Being a great mom isn’t as much about face time as fun time. Creating family rituals and celebrations is a big part of the happy home equation.
For a while I tried to milk the major holidays for all they were worth. Halloween began a month early with a trip to Target for decorations, then decorating was a party in itself, and finally we had a Halloween party for the neighbors – all before the big day arrived. We milked the new seasons (winter, spring…) the same way but then I discovered more obscure holidays to celebrate, the ones that might just make your kid call you “The most fun mom on the block!”
This week we milked National Donut Day.
If you missed donut day, don’t fret. There are plenty more.
But first, the scoop on how to milk a national food holiday:
1. The Announcement
Between one week and a day in advance (based on age of your child) excitedly announce that on XYZ day you will celebrate National ____ Day!
Scope out the best ____ shop in your city. The dumpier the better.
3. The Celebration
Head to your top spot, take photos as you would any other special holiday, and indulge. Or, bake from scratch and create an at-home thematic celebration.
Here is a list of National “Holidays” to earn you the “Fun Mom” title through 2013:
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Happy Donut Day 2 of 11Here is where we celebrated - the dive, I mean "the best" donut shop in Santa Monica.
International Picnic Day: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 3 of 11The setting likely doesn't matter as much to your kids. To get the most fun out of this one, you might want to set up shop on your front lawn. if your children are young, this idea will delight them. If they are teens, they might run for cover!
National French Fries Day: Saturday, July 13, 2013 4 of 11Every city has a best french fries spot. Make it your mission to find yours. Or if you have some time on your hands, make two stops and do a "family taste test."
National Lollipop Day: Saturday, July 20, 2013 5 of 11Every kid loves a lollipop. Ideally you will have time to bring them to the candy store to choose their own. If not, buy an assortment and create a lollipop grab bag.
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day: Friday, August 2, 2013 6 of 11Here is a great recipe to make your own or scope out a local ice cream shop that serves ice cream sandwiches.
National Grilled Cheese Day: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 7 of 11What better time to indulge in comfort food! Make it a grilled cheese for dinner night. Add some tomato soup and you have a winning meal.
National Pancake Day: Thursday, September 26, 2013 8 of 11My husband has mastered the art of monogrammed pancakes - by adding a letter in the pan first and then pouring in the rest of the batter on top so that the letter, which has cooked longer, remains darker than the rest of the pancake. IHOP or your local pancake shop would be fun too. A great excuse for "Brinner" - Breakfast for dinner.
National Angel Foodcake Day: Thursday, October 10, 2013 9 of 11This is a great one to bake with the kiddos. One equipment requirement - a tube pan. Then you can bake from scratch or use a mix which guarantees a beautiful outcome. Serve it with whip cream and berries.
National Nachos Day: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 10 of 11Kids can help prepare these or better yet, head to your favorite Mexican spot. Either way, you can turn it into a family fiesta!
National Brownies Day: Sunday, December 8, 2013 11 of 11You could purchase these but why not make your own! Kids will love baking with you and you have two options - from scratch or the mix. Yum.