"Everyday Confetti"

"Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions" is a brand new "go-to guide to making holidays, birthdays, special events, and even the everyday special," written by two moms, Karen Ehman, a national speaker and author, and Glynnis Whitwer, also an author and the executive director of communications for Proverbs 31 Ministries.

The back cover reads:

Got a calendar packed with reasons to celebrate but a brain that lacks ideas? Special people you want to love on but limited time to do it? Relax. We've got you covered.

I am not an overly creative person when it comes to parties and celebration ideas, so a glance at the back cover, and the eye-catching design of the book cover and pages overall, quickly piqued my curiosity about reading the "more than two hundred ways to make memories with your family".

"Everyday Confetti" is certainly full of creativity. The book is divided into two parts, Everyday Celebrations {family, birthdays, spiritual milestones, and reaching out to others} and Holidays through the Year {a chronology of both familiar holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, and lesser-known or unusual holidays, complete with brief histories and explanations, including Cinco de Mayo, Johnny Appleseed Day, and Book Lover's Day}. The pages are laid out in easy-to-read sections of ideas and activities, simple yet delicious-sounding recipes, decoration and planning suggestions, traditions and thoughts shared by other moms, and short quotes and Bible verses.

The ideas, though not always especially creative, are fun, thoughtful, and sometimes new to my knowledge. On a whole, the content is practical, "simple, doable, and stress-free" as the back cover mentions, and very family-friendly and family-oriented, emphasizing time together, building relationships, and staying connected. On that note, I do think the activities seem more geared for younger families, even though there are several subsections related to teens and college-age. I appreciated the focus on service {e.g., honoring veterans and also military families on Veteran's Day, doing chores or errands for an elderly person on Senior Citizens Day, and inviting a single person over on Valentine's Day}.

For moms who want to make any-day special and memorable, whether they have the time and creativity or not, "Everyday Confetti" is a quick, helpful resource for imaginative, inexpensive ways to celebrate big and small events, from the food to the fun. Whether looking for new traditions for Christmastime or one-time activities during summer vacation, there is sure to be an idea, as one that will spark the imagination. After all, life is full of reasons to celebrate, and "the life of a true Christian should be a perpetual jubilee, a prelude to the festivals of eternity" {Theophane Venard} (18).


Disclaimer: This book was received for free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review.

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