Today we are featuring our friend Melissa Sunday of So Festive! She is basically a human Pinterest board. She makes celebrating any occasion affordable, adorable and achievable. You are just going to love what she has to say below. We adore her ideas, creativity and life philosophy of celebrating everything.
How did So Festive! begin?
I started So Festive back in 2009 as a way to keep track of all our family holiday ideas including traditions, recipes, and ways to celebrate holidays. My mom passed away from cancer when I was 15, but it wasn’t until I got married that I realized just how much holiday culture played into our lives.
I didn’t want to forget any of the fun traditions we had, so I started So Festive! as a way to remember all of her simple holiday ideas. She had a great way of making even the littlest things festive.
For example, on Leap Year, she gave us all a bag of 29 nickels. (And this was all before Pinterest!) She was simply creative. We lived off a teacher’s salary and with 9 in the family, there wasn’t a lot of extra money to make elaborate parties or celebrations.
While it’s fun to throw a fancy, over the top party occasionally or splurge on a Christmas activity, true, memorable memories are created from feelings.
If a celebration creates emotion, it will be remembered.
And that’s what So Festive! is about. I share simple ideas to make holidays and parties memorable.
Why is “celebrating” so important?
There is so much in life to celebrate! One of my favorite quotes is, “Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” Gordon B. Hinckley. Life can be hard and monotonous at times, but when we find little ways to celebrate it makes life exciting.
Sure there are the big holidays that in celebrating we can create strong family times, but there are also smaller events that can bring to joy to life also.
Little ways to celebrate include: first day of school, a new job, a promotion, birthdays, a new baby, a good grade at school, etc.
With 3 little ones at home, I can’t spend a lot of time on huge celebrations. Lately, we’ve loved celebrating life by spending time in nature, exploring, or having simple meals. My kids love when they come down to breakfast and it’s decorated with some fun napkins or crazy straws.
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What are some celebration supplies everyone should have?
Throwing a celebration can be super easy if you have a few staple party supplies on hand. Here are some of my favorite things to keep on hand:
-White square paper plates (from Dollar Tree)
-9×13 baking pan (for the cookie bars!)
–White metal cake stand (durable for kids and outside!)
–Laminator (to keep all holiday stuff useable year after year)
-Patterned napkins and straws
Tip: I like to buy mostly neutral party ware that can be used for any occasion. It’s easy to add in small, cheaper colored accents using straws, confetti, or napkins. Also, I love having colored patterned accents. For example, red striped napkins or straws can be used for Christmas, Valentine’s Day or the 4th of July. I’m a minimalist at heart, so this way I don’t have to have a giant stash of any one holiday-specific party ware.
The Key to Simple Celebrations
Celebrations can look different for everyone! What may look simple to someone seems way over the top to another. And guess what?
That is perfectly okay! In this day of Pinterest-perfection, we can get caught up in having everything look just right or our celebration won’t be a success. Remember, it’s all about the emotions you create.
As Christmas is coming, it’s also easy to get overwhelmed thinking we have to do a million things and buy a thousand gifts. Christmas quickly becomes the most worn out time of the year instead of the most wonderful time of the year.
If you’d like to learn 7 practical areas you can simplify and organize your entire Christmas season, you will love my 7 Days to a Simpler Season online workshop. This is a self-paced course that will help you simplify your season and help you find more JOY. Because isn’t that what it’s about?
I hope you have the best Christmas and have a happy, celebrated life!
Thanks for having me here!