Family Making A Toast

Year on year, all around the world, we celebrate the same national holidays no matter the circumstances. Through the years, we have become accustomed to the same type of celebration and always automatically have our ‘go-to’ traditional rituals that we opt to do with our family or friends.

Ideas To Make The Most Out Of National Holidays

It is only human to start to get bored of carrying out the same celebrations every year. So, if you’re seeking some inspiration for unique activities to celebrate your favourite national holidays, keep reading!

Christmas

Christmas is all about spending time with those who mean the most to you, and although it may seem a long way off, it’s never too early to start preparations. A new craze that every year more families are adopting is spending Christmas on the beach on holiday. Gone are the days where it is thought that you must spend Christmas Day sat around the family dinner table at home or at a relative or close friends house. Why not ditch the traditions and jet off abroad to a warmer country?

If you opt for this option, planning will have to start early, in fact, round about this time of year. Demand for cheap holiday packages for the weeks surrounding Christmas is annually increasing, so to get the best deal, plan in advance. Recommended countries that are warm all year round and come at a cost-effective price are places such as Lanzarote, Tenerife, Barbados, or if you really wanted to go all out, Australia.

When it comes to gifts, it can become trickier each year to think of a present that is both meaningful and will be used rather than hid away in a drawer. Creating handmade gifts are a great solution to this issue, more care and thought will be put into the final result. You could even arrange a treasure hunt where you send off the lucky person to track down all of their handmade gifts.

Snowmen Made From Sand On the Beach

Halloween

We know that Halloween is all about being the scariest possible and recreating the goriest and most ghoulish outfit you can imagine, but the problem with this is that there are, in fact, minimal costume options. Apart from dressing as a witch, cat, skeleton or a zombified version of your favourite character, what other choices are there? Why not as opposed to scary, go for a funny character theme? Encourage your guests to go for the weirdest, most random costumes. Think outside of the box; you could even go for a cartoon television character.

On the other hand, for others, their favourite part of Halloween is the scary themes. Instead of going for the traditional celebrations, why not attend a murder mystery evening with a group of friends. You will be given the opportunity to be a detective for the night and solve the most brutal murder mysteries set back in the 50’s.

New Year

New Year is the time of the year where everyone lets their hair down and enjoys bringing in the new year along with new opportunities, wondering whats to come. Instead of a party, you could hold an elaborate dinner party with a personal theme which all aspects of the evening will be based on. Food, drinks, music and even outfits will be based on your set theme. You could even consider hiring a themed photo booth. For an extra touch, you could even set up a DIY cocktail bar where your guests have the chance to be their very own bartender and create cocktails to their taste. For some inspiration, take a look at this guide on how to make the most popular cocktails from the comfort of your home.

There is a whole host of weird ways that people from across the globe celebrate New Year, from eating 12 grapes at midnight and dressing up as bears. Want to find out more? Take a look at this Evening Standard article we found!

Cocktails

Easter

Although Easter has recently been and gone, we have a couple of great ideas to keep in mind for next year to make Easter special for the younger celebrators. In the weeks leading up to Easter, just like the popular ‘Elf On The Shelf’ craze that has been evergrowing the last couple of years, a great idea is for the Easter Bunny to ‘move in’. Most craft shops sell small ‘fairy doors’ which can be decorated and attached to the bottom of a tree trunk in your garden. If you don’t have a large tree in your garden or do not have a garden, then not to worry, the same concept could be added on top of a skirting board in your home. Here you could introduce the idea of the Easter Bunny ‘moving in’ and living instead of the small door. Each day there will be a small treat waiting outside of the door for your child.

When Easter Sunday eventually arrives, you could put a twist on your egg hunt and make it a little more time-consuming. A regular occurrence is that parents set up a huge egg hunt for their loved ones and it is over within minutes, and the children are preoccupied with their chocolate. Instead of an egg being hidden in each spot, it could instead be puzzle pieces. Once all the puzzle pieces have been located, the complete puzzle will give the final clue of where a huge stash of surprises are hidden.

Mother’s and Father’s Day

Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are less about spending a fortune and more about coming up with meaningful, sentimental gifts. What can be more treasured than creating a memory jar filled with all of your favourite memories you can keep forever. Mason jars can be picked up from most different home decor retailers or supermarkets, which can be decorated with ribbons and will hold all of the personal memories.

Flowers In A Mason Jar

Summary

Thinking outside the most of one of the most fun ways to celebrate national holidays, whether it goes swimmingly well or terribly wrong, it will be remembered for a long time. Plan in advance so you can prepare yourself and get your hands on any materials or decorations you need to make your celebration the best possible and get your family or friends involved. National holidays give you the perfect opportunity to spend time with your loved ones, so make the most out of it!

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