiding in My Craft Room #77 Anything But Christmas. I used papers from Prima (Craftsman series) and several different die cuts from Crea8ive Cuts as well as some self-created die cuts (the nuts and bolts and the shadow of the screwdriver and wrenches). LOVE how the diec cuts turned out - very fusy to assemble and ink the edges but so worth it. Letters are Thickers from the Amy Tangerine series.