For a list of locations visit photobooths(dot)net
Did you know that there is actually a website dedicated to letting people know where the photo booths are located all around the world? Well, there is, and that makes for a perfect ThemeTrip activity! Check the closest photo booth near you and arm yourselves with all the accessories you can find. Funny glasses, goofy hats, fake mustaches, custom signs, crazy clothes, and, of course, a fun attitude. This can be a great date idea, something to do with the kids, and some teens may even enjoy this activity with their friends. Set up a few poses with lots of props or just wing it.
For a list of locations visit photobooths(dot)net
New York is is one of the busiest places in the world on New Year's Eve. Cameras and news crews gather around Time Square to celebrate a new year's arrival. Tuning in virtually allows you to people watch as the crowds gather (no, you cannot see complete faces), see the action, hear the traffic sounds, and watch the ball drop right from your computer! Yes, I know they usually have it on TV, but this way you see it from a different angle as the crowds are gathering and the energy is building. Your virtual tour of Times Square in New York City does not have to be only on New Year's Eve, it can actually be anytime of the year. As I sat watching it while writing this up, I was able to count 6 Santas walking by, one Smurf, a Statue of Liberty dancer, and two firetrucks passing by. If nothing else, it makes you happy you are out of the cold and the traffic!
To view Times Square go to the EarthCam(dot)com and direct it to Times Square.
Nothing can be quite as adrenaline rushing as bidding on an item at a live auction. Hearing the booming voice scream "SOLD!" as the gavel hits the desk. Be careful, though, since you might get caught up in the auction and find yourself going home with a crazy old lamp that you would never want to display. A live auction can be a fun family activity or even a unique date idea. Sometimes they even serve some great hot dogs from the cart while you are watching the auction. Check your local listings and see when the next auction is happening. An estate auction is listed? Well, you never know what you will find there. I have been to many auctions from schools, to repossessions, and even a consignment auction and all had their own character, but were fun to watch even if I did not buy anything.
There is a website called Auctionzip that has a list of upcoming auctions based on zip codes.
Now, this sounds like a Merry, good time! Well, you have probably heard of Comic-Con but have you ever heard of SantaCon? This is just a fun-loving, get-together bar crawl that is in 41 countries to date and in 277 locations around the world. Each location has its own feel, but all have the same thing in common, you dress up like Santa!
According to the Santacon website, you must assume that the event you are going to is adult-only unless specifically stated on the site map. You also must address everyone at the event as Santa and have a jolly ho-ho-ho in response. You do not have to dress up exactly as Santa, but rather your costume can be open to interpretation. Seriously, this sounds awesome!
Tea parties can be both formal and informal. A lovely tea would be a great mother-daughter bonding afternoon to catch up on each others latest activities as well as a chance to invite your daughter's friends to get to know them better. The formal tea has very long roots in English tradition. In the 18th century, it was custom for high society ladies to accept callers with a morning tea. Coffeehouses in this time period were strictly off limits to ladies, so they met in their bedchambers to serve tea to their callers. While drinking tea is credited to Catharine of Braganza, for bringing the fashion of the serving tea into a social event, it has varying roots based on culture and serving styles. An informal tea can be during morning hours, an afternoon tea is usually served between 4pm-6pm, and a high tea is served between 5pm-7pm. Choose whether you want your tea to be an indoor gathering event or a garden party.
Afternoon to Remember is a lovely website about all things tea, and even talks in depth about proper tea etiquette. According to their website "it is said that the afternoon tea tradition was established by Anne, Duchess of Bedford. She requested that light sandwiches be brought to her in the late afternoon because she had a “sinking feeling” during that time because of the long gap between meals. She began to invite others to join her and thus became the tradition".
So, for your tea time, choose which type of tea tradition you will be serving. Sending out a formal invitation can add to the elegance and can certainly just be sent to your daughter requesting her presence at a formal tea. There are many companies that specialize in selling tea cups and you do not have to have your tea cups match, in fact, it can be more of a conversation starter to have different tea cups from which to choose. If you like to garage sale hop, this is perfect way to find adorable, and non matching tea cups with saucers. Serving finger-sized sandwiches, small pastries, and scones with clumped cream and lemon curd adds a nice touch. You can choose to make your tea informal or go all out with high fashion hats and tea dresses.
Cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches:
1 loaf white bread
1/2 cup cream cheese (Depending on the palette of your guests you can use a chive cream cheese) You can always use unsalted butter as well.
1 thinly sliced English Cucumbers (less seeds)
salt and pepper according to taste
Spread the cream cheese evenly with cream cheese, cover one side with cucumber slices, salt and pepper to taste, put together and cut crust, then cut twice diagonally to create a triangle.
Optional ingredients for your tea sandwiches:
turkey- raspberry cream cheese
cheese- use a little mayo and then your choice of cheese
peanut butter and jelly- confirm no guest have allergies to peanut butter
Peanut butter and banana
brie and finely sliced apples
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