It’s hard to believe that June is upon us already — and with it, a season of summer celebrations from graduations to Father’s Day to birthdays. While summer festivities normally consist of gatherings and family events, as with everything these past few months, our commemorations will look different than years past. But these are still special milestones to recognize, and with some creativity and planning, you can pull off a celebration to remember.
The most important aspect to throwing a meaningful celebration is to make it specific to the person you are celebrating. If they have a special interest, passion, or personality quirk, include it in the merriment!
We’ve included thematic ideas to do online, offline, and in-person depending on your circumstance. The best celebrations highlight moments — great and small — and connect us to each other. We offer these suggestions in hopes that they help spark your own ideas for honoring the people you love!
1. Host a Festive Bake-off
Invite friends and family to bake a celebration-themed treat. Set up a video party, share your baked goods, and toast your loved one! For graduates, check out these graduation cap cookies or this wonderful YAY for you cake! Collect all of the recipes into a personalized family cookbook!
2. Create a Collective Story-Telling Event and Memory Album
Create a collective family story-telling event! Invite family and friends to contribute a story, poem, or special memory to tell/read. (It is helpful to provide a list of prompts!) Host a video call to share them together. Then compile the materials into a simple scrapbook or design and print it using a self-publishing platform like Blurb to create a treasured keepsake.
3. Create a Commemorative (Live) Music Video
Create a personalized music video! Does your grad or dad have a favorite song? Invite family and friends to video themselves dancing or singing to it. Splice it together into one grand musical tribute! Gather everyone together on a video call for an online sing-along!
4. Say it with Street Art
If you can’t say it in person, say it with street art! Write messages, draw colorful cakes, and create a chalk masterpiece to celebrate your special person! Here are some cheerful tips for making chalk art from expert Tracy Lee Stum!
5. Go Forth and Game Day
Whether for father’s day or for birthday, getting the whole family involved in a friendly game is a great way to spend time together. For indoor fun, consider puzzles, board games, Pictionary or charades (both of which are fun to play on video conference calls. Pro tip: Zoom has a whiteboard feature if you click “share screen” for serious Pictionary fans!) If you have access to outdoor space, create a hopscotch board or design a scavenger hunt with prizes. And for a socially distanced sport, get out the badminton rackets!
6. Invite Delight with a Drive-through Parade
A great way to see friends and family while keeping distance is to organize a drive-through parade! Invite loved ones to line up and drive by your house (with signs and well wishes) at an appointed hour. The honking of horns is encouraged! Graduates can wear their caps and gowns! Dad can stay in his pajamas! Make this an event to remember!
7. Give the Gift of Making
Another way to celebrate the loved ones in our lives is to give a thoughtful gift — perhaps something that stokes a current passion or maybe even a new interest. KiwiCo has the perfect gift of hands-on fun and creativity for recipients of all ages — from the preschool or elementary school graduate to the middle schooler, high schooler (and even Dad!), and anyone in between.
For a special gift that keeps on giving, consider a subscription to any of our lines. We also have crates that are available exclusively in our e-commerce store to suit every age and interest, from a project to make your own journals out of handmade paper to all you need for a giant slime party to projects for future chemists young and old(er) to much, much more.
No matter what the occasion or event, KiwiCo has seriously fun crates that will keep your kids (and the whole family) excited and learning!