Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decorations Ideas

Are you ready for the Thanksgiving weekend? The upcoming holiday includes large family gatherings, traveling, and community events. Or you could be opting to stay close to home. Whether you are gathering with family or friends, check out the following last-minute Thanksgiving ideas to make your holiday more memorable.

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Start Your Thanksgiving Decorating Now

Thanksgiving is only a couple days away. Consider simple last-minute decorating to make your home more festive.  

  • Paper Placemats: Creating paper placements is a fun activity for little ones. Use large pieces of construction paper to draw, paint, or color Thanksgiving designs. If you want to save your creation as a keepsake, laminate the final product. (Don’t have a laminator? You can still save your project with clear contact paper).
  • Place Cards: Fold notecards in half and decorate. Add a name, stickers, or other designs to your place cards. Creating place cards is another fun activity for children. Younger children may need help with writing out the names.
  • Thanksgiving Banner: Create a Thanksgiving banner out of construction paper or use a poster board. Write out Happy Thanksgiving. Asking all your guests to sign your banner is a great way to create a lasting keepsake.
  • Thanksgiving Centerpiece: Create a cornucopia or other type of Thanksgiving centerpiece for your table. A wicker basket with fall-themed flowers, gourds, or other nature items is a perfect budget-friendly centerpiece.
  • Flowers: Fill your favorite vases with fresh flowers. Or make small decorations with fake flowers. Bright yellow and orange flowers add a touch of color to your table setting.
  • Additional Table Embellishments: Gourds, miniature pumpkins, turkey figurines, and other small items create the perfect Thanksgiving table decorations.  
  • Tree of Thanks: Use a small branch or paint a tree on a piece of poster board. Cut out leaf shapes from different colors of construction paper. On each leaf, write down a reason why you are grateful. Give a pre-cut leaf to each of your guests. Soon, your tree of thanks will be full of colorful leaves.

Even the simplest decorations enhance your Thanksgiving atmosphere. Have fun with the creation process. If you do not have supplies on hand, check out your local dollar store for materials at a low cost.

Happy Thanksgiving!

54 Activities for Your Christmas Season Bucket List

The Christmas season is almost here. Are you ready to join in the festive fun? Do you want to make this Christmas season memorable for you and your family? Start by making a Christmas season bucket list. Ask every family member to participate. If you need inspiration, check out the following ideas for your Christmas season bucket list.

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  1. Christmas photoshoot
  2. Send out Christmas cards to family and friends
  3. Go to a Christmas community concert (During the Christmas season, many community concerts are free or low cost. You and your family could attend more than one to get you into the holiday spirit).
  4. Volunteer
  5. Decorate your home
  6. Decorate a Christmas tree
  7. Write a letter to Santa (Yes, adults can do this too)
  8. Wear matching Christmas pajamas
  9. Bake and decorate Christmas cookies
  10. Host a family game night
  11. Drive around and look at Christmas decorations
  12. Watch Christmas movies
  13. Make a gingerbread house
  14. Put out cookies for Santa (Don’t forget the carrots for the reindeer)
  15. Hand out Christmas baskets full of homemade goodies
  16. Go caroling
  17. Create a Christmas playlist
  18. Make a YouTube or TikTok Christmas greeting
  19. Do random acts of kindness
  20. Make homemade hot cocoa
  21. Host an ugly Christmas sweater party
  22. Hang mistletoe
  23. Be a secret Santa
  24. Go sledding
  25. Host a traditional Christmas dinner
  26. Have a picnic under the Christmas tree
  27. Make hot cider
  28. Create a hot cocoa bar
  29. Go ice skating
  30. Go to a tree lighting ceremony
  31. Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
  32. Watch The Nutcracker
  33. Get your and your family’s photo taken with Santa
  34. Hang Christmas stockings
  35. Attend Christmas Eve Services
  36. Donate a wrapped toy
  37. Host a Christmas brunch
  38. Donate to an animal shelter or rescue
  39. Foster a pet over the holidays (Who knows, you may find your new best friend)
  40. Attend a Christmas parade
  41. Make paper snowflakes
  42. Read the Christmas story from the Bible
  43. Donate to a food bank
  44. Host a bonfire
  45. Set up the Nativity scene
  46. Host a Christmas tea
  47. Attend a live nativity
  48. Buy a new tree ornament for each family member
  49. Make Christmas crafts
  50. Attend various community Christmas programs and concerts (At this time of year, many activities are free, minimum fee or donation-based)
  51. Make a birthday cake for Jesus
  52. Make green and red paper chains
  53. Make homemade Christmas ornaments
  54. Pull-on a Christmas cracker

Have a wonderful Christmas season! Make memories!

64 Ideas for Your 2022 Halloween Bucket List

Do you love the spooky season? Are you looking to have more Halloween fun this October? Create a Halloween-themed bucket list with your family or friends. If you need inspiration, check out the following ideas for your 2022 Halloween bucket list.

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  1. Decorate for Halloween
  2. Make and send out Halloween cards.
  3. Visit your local pumpkin patch.
  4. Carve pumpkins.
  5. Bake pumpkin seeds.
  6. Try a new pumpkin recipe.
  7. Give out Boo gifts.
  8. Create a spooky playlist.
  9. Host or attend a Halloween party.
  10. Make your own Halloween costume.
  11. Try bobbing for apples.
  12. Read a thriller or horror novel.
  13. Go on a haunted hayride.
  14. Create and hang a spooky wreath.
  15. Hand out candy on Halloween night.
  16. Participate in Trunk-or-Treat
  17. Make Halloween slime.
  18. Make Halloween play dough.
  19. Purchase a Halloween mug for hot cocoa or mulled cider.
  20. Join or watch a zombie walk.
  21. Visit a haunted fun house.
  22. Attend a murder mystery dinner.
  23. Bake pumpkin bread.
  24. Hike a haunted trail.
  25. Navigate through a Halloween-themed corn maze.
  26. Create a Halloween tree.
  27. Go on a haunted tour.
  28. Look at local decorations.
  29. Eat a Halloween-themed meal by candlelight.
  30. Binge-watch the entire series of The Adams Family or the Munsters (or both)
  31. Host a bonfire and tell scary ghost stories.
  32. Create a Halloween-themed gingerbread house.
  33. Take an evening walk with flashlights. (Many local or state parks host events around Halloween)
  34. Watch: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
  35. Create a Halloween village.
  36. Paint a pumpkin.
  37. Wear Halloween colors: orange and black.
  38. Host a movie night with Halloween-themed snacks.
  39. Make Halloween masks.
  40. Visit an escape room.
  41. Do a Halloween-themed photoshoot.
  42. Host a Halloween crafting session.
  43. Make Soul Cakes.
  44. Write your own Halloween story.
  45. Go look at local Halloween decorations.
  46. Attend a Boo at the Zoo event.
  47. Host a Halloween scavenger hunt.
  48. Watch: “Hocus Pocus” 1 & 2
  49. Host a Halloween crafting session.
  50. Host a Witches’ Tea
  51. Attend a Pumpkin weigh-off competition.
  52. Dance to “Monster Mash” & “Thriller”
  53. Get your face painted at a local event.
  54. Wear Halloween pajamas.
  55. Eat candy corn.
  56. Make pumpkin pancakes.
  57. Bake Halloween cookies.
  58. Participate in a Halloween fun walk or Run 5K
  59. Make paper Mache pumpkins.
  60. Tie-dye a t-shirt orange and black.
  61. Go to a Halloween parade.
  62. Make popcorn balls.
  63. Make a costume for your pet.
  64. Paint Halloween-themed rocks to hide around the neighborhood.

Happy Halloween!

Drawing Prompts for Halloween

The spooky season is here! Are you ready to get creative? Drawing is a wonderful creative outlet for the entire family to enjoy. If you need inspiration on what to create, check out the following drawing prompts for Halloween.

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  1. Self-Portrait in a Halloween Costume
  2. Witch
  3. Witch’s Hat
  4. Cauldron
  5. Ghost
  6. Pumpkin Patch
  7. Jack O’Lantern
  8. Monsters or Creatures
  9. Magic
  10. Skeleton
  11. Halloween Scene
  12. Trick-or-Treaters
  13. Monster Party
  14. Mask
  15. Harvest
  16. Spooky Woods
  17. Haunted House
  18. Leaves (Colorful Foliage)
  19. Acorn
  20. Design a Trick-or-Treat Bag
  21. Scarecrow
  22. Mummy
  23. Webs with Spider
  24. Bat/Cat/Raven
  25. Vampire
  26. Graveyard
  27. Full Moon
  28. Owl
  29. Halloween Candy
  30. Artist’s Choice
  31. Happy Halloween!

Happy Drawing! Have a great Halloween!

Ways to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox

Today, September 22, 2022, at 9:03 pm EST in the Northern Hemisphere, marks the official first day of autumn. The fall season ushers in cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage. If you are looking for ways to celebrate the autumn equinox, check out the following for inspiration.

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Get Outdoors

Enjoying nature is the best way to celebrate the autumn equinox. Spend as much time as possible outdoors. Enjoy the fresh air.

  • Go on a hike.
  • Go stargazing.
  • Grab your camera and go on a nature walk.
  • Gather pinecones, acorns, twigs, leaves, rocks, and other nature items for crafts.
  • Have a picnic in the park.
  • Read a book while sitting under your favorite tree.
  • Mediate outdoors.
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Create a Feast

The autumn season is historically a time to harvest crops. Make a meal or dessert with freshly harvested fruits and vegetables.

  • Make a stew in your crock pot. The smell will fill the entire house.
  • Bake an apple or pumpkin pie.
  • Make fresh soup from squash, pumpkin, or potatoes.
  • Eat fruit including apples, pears, and berries.
  • Make zucchini bread.
  • Create a salad from fall harvest vegetables
  • Eat corn on the cob or fresh carrots.
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At Home

Staying home? That’s okay. There are still small ways to celebrate the autumn equinox.

  • Read a fall-themed book.
  • Watch an autumn-inspired movie.
  • Light a candle with a fall-related scent.
  • Listen to autumn-themed music.
  • Start a journal.
  • Do autumn crafts.
  • Decorate your home in autumn-inspired colors.

Enjoy the start of the season with these simple ways to celebrate the autumn equinox. Happy fall!

21 Staycation Ideas for Your Labor Day Weekend

The 3-day holiday weekend is here. Millions of people travel during Labor Day weekend. Are you heading out or did you decide to stay home? Don’t worry; you are not alone. Many people decide to spend the long weekend at home. Even if you are staying close to home, there are still plenty of things. The best part, many of these staycation ideas are free or have minimal costs to enjoy.

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If you are looking for inspiration for staying home on Labor Day weekend, check out the following ideas.

  1. Explore Hiking Trails: Get outdoors and enjoy nature. Find a new trail to hike. Hiking is a great activity for the entire family. Grab your camera to take lots of pictures. Make a day of hiking, pack a lunch, and bring lots of water.
  2. Go to the Beach: Pack a picnic and spend an entire day at the beach.
  3. Go to a Local Winery: Many wineries allow free taste testing. Gather your friends, enjoy the sights, and sample different wines.
  4. Host a BBQ: Invite your friends, family, or neighbors over for a holiday BBQ.
  5. Classic Game Night: Dust off your favorite Monopoly or other board game for a fun night of friendly competition. Don’t forget the snacks.
  6. Picnic in the Park: Pack your favorite goodies and head to a local park for an afternoon.
  7. Host a Bonfire Night: Beautiful weather calls for a bonfire night. A chance to sit around a warm fire with family and friends is always a good idea. Don’t forget the S’mores.
  8. Go Stargazing: Pack a blanket, snacks, and your favorite beverage to spend an evening outdoors. Looking at the stars is a great way to spend an evening.
  9. Host a Themed Movie Night: Host a family night or invite friends over. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Marvel movies are just a few of the many superb movies to watch over the 3-day weekend. Add to the fun by ordering pizza, making popcorn, or ice cream sundaes.
  10. Do Crafts for the Holidays: It’s never too early to start holiday crafts. Many stores already have Autumn, Halloween, and Christmas crafting items out. Make a trip to your favorite spot to find everything you need for a crafting day.
  11. Spend Time Reading: How long has that book been setting on the shelf? Labor Day weekend is a great time to snuggle under a cozy blanket and read. If you do not have a new book, reread a favorite.
  12. Go to a Local Sporting Event: Many sporting events are starting over the holiday weekend. Go to a local college football game or watch the game on television with friends and family. Do not forget to tailgate. Delicious food is a major part of any sporting event.
  13. Attend Community Events: Parades, concerts, and other events are generally part of the Labor Day weekend. Many local events or festivals are free which is great for your bank account.
  14. Volunteer: MDA and other organizations use the 3-day to collect funds. Volunteer to help locally. Networking with new people has benefits beyond the weekend.
  15. Make a Homemade Meal: Try a new recipe. Make an entire meal from your recent purchases at your local farmer’s market. Bake a dessert. Make a meal as a family.
  16. Go on a Day Trip: Travel closer to home. Visit sites in the next town over from yours. Or go on a long car ride to see the scenery.
  17. Ride Bike: Get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Before cold weather sets in, go for a long bike ride.
  18. Go Somewhere New: Is there a new cafe, restaurant, or other local business in town? Go check out the establishment. Who knows you may find a new favorite spot. Remember to be patient during the holiday weekend. Many establishments are short staff.
  19. Be a Hometown Tourist: When is the last time you visited your hometown tourist sites? Go to your local park or historical site. Take pictures. Act like a tourist from another area. Have fun.
  20. Declutter and Organize: The holiday season is slowly approaching, spend time organizing your living space. Set up a homework area for your kids. Or reorganize your home office. You can always tackle a major task and clean out the garage.
  21. Feel Free to Do Nothing: There’s no harm in doing absolutely nothing over the Labor Day weekend. Stay in your pajamas for a day, get extra sleep, and just relax.

Have fun! Enjoy time with family and friends. Remember to be safe over the Labor Day weekend!

How to Celebrate Going Back to Hogwarts

Imagine you are eleven years old, did you get your Hogwarts letter? It’s time to go back to Hogwarts. Every year, millions of Harry Potter fans also known as Potterheads recognize September 1st as Back to Hogwarts Day. J.K. Rowling, the creator of the beloved series, said it best, “Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

 Having fun is the best way to celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day. Whether you celebrate alone, online, or with family and friends, enjoy your journey back to Platform 9 ¾.

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  • Reread the Series: Snuggle under a fuzzy blanket with your favorite Harry Potter book and revisit the Wizarding World. Or use September 1st to start rereading the entire series.
  • Listen: Are you trying to study? Clean house? Or other tasks that keep you from reading? Listen to your favorite Harry Potter book.
  • Watch: Host a movie night. Watch your favorite Harry Potter movie (or all). An impromptu movie night is a perfect way to celebrate going back to Hogwarts. Along with the Harry Potter series, you can watch Fantastic Beasts or the new Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special reunion.
  • Music: Do you have a long commute to school or work? Turn up your favorite Harry Potter soundtrack to pass the time. Or tune out the rest of the world by putting your headphones on and enjoying the sounds of the Wizarding World.
  • Get Crafty: Did you recently view a Wizarding World craft online? Today is the perfect day to let your creative side shine brightly. From potion bottles to ornaments for your Christmas tree, making crafts is a great way to celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day. The best part is you can always watch or listen to Harry Potter as you craft.
  • Food & Beverages: Butterbeer, chocolate frogs, licorice wands, and much more. Creating the food and beverages from the Harry Potter series is one of the best ways to celebrate. Plus, you can always eat and drink these tasty treats while watching the movies.
  • Lego: Pick up a new Harry Potter-themed Lego set for family night. From the Hogwarts Castle to Hagrid’s Hut, each themed Lego set represents a different area in the Wizarding World. Who knows maybe you will end up with an entire room of Harry Potter Lego sets.
  • Online: Meet and chat with other fans in your favorite Harry Potter group.
  • Write: Do you like to write? Write fanfiction. Create your own version of the Wizarding World.

Have fun! Enjoy J.K Rowling’s magnificent series about “The Boy Who Lived.”

Ways to Celebrate National Sea Serpent Day

Did you know today, August 7th is National Sea Serpent Day? A sea serpent or sea dragon is a fascinating mythological creature. The mention of sea serpents brings up images of enormous legendary creatures of the deep seas. The myths and lore are fascinating.

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Ways to Celebrate Sea Serpent Day

Whether you believe sea serpents existed or not, celebrating the mythological creatures can be a fun activity for you and your entire family. If you need ideas for celebrating National Sea Serpent Day, check out the following.

Host a Family Movie Night

The sea holds marvelous mysteries and tales for every age. Movies use the unknown to entice the watcher.

Of course, there are numerous other movies focusing on creatures from the deep. But the horror-inspired sea serpent movies may not be for all family members.

Sea Inspired Snacks

Yes, you can create an entire dinner based on foods from the sea. Or you make simple snacks to go along with your movie night. For example, the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers are an ideal treat for sea-themed movie nights. Serving pretzels can easily represent driftwood and green licorice turns into seaweed bunches. Blue Hawaiian Punch (Polar Blast) is the perfect glass of seawater.

Read a Book

Go to your local library or bookstore to find books about sea serpents. The myths and legends are perfect reading material.

Go to the Beach

Even if you are nowhere near the open sea, going to the beach is a great way to celebrate National Sea Serpent Day. Search for shells, sea glass, and other goodies. Remember to follow all the rules of public places.

Host a Craft Day

Gather your craft supplies to host a craft day or afternoon. Use different materials to create sea serpents and their habitant. Check out your local dollar store if you do not have craft supplies. The inexpensive arts and crafts items are great for an impromptu day of creating.

  • Your Pet Sea Serpent: Create a sea serpent out of clay, dry, and paint. Don’t forget to name your new sea serpent.
  • Get Creative: Draw or paint a sea serpent. Use large-size white poster boards. The extra space is perfect for an entire scene centering on your sea serpent.
  • Quick Crafts: Use construction paper, googly eyes, and other materials to create a sea serpent

Sea serpent art is only limited by your imagination.

Write a Your Own Tale

Write your own story about a sea serpent. If you have younger children, ask them to tell a story to you. Write down their imaginary world with a sea serpent. The simple task creates a lasting treasure.

Master List of 99 Summer Drawing Prompts

The first official day of Summer starts tomorrow. When the weather is too warm or rain fills the day, get artistic. Grab your favorite drawing pencil and start sketching. If you are searching for ideas, check out the following master list of 99 summer drawing prompts.

  1. Summer Self-Portrait
  2. Summer Scene with Smiling Sun
  3. Beach Ball
  4. Umbrella
  5. Lake or Pool
  6. Picnic
  7. Sandcastle
  8. Shell
  9. Bicycle
  10. Ice Cream
  11. Flowers
  12. Starfish
  13. Sea Horse
  14. Ship
  15. Ocean Surf
  16. Trees
  17. Insects
  18. Bees
  19. EWlephant
  20. Circus
  21. Clowns
  22. Balloons
  23. Cotton Candy
  24. Celebrate
  25. Hot Air Balloon
  26. Curves
  27. Skateboard
  28. Camping Scene
  29. Tent
  30. Bonfire
  31. Bear
  32. Favorite Place
  33. Friends
  34. Trail
  35. Mountain
  36. Fireworks
  37. Happy
  38. Lines
  39. Design a Summer Mug
  40. Eyes
  41. Barn
  42. Farm
  43. Animals
  44. Bright Colors
  45. Shapes
  46. 3 of a Kind
  47. Patterns
  48. Carnival
  49. Ferris Wheel
  50. Sunglasses
  51. Favorite Book
  52. Hat
  53. Basketball
  54. Food
  55. Pet
  56. Fair or Festival
  57. Past Time
  58. Memories
  59. Out a Window
  60. Upside Down
  61. Distance
  62. Wavy
  63. Lighthouse
  64. Design a T-shirt
  65. Adventure
  66. Transportation
  67. Design a Surfboard
  68. Freedom
  69. Forest
  70. Lantern
  71. Dream
  72. Garden
  73. Music
  74. Love
  75. Numbers
  76. Childhood Revested
  77. Signs
  78. Baseball
  79. Travel
  80. Firefly
  81. Future Plans
  82. Uneven
  83. Rocket
  84. Space/Stars/Planets
  85. UFO
  86. Alien Creature
  87. Earth
  88. Green
  89. Crush
  90. Feather
  91. Plant
  92. Forgotten
  93. Treasure
  94. Pirate Ship
  95. Parrot
  96. Ride
  97. Time
  98. Artist’s Choice
  99. End of Summer

Happy Summer! Happy Drawing!!

50 Family-Friendly Rainy Day Activities

During the summer months, everyone enjoys being outdoors. Unfortunately, the weather may not always cooperate with your outdoor plans.  On rainy days, you may hear those words, “I’m bored.” If you are looking for family-friendly rainy-day activities, check out the following for inspiration.

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  1. Paint rocks (Then, on a warm sunny day, hide the rocks around town).
  2. Make homemade cards.
  3. Bake cookies.
  4. Scavenger hunt or treasure hunt
  5. Draw or paint
  6. Go bowling. Or play pop bottle bowling with younger children at home.
  7. Do science experiments.
  8. Create an indoor sandbox or sand table.
  9. Play board games.
  10. Put together a Lego set.
  11. Create tie-dye t-shirts.
  12. Make play-dough.
  13. Do crafts.
  14. Dance party
  15. Make paper airplanes.
  16. Cook a meal together.
  17. Make a blanket fort.
  18. Tea party
  19. Make Slime
  20. Create paper bag puppets.
  21. Put on a puppet show.
  22. Color in color books
  23. Balloon tennis
  24. Tear up small pieces of paper, then make collages.
  25. Put a puzzle together
  26. Go to the library to find a new book to read.
  27. Paint cardboard boxes to make a town.
  28. Put a model together.
  29. Dress up and go out to eat.
  30. Play multiplayer video games.
  31. Make YouTube or TikTok videos.
  32. Visit a museum.
  33. Indoor hopscotch (use tape)
  34. Visit an aquarium
  35. Visit an art gallery
  36. Make pinecone bird feeders
  37. Do salt paintings
  38. Make yarn collages
  39. Create stained glass tissue paper art
  40. Host a playdate
  41. Create popsicle stick art
  42. Create a sensory bin
  43. Write a story together
  44. Make an indoor obstacle course
  45. Movie marathon
  46. Tape roads on the carpet or floor for car races.
  47. Paint clay pots to plant flowers
  48. Bake cookies to pass out to friends or family.
  49. Volunteer
  50. Play in the rain.

Enjoy your rainy days!

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