If you have the family together this holiday season, you all may want to do some activities together. No matter if you're looking for something to do with the children in your family, or if you're looking for some clever Christmas crafts for a holiday party, keep reading for some ideas and instructions!
1. CINNAMON STICK CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT
Your cinnamon stick will act as the tree stump. Cut pieces of green tree garland, gradually increasing the strips in size. You will only need a few strips, as you'll want the cinnamon stick to show. Glue the strips to the cinnamon stick. After that dries, decorate the garland with the rhinestones which will act as the ornaments. Finally, glue some twine to the top of the cinnamon stick and add the ornament to your tree!
2. WRAPPING PAPER SCRAP WALL ART
We all end up having extra scraps of wrapping paper that are too small to use to wrap another gift. This craft will let you use up those scraps in a cute wall art piece. First, cut 1/2-inch wide strips of left over wrapping paper. Make several strips that gradually decrease in size. You will also need a small strip to act as the tree stump. Next, glue the strips into the shape of a Christmas tree onto the backing paper. After that, frame your creation and hang it in your home for a festive piece of art for the holidays.
3. MELTED PEPPERMINT ORNAMENT
Start by crushing your peppermints. You can either place them in a plastic bag and smash them with a rolling pin, or you can try pulsing them in a blender. Next, place your greased cookie cutters on a pan. I would recommend using a silicone baking pad so the ornament comes off easily. Add the crushed peppermint into your cookie cutters and put them in your oven on the broil setting. Keep a constant eye on them and take them out when the candies are melted. After removing them from the oven, use a straw to poke a hole in the top of the ornament. Let it cool fully and remove from the pan. Add the twine and hang on your tree!
4. GARLAND FROM PAINT SAMPLE CARDS
Find paint sample cards in your desired colors. Cut them in the shape of a traditional Christmas light. Take a gray piece of paper and cut it in an arch. Tape or glue it to the top to act as the connecting piece between the light and the wire. Now, tape or glue the light bulbs to the twine or string and hang it in your home for a cute piece of Christmas decor that is cheap to make and looks great with your decor!
Games are always fun when you're having a get-together, but you may not know what Christmas-themed games are out there. Have no fear! Here are four Christmas games to get you into the holly jolly Christmas spirit!
1. WHITE ELEPHANT
They open the gift and show it to everyone. This continues, but instead of opening a gift, the next person can steal someone's gift. After they take that person's gift, that person can choose to open another gift or steal form someone else. A gift can only be stolen twice before it belongs to the last person who has it! It is a fun and interesting way to exchange gifts!
2. ELF HUNT
3. A CHRISTMAS SPIN ON POPULAR GAMES
4. CHRISTMAS-THEMED TRIVIA
Have any other Christmas-themed game ideas? Leave them in the comments. If you try any of these out, take a short clip and tag me in it on Instagram or Twitter @gemusiclover!
I haven't had the pleasure of having my own children just yet, but I know that many parents struggle around Halloween to find activities to do with their children that aren't inappropriate for their age.
After all, Halloween is all about the scares, gore, and spooky creatures. I could totally understand why this would scare a child. So, as a huge fan of movies, I always think a movie night is the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit. However, watching kid cartoons can be rather boring for you.
To make it easier for my readers who are parents, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite Halloween movies that are kid- and adult-friendly as well as provide a list of movies that I think could work. You can find that list at the bottom of the page! Let's get started!
I'm a bit biased, but I love Jack Black! When Goosebumps came out in 2015, I had to get to the theater to see it. As an adult, I really enjoyed the movie. I also think that children will also enjoy this movie. It isn't too spooky and has a great twist waiting for you at the end!
PLOT: Zach Cooper has just moved from his big city lifestyle to a small town where his mother will be the principal at his new school. He meets Hannah, his neighbor. Zach becomes fearful for Hannah's safety as he notices that her father is very strict about her leaving the home.
After hearing a ton of scary sounds, Zach breaks into Hannah's house and finds original copies of R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" series. But when they open the book to check it out, they unleash Stine's imaginative monsters. Will they return the masters to their books? Watch to find out!
THE HAUNTED MANSION (2003)
Eddie Murphy provides so much comic relief in The Haunted Mansion that you'll forget that its even supposed to be spooky!
PLOT: Jim Evers is a real estate agent looking to make the big bucks. He decides to take his wife Sara and kids out for a vacation. But, because of his workaholic nature, he stops by a creepy mansion he had gotten a call about earlier.
Sara goes missing and Jim quickly learns that the creaks in the floor boards aren't the house settling, but are rather the hundreds of ghosts haunting the mansion. He and his kids go on a quest to find his wife and save the ghosts of Gracey Manor!
If you're looking for a cute animated film, Coco is one of my favorite. It really captures Latin culture and Dia de Los Muertos, which I don't believe was actually highlighted in a film like this before.
This one is certainly a throwback, but Casper is such a great kid-friendly Halloween movie. I mean, he is Casper the FRIENDLY ghost after all!
HOCUS POCUS (1993)
This Disney film has become near synonymous with Halloween, which many people cuddling up in their beds throughout the season to enjoy the movie, starring Bette Middler and Sarah Jessica Parker.
PLOT: Max and his family move to Salem, Mass. and decide to check out the Sanderson Sister's home. Max lights a candle and it awakens the sisters, who are dedicated to sucking the lives out of the children of Salem to preserve their youth.
Max, his sister Dani, and Max's friend Allison spend Halloween night trying to stop the witches with the help of Bynx, a magical cat who was once a boy! Will they triumph over the witches? Watch to find out!
OTHER MOVIE IDEAS
- The Halloweentown Series
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
- The Scooby Doo Movie
- Hotel Transylvania (one and two)
- Monsters vs. Aliens
- It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
- The Shrek Series
- The Addams Family
- Corpse Bride
- Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Harry Potter Series
I hope you enjoyed this list of kid-friendly movies that you will also enjoy as a parent. I hope you have a great weekend and spend some of the time watching these flicks!
Is it really fall if you don't watch the leaves change or drink something with pumpkin spice in it? You've likely heard something similar to this around various holidays. But, have you actually planned to do any fall activities yet?
In this blog post, I will give you a few ideas on some stereotypical fall activities you can do this weekend. I'll also try to give you a price range as well (from free, to $, to $$$), so you will be able to get a feel for the activities you can currently afford to do! Keep reading for more:
1. GO ON A HIKE | $
2. DO SOME BAKING | $
3. BINGE WATCH CREEPY THINGS ON NETFLIX | FREE
4. VISIT A CORN MAZE | $$
5. GO PUMPKIN PICKING | $$
A lot of people suggest apple picking for this time of year, but I've heard that apples are generally very wormy and kind of gross when they are picked from the farm. WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED?
If you don't want to put in a ton of work for apples you don't want to clean, find a pumpkin patch and let everyone pick out a pumpkin. You can have a family pumpkin carving contest, or you can use the guts for some of that baking we were talking about earlier!
6. GO ON A HAYRIDE | $$
7. GO TO A HAUNTED THEME PARK OR HOUSE | $$$
8. BUILD A BONFIRE | $
9. GO TO A LOCAL FOOTBALL GAME | $
10. DECORATE YOUR HOME | FREE
11. PLAN A PARTY | FREE
If you need some suggestions, check out my fall party food ideas on the "food and drink" page!
I hope you enjoyed this list of 11 things you can do this weekend that will help you and your loved ones celebrate fall! I hope you have a great weekend and will join me tomorrow to read some silly Halloween jokes you can tell this fall to get everyone into the Spooky Spirit!
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