Create a Summer Art Adventure The Entire Family Will Enjoy!

Summer is finally here, yay!, and that means that there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house and explore your local art scene. If you’re like me, you are always trying to find an activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family and won’t break the bank. Luckily most cities tend to host some pretty great festivals, concerts, and family fun days that can fill the bill, but I always like to mix it up a little and create some fun activities on my own. So if you are looking for some fun family art adventures to try, check out my list below!

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Local Art Scavenger Hunt

I love a good scavenger hunt! They are a great way to explore your local community and engage in a little friendly competition with family and friends! A local art scavenger hunt is a great way to test your knowledge on public art pieces in your city, and may lead to a discover of art works that you may not have known about.

To get started, create a list of well known art pieces in your city, as well as some that may be a little off the beaten path. You can hold your scavenger hunt in a particular area/ neighborhood making most clues within walking distance or you can choose to branch out. Come up with clues for each art work and don’t be afraid to get creative! When its over, you will not only have discovered the many cool art works that your community has to offer, you will have also had created some great moments with family and friends!

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Host a Neighborhood Film Festival

Film festivals are great ways to become exposed to movies and documentaries that may not be showing  in mainstream theaters. They are also a wonderful way to delve into your inner film fan and share films from your favorite genre, actor/ actress, or movie series with your local community.  Hosting a neighborhood film festival is a great way to share your love of cinema and engage with your neighbors.

To find the right venue, you may not have to look any further than your own backyard. Watching movies outdoors is the perfect summer activity and it isn’t very difficult to pull off. All you need is a nicely sized front or back yard, a projector, speakers, and an outdoor screen.  For help with how to diy an outdoor theater check out Google or Pinterest for some great ideas!

If hosting at home isn’t an option, see if you can partner with a local community center or community clubhouse. Often, they will even have a room that can be used as a theater so that you will not have to provide your own equipment.

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Throw an Arty Party!

Summer and parties go together like iced tea and lemonade! You just shouldn’t go through the summer without hosting at least one great get together with family and friends, and an Arty Party is a great way to do it.  An Arty Party can be whatever you want it to be. Just break out the art and craft supplies, put on some good music, have your guests bring an art inspired dish, and go at it! There are so many great ideas for fun art activities that kids will love, and Pinterest is one of my favorite places to find them. Of course for the 21 and older crowd, try mixing it up by having wine/ craft beer tastings and pairings.  You can also play art inspired games like charades or pictionary, or get a little messy by having a water color balloon battle. Just put a drop of food coloring in the balloons before filling with water!

So this year make the most of your summer and get adventurous!  Try out a couple of these activities with your crew or create some of your own!

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Fun Father’s Day Pennant Banner DIY

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Father’s Day is this Sunday and we created a fun pennant banner to celebrate! This fun diy project will have you ready to celebrate Dad’s big day in no time! Before you start, be sure to download our #1 DAD pennant banner below. Each PDF contains a # sign, the number 1, and the letters A and D.

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After printing the PDF files, cut out the pennant flags and punch a hole on each side using a hole punch.

Next you will use either string, yarn, or ribbon to attach each flag to the banner. There is a technique to looping the flags on your string so that it remains hidden and your letters appear in the correct order.

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First, when adding your pennant flags to the banner, always start with the last word or symbol n your message. For instance, I started with the letter D in the #1 DAD banner.

Second, to make it so your string runs behind your banner and not in front; start your string on the second punched hole on the pennant flag,and push it behind the flag to the the first hole.

Once you have strung all your letters tie a knot at each end of the banner and find a place to hang it.  Dad’s gonna love it!

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9 Tips for Throwing an Epic Grad Bash!

Graduation season is here and there is no better way to celebrate your loved one’s achievements than by throwing them an epic party! Our brother graduates from Howard University next and our family has already started planning for his graduation. If the thought of planning an epic grad party breaks you into a cold sweat, no worries! We have compiled a list nine tips to make your party planning fun and worry free!

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Tip #1

Start planning…Early!

I can’t advise this enough. Nothing will stress you out more than trying to plan something at the last minute. No matter the scale of the party you should give yourself at least 1 month’s time to get everything arranged. Now of course the bigger/ fancier the bash, the more planning that is needed.  When planning, some of the first decisions that you will need to make are when, where, and how the party will happen. Which leads us into tip #2…….

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Tip #2

Pick a theme

Now I love a theme, but I realize that everyone doesn’t share my enthusiasm. If themed parties aren’t for you or your grad, then the theme of Class of 2017 is entirely appropriate. If you do decide to get a little creative, have a brainstorming session and find a theme that works for you and your grad. There are really no limits to this. It can be a taco themed grad bash, pool party, beach party, backyard BBQ, game night… the sky is truly the limit! Whatever you choose just be sure to have fun with it!

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Tip #3

Set a budget..(and try to stick with it)

I find budgets to be the least fun part of party planning, but probably the most necessary. We all want to be able to show our friends and fam the time of their lives, but you shouldn’t max out an account to do so. When determining your budget you’ll need to decide how many people you want to invite, where the party will be held, what kind of food will be served, what your decor will be, ect. This is where knowing your party theme will be helpful, especially when it comes to food and decor.

If you are trying to find a way to cut costs don’t forget about Dollar Stores! They have a great selection of grad decor this time of year and you can usually get it for around a buck. Target is also a great place to shop, especially their seasonal aisle. Everything there is usually $5 or less and always on trend!

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Tip #4

Make Your Reservations

The fun thing about graduations is that they involve large groups of people…which can also be a stresser. This is particularly true if your party requires any kind of reservation, i.e. restaurant, hotel, caterer, party rentals, the list goes on. If you will be needing any of these items place your reservations, early. Chances are you aren’t the only person who will be celebrating a graduation on that date and if you wait, you may end up spending more $$ or find everything to be booked (sadface).

 

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Tip #5

Gather Your Team

Teamwork makes the dream work. It is nearly impossible to have a successful event without enlisting the help of others. No matter the scale of your party, you should not try to undergo it alone. Don’t hesitate to ask friends and family to pitch in and help with the cooking, set up, break down, whatever you need. While this party is a celebration for your grad, it is also a celebration of all the work and love that you provided to get them to where they are! Make sure that the party is one that you can enjoy too!

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Tip #6

Start Shopping!

I always recommend to start your shopping early for a party. Depending on the event I may start buying items months in advance. Now you may not need start buying things in Feb. for a May graduation, but you also shouldn’t wait until the days before either. Things like party decor, can always be bought in advance. Certain groceries like meat, frozen items, and non perishables can be too. Shopping early can save you money and time, and lessens the chance that you will forget to purchase a necessary item.

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Tip #7

Start Prepping

As any good chef knows, prepping is key! Same for party planning. The more you get done ahead of time, the happier you’ll be. If any of your decor needs to be assembled, try to knock that out the weekend before. If you can set up the house the night before, get it done. Any cooking that can be done ahead of time, will save you so much time and energy the day of the party. This is where your dream team can come in too! Make use of all the extra help you can get!

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Tip #8

Make a list and check it twice!

Never underestimate the power of a list. I always make a last minute list of things that need to be done the day before the party and the day of. This can include food pickup, guest pickup, food prep, ect. Usually on the day of a party I still have to pickup cake and balloons and that is always something I have written down somewhere so that I don’t get too busy and forget. Don’t be shy about delegating tasks to others either. If your husband can pick up the cake while you set up the house, let him do it! Don’t overwork yourself.

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Tip #9

Have Fun!!!

This is probably the most important tip of them all. You don’t want to turn into a Gradzilla throughout the planning process and lose sight of what this day is truly about. It’s a celebration and you should have fun and celebrate! If something gets forgotten or doesn’t work out the way you planned, don’t let that ruin the day. As long as your grad has a great time, the guests are happy, and you are having fun, then the party was an an EPIC success!!!