What Can We Do at an August Fair Besides Eat?

  We just had our wildly fun and successful August Family Fair! Two of the aspects of this and others of our celebrations that I am most asked about are: “What can we actually do?”, and “How can I introduce the concept of activities to friends and family without it feeling awkward or uncomfortable?”

Celebrating Summer! Sample Agenda

Balancing a five-course meal and family bonding activities can be tricky. On the one hand, our family likes to relax and enjoy one another’s company. On the other hand, we frequently have activities planned and don’t want to miss out on them, nor do we want them to feel forced and/or unnatural.

Bunnies! Bunnies! Bunnies!

Spring is just around the corner, and I am so excited! I so love all the natural signs of rebirth and new beginnings! I love putting spring baskets together for loved ones too. In these baskets, I generally try to combine the vivid colors of the season with signs of growth, plant and animal life, […]

Craft Ideas For Spring: DIY Party Hats!

 “Spring is nature’s way of saying, Let’s party!” ~ Robin Williams Looking for craft ideas for spring? Look no further! And what says a party like party hats?  Their coordinated whimsy invites children of all ages to celebrate! When I decided that hats were a must for this year’s spring fling, I set out to buy […]

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Anxious for more graceful flakes of snow? Why not make them yourself?! This simple, enjoyable, and lovely craft can not only be a fun and bonding family activity, but it can also provide gorgeous seasonally appropriate decorations and embellishments! 

Sparkling Winter Votive Holders!

If you guessed that I am planning a deliciously icy winter celebration, you are right! I saw very similar votive holders for sale from an expensive retailer, and I thought… I can make these myself! Easy and lovely… here are the details…

“Let’s Play!” Whimsical Yuletide tablescape featuring MacKenzie Childs!

“In busy days, we might lose track of what brings us holiday joy, but our spirit holds the answers. Look for what makes you smile! Notice the small wonders! Embrace what lightens your heart! Choose play when it’s offered! Listen to the whispers of your spirit and respond!” ~ Jeanne McElvaney Late December seasonal celebrations offer […]

Winter Holiday Table Setting: Playful & Peppermint!

  With so many religions and cultures celebrating meaningful moments at this very special time of year, December Solstice is a magical time for a family festivity!

Joys of Gingerbread: Gingerbread cookies!

“And I had but one penny in the world. Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.”~William Shakespeare What a wonderful way to share holiday joy! Gingerbread cookies are warm, aromatic, and delicious traditions guaranteed to add color, playfulness, and joy to your seasonal celebration. This year, I chose to focus on minis, and even found […]

Yule Party Crackers!

Watch your guests’ faces light up when they first notice these festive favors. Seasonal party crackers usher in fun with a snap! And handcrafting them truly multiplies their impact. You get to choose the colors and the contents: the toys, the riddles, the themes,… everything creating instant holiday favorites, anticipated and treasured celebration after celebration. […]