5 Ways to Make Family Game Night More Fun

Family Game Night

Is your Family Game Night feeling a little stale? The kids aren’t that excited about it anymore? Or, do you have a hard time convincing the family to even have a Game Night? Here are 5 ideas to inject a little more fun and creativity into your family’s special evening.

1. Put on a Costume.

Why just play a game when you can play the game in a silly way? For example, if you are playing a pirate game, have everyone wear pirate hats or eye patches. If playing the Snorta animal game, wear an animal mask. Make them out of paper plates before the game begins.

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Tags: Entertaining at Home · Family Fun Ideas · Family Game Night · Friday Night Fun · Games

3 Themes for a Kid Friendly New Years Eve Party

Sometimes I think kids like New Years Eve more than adults. At least that’s what it seems like in our house. The kids get excited about staying up late, making noise, and watching the ball drop on New Years Eve. I usually want to go to bed early to recover from post-Holiday stress. However, if they are excited about it then let’s jump on their enthusiasm and celebrate.

It’s easier to plan a kid-friendly New Years Eve Party if you have a theme. Whether you celebrate with just your family or you invite some neighbors over, here are 3 easy themes and activities to keep the family occupied and laughing while you wait for midnight.

    Game Night
    Get out those new board games you got for Christmas or Hanukkah, find your old favorites in the closet or fire up the Wii for a little family competition. Definitely grab prizes like big boxes of movie theater candy, large chocolate bars, or my favorite, win coupons to get out of household chores. Click here for more ideas on planning a Family Game Night. Here are a few of my family’s favorite games that you can get from our affiliate Amazon:



    Mexican Train Dominoes

    5 Second Rule

    Family Pizza Party

    Pajama Pizza Party

    Why not have fun cooking together and sharing some laughs in the kitchen by making homemade pizza? If you have a great pizza recipe and a pizza stone, you are good to go. If not, here’s my family’s killer homemade pizza recipe. To make the evening more unique, have everyone wear their pajamas all night. Invite another family over and make it a kids/adult slumber party. Or set up a tent in the living room and the kids can watch the ball drop from inside the tent in their sleeping bags. Here are some more ideas on how to host a fun Pizza Party.

    Fancy Schmancy New Years Eve Dance Party

    Half the fun of New Year’s Eve is getting dressed up. Who loves dress up more than kids? It’s also fun to dance so why not combine these two into a Fancy Schmancy New Year’s Eve Party? Kids love watching their parents get dressed up for New Year’s Eve Parties, so let them share in the spotlight this year by dressing up in their fancy duds or their kooky dress-up clothes.

    If you are dressing up nice, think of it as a prom and decorate the room like your old high school dances with balloons and streamers on the ceiling. Or, for my daughter’s birthday party last year we had a Michael Jackson dance party. You can see how we decorated here.

    Turn the New Year’s countdown on the TV and let the kids dance along to the featured bands. Or set up an area in the house as a dance floor and spin the tunes. Create a playlist of the top dance hits of the previous year and groove those holiday feeding-frenzy calories away. Play Freeze Dance where every time you turn off the music the dancers have to freeze in their position. Get your video camera out because the video of your kids dressed up and dancing will be worth it!

Have a fun New Years Eve Party!

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Tags: Family Celebrations · Holiday Celebrations

7 Fun Kids Activities for a Fourth of July Party

Are you hosting a Fourth of July party this year? If you are planning a family reunion, a neighborhood potluck gathering, or just inviting a few friends over for some fun, here are some fun games and activities to keep the kiddos (and parents) amused. Click on the links to grab the easy instructions.

Bike Parade

When I think about the Fourth of July the first thing that comes to mind are fireworks. A close second though is a parade. So why not help the kids show off their patriotic spirit by decorating their bikes for a parade? Whether you plan to bike down to your neighborhood Fourth of July parade and want to look festive, or your kids are riding in the parade, your kids will look smashing with these printable bike decorations from MarthaStewart.com. No parade in your area? Host your own. Every summer our neighborhood used to have a block party and to kick off the party the kids would decorate their bikes and ride around in a little mock parade. It was so cute!

Flag Hunt

Notimeforflashcards.com created a great hide and seek game for the kids called Flag Hunt. Check out how easy it was to set up. You could also use coins or dollars in clear envelopes in the hunt. They do feature many of our founding fathers.

Balloon Dart Game

Roots and Wings Co came up with a great kids game for a Fourth of July Celebration – a balloon dart game! Click over to see how she made the board. You’ll definitely want some adult supervision for this game if you have little kids playing.

Rocket Toss

Parents.com had a cute idea with their Rocket Toss game. Have fun knocking down those patriotic cans. Parents, let the kids have a turn!

Cardboard tube rockets

You can’t go wrong with this cardboard tube rocket craft from AlphaMoms.com.

Star Spangled Luminarias

These Star Spangled Luminarias from Spoonful.com are easy to make and will help light up the night as the party goes into the evening.

Firecracker Tie Dye T-shirt

Your kids would need to make this the day before but I love the Firecracker Tie Dye T-shirt from the I Love to Create Blog. It looks exactly like the Bomb Pops or Firecracker Popsicles you get from the ice cream truck.

What games or activities do you have planned for your Fourth of July party this year? Which one of these ideas do you like best?

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Tags: Family Celebrations · Family Fun Ideas · Holiday Celebrations · Summer Family Activities

Fun Food Ideas for a Fourth of July Celebration

Fourth of July is next week and I hope you are planning a fun celebration. Whether you are hosting or attending a family reunion, neighborhood block party, or small celebration with the kids in the backyard, these fun food ideas will have everyone coming back for fourths.

There were a lot of Fourth of July inspired party food ideas out there but I picked these favorites for their Wow! factor as well as how easy they are to make. To see more Fourth of July party food ideas and activities, check out my Fourth of July Celebration board on Pinterest.

Makoodle.com made some fun patriotic Oreo Pops that would look cute on the table.

The Frugal Girls created some easy 4th of July dipped strawberries


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How to Plan the Perfect Father’s Day

Mother’s Day is so much easier to plan than Father’s Day. I’m not just saying that because I’m a Mom and I think it’s incredibly easy to figure out what I like.

After all, what woman doesn’t appreciate a pretty bouquet of flowers, an assortment of gourmet chocolate, a spa appointment or breakfast in bed? But when it comes to the men in our lives, it can be a lot trickier to plan that perfect day. There is no tradition around Father’s Day like Mother’s Day Brunch, which makes it easy to plan. Every Dad has different interests. I remember as a kid, whenever I would ask my Dad what he wanted for Father’s Day his answer was always “Peace and Quiet.” Well, you can’t just pick that up at the store, so we had to be more creative.

So, how to plan the perfect Father’s Day? Dad deserves a day that’s all about him. That means no obligations, no stress, and a whole lot of fun! While some Dads may want to spend the day away from their families to relax, we say, “No Way!” Let’s have fun together. (You can certainly give Dad a day off to go golfing, fishing, etc. as a gift, but if the kids want to lavish Dad with love on his special Day, definitely do things as a family.)

If you’re scratching your head planning Father’s Day activities, ask yourself what does Dad like to do? Cook, golf, play sports, watch sports, watch movies, or go on adventures? Once you narrow down his interests, think about a way the whole family can do it together. If he likes to golf, take the family to the driving range to hit some balls. If he likes to cook, plan a meal that takes all day to cook like ribs, paella, or homemade pasta. Everyone can help. If he likes adventures, take the family to see that cool new Museum exhibit or go on a long bike ride in a different part of town. If he has been dying to try that restaurant featured in Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, go out to eat.

Here are some ideas to help you plan the perfect Father’s Day.

For creative ideas on how to have fun with Dad, check out 6 Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas.

For cute gift ideas that the kids can make, see my post on Cute Homemade Father’s Day Cards to Make with the Kids, Fabulous Father’s Day Gifts to Make with the Kids, and my Father’s Day Ideas board on Pinterest.

For some fun Father’s Day inspired treats, see the Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons blog.

Finally, for a great round-up of unique Father’s Day traditions, check out TheMotherHuddle.com. I love the Father vs. Kids competition idea.

Most importantly, I’d love to hear from you. Dads, what do you want most for Father’s Day? Moms, what do you have planned for Dad’s special day?

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Tags: Family Celebrations · Traditions

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