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Indoor Camping

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Summer

School vacation can mean traveling, visiting relatives or seeing sights. It may include swimming and other sports, time to play and picnics.

Here’s one fun idea that you can plan no matter what kind of weather you’re facing – a night of camping indoors.

Start with a tent that doesn’t need any posts to set up – no risk to your nice flooring. Bring some houseplants into sight and turn off all the lights.

Candles are too risky for children, but today’s LED lights are made to mimic candles of all sizes.

Have your children pack their own knapsacks with snacks and favorite toys. Add a few surprises for each child, including their own flashlights. Spread out sleeping bags if you have them or a pile of pillows, cushions and blankets will work.

Hotdogs and beans make for good camping fare. You may want to head outside to the grill for smores before bundling back to the tent for scary ghost stories before turning in. One of the best lessons you can teach your children is how to make their own fun rather than relying on movies, television and video games.

Have your children make a plan for the next at-home event. They’re not only developing their imaginations and planning skills, they’re making memories that will last a lifetime.

A Romantic Indoor Picnic

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Holidays

With work, children and the general priorities of life, often romance gets pushed aside. As we head toward Valentine’s Day, let’s consider how to create a romantic afternoon or evening – to celebrate a relationship whether it’s a holiday, anniversary, or just an opportunity to remind your honey that you appreciate him or her.

How about recreating the mood of a picnic without going outside? Start by wandering around your house. Do you have a fireplace? That’s the natural location for a romantic setting. How about a window with a great view? A cozy den or corner of the family room would also work well.

The next step is setting up the space. If you have tile or wood set at least one area rug on top of the space. If possible, consider piling two or three on top of each other to add cushioning and interest. Area rugs of different sizes, shapes and colors can make a space feel almost like a Moroccan tent – exotic and exciting. Add some floor cushions or a bunch of pillows to make floor-sitting more comfy.

Now plan the food setting. Place a simple tablecloth or scarf on the rugs to designate the eating area. Add one or two vases of fresh flowers and some candles. You may want to choose the new LED faux votives like the ones in the photo to avoid the risk of fire on the padded surface.

For food, choose finger foods such as shrimp, fresh fruit and cheese and crackers. You may want to serve in courses, bringing out one type of food at a time. Consider fondue or any other type of food that leaves you time to talk and relax. To give your sweetheart a part in the plan, ask him or her to bring the wine.

Step back once everything is set up and take a look at the final presentation. Does it look inviting and intimate? Turn off all the lights except for the candles and take one of your flowers apart and scatter the petals on the tablecloth and rug. You’re ready for a lovely time.