I have a friend who is an interior decorator and always has an immaculately decorated dining room table, even if no one is planning on eating at that table.
So, I had the bright idea that I should too. The only problem . . . when I tried to decorate my table, it looked like an experiment at Party City had gone terribly wrong. I'm quite sure my decorator friend doesn't shop at Party City to make her decorating choices, but I went to law school and had a career in non-profit fundraising . . . I don't know any better.
In my blissful decorating ignorance I have embraced my inner Truvy Jones (you know, Dolly Parton's character in Steel Magnolias), and beginning with Easter, for as long as my husband will put up with it, I'm decorating my dining room table to look as though there is a party coming any minute. Even my kids keep asking, mommy, are we eating there today?! Currently it looks like a beach party will arrive momentarily - all we need are some BBQ ribs and Margaritas. Enjoy the photo of my own private Margaritaville. Oh, and those black dots are ants on the picnic table! I got a little carried away at Oriental Trading.
Part II of this party atmosphere - Lawn Ornaments! Right now there is a Flamingo. There used to be two flamingos, but one of them has mysteriously disappeared.
By the way, any of you who know my husband, please do not tell him about my need for a "crazy creativity" budget. We'll wait to see if he notices that the Michaels and Oriental Trading charges are mysteriously increasing even though the children's birthdays are months away.
Following are "recipes" for holiday fun with your kids (or at their expense, as you'll see with St. Patrick's Day and April Fools). I've also added websites and resources that have made my creative insanity possible (no, none of them have paid me or asked me to mention them here - and after seeing the title of my blog, they may asked to be removed). :) I'm always open to new sites and suggestions, so please post what you've learned as well.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Recipe
1) Take 5 kids under the age of 8
2) Bake sugar cookies and give them Black and White icing to decorate with (sometimes the cookies, sometimes each other)
3) Give them an art project where they create designs with both black and white paper (and wait for the art project to be complete within 14 seconds)
4) Read Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport (and allow for the reading to take 4 times as long because throughout the book each child wants to tell you what they learned at school about Martin Luther King Jr.)
5) Sprinkle in a hula hoop contest and 60's music (and prepare to be sore for 3 days when your abs have more of a workout than they've seen in years).
Sit back and enjoy the memory you've just created. If all this activity only takes you two hours total, it's ok. You now have a free pass to allow the children to watch TV while you and your best friend enjoy some margaritas. I'm sure the the History channel will have something good on.
Resources for MLK Jr. Day
Martin's Big Words, by Doreen Rappaport