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Family Fun in the Sun: How to Celebrate the First Day of Summer

June 18, 2014

Like a long awaited friend, the summer season has returned with the first official day on June 21st!

This year’s first day of summer falls on a Saturday, which means an extra sweet celebration is in order! Kick off the season with a day full of fun in the sun with these family-friendly ideas for celebrating.

8 Sweet Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Summer:

summer-bbq-cookiesInvite the neighbors over for a cookout. Heat up the grill and throw some juicy steaks and burgers on for the occasion!

Plant a summer seed. Celebrate the birth of a new season by planting a seed! This is a great family activity the kids have most likely never experienced, and will teach them about the cycle of life and growth as the seedling turns into a beautiful plant or tree.

Have a first-day-of-summer campfire. Gather some firewood and invite the neighbors for a celebration filled with fresh air, relaxation, and s’mores! Before you party, be sure to check out for your summer campfire party essentials and recipes!

Make shirts for the summer. From cut out to tie dye, there are countless ways to DIY your own summer shirts. Grab a variety of plain shirts in different sizes and colors at your local craft shop and throw a shirt party! We recommend making a few beforehand as inspiration for your guests.

It may be Saturday, but have a sundae party! Set up an ice cream bar with all the necessary accoutrements – several flavors of ice cream, a generous variety of toppings, and enough bowls and spoons to go around. Alternatively, if you have an extra long bowl ready, you can create your own extra-large sharing sundae for everyone to dig in and share!

summer-beach-cookiesChill out with a pool party. Invite friends and neighbors over for a relaxing and cool day in the pool! If you don’t have your own pool, consider organizing an event at a local hotel, youth club, or water park. Call ahead of time and see if you can reserve a spot for your party.

Organize an outdoor game night. Put a fun summer twist on game night by hosting it outdoors! From cards to board games, there’s no shortage of options for family-friend games. If the night promises to be extra windy, you may want to consider having several paperweights to hand out.

Have fondue fun in the sun. While fondue is always fun, the summer heat can sure make it difficult to party with chocolate. That’s why we’ve come up with the perfect alternative: icing fondue! Learn how to set up your own icing fondue set up here.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide: Gifts for Every Dad

May 30, 2013
Golf-Themed Father's Day Gifts

Whether your dad’s a handyman, a top chef or a sports fanatic, no one wears as many hats as he does. So this Father’s Day, let Pops sit back and enjoy the holiday in his own way! Don’t get him just any gift; treat him to something that he can not only devour, but also use for his favorite relaxing hobbies. Here are some practical and delicious Father’s Day gifts for every kind of dad!

For the Dad Who Loves to Play Golf

Golf-Themed Father's Day GiftsAfter a long week at the office, there’s nothing quite like heading out to the golf course to recharge Dad’s batteries. If teeing off is your father’s favorite way of loosening up, surprise him with a golf-themed gift he can use every time he feels like hitting a few rounds.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas:

For the Dad Who Loves Spending Time Outdoors

Outdoors-Themed Father's Day GiftsFrom fishing, to barbecuing, to cheering on his favorite sports team at the stadium, your dad looks forward to doing anything that lets him breathe in the fresh air of the great outdoors. Give him a present that he can take anywhere he goes, whether it’s on a boat or in the stands.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas:

For the Dad Who Loves Fixing Things

Tool-Themed Father's Day GiftsNo leaky faucet is a match for this Mr. Fix-It! If your dad’s idea of weekend fun is hunting for new repairs to make around the house, then stock up his tool shed with a few new accessories, like a bucket for his collection of nuts and bolts, or a pail to organize his hammers and screwdrivers.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas:

For the Dad Who Loves Reading Comic Books

Superhero-Themed Father's Day GiftsPOW! Nothing re-energizes Dad more than putting up his feet and flipping through his stacks of vintage comic books. Help him indulge his passion—and show him what a super-dad he really is—with colorful hero-themed treats that he can munch on whenever he reads his favorite comics.

What’s your dad’s favorite way to wind down, and what kinds of hobby-related gifts will you give him this Father’s Day?