7 Ideas For Kids 4th of July Party

It’s time to start planning an awesome party for the kids! What better time to have some summer fun than the ultimate holiday for being outdoors? We’re guessing you already have the menu and decorations planned for your event, but there’s a good chance you haven’t yet planned out the games. The best part about summer is that it has an easy going vibe that makes life seem breezy and fun. As such, planning for a party shouldn’t feel like a big burden! To help you along we’re sharing seven quick ways to create a super day of play!

  1. Squirt gun tag. Provide the squirt guns and place a large bucket of water in the middle of the yard for use as an easy refill station.
  2. Prior to the party, let the kiddos paint empty tin cans red, white, and blue. Then on the big day stack them in a pyramid. Provide a lightweight ball, such as a wiffle ball, and let the bowling shenanigans begin.
  3. Buy neon light-up necklaces at a party supply store. Shortly before the party light them up and attach them end to end. Drive a stake into the ground and play a game of glow in the dark ring toss.
  4. Serve red, white, and blue cupcakes filled with Poprocks. Have your camera ready!
  5. On the morning of the party give your kids plenty of sidewalk chalk. Instead of asking  them to “keep busy” using it, tell them you need their help to decorate for the party. They’ll feel very important accomplishing the task of sidewalk decorator!
  6. Set up an American flag relay race. Fill extra large red and blue buckets with sand and handheld American flags on sticks. Each member of the relay team has to grab a flag and bring it back to a teammate.
  7. If you have a yard full of rocks make a game of it. Tell the kids they can each select 3 rocks (they like picking things out.) Then provide red, white, and blue paint and brushes.

April — The Month For Laughter!

April is the official National Comedy Month and what better way to shake off the cold and dreary winter blues than with a month full of activities and ideas focused on laughter. The holiday was founded in 1976 by author and comedian Larry Wilde, who advocated extensively for how laughter can have therapeutic value, which can improve one’s quality of life.

 

“Since April is often bleak and grim and taxes are due on the 15th, it can be one of the most stressful times of the year,” says Wilde. ”Besides, it’s the only month that begins with All Fool’s Day – a day which has sanctioned frivolity and pranks ever since the 1500’s.”

 

So how can you celebrate the month dedicated to laughter and comedy? There are several ways to do so, and not all of them include a comedy club. Start the month off small and get a group of friends and family together for a game night. Play games that foster teamwork and laughter, such as Scattegories or Charades. If you are playing with a more mature crowd break out the Cards Against Humanity and let the fun ensue!

 

Another night you could bring back some of your favorite classic comedies, be it stand up or movies, and curl up on your couch with some popcorn to revisit old laughs. It might be an old Monty Python movie or it might be your favorite stand up special. You would be surprised how your favorites can go unwatched when life gets busy, but taking time to get reacquainted with them can bring you happiness.

 

Finally, the most obvious of options for National Comedy Month is to go to a comedy show. There is nothing quite like going with friends and loved ones to a comedy club, sitting back, and enjoying live comedy. If you’ve never been than you truly have never experienced stand up like it should be. What is funny viewed on TV is so much richer and hilarious when you are there in the crowd. If you’ve never been to a live stand up show, this is the perfect month to try it out for the first time!

 

However you celebrate, try to take some time this month to enjoy happiness and laughter. It will brighten your spring and your life as well.

Creating Traditions: Family Game Night

7596084_SOne of the main reasons we decorate our houses is to turn them into homes; a place we can make memories and start traditions.  Memories can be big events like the birth of a child or a birthday that ends in a zero.  Traditions can be hosting Thanksgiving for the entire family or an annual summer barbecue for the neighborhood.  Or memories can be little things and traditions more low key.  Family game night is one of these little traditions that can create great memories.

Family game night can be a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly event. It is a time for the entire family to gather around a dining table or coffee table for a board game, cards or even a puzzle.  Of course family game night can also be a game of Wii or another electronic game on the TV. No matter the activity the important thing is that everyone is engaged in the same activity. No cell phones. No texting.

Arranging a family game night in the living room might mean gathering around the coffee table or moving the furniture for a game of virtual bowling. Putting down floor cushions will soften hardwood floors and even carpeted floors.  Floor cushions are great for lounging waiting your turn or to sit on while working out the next move in a board game.

Find a game that the family will all enjoy playing together.  Make sure the difficulty isn’t too much for little family members and engaging for older kids and adults.  The laughter and stories are what you’ll remember—not who won or lost.

A Cozy Family Room Décor

Whether you are decorating a family room for a new house, or redecorating the one you have; there are some certain things to consider. A Family Room is most often a mixed-use type room. Normally it’s a place for the family to unwind at the end of the day, it’s sometimes used for family game nights, and occasionally used to entertain guests while watching “The Big Game” on TV. At least once a year this space is used to accommodate an overflow of family guests during the holidays. The reason this type of room is considered “mixed use” is because it’s casual, comfortable, has the most seating and the best TV to watch. When decorating this type of room, keep function and comfort as your top two priorities.

Wall color should be an inviting color in a warm tone, such as tan, gold, rust or an earth tone green. The color of the walls has a way of setting the tone immediately. It provides a warm setting and compliments other warm furnishings in the room.

Occasional and accent furniture (tables etc.) look best in this type of setting when they are made of wood and finished with a darker stain with light distressing. The sheen of the stain used should be more honed and less polished. This will ensure added warmth to the space as well as hide knicks and scratches.

Lighting in a family room is very important. Select lighting that puts out a warm yellow glow. Overhead lighting should be able to dim. This is important because on one instance you may need more light while playing games, on the other hand having lighting with dimming capabilities is nice to have when watching a movie.

Accessories should include collections of books, family photos in frames on tables as well as on the walls. Take advantage of a family room by highlighting memories made by family members.

Keep in mind that all furnishings in a family room should be comfortable, durable and functional. It is also nice to have plenty of storage for winter blankets, games etc.!