I love a good theme. It doesn’t matter what it, a holiday, a party, so long as I get to plan a meal that includes dessert and a fun drink and dress accordingly, I'm in (this also includes coordinating my Color Street nail stickers to the current event/season).
My favorite party ever was when my husband and I threw a murder mystery party for my 1/2 birthday. I wanted something fun, an excuse to dress up and get together with friends. Boy did this cover it all. We supplied the drinks and a couple of hearty appetizers and made the rest of the meal pot luck! After dinner is when the "game began". Even the most introverted of my friends had a great time. I highly recommend it.
The reality is you don’t need a ½ birthday or a holiday for an excuse to have an event. Celebrate the small things.
Decide on a theme early on in the week. This way it gives your house a reason to get excited for the upcoming days.
Pick a National Day (see below).
Decide that since it's Friday and everyone in the house is still (relatively) sane, you all need to celebrate by having a homemade pizza bar!
Need some more ideas?
Hollywood Glamour- have everyone dress up in their best clothes and make a fancy dinner (or make Mac and Cheese and dress up anyway).
Camping Cookout - skewer some hotdogs and roast them over the grill with s'mores for dessert.
50's Sockhop - Grill up some burgers and fries, blend up some milkshakes, put on a 50’s mix from Spotify, and have a sock hop themed meal (I did this last week for lunch, and even did the twist as entertainment. My kids loved it!)
And the Best (salad, pizza, cookie, etc.) Wins! - Pick out a dish and have each of your family members create what they feel is the BEST recipe (for houses with younger kids, pair off in teams). Invite a quarantined buddy or two over to be the judge(s).
I know it’s been a long road, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter, so let's make the most of where we are.
When life hands you lemons, dress in yellow, dust off the pitcher you typically use as a vase, theme the afternoon “Sunshine for all!” and make some homemade lemonade!