St. Patrick’s Day usually brings large parades, community events, and other social activities. Unfortunately, the ongoing pandemic restrictions mean the yearly events are canceled. Are you looking for last-minute activities to safely celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Check out the following St. Patrick’s Day ideas for you or your entire family to enjoy.
Make a Leprechaun Trap
St. Patrick’s Day would not be complete without tales of leprechauns. Use the tales as inspiration to make a leprechaun trap. Cereal boxes and craft materials are perfect supplies to build a trap. Get creative. Take photos and try to catch a leprechaun for his gold.
Draw, trace, or print a blank shamrock. Use the shamrock as a template.
Paint or color the shamrock.
Glue glitter, split peas, yarn, sequins, macaroni, or other material to your shamrock. (If you do decide to glue items to your shamrock template, use card stock to print the outline)
Decorate and hang your shamrocks around the house.
Use your decorated shamrocks as placemats for a traditional Irish meal.
Traditional Irish Meal
Preparing a traditional Irish meal is one of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Pinterest has numerous recipes to follow. Whether you prepare the meal yourself or involve the entire family, try something new.
Irish Lamb Stew
Irish Soda Bread
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Watch St. Patrick’s Day Movies
St. Patrick’s Day is a great day for family movie night. (Yes, you and your cat count.) Make popcorn, eat green candies or order pizza. And watch a great movie to celebrate the day.
Let’s face it, the Christmas season can get busy quickly. Spending high-quality family time together is essential to enjoy the holidays. When you are you looking for fun, family activities to celebrate Christmas, consider making plaster ornaments.
Plaster ornaments are simple to make. You can hang them on your own tree. Or share them with family members as gifts. Kids will love making an ornament for grandma, grandpa, a favorite aunt or uncle.
Christmas themed molds or pans (The plaster does not harm them, just wash thoroughly after use.)
Throw away containers for mixing plaster. (Remember not to pour remaining plaster down the sink.)
Paint in various colors
Place newspapers or other protective materials on your counter.
Mix plaster as directed. Always add the plaster mixture to the water for a smooth and consistent mixture. (Keep in mind, the plaster hardens quickly. You need to have your molds ready to go. You can add a little extra water to provide a bit more time).
Fill the molds completely.
Place hangers into your mold. (Paper clips or pop can tab work great for an instant, inexpensive hanger).
Allow your ornaments to dry completely.
Gently remove the ornaments from the molds. You may need to tap on the mold to loosen the ornament.
Paint the ornaments. (You can also personalize the ornaments with names).
Even younger children can help with the painting process. Just do not forget to add the date on the back. The Christmas ornaments can quickly turn into a lasting treasure.
Are you looking for another simple way to celebrate the Christmas season? Baking during the holidays is a long-standing tradition. Sugar cookies are a tasty treat to decorate, share, and eat. Helping to reduce the stress of the holiday mad-dash of baking, sugar cookies can be frozen to decorate later.
Dig out your favorite sugar cookie recipe, find a new one on Pinterest, or grab a tube of dough at your local store. Regardless of your method, sugar cookies are a fun way to celebrate the Christmas season.
Bake your cookies from the method of choice.
Allow your batch of sugar cookies to cool.
Do you want to get the kids involved in making sugar cookies to celebrate the Christmas season? Set out different types of holiday sprinkles, marshmallows, nuts, and other toppings. Then, ask your children to help decorate the cookies. Making up new designs and colors provides added fun. Enjoy the creative process going into each cookie.
Finally, time to eat the cookies! Put a plate of cookies out as part of family night. Share a batch with a neighbor.
You can always add a nice cup of hot chocolate or milk to the celebration. Now, the next challenge, who gets to pick the Christmas movie for family night?
Are you getting ready to put up your Christmas tree? Make the tree decorating a family fun event. (Yes, your dog counts as a family member). Spend an afternoon or evening decorating your Christmas tree together.
Ways to Make Putting Up Your Christmas Tree a Grand Event
Due to the ongoing pandemic, most community events will not take place this year. But you can quickly turn Christmas decorating into a grand affair. Check out the following list for ideas to make lasting memories while merely putting up your Christmas tree.
Homemade Ornaments: Make homemade ornaments for your tree. For example, salt dough ornaments are simple to create. Before putting up your tree, make a batch of salt dough ornaments. You and your family can easily cut the decorations into specific shapes with cookie cutters. Bake, paint and date your ornaments as directed. Then, on the day of putting up your Christmas tree, you can hang your new ornament creations.
Special Ornaments: Purchase a new ornament for each family member. If you are on a tight budget, dollar store ornaments work wonderfully. Date or add different embellishments to your decorations to create a one of a kind appearance.
Make Your Garland: String popcorn, create paper chains, or use other materials to create your tree’s garland.
Play Christmas Music: Set your radio on the Christmas music channel or create playlists full of your holiday favorites.
Listen to an Audio Book: Listening to children’s Christmas stories is always fun. Playing the stories in the background will add extra fun to your Christmas tree event.
Watch Christmas Shows: Play old classic Christmas shows while decorating the tree. Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Polar Express, or A Charlie Brown Christmas are all wonderful holiday programs for your whole family to enjoy.
Bake Christmas Goodies: Before setting up your tree, bake holiday-themed goodies. Cookies, pretzels, hot cocoa, or other treats help make putting up your Christmas tree a grand event.
Countdown Ceremony: Before plugging in your Christmas tree, have a countdown ceremony. Children love the hype of a countdown ceremony.
Photo Time: Wear matching holiday pajamas or ugly Christmas sweaters to pose in front of the tree. Creating a new Christmas tree ceremony selfie can be a new tradition for you and your family.
Remember to take lots of pictures while putting up your Christmas tree. Print your photos and create a special scrapbook. 2020 is definitely a year to remember.
Many recognize November as the beginning of the holiday season. On social media, posts suggest celebrating the Christmas season before Thanksgiving is not acceptable. After a long year of COVID restrictions, celebrating with your family should be a daily event. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate the holidays. Simply have fun and enjoy the season in a way that makes you happy.
Are you looking for ways to start celebrating early? Check out the following list for ideas.
Begin decorating early. Do you have boxes with Christmas decorations in storage? Take your time to look through each box. Decorate as you go. Overdecorate. Use all of your decorations. Spread your Christmas decorations throughout your entire living space.
Put up your Christmas tree.
Decorate hallways and doors.
Purchase small trees for your young children’s rooms. (Dollar store Christmas trees work perfectly for this set up).
Set a small Christmas related plushie on the dash of your car.
Decorate outdoors, including your porch, trees, or mailbox.
Set up a nativity scene indoors or outdoors.
Arrange a centerpiece on your dining room table.
Do some of your ornaments lack sparkle? Add some glitter and revamp old ornaments and decorations.
Make salt dough ornaments
Make cinnamon dough ornaments
Create ornaments out of clay
Make paper chains
Thread popcorn and cranberries for garland
Make Christmas wreaths to share or keep
Make homemade Christmas cards.
Create a centerpiece.
Watch Holiday Movies
The Hallmark Channel began streaming holiday movies over two weeks ago. Go ahead, watch, and enjoy the uplifting holiday programs. If you do not have the Hallmark Channel, start searching your other streaming services to find the perfect Christmas programs for you or your entire family. Remember, you can always dig out your DVDs.
Turn watching holiday movies into a special event for your whole family. Serve snacks, hot cocoa, or order pizza. If you cannot be with your family or friends in person, host an online movie event.
If celebrating Christmas early makes you happy, then do it. Enjoy every minute of the holiday season.
Halloween (or any holiday) is an excellent time to start new traditions. Whether you are staying close to home due to the pandemic or avoiding the cold weather, making simple Halloween ghost cookies is a great way to celebrate. Anyways, who doesn’t like warm, gooey marshmallow cookies?
Cookie dough or the ingredients to your favorite cookie recipe.
Marshmallow shaped ghosts
Halloween sprinkles (optional)
Bake cookies as directed.
Remove at the proper time.
Place the ghost marshmallows and sprinkles on to the warm cookies. The marshmallow begins to melt from the heat.
Enjoy the extra sweet, gooey goodness of simple Halloween ghost cookies.
These simple but tasty Halloween ghost cookies are a perfect snack for family movie night.
With school fast approaching, either virtual or in-session, daily homework, work, and other commitments will quickly fill your schedule. Did you know August is Family Fun Month? Celebrating the small moments is essential for you and your family. One way to celebrate Family Fun Month is hosting Sunday dinners.
Hosting Sunday Dinners
Keep in mind, when you start planning, there is no right or wrong way to host a Sunday dinner for Family Fun Month. If you need a little inspiration, check out the following ideas.
Traditional Meal: Cook a full course meal. For example, turkey or ham with baked potatoes, vegetables, a side salad, and apple pie is a great traditional dinner.
BBQ: With the weather being beautiful, starting up the barbecue grill is a wonderful way to celebrate Family Fun Month.
Picnic: Make sandwiches, snacks, and other treats and go on a picnic. Get outdoors. Numerous state and local parks have picnic areas. Or pack a blanket, sit on the ground, and enjoy your meal under the open sky.
Try Something New: Use Sunday dinners as a way to explore new cultures. Research recipes from different cultures around the world. Pinterest is a great resource. Try something new. Who knows, the new recipe may quickly turn into a family favorite.
Cook Together: Even a simple meal can turn into a learning experience. Cook together as a family. Share stories and enjoy them.
Order Take Out: If you don’t feel like cooking, order take out. Yes, when you are all together, pizza counts as a family meal.
Family Fun Month is a great time to celebrate with Sunday dinners. Enjoy your time with your family. Small celebrations quickly turn into long-lasting memories for you and your family.
Today, July 31st, 2020, is J. K. Rowling’s character, Harry Potter’s 40th birthday. If you do not know by now, J.K. Rowling’s birthday is also today. So, here is wishing a Happy 40th Birthday to Harry Potter, “the boy who lived” and the author who brought magic alive for millions of fans.
Why celebrate? Well, the real question is, “why not celebrate.” Stay at home orders, social distancing, and other restrictions lead to canceled plans for you, your friends, or your family. Finding little things to celebrate is a great way to make memories during this current health crisis.
Ways to Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday
Are you looking for simple ways to celebrate? Well, binge-watching the Harry Potter series is one of the best ways to celebrate. For extra fun, make popcorn, order pizza, or host a watch party online.
Other ways to celebrate include:
Read: The new illustrated editions draw you right into the Wizarding World.
Join a Group: Social media hosts numerous groups, including Adult Fans of Harry Potter. Connecting with other Harry Potter fans is a beautiful way to chat about the growing fandom.
Subscribe:GeekGear and other monthly subscription boxes brings your love of the Wizarding World right to your doorstep.
Listen to a Podcast: Finding a new podcast or listening to an old favorite provides insight into the world of Harry Potter.
Do Crafts: Let your creativity shine.
Make Food: Pinterest has thousands of recipes relating to the Wizarding World. Maybe you can discover your inner chef.
Host a Zoom Session: Invite friends to chat with you about Harry Potter.
Write Fan Fiction: Put your pen to paper or start typing to write a story about the Wizarding World, Hogwarts, or the characters in the books.
Join a Cause: The Harry Potter Alliance advocates different worthy causes. Learn different ways to transform your love for Harry Potter to real life situations.
Celebrate July 31st; small occasions can quickly turn into lasting memories for you and your family. For millions of fans, the day is just the beginning of Harry Potter’s magical tale.
In J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter series, large feasts, parties, sneaking down to the kitchens, or devouring Molly’s home cooking, food is a common theme. Who wouldn’t want to eat their way through a Hogwart’s start of term feast or the extravagant Halloween festivities?
Are you wondering how to celebrate Harry Potter with special treats? Consider the following ideas.
Chocolate Frogs and Chocolate Coins
Frog and coin molds
Melt dipping chocolate as directed. You can melt the chocolate in the microwave or use a double boiler pan.
Melt chocolate to desired consistency.
When ready, carefully spoon the chocolate into the molds.
Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean
Pick up a box of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean. Try and guess each flavor without looking at the guide.
When having a fun-filled Harry Potter food night, try something new. Many novelty stores or specialty shops sell edible insects. Make memories by trying something completely new. Who is the brave one in your family?