The end of the school year is fast approaching and it’s during this time that I like to think about a few thoughtful things I can do for my girls to help them get excited about summer. Every year, I like to have a small gift for them to kick-off the first official day of summer – and this year, I’ve created “jars of fun.”
Although we are constantly doing fun things during the summertime, my kids still seem to find time and ways to “be bored.” That’s where these little jars of goodies come in. To help keep boredom at bay this summer I’ve filled these jars with a variety of fun items to keep them busy in between scheduled activities and trips. They’ll find everything from small toys to an animal stamp set, bookmarks, mini slinky’s and bouncy balls. Because all the items fit into a jar, it’s also an ideal gift for travel.
For older children you can place in gift cards to the movies or an ice cream shop, crossword puzzle books, or even a new pair of shades for the summer.
This weekend, I was looking for a little way to carve out some special time with my youngest girl. The weather was perfect so I thought a surprise backyard picnic would be a fun way to spend a little one-on-one time together.
I filled up some pink and yellow balloons to give our picnic spot a little extra touch. I printed and attached the words “let’s have a backyard picnic” to one of the strings. When my daughter spotted the balloons, it put a huge smile on her face!
I love to entertain in the summertime. There’s just something so simple about hosting friends and family this time of year. Perhaps it’s the great mood everyone is in, or the laid-back vibe? I can’t put my finger on it exactly but I just find summer entertaining easy and enjoyable. Now that the nights are getting longer, I’m itching to kick off the backyard-entertaining season! We’ve been getting dirty in the garden and making sure our yard is inviting — I’d say a dinner party is soon in order.
Do you like to entertain during the summer? When thinking about hosting a gathering I like to pick a few points of inspiration to guide my party prep. I am usually inspired by:
Ahhh springtime. Spring is the perfect time to host a garden party (regardless of how many veggies or flowers you have planted in your garden). Use the warmer weather and colorful backdrop of the outdoors as an excuse to gather friends, enjoy some good food and cool drinks. Here are a few tips to help make your outdoor party a success:
These can be as simple or elegant as your style suits. Even a handwritten note with a dried pressed flower enclosed would be thoughtful. Regardless if you choose a formal, handwritten, or even online invitation − be sure to set the mood of your garden-themed event by including floral designs or flowers themselves.
Looking to add a little festive flair to your table top? If you’re looking for Cinco de Mayo centerpieces these little guys are easy to make.
I picked up some inexpensive terracotta pots in various sizes, marked off some interesting shapes using painter’s tape, and spray painted them with gold metallic spray paint (I am obsessed with this stuff!). Let them dry and you have the perfect centerpiece vessel!
Fill the newly painted pots with different varieties of cactus and you have yourself a simple Cinco de Mayo centerpiece.
The truth is that often money and gift cards make the best gift choice. Especially for those really hard to buy for people you know, or uh hum, teenagers (I know this all too well!). But just because you are giving a gift that appears to be pretty generic, doesn’t mean you can do it in a thoughtful way. In my opinion, a well wrapped gift can speak volumes! But how to wrap gift cards? Here’s an idea.
The next time you are giving a gift card or some cash, take a few extra minutes to wrap it up nicely. This idea is super simple and I bet you have everything you need already!