Camping at Home

Next month is the celebration of our country’s independence again. I can already hear the sound of Disneyland’s spectacular fireworks show for the grand occasion.

While many are typically accustomed to going out of town for the weekend, these days many are more inclined to celebrate at home in the backyard. It’s more relaxing and economical to invite a few friends over for some afternoon gossip and barbecue. Set up some tables with disposable plastic table covers so the kids have a chance to unleash their creative side with some fun patriotic projects. I can guarantee some pretty snazzy flags by the end of the day.

Use 4th of July themed plates and napkins to add color and a festive touch to almost any outdoor event. If you and yours can’t go for that annual camping trip this year, let camping come to you. Pitch the tent and have an outdoor slumber party in the backyard. The kids will love it. :-)

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National Anthem Celebration

Was it just me or was Carrie Underwood’s performance at the Super Bowl last weekend, amazing? Her interpretation of “The Star Spangled Banner” sent chills up my spine.

The national anthem is  our country’s theme song, per se. My sister, who tends to be overly jolly and cheerful, used to run around singing it randomly. It’s one of those songs that makes you just start singing along, full of inspiration and gusto.

March 3 is National Anthem Day. So clear your throat, grab a mic and belt one out for the good old U.S. of A! Oh, and don’t forget to surround your celebration with Patriotic tableware! :-)

Presidents Day, Patriotic Tributes

I remember loving the month of February in elementary school (through high school) because we had quite a few days off. Presidents Day was awesome! I also remember the school programs the teacher would put together. A few people would be selected to play the parts  of various U.S. presidents like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and they would recite famous speeches as the rest of the class sang various patriotic songs.

We have just introduced a couple new Patriotic themed party designs that would coordinate perfectly with any Presidents Day celebration. Don’t hesitate to add color and memories to your child or student’s school celebrations this year. :-D

Besides, you can recycle the leftovers for 4th of July!

Celebrate Veterans Day

Veterans Day is next week! Although a 3-day weekend to sleep in sounds amazing, it is important to understand the reason our country has marked this day as a national holiday. President Wilson proclaimed November 11 a holiday with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

That said, I definitely suggest you look up your community’s plans for celebration. These usually take place in the form of parades, ceremonies and/or military tribute exhibits. After the celebrations, invite friends and family over for a potluck style barbeque. Don’t forget to dress up your meal with Patriotic Party Supplies!

September 11

The first day of school is only a week away for many students, and the following week marks the 8th anniversary of one of the United States’ most tragic incidents. It is the fateful day on which a horrible act of terrorism took the lives of many individuals—innocent civilians and terrorist subjects who may not have known any better.

The point is that this day especially, requires a moment of silence for all of those brave civilians, firefighters and paramedics that put their lives at risk to save others. It is a wonderful opportunity for elementary, junior high and high school teachers to teach and remind students about the occurrences of that day.

A tip for elementary school teachers: add a twist to a lesson focusing on careers by having students write thank you letters to those individuals who risk their lives for the public safety’s everyday.

Finish off the lesson with treats served on patriotic party supplies.

Welcome Them & Independence Day

A number of customers have approached us regarding “Welcome Home” celebrations they are planning for husbands, sons, daughters and loved ones serving our country. No matter what position they may hold in the military, it’s important not to let occasions like that go by without at least a special dinner.

I just finished cleaning up all the cheesy e-mail forwards that I’ve received throughout the course of the last few days. I always wonder who starts these forwards because some of these people really lay it on thick. The subject line may as well be begging for a tear or two from each reader. Regardless, I came across one that always makes me think a little. The gist of the e-mail, which I’m sure you’ve read countless times, is to not leave what you can do today for tomorrow because you might not make it. Then it goes on to provide a whole list of tragic stories that may or may not have happened. The message may be a little cliché, but it definitely has holds some truth.

Our Independence Day holiday is just around the corner and some of our troops are scheduled to join us. Make sure and receive them with at least a piece of chicken on the grill, perhaps some fruit-kabobs or their favorite snacks. Don’t let them go home without knowing how much you love and appreciate the work they do for our country.

In all cheesiness, don’t make it a schedule of shoulds and maybes. Welcome those uniforms and celebrate our country. Dress up the day with 4th of July Party Supplies!

Flag Day

My memories of elementary school are nothing but carefree snippets of amazing recess trends, Hot Cheetos-addictions and dorky class projects. The funny thing is that at that exact moment in time, we all felt like we were so grown-up and sophisticated. My paper bag Indian vest for the Thanksgiving party in 1st grade ruled and don’t even get me started on my career bear. Over dinner yesterday evening, a friend asked how my baby brother was doing. As we started talking about his latest Kindergarten fiascos, we all agreed that we wouldn’t mind being that age again. When you get a taste of the real world, 3 pages of homework, kickball and cookies sounds like heaven.

I was just looking at the calendar and I realized that Flag Day is almost a couple of days away. I burst out laughing when I remembered the Flag Day program we would put on in elementary school every year. The girl that wore the Statue of Liberty costume would walk across the stage as if she really had a torch in her hand and Yankee Doodle eerily came alive and tripped half way across the stage while 20 of us would wave plastic flags in the background.

Although these memories only make me realize how silly and fun it is to be a kid, I can also see that these hilarious shows really did teach us about patriotism and being grateful for our freedoms. America has come a long way and although we’re going through a rough patch right now, things could be worse. There are places that dictate how many children you can have and what media content can air on your TV.

This year, take a moment to reflect on the positives and negatives of being an American. Many schools put on festive programs in honor of the flag during this time and I’m sure teachers would be very appreciative of Flags and patriotic decorations. When some teachers take money out of their own pocket to incorporate participation and lessons in spite of their low salaries, I’m sure any parent donations would help. :-D

Remembering Memorial Day

Contrary to popular belief, Memorial Day is not just the day the community swimming pool re-opens for the summer or that weekend set aside “by God” for camping and barbecuing. In fact, Memorial Day is the national holiday taken to observe and remember those who have died to serve our country.

Whether or not someone close to you has died on duty for our country, it goes without saying that any one of those men/women could have been your brother, sister, father, mother, grandfather or dear friend. If perhaps you choose to perceive you are genealogically-orphaned, than take into consideration that most every freedom granted to you under your country’s constitution has been the result of the fight of those we remember on May 25, 2009.

Although barbeques are the most popular way to spend the day celebrating with friends and family, it is possible to break-up the three day weekend for some charitable opportunities. A great way to spend an afternoon out of the holiday weekend is baking patriotically themed treats and delights. Cupcakes and cookies decorated with flags, stars, camouflage prints or military hats would look adorable in a bake sale with all funds raised going towards a local charity or to be used to purchase thank you gift baskets for a group of active officials.

To add pizzazz and appeal to the tables, embellish Patriotic Serving Trays/Platters with the baked goods or special treats. It will remind your customers of the cause and make your “work space” more decorative at the same time!

No matter how you commemorate our soldiers this year, make sure to spend time with friends, family and loved ones.

Fourth Of July Fun

Before you know it, hot dogs will be grilling, fireworks will be exploding, and the US will celebrate another birthday.  Independence Day is a celebration of freedom, of forward thinking, and of home.

A Fourth of July fireworks display at the Wash...

A Fourth of July fireworks display at the Washington Monument. Location: WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DC) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Independence Day is celebrated in a variety of ways.  Taking advantage of some time off from work to do fun activities with a group is usually the goal most people have in mind. Planning ahead can make the day more relaxing and more organized for everyone!

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