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Don't go shopping...stay home instead and celebrate President's Day!

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President's Day is just around the corner and although it may be just another day for many people to have an extended weekend or to take advantage of some great deals it's actually a day to celebrate our past and present US presidents. Originally established in 1885 in the name of George Washington's birthday it was changed to President's Day in 1971. This President's Day do something different and celebrate the day with your children with some fun and creative ways and save your money instead!

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Consider throwing a presidential costume party. Most commonly recognized on President's Day are George Washington and Abraham Lincoln so why not have your guests don on white wigs and stove top hats? Make the day more interesting and set up a photo booth and have your guests recreate presidential poses! Just check out how one high school student recreated presidential poses and posted them on Instagram here for ideas. Other fun activities for your guest to partake in could also be making patriotic parade sticks and ribbon bracelets, creating Uncle Sam out of paper plates and puppet, president puppets (and throw a play!) or even making a replica of the White House or a log cabin out of popsicle sticks.

You can't have a party without food and what's more American than apple pie unless of course it's cherry pie in honor of George Washington! Of course, if you want to serve foods that are less on the sweet side you can always serve some of foods that are associated with different presidents. For example, you can serve hot tamales in honor of President Dwight D. Eisenhower who sold hot tamales as a young child, mac and cheese in honor of Ronald Reagan, milk was a favorite of President Andrew Jackson, President Jimmy Carter loved peanuts and President Thomas Jefferson loved Virginian ham and sweet potatoes. Other favorite foods to consider; jelly beans, chocolate cake, ice cream, chicken, baked beans, cornbread and hot dogs. For an all American red white and blue drink for the kids serve up red white and blue vanilla milkshakes and for the adults, Charles Joly of Chicago, IL has created a special drink using Basil Hayden's called the Presidential Cherry Spice just for this occasion.

How are you planning on spending President's Day? Will you be doing something special with your friends and family or will you just spend the day shopping? Leave a comment and let's discuss!

For recipes and directions for the crafts mentioned and more just click through the list!

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