Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, it’s honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’s a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.
From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. Give this iconic book that has become a keepsake tradition to a special graduate this year, or anyone starting a new phase in their life.
Remember that very first school milestone for years to come. Place a 4×6-inch photo of your 2020 preschool or kindergarten graduate in this fun ceramic picture frame decorated with whimsical illustrations of school supplies. Treasure the sweet moment with this wonderful memento.
2020 Graduation Tassel Keeper Shadow Box Frame. Give your grad a gift they can use to remember their big accomplishment for years to come.
2020 Graduation Picture Frame, 5×7
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Dads can be hard to shop for. I usually take the practical route when it comes to Father’s Day gifts: Items like grilling supplies, power tools, or a sports jersey are all gifts I know he’ll use frequently, even if they’re not the most personal. But after spending so much time apart due to shelter-in-place orders, this year I wanted to give him something that would mean a little more. These heartfelt gift ideas will let your dad know how much he means to you, especially if you’re celebrating apart. Skip the traditional tie, order the perfect Father’s Day card, and give him something sweet and sentimental.
For the dad who loves to travel, order an art print that combines all his favorite places. This print is available in five sizes and can be customized with up to ten locations. Have it made with maps of places you like to hike together, or combine your hometown with your extended family’s hometowns for a commemorative print of all the places your family is from.
While my parents have been sheltering-in-place, my dad’s been digitizing old family photos and videos to share with the family. If you have a lot of family memories hidden away in the basement, use Legacybox to turn them into digital files Dad can put on his tablet or computer to look at whenever he wants. Or, give him a subscription to the service so he can choose what to send in. All you do is box up the original slides, photos, and tapes, and the experts at Legacybox will digitize them for you and mail the originals back.
While this is certainly more of a fun gift than a practical one, it will definitely keep him busy during quarantine. This gift idea from TheNew York Times turns any date into a meaningful activity by turning the front page of the paper into a 300, 500, or 1000-piece puzzle. Get one of Dad’s birthday or the day he became a father.
Commemorate a special family memory by turning it into a framed piece of art from Shutterfly. Whether you choose a family photo or a snapshot from your most recent vacation together, you can add text to your image (like your family’s name or the vacation spot) to personalize the print even more.
If Dad enjoys the occasional glass of whiskey, get him a glass with a special meaning. These 11-ounce rocks glasses are etched with the map coordinates of different cities and are available in dozens of styles and locations, so you can pick one that will mean the most to Dad. If he’s not a big drinker, get him a hometown coffee mug instead of a whiskey glass.
Photo books aren’t just for Mother’s Day! These gorgeous fabric-bound books are made to fill all of life’s best memories, and Dad will cherish the collection of prints you choose. Include photos of your favorite memories with Dad, or fill the book with pictures of his grandkids.
Give Dad something to commemorate a school or sports team you both support. I grew up going to college basketball games with my dad, so anything in the new Collegiate Collection from Catstudio is a no-brainer. Get him a set of towels for his next tailgate, or order an art print he can display at his desk. When sporting events come back, you’ll have the perfect excuse for a watch party.
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2020 occurs on Monday, May 25.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
Victoria Day is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday preceding May 25, initially in honor of Queen Victoria’s birthday it is now celebrated as the official birthday of the current Queen of Canada. It is informally considered the beginning of the summer season in Canada.
Victoria Day is a holiday throughout most of Canada and the day is marked in most cities with parades, outdoor events and activities like camping and elaborate firework displays.
If you’re planning a Mother’s Day celebration, you’ll definitely want to include one of these decadent desserts. You’re sure to find something in this huge collection of dessert recipes that’s perfect for the woman in your life.
Wedding Trends article by Linda DiProperzio, a weddings expert and freelance writer based in New York.
Note: This article was written in December 2019 before the virus emerged. However, most trends listed are doable given todays restriction.
The New Year is coming up soon, and it will bring a fresh crop of hot trends that both wedding planners and vendors predict will help any couple’s big day stand out. From bridal fashion and florals to cocktails and desserts, here is a list of the 11 biggest wedding trends to watch out for in 2020.
1. Smaller Weddings
Having weddings under 50 people is becoming increasingly more common, as well as eloping or marrying abroad, says Elizabeth Babinski of Liz Rae Weddings.
This is a big trend, according to Whitney Cox of Vegas Weddings. “Couples want a wedding that is uniquely ‘them,’ and they don’t mind switching up traditions to create a personalized event.
5. Crystal Touches
Crystal wedding accessories are the newest unique wedding trend, say the pros at Fawn & Sparrow. “Ethereal brides are choosing natural crystal gemstones to incorporate into their modern weddings– with everything from the cake, favors, and hair accessories getting the mystical crystal touch!
6. Dessert Tables
“A bountiful buffet table withdesserts can make you feel like a kid again-and it’s a great thing to pick up on your way tothe dance floor,” says Anthony Cuellar, Catering Chef de Cuisine, Wente Vineyards. “Couples are seeking desserts that have meaning–whether it represent theirculture, country or hometown.”
7. DIY Cocktail Stations
José Rolón of José Rolón Events tells couples to expect to see more make-your-own cocktail stations.
Like Easter, Passover, and St. Patrick’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and imminent annual celebrations such as Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo have inevitably been upended in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Squashing once-jubilant plans is certainly disheartening, but staying at home doesn’t mean that these events should skid by without a little fanfare.
According to Emma Carpenter, a marriage and family therapist at A Better Life Therapy in Philadelphia, honoring these moments is more important than ever now. “Over the past couple of months, the world around us has completely changed, leaving many people feeling unstable. Maintaining rituals of connection help us hold on to some sense of normalcy in all of this,” she says. By getting dressed up and making a favorite meal, say, on a wedding anniversary, “you’re gifting each other with the feelings of love and security that are so desperately needed in these dark and confusing times.”
Anxiety is pummeling all of us in different ways right now, but acknowledging an exceptional day with some indoor revelry will work wonders on your psyche. Here are six different ways to brighten round-the-clock routines.
Shake up original cocktails
Come Cinco de Mayo, bars are typically thronged with patrons, frosty Margaritas in hand. Elicit that same festive atmosphere in your own living room by upgrading ho-hum taco night with a libation starring smoky mezcal. Alex Negranza, bar manager at March, the forthcoming Houston restaurant from Goodnight Hospitality, recommends savoring it in his whip-up-in-the-blender Mezcal Escape, which pairs the agave spirit with the Czech herbal liqueur Becherovka, pineapple, honeydew melon, lime juice, and simple syrup. “I think everyone is wishing they could escape their house and sit on a beach and relax,” he says. “This tropical cocktail was designed to give you vacation vibes.” Bonus: Sans the booze, it still makes for a delightful afternoon quencher.
The Mezcal Escape (Serves two)
4 ounces pineapple chunks
4 ounces honeydew melon
2 ounces fresh lime juice
1 ½ ounces simple syrup or agave syrup
3 1/2 ounces mezcal of your choice (Negranza uses Mezcal Vago Espadin or Rey Campero Espadin)
1 ounce Becherovka Add ingredients, plus 8 ounces of ice, into blender. Mix. Remove from blender and pour into glasses.
On celebratory evenings where Mexico doesn’t serve as muse, Sean Umstead, co-owner of Kingfisher Bar in Durham, NC, suggests giving the Martini—undoubtedly a Cocktail-Hour favorite already in heavy rotation—the herbal treatment with the Herby Quarantini. “Steeping hardy, pungent herbs like rosemary, sage, or thyme in your gin 10 to 20 minutes before you’re ready to make a Martini elevates and changes a classic formula without too much extra work,” he says.
The Herby Quarantini
2 ounces Beefeater gin
1ounce Boissiere dry vermouth
3-4 sprigs of rosemary, thyme, or sage.Add the herbs to your gin at least 10 minutes before you are ready to make your drink. Lightly press them with a muddler or wooden spoon. Let steep until you are ready to make the drink. Remove the herb sprigs and combine the gin and vermouth. Stir with ice for 30-45 seconds until ice cold. Strain into a stemmed glass and garnish with a lemon twist, herb sprig, or a salty touch like an olive, onion, or pickled vegetable.
Home bartenders eager to weave some new glassware into their repertoire should consider the Elyx Cocktail Balloon Gift set. A glam, eco-friendly alternative to floating helium balloons, these oversized copper vessels are cheerful and visually alluring, exactly what you want to be sipping from during virtual fêtes.
Throw a virtual party
While you may not be able to serve up those cocktails to your friends in person, invite them to FaceTime or Zoom for a distanced catch-up.To make the group feel more connected, try sharing one drink or dinner recipe ahead of time and have everyone make the same thing to enjoy together, virtually. Or, for something more structured, check out our list of virtual activity ideas here.
Make a simple dinner that feels fancy
Kenny Gilbert, who has cooked for Oprah Winfrey and is gearing up to open a restaurant in Raleigh, NC, offers a fuss-free suggestion that feels fresh: red quinoa and jasmine rice congee. Place leftover cooked rice and quinoa into a pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. “Add fresh minced ginger and small diced onion with a little salt,” Gilbert points out. “Cool until the congee is a porridge consistency.” Garnishes, whether it’s a soft-poached egg, crispy sausage, or basil, are all up to you—and what’s conveniently sitting in your fridge. “Its versatile. You can go super simple or elegant. I personally love adding lots of fresh cilantro, sesame, chiles, light soy, and sambal,” he says.
Another easy way to add panache to any simple meal? Caviar, says Julia Sullivan, the chef/owner at Henrietta Red and the Party Line in Nashville. And, despite what you may think, it doesn’t have to be fancy: “My dad used lumpfish roe, which you can find near the tinned fish at a typical supermarket,” she says. “The lumpfish roe is preserved with salt, deliciously balanced by sour cream. He served it with Carr’s Table Water Crackers.”
Buy an offbeat bottle
Sparkling wine often makes cameos during special occasions, but there’s no need to splurge on a pricey bottle of Champagne. Brent Kroll, wine director/partner at Albi and proprietor/sommelier at Maxwell Park in Washington, D.C. is keen on such under-the-radar selections as the Luis Pato Baga Rosé Brut from Portugal’s Beiras region because of its fresh-berry and kombucha notes paving the way to a tart finish: “It’s fruity and floral with the bubbles of Champagne and has a little extra body.”
Eduard Seitan, a partner at Chicago’s One Off Hospitality Group who presides over the wine program at avec, recently took part in a socially distanced engagement party and chose to sip Fins Als Kullons, a natural red from the white grapes Xarel.lo and Garnacha Blanca and the red Sumoll. It’s light and fresh, he says, and “it drinks more like a juicy, umami-sprinkled rosé.” With all the resources available online (and many wine stores offering delivery or contactless pickup), now’s the perfect time to dive into natural wines.
Bake an easy cake
One surefire way to commemorate the day is by baking a glorious cake. And no, you don’t need a trip to the store: Angela Garbacz, owner of Goldenrod Pastries in Lincoln, NE, and author of the just-released cookbook Perfectly Golden: Adaptable Recipes for Sweet and Simple Treats,is partial to her straightforward vegan Depression-Era Chocolate Cake. “Simplicity is the most important thing to keep in mind when you are planning a celebration during these weird and unusual times,” says Garbacz.
“Look around your kitchen to see what you already have,” she urges. That might mean baking your favorite banana bread recipe in a round or square pan, and “if you don’t have the ingredients for frosting on hand,” she adds, “just sprinkle a good amount of granulated sugar on top of the cake before you bake it. That adds a nice, glittery, sugary crust that takes your cake to the next level. “
Los Angeles baker Amanda Faber, author of Cake Portfolio, co-host of Flour Hour podcast, and season-two winner of The Great American Baking Show, also encourages digging into the pantry for dried or fresh fruit, shaved chocolate, and sprinkles for experimental decoration. She also has some solid advice for those “concerned about a large, tempting cake sitting on the counter: Cake freezes really well,” she says. “If you want to bake a two- or three-layer cake, you can celebrate with one layer and wrap and freeze the extras for another day. It’s pretty comforting to know you have some spare cake waiting for you.”
Bring out beloved items
By now, chances are you’ve become familiar with every nook and cranny of your home, but a milestone is just the right time to invigorate your interior—and that doesn’t mean tackling a complex painting project or splurging on a new couch. Nina Garbiras, principal designer at NYC-based FIG Interior Design, has more thoughtful measures in mind. “Pull out the special pieces you love and find a way to use them,” she says. “I once mounted a client’s Victorian inkwell on the wall by her bed. It was gorgeous and had meaning to her and I loved the idea of having it be more than another piece of ephemera in her office.” Or, Garbiras adds, find rejuvenation in flowers. If you can’t get your hands on a proper bouquet, “a single fresh flower by your bedside or in the bathroom, or a small branch from a tree or bush outside on your daily meander, feels hopeful and romantic.