Culture


Around the World Party | Scotland

January 25th is Burns Night in Scotland. For those unfamiliar with Burns night, it’s a celebration of the life and work of the famous Scottish author, Robert Burns. Traditionally, a Burns supper is held, complete with pipers, poetry, and haggis. Such an occasion sounds like a great opportunity to plan another Around the World party. So its off to Scotland we go! This rugged, beautiful land is rich in culture, history, and tradition just waiting to be explored!


Fresh glögg and lussebullar.

Saint Lucia Day Party

The 13th of December marks Saint Lucia Day, a festival of light and hope in Scandinavian countries. Coinciding with the winter solstice, Saint Lucia Day honors Saint Lucy, who brought food and aid to Christians hiding in catacombs from persecution by the Roman empire. Seeing as I have Scandinavian ancestors and Swedish friends, I’ve always wanted to throw a Saint Lucia Day party. I’ve put together some adorable crafts and delicious recipes that kids are sure to love! Besides getting everyone in the Christmas spirit, a Saint Lucia Day party is also the perfect opportunity to teach kids about a […]


A Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in a Jar

It simply isn’t Halloween without watching Young Frankenstein at least once. While Doctor Frederick Frankenstein (that’s Fronk-en-steen) may not be partial to desserts, he does enjoy a nice schwarzwälder kirschtorte. What is schwarzwälder kirschtorte? You might know it as Black Forest cake. A classic dessert that pairs perfectly with an evening spent watching this classic film. But just like Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks put a spin on this classic spooky tale, I’ve put my own twist on this classic dessert. So grab your lab coats and an assistant, raid the kitchen cupboards, and bake up this diabolically delicious schwarzwälder kirschtorte […]


A plate of colorful brigadeiros.

Around the World Party | Brazil

With the Summer Olympics coming up in just a couple of months, I thought it was the perfect time to put together a Brazilian Around the World Party for my niece and nephew. From the boisterous streets of Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon rainforest, there’s so much to explore in South America’s largest country. Vamos! 


Celebrating the Festival of Colors.

DIY Festival of Colors Party

It’s time for the main event! Tomorrow is the largest Festival of Colors celebration in the Western Hemisphere (at the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah). So it’s time to put on an old white t-shirt, pull out the color powders, and herald in spring with an exhilarating color extravaganza.  


A fresh mango lassi surrounded by mangoes.

Mango Lassi

The Festival of Colors is also a time for enjoying street food and sweet treats. This mango lassi is sweet, creamy, and colorful. Lassi is a traditional yogurt-based drink that originates from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. Traditional or salted lassi is made from yogurt blended with water, sugar or salt, and spices. Other variations of lassi include rosewater, fruit juices, saffron, and even butter. Lassi is a popular beverage during Holi, and this mango version is sure to satisfy any kid’s (or adult’s) sweet tooth.


A plate of potato and zucchini curry with rice and naan.

Potato and Zucchini Curry

This week is Holi, more commonly known as the the Festival of Colors. Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring. It’s also a day of joy and fun meant to bring everyone together. The festival falls on a different day each year, usually the day after the full moon in March or February, depending on the Hindu calendar. This year it happens to fall on March 23rd. This week’s posts will help you gear up to celebrate this joyous festival. So to kick off the week of celebration, here is a […]


A line of nesting dolls.

Around the World Party | Russia

It’s time for another Around the World Party. This week we’re heading to Russia to explore its rich history and culture. From the vibrant domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral to the fairytale forests of Russia’s countryside, there’s so much to explore in this vast country. Poydem (let’s go)!  


Crafts for a Japan themed party, including a coffee filter fan, a bubble wrap cherry blossom painting, and origami.

Around the World Party | Japan

Like I said in my last post, I started doing Around the World themed parties for the nephew and niece last summer as a way to spark their curiosity in travel and different cultures. Every month I list a handful of different countries and let them pick which one they want to explore next. Then I hop on Pinterest and Google to find some kid-friendly activities to explore that country’s history and culture. A few weeks ago my nephew chose Japan for our next get together, and here are some of the ideas I came up with.


A pretend passport for kids.

Pretend Passports for Kids

Last summer I started doing Around the World themed days with my nephew and niece. As a kid I always loved learning about different cultures and customs. So I figured my nephew and niece might enjoy a little cultural exploration too. And what better way to do that than to “travel” around the world one country at a time? Travel is thrilling and magical. It gives us a chance to step out of the mundane and everyday and experience the new and unfamiliar. I believe travel is one of the best ways to show kids the beauty and magic that […]