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ALL-AMERICAN & AT-HOME

June 29, 2020

Fun Ideas for a Unique Independence Day

We may not have fireworks this year, but we can still have fun this 4th of July. These kid-friendly recipes and activities are a great way to celebrate our independence right at home with family and friends—at a safe distance, of course!

RED, WHITE, AND BLUEBERRIES

Take a break from the summer heat with these fun, fruit-filled popsicles. Making them is as easy as one, two, freeze!

Ingredients:

  • Fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Instant vanilla pudding
  • Popsicle molds (or a bread pan)
  • Popsicle sticks

Directions:

Pour the pudding into popsicle molds (or a bread pan) with chunks of fruit. Do not overfill. Add the popsicle sticks before putting in the freezer. Note: If preparing in a bread pan, use a knife to slice up the popsicles when they are ready to serve.

ALL-AMERICAN LEMONADE

When life gives us lemons during Covid-19, make lemonade! This recipe is simple to make right before a backyard barbecue.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • Berries and fresh mint leaves

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool completely. In a large pitcher, combine lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups sugar syrup, and 4 cups cold water (add remaining sugar syrup to adjust sweetness, if desired). Refrigerate until chilled. Pour into glasses with berries, fresh mint leaves, and sliced lemons and serve.

STARS AND STRIPES

Transform leftover popsicle sticks into patriotic decorations for your yard, front door, and more!

What you’ll need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Red, white, and blue craft paint
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks or Elmer’s glue
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Sequins or glitter
  • Twine or raffia

Instructions:

Divide the popsicle sticks into 3 sets and paint each set red, white, or blue. Be sure to paint the front and back of each popsicle stick. Shape 5 popsicle sticks to form a star. Make sure that you weave your sticks as you go for layered visual interest. Glue the sticks together. Cut the tissue paper into thin strips and apply to the back of each star to make streamers. Finish each star with sequin or glitter for extra patriotic flair. Use twine or raffia to hang your stars up around the house, on your front door, or use as outdoor decorations!

Cheryl's Cookies and Brownies, Holiday, Mother's Day

Four Great Ways to Make Mom’s Day!

May 8, 2020

Give her the day off by arranging play dates, fun lessons, art projects and more.

MOM LOVES TO COLOR, TOO.

We’ve gathered some advanced coloring pages that let Mom relax and get creative. Print them out and make sure you have plenty of colored pencils and fine-tip markers on hand to help Mom do her best, most beautiful work. We’ve got pages for the kids, too, so that everyone can spend time together creating their masterpieces. When you’re done, be sure to take pictures of your finished work to send to friends and family in far-flung places.

MOM TRIVIA

You know Mom’s a great teacher, but how good a student is she? Test her on these Mom-inspired trivia questions, and if she aces them all, go online to find your own trivia questions. She’ll have fun, and you’ll ALL learn something new.

What two American women were both wives of presidents AND mothers of presidents?

Barbara Bush & Abigail Adams

What food should moms never feed to babies under the age of one year?

Honey

What did Old Mother Hubbard go to the cupboard to get?

A bone for her dog.

What did the Old Woman in the Shoe give her children for dinner?

Broth and bread.

What’s the world record for number of children born to one woman?

According to Guinness World Records, a Russian peasant in the 1700s gave birth to 69 children!

What famous TV personality wore sweaters knitted for him by his mother?

Mr. Rogers

Who sang a song about a “Coat of Many Colors” her mother made for her?

Dolly Parton

CHANNEL YOUR INNER CHALK ARTIST

Sidewalk art is fun for all. Give everyone in the family a square and have a contest to see whose artwork is best (Mom can be the judge). Or sneak outside and create a “Mother’s Day Card” out of chalk on the sidewalk or driveway. When you’re finished, you can take a photo and send your “card” to Mom, Grandma, and all the women who inspire you.

MAKE A MEMORY BOOK

PowerPoint can help you make a digital memory book she’ll treasure forever. Gather favorite photos, write stories of happy memories, type in her favorite sayings, take pictures of homemade cards and drawings. Then, put them all together in one virtual place she can return to again and again.

You can either purchase a pre-designed memory book template online, or create your own by going to PowerPoint and choosing “Blank Presentation.”

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A Joyful Easter for All

April 10, 2020

Don’t let social distancing ruin your holiday. Try our creative solutions for enjoying Easter together, even if you’re spending it apart.

SEND A CARD

Sunday delivery is guaranteed when you send an e-card, and our 1-800-FLOWERS.com family offers several FREE CARDS from which to choose. Best of all, it’s super easy! Click HERE, select your card, then type in the requested information to send Easter (and Passover) greetings far and wide.

“TAKE A WILD GUESS” GAME

You know this one, but it never fails to delight.

1.  Find a jar—the bigger the better—fill it with whatever you have a lot of (jellybeans, marbles, foil-wrapped chocolate eggs, rubber bands, olives… you get the idea). Be sure to count the items as you put them in the jar. We also suggest writing the number down and taping it to the inside of the lid since it can be easy to forget!

2.  E-mail or text everyone a photo and have them submit their guess as to how many items are in the jar.

3.  E-mail a gift card to the winner or deliver a prize at a later date when you can be together again.

HOST A VIRTUAL EGG HUNT

Technology is a wonderful thing! This year, use it to host an egg hunt virtually. Determine what time and where (indoors or out), give everyone a call or send an evite, and then get it all set up.

1.  If you’re using plastic eggs, hide fun prizes or candy inside. If you weren’t able to shop for Easter-specific prizes, look around your house and think outside of the box: loose change and dollar bills make great rewards, and you can help children tally up their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters when all the eggs are found.

2.  Hide the eggs around the house or yard, but don’t conceal them so well they can’t be spotted. You’ll be leading the hunt virtually via your phone, so hunters need to be able to see them fairly easily.

3.  Gather a bag, basket or box for each egg hunter and put their name on it.

4.  At the appointed time, use your phone to Face Time the attendees, and let the hunt begin. Be sure to walk slowly panning your surroundings and giving everyone ample time to spot the eggs. Have them identify eggs by color and location (“I see the pink one on the sofa cushion!”), stop, pick up the egg, and place it in the appropriate bag or basket.

5. Once all of the eggs have been found, go through each hunter’s bag or basket, opening the eggs and letting them see the prizes inside. Promise to mail the prizes to the hunters or let them know you’ll deliver them in person when you’re able to be together again.

PAINT YOUR WINDOWS

Not only is this a fun activity for you and your family, it’s a cheery wave to friends and neighbors walking and driving by. If you already have washable tempera paint on hand, grab your brushes and get going. If not, use our recipe for homemade paint using ingredients you most likely have on hand.

In a large bowl or small bucket, stir until smooth:

1 c. all-purpose flour

1 c. water

1 c. liquid dishwashing soap

Transfer the mixture into small, individual cups or dishes, then add:

a couple of drops of gel food coloring per cup

Stir to combine.

If the weather is nice, you can paint on the outside of the window, but if you’re painting inside, don’t forget to put plastic or sheets on the floor to prevent messes. If you don’t have any paintbrushes, fingers will work in a pinch, as will pieces of sponge. When it’s time to clean windows off, simply remove paint with a sponge and warm water, then remove any smears with window cleaner and paper towels.

DECORATE EGGS TOGETHER

Email everyone our easy egg template, and have everyone decorate it in their own unique way. You can color it, paint it, glue macaroni on it, glitter it, use fabric on it…you’re only limited by your own imaginations. Once everyone has finished, you can copy them or upload photos and share with the rest of the group. You might want to print everyone’s eggs out and string them together for a decoration or award prizes for the most unusual, most inventive, most beautiful, and most colorful.

READY. SET. COLOR.

From easy to advanced, our coloring pages offer something for everyone of every age.

Simply click, print and gather up your colored pencils, crayons and markers. We love coloring because it can be a chance to enjoy quiet time or an opportunity to get everyone involved. Host a coloring contest, where everyone colors the same picture and prizes are awarded to the most creative; have everyone in the family color their favorite picture and gather them all together in a commemorative collage; or simply enjoy one another’s company while doing something other than staring at the TV.