Make Something: Holiday

Wow, did I get lucky with today’s make something prompt! This was party day in our house, celebrating Emma’s ninth birthday with a crew of her best friends. The prompt?

Make up a new holiday for today and create a decoration, food item, or card to go along with it. Bonus: Get your friends to celebrate it with you.

Fortunately, my independent little girl chose a birthday party theme like no other. Today was not a day of Disney princesses or rock stars or Hello Kitty. No. Emma decided nearly a year ago that her ninth birthday would be a celebration of sour things—lemons, in particular.

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So we all got involved in orchestrating Sour Lemon Day. Emma planned a dozen games and activities. For me, a highlight was the Best Sour Face contest, where each girl drank a few sips of straight lemon juice, while I snapped photos. Hysterical!

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Everyone enjoyed creating Lemon Guys, too. Think Mr. Potato Head … with lemons as a base and a crazy variety of craft supplies the girls raided to add features and accessories.

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Big sister Hannah not only got to be a guest; she also baked the lemon bundt cake and helped come up with a list of yellow things for one of the most ridiculous games of charades I’ve ever witnessed.

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Even my teenage son helped make lemon squares before the party. And during the event, he blindfolded and spun the girls for “Pin the Pucker.” Our dizzy guests had a remarkably hard time affixing paper lips to a poster featuring a giant lemon with a face.

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I doubt that Sour Lemon Day will become an annual event in our household. But it was a festival we’ll all remember for years … and an innovative party theme I’ll suggest when anyone is short on ideas.

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