Tips on Hosting a Last-Minute Easter Dinner

Do you realize Easter is only a few days away? Easter like any holiday is a perfect time to gather friends and family together. Did you decide to host an Easter dinner at the last minute? Do not panic; start planning. Here are some tips on hosting a last-minute Easter dinner.

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Who is Coming to Your Easter Dinner?

The guest list is essential to your planning. Reach out to friends and family members to get a headcount for Easter dinner. Make a list of your Easter dinner guests to help in the planning process. A bigger guest list is always fun, but it means more work for you.

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Formal or Informal

What type of Easter dinner are you going to host? Remember there is no right or wrong way to host an Easter dinner. The dinner should focus on gathering people together. Consider one of the following types of meals for Easter.

  • Traditional Sit-Down Meal
  • Brunch
  • Light Snacking and Desserts
  • BBQ
  • Pot-Luck Style
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Menu

After deciding on the type of meal, start planning your menu. If you are serving a large crowd, ask your guests to help. Remember to write down the dishes or desserts your guests are bringing to Easter dinner. Keeping a list allows for a variety of different dishes. Or if you love to cook, you are welcome to do the entire meal prep yourself.

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Grocery List

Carefully go over your menu. Take an inventory of items you have on hand for your Easter dinner. Now, write out a detailed grocery list. Relax and imagine going aisle by aisle in your grocery store.

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Decorate Early

Decorating is not a necessity for Easter dinner. But, if you do decide to decorate, do it early. Getting your children to help make the decoration is always a fun task. Homemade placemats, place cards, and small table decorations are fun additions to the Easter table.

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Cook or Bake in Advance

If possible, cook or bake part of your Easter dinner early. By starting early, you do not have to hurry to complete the meal.

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Set Table the Night Before

Unless you are eating outdoors, set the table the night before your Easter dinner. Set up your entire eating area including decorations, tablecloths, plates, silverware, glasses, and napkins. The early setup process allows you to look for any shortages. A quick run to the supermarket is easier the night before than on Easter Sunday.

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Dinner Day

Despite all the prep work, preparing dinner may still feel chaotic. Do not worry.

  • Create a checklist of everything that needs to be cooked, baked, warmed up, and served.
  • Designate tasks to others who arrive early. (You may need to call them in early).
  • Cook everything as directed. Do not skip steps to get your meal done quickly.
  • Send children out of the kitchen to avoid accidents.
  • Enjoy yourself. Take photos of the preparation process. Unfortunately, you never know who will be missing from your next holiday meal.
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Enjoy Your Meal

You made it. After all of the planning and hard work, your Easter dinner is ready. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your meal. Do not fret about the things that did not go as planned. On Easter Sunday, gathering with your family and friends is all that really matters.

Happy Easter!

36 Easter Movies for the Whole Family

April 17th is Easter. What are you doing to celebrate? Coloring eggs, Easter egg hunts, and watching your favorite shows are wonderful ways to enjoy the holiday. Do you want an Easter theme for family movie night? If you are looking for Easter movies for the whole family to enjoy, check out the following list for ideas.

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  1. Hop (2011)
  2. It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974)
  3. VeggieTales Double Feature: ‘Twas the Night Before Easter/An Easter Carol
  4. Peter Rabbit (2018)
  5. Peter Rabbit 2 (2021)
  6. An Easter Story (1984)
  7. The Dog Who Saved Easter (2014)
  8. Daffy Duck’s Easter Egg-Citement (1980)
  9. Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Easter Adventure (2012)
  10. Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)
  11. Yogi: The Easter Bear (2016)
  12. Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971)
  13. Peppa Pig: The Easter Bunny (2018)
  14. Baby Looney Tunes: Eggs-Extradinary Adventure
  15. The New Adventures of Peter Rabbit
  16. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit (2005)
  17. Rise of the Guardians: (2012)
  18. Easter Bunny Adventure
  19. Guess How Much I Love You: An Enchanting Easter (2018)
  20. Easter Someday (2021)
  21. The First Easter Rabbit (1976)
  22. The Easter Promise (2006)
  23. Curious George: Egg Hunting (2017)
  24. The First Easter Egg (1999)
  25. Easterland (2019)
  26. An Easter Bunny Puppy
  27. Bugs Bunny: Easter Funnies
  28. Easter With Max & Ruby
  29. Rolie Polie Olie: An Easter Egg-stravaganza
  30. An Easter Egg Adventure
  31. The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986)
  32. The Lion of Judah (2011)
  33. Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo (2004)
  34. Rabbit School: Guardians of the Golden Egg (2017)
  35. Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza
  36. Baby Huey’s Great Easter Adventure

Happy Easter!

Photo Prompts for April

Warmer weather and Easter are part of April. Are you ready to grab your camera and make memories? If you need inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for April.

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  1. New month, new selfie
  2. April showers (Rain)
  3. Flowers
  4. Favorite
  5. Outdoor activity
  6. Night
  7. Stranger
  8. Focus
  9. Out of focus
  10. Cityscape
  11. Tiny
  12. Low Light
  13. Back roads
  14. Trees
  15. Your current view
  16. Architecture
  17. Happy Easter! Enjoy!
  18. Soft
  19. Favorite Place
  20. Calm
  21. Silhouette
  22. Layers
  23. Bokeh
  24. Insects
  25. Habit
  26. Reflection
  27. Alike
  28. Different
  29. Tradition
  30. Photographer’s Choice

Have a great month!

50 Ideas for Your Spring Bucket List

Today, March 20, 2022, is the first official day of Spring. Are you and your family ready for Springtime adventures? If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following ideas for your Spring bucket list.

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  1. Photograph new blooming flowers.
  2. Make sidewalk chalk art.
  3. Celebrate Easter.
  4. Go on a picnic.
  5. Celebrate Earth Day.
  6. Visit a botanical garden.
  7. Attend Spring festivals.
  8. Host the 1st bonfire of the season.
  9. Go for a bike ride.
  10. Go on a nature walk.
  11. Fly a kite.
  12. Go hiking.
  13. Make Spring YouTube or TikTok videos to share with friends and family.
  14. Discover new walking trails.
  15. Host a BBQ.
  16. Go to the zoo or wildlife sanctuary.
  17. Plant herbs.
  18. Plant a flower or vegetable garden.
  19. Make a fairy garden.
  20. Pick wildflowers.
  21. Be a local tourist.
  22. Host a brunch or an afternoon tea party.
  23. Spring clean and declutter.
  24. Find a rainbow.
  25. Dance in the warm, Spring rain.
  26. Visit a farm.
  27. Catch frogs.
  28. Play miniature golf.
  29. Take outdoor family (or friends) pictures.
  30. Make a birdfeeder.
  31. Search for migratory birds.
  32. Go stargazing.
  33. Play frisbee.
  34. Feed peas to the wild ducks.
  35. Go to a baseball game or other sporting event.
  36. Host or go on a scavenger hunt.
  37. Go Geocaching.
  38. Volunteer at the local shelter or rescue as a dog walker.
  39. Paint flowers on small rocks to hide around town.
  40. Go to a local nature preserve (or park). Bring a sketch book to draw the wildlife or scenery.
  41. Paint silly faces on flowerpots. Painted pots with newly planted flowers are great gifts or decorations for your home.
  42. Go fishing.
  43. Go on a day trip.
  44. Go on a street art tour.
  45. Go Spring camping for the weekend.
  46. Blow bubbles.
  47. Have a movie marathon on a rainy day.
  48. Play outdoor games.
  49. Participate in your community Spring cleanup program.
  50. Go to a different local café or restaurant each week.

Happy Spring!

Photo Prompts for March

Are you ready for March? The month brings St. Patrick’s Day, Daylight Savings Time begins, and the first day of Spring? The time is perfect to get out and photograph the world around you. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for March.

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  1. Selfie
  2. Black and white
  3. World Wildlife Day! Photograph wildlife!
  4. Same subject, two different angles
  5. Landscape
  6. Emotion
  7. From a high angle
  8. From a low angle
  9. Close Up
  10. Distance
  11. Reflections
  12. Loved one
  13. Current view
  14. City lights
  15. Shadows
  16. Green
  17. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
  18. Transportation
  19. Vintage or historical
  20. First Day of Spring! Sunrise or sunset.
  21. Nostalgic
  22. Warmth
  23. Cool tones
  24. Chaos or messy
  25. Water
  26. Trees
  27. Food/Beverage
  28. Signs
  29. Textures
  30. Strangers
  31. Photographer’s Choice

Have a great month!

New Year’s Eve Family Night Ideas

Who is ready for 2022? Let’s hope 2022 brings good health and happiness to all. Are skipping the parties this year to stay home with your family? Don’t worry. You are not alone.

Many people are ditching fancy parties to stay home with family. But staying home does not mean a boring evening. With some last-minute planning, you and your family can turn New Year’s Eve into a lasting memory.

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Family-Friendly Ideas to Enjoy New Year’s Eve

Your New Year’s Eve celebration does not need to be elaborate, just fun. Check out the following for New Year’s Eve family night ideas.

Food: Everyone Loves to Eat

Food for your New Year’s Eve should be your family’s favorites. The holiday only comes once a year. So, time to have some fun. Do you need some food ideas? Check out the following 5 ideas to help you plan for your New Year’s Eve family night.

  1. Pizza: Who doesn’t love pizza at parties? Pizza is alway a go-to take out item. Order from your favorite local pizza place. Remember to place orders early to ensure timely delivery. Or make homemade pizzas together to fit everyone’s exact tastes.
  2. Favorite Meal: What is your family’s favorite meal? Make the dinner together as a family to enjoy on New Year’s Eve.
  3. Finger Food: Make finger sandwiches. Even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut into fours are an excellent treat for New Year’s Eve. Spread different types of sandwiches out on a tray for everyone to enjoy. Create a picnic indoors as part of your holiday fun.
  4. Sweets: Serve special treats for your New Year’s Eve family night. Bake cookies, brownies, or other family favorites to rind in the new year.
  5. Celebration Cake: Buy or make a 2022 cake. The cake does not need to be fancy. A simple cake with white frosting and 2022 written in bright-colored frosting is perfect.
  6. Ice Cream: Buy your favorite gallon of ice cream or two. Create a sundae bar with different topping choices, including whipped cream, syrups, nuts, candy sprinkles, marshmallows, and cherries. Allow everyone to create their own sundae masterpiece.

Drinks

Serve different family-friendly drinks for your festive evening activities. Of course, water should always be on the menu. But consider sparkling cider or punch for a midnight toast. Homemade hot cocoa is another delicious idea to add to the celebration.

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Activities

Plan various family fun activities to keep everyone busy until midnight. If you have younger children, they may fall asleep before the clock strikes twelve.

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  1. Games: Play board or card games. Sitting together and talking is great for quality family time. Remember to turn the television on to watch the ball drop.
  2. Video Games: Multi-player games are perfect for a New Year’s Eve family fun night.
  3. Do Crafts: Make paper crowns or silly hats out of construction paper for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Create themed decorations to display.
  4. Movies: Binge-watch your favorite movie or series until midnight. Then, turn your channel over to watch the ball drop at midnight.
  5. Scavenger Hunt: Hide clues throughout your home to lead to a final treasure. Plain white envelopes work well for this activity. Place a note with enough information to lead your searchers from one clue to the next. The final treasure can be a special treat, coupons for future activities, movie tickets, gift cards, or cash.
  6. Balloon Pop: Blow up several balloons. Write different times on each balloon. As the night progresses, pop each balloon at the specific time. Make sure there’s enough balloons for everyone to pop at midnight.
  7. Light Sparklers: Check with your city’s ordinances first. But light fireworks or sparklers to ring in 2022.

Make Unforgettable Memories

The best part about spending New Year’s Eve at home is making memories.

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  1. Photo Booth: Create a photo area. Use a blanket, sheet, shower curtain, or large piece of material for a backdrop. Place different props out, including hats, crowns, beads, scarves, and cardboard cut-outs. The accessories can be homemade, or go to your local dollar store to find items. Make a point to take pictures every hour leading up to midnight. The sillier the photo, the better; remember to print your photos to place into a 2022 scrapbook.
  2. Time Capsule: Create a time capsule. Ask your family or friends questions. For example, what do you want to do when you grow up? The question is simple. But when opening the time capsule the following year or two, you may find the answer amusing or inspiring. Place photos, stories, or other memorabilia into your time capsule. Yes, a shoebox works as a time capsule.
  3. Make Memory Cards: Index cards work well for this type of activity. Ask each of your family members to write out favorite moments in 2021. You may need to help younger children. Encourage drawing. Each card is a perfect addition to a scrapbook or photo album.
  4. Create a Video: Make a YouTube or TikTok video saying good-bye to 2021 and hello to 2022. Share the video on your social media platfroms.
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Regardless of how you celebrate, enjoy your evening with your family. Remember, ringing 2022 is a once in your lifetime event. Happy New Year!

25 Days of Christmas: Drawing Prompts

December ushers in a month-long season of Christmas cheer. Are you looking to put extra merriment in the holiday season? Drawing is a superb creative outlet to add to this magical time of year.  

25 Drawing Prompts for Christmas

Christmas tree and gifts
  1. Self-Portrait with a Christmas Theme
  2. Christmas Tree
  3. Christmas Gifts, Wrapping Paper, Ribbons, & Bows
  4. Christmas Cards
  5. Santa & Mrs. Claus
  6. Elves
  7. North Pole & Santa’s Workshop
  8. Santa’s Sleigh & Reindeer (Don’t forget Rudolph)
  9. The Grinch
  10. Christmas Ornaments & Tree Topper
  11. Christmas Stockings
  12. Mistle Toe
  13. Nativity
  14. Mary, Joseph, & Baby Jesus
  15. Christmas Star
  16. Angels
  17. Letters to Santa
  18. Gingerbread House
  19. Christmas Sweater
  20. Candy Cane and Christmas Sweets
  21. Christmas Bells
  22. Christmas Wreath
  23. Nutcracker
  24. Peace On Earth
  25. Merry Christmas

Get the most out of your Christmas drawing prompts by turning your creations into ornaments. Consider using small notecards which can easily be laminated. Next, punch a hole in the top to add ribbon to hang on your Christmas tree.

Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year

Thanksgiving is almost here! Are you looking for a new Thanksgiving tradition to start this year? Or perhaps expand on your existing traditions. Making memories is the best part of the holiday season. If you are searching for new Thanksgiving traditions to start this year, check out the following list.

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  1. Decorate: Get crafty. Decorate as a family project. Thanksgiving decoration ideas include placements, name holders, and centerpieces.
  2. Being Grateful: When sitting around the dinner table, ask your family and friends, why are you grateful this year? If you do not want to say your reason out loud, write on a pumpkin. Or jot your message down on precut leaves to hang on a tree.
  3.  Saying Grace: Start a new tradition of praying before you and your family eat Thanksgiving dinner.
  4. Get Outdoors: Spend some time outdoors. Play football, go for a hike, go on a nature walk, or be part of a fun run (Turkey Trot).
  5. Bake Together: Make the meal together as a family. Dig out an old family recipe to make. Tell a story about the person who originally made the recipe.
  6. Volunteer as a Family: Many organizations cater to the homeless on Thanksgiving. Volunteer as a family to homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or other community organization.
  7. Attend a Thanksgiving Parade: Parades are popular on Thanksgiving. If you cannot attend one in person, watch one a television.
  8. Family Photos: Before everyone gets too tired from eating all that delicious turkey, take family photos.
  9. Make Memory Cards: Ask each person to write a Thanksgiving memory. Memory cards are an easy way to learn about your family history.
  10. Record Family Stories: Use your cell phone to record family stories. Or ask each person to tell you the best part of the day.
  11. Board Games: After clearing the table, pull out board games. Old favorites, Monopoly, Life, or Sorry, are always a wonderful way to engage your family. 
  12. Watch Football: Get comfortable after the big meal and watch your favorite team.
  13. Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: Who cannot resist Snoopy and the gang? Or you could kick off the Christmas season by watching A Miracle on 34th Street.
  14. Thanksgiving Journal: After everyone is asleep or watching television, take a moment to write in your journal about Thanksgiving 2021.

Happy Thanksgiving! What tradition will you start this year?

The Best Photos to Take on Thanksgiving

Yes, Thanksgiving comes every year. Unfortunately, over time, those who gather at your table may no longer be here to celebrate. Use your camera or cell phone to preserve your holiday memories with photographs.

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Photos to Take for the Best Thanksgiving Memories

Are you ready to capture the laughs, the food, and the joy of Thanksgiving? Get snapping.

Getting Ready

Setting up the table, preparing the kids’ table, decorating, or dressing up for the day are all special moments Snap a few photos during this busy time. The process of getting ready is a major part of Thanksgiving.

Cooking

A large meal usually means more than one person in the kitchen. Capturing the laughs that occur during the preparation of a Thanksgiving feast is always a special memory.

Group Photos

If everyone arrives early, get group photos before the dinner. Spills and dropped food easily stain the best apparel. A large family gathering means a person is always available to watch the kitchen while group photos are being done. For a photo of the entire family use your self-timer on your camera or bribe a neighbor with pumpkin pie to take a quick photo.

Dinner Time

Before everyone digs into the delicious meal, snap a photo of the dinner table. Get the full table with all the decorations, place settings, and the entire food spread. Next, take a photo of everyone coming to the table. And finally, one of everyone sitting around the Thanksgiving table.

If prayer is part of the feast, you have two options. One, skip the photo entirely. Or two, set your camera on self-timer to get a picture of everyone in prayer.

Outdoor Time

Do you play football or hike as a family on Thanksgiving? As long as someone is watching the kitchen, grab your camera and head outdoors to take photos.

Candid and Creativity

Posed photos are great but candid shots are extra special. Photos of your aunt laughing too hard at a silly joke or your grandfather sharing a story with the children invoke emotion. The photos will always be a lasting memory.

 Do not be afraid to try different angles, use natural light, or a zoom lens. Try to capture what you are thankful for at Thanksgiving.

Enjoy your day! Happy Thanksgiving!

Tips to Keep Your Trick-or-Treaters Safe on Halloween

Trick-or-treating is a major part of Halloween. The rush of going from house to house to get a bag full candy is a childhood dream come true. As adults, keeping your children safe is your number one priority. Be cautious is necessary for a safe and happy Halloween.

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Plan

Before Halloween, get a rough idea of where you will be trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

  • Know the times of trick-or-treating in your community.
  • Draw map of your planned trick-or-treating path.
  • Stick to well-lit areas in your neighborhood.
  • Locate a safe place to meet up if anyone is separated from the group.
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Appropriate Fitting Costumes

Whether you are buying or making your child’s costume, safety is essential.

  • Appropriate fitting costumes are necessary to avoid trips and falls.
  • Avoid complicated costumes.
  •  Consider skipping masks and use face paint. A mask may hinder your child’s ability to see properly.
  • Use reflective tape on your child’s costume.
  • The material should be flame retardant.
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Halloween Night

When out trick-or-treating, keep these safety rules in mind.

  • Stay with your group. Remind your children the importance of staying together on Halloween night.
  • Young children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Stay outdoors. Never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Only go to houses with porch lights on.
  • Stay on the sidewalk. Avoid taking any types of short cuts. The area may not be safe.
  • Carry flashlights or glow sticks for extra light.
  • Watch out for other trick-or-treaters especially when driving around a neighborhood. Children who are excited to get to the next house may not look both ways before crossing the street.
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Inspect All Candy

The temptation to sneak a candy for the pail is natural for children during trick-or-treating. Emphasize the importance of inspecting all candy before eating.

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Most of all enjoy Halloween! Children will not always want to go trick-or-treating.

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