3 Reasons to Host a Big Family Feast!

Is there really a reason not to? Hosting a big family feast, especially around the holidays, is a chance to reconnect with family, spruce up the house, and even show it off a little.


Clean LaFata Kitchen

1. It's a great reason to give your home a deep clean.

When you have family over, you want your home to look its best! That means dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing, washing, drying and then dusting again. This gives you a chance to give your home a deep clean. Should you only clean your home if you're hosting something? Of course not, but doing a big cleaning day keeps your house from needing so many smaller cleans.

It might also be a blessing in disguise. We all end up cleaning things we would usually never bother to clean: vacuuming between couch cushions, emptying out the fridge to wipe it all down, and even cleaning the basement that no one ever goes down into (unless you've got an awesome home bar). There is no task too small or too inconsequential for your family. While the chances are high that your family will never notice those small details, you definitely will. Untouched corners, forgotten frozen messes, and under-couch dust bunnies can all be revealed and cleaned up. It will make you appreciate doing these tasks and even prouder of your home.


Happy family talking

2. You get to see family!

This is typically the biggest reason to host a family feast. It's so much fun to see family, especially around the holidays or for a special dinner. Will it be completely stress-free? Probably not, but at the end of the day it's always worth it. Don't let unsure family members delay you into having unsure plans about "maybe getting together next month". Take the reins and let everyone know you're hosting a dinner and that they're expected.

Whatever you decide on for your feast day, don't get bogged down or worried about people being bored. Sometimes being around family is all it takes to have fun whether you're just chatting, watching tv, playing cards, or something else. If you have a small family or are expecting a low turnout extend the invite to friends too! There's always plenty of fun to go around.


Family cooking in new kitchen

3. Show off your home!

You've cleaned the house and the family has arrived. What's left? Enjoy the feast and show off your home to friends and family! Let them in and give them a tour around the house. Show them what's new, what's been done, and maybe even what's coming up! Have you had your home recently renovated? Show it off and maybe give your guests a new idea for their own home! 

Even if you don't show off your newly renovated home, at least you'll get the chance to really use it! Making a big meal in your newly renovated kitchen can be a dream. You'll remember all the reasons why you upgraded your last kitchen in the first place, and you'll be even happier with your new one. It's times like these that make us really appreciate what we have.



4 DIY Decor Ideas for a Festive 4th of July!

Who says you need to break the bank to celebrate a fun 4th of July? Making your own decorations is a quick and easy way to share your festivity with guests for only a fraction of what store bought decorations would cost. Besides the savings, it's perfect for entertaining young family members, with parent supervision of course. If crafting some homemade decorations sounds like a fun way to celebrate your 4th of July then check out these 4 Independence Day decoration ideas.


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1. Balloon USA Flag

This is a fun way to celebrate your patriotism and an easy party decoration to create. Get a bunch of red, white and blue balloons, and enlist your family for balloon blow up duty. Once you have enough for your flag, use a bit of tape to keep them in place on any open wall. Remember to use tape that won't damage your paint or cabinet finish! If you're having trouble with your flag, check out this tutorial.





accessory for 4th of july

2. Firework Rings 

These are fun and easy to make and can be used as party favors too. All you need is some red, white and blue pipe cleaners. Twist the colors of your choosing around a finger to create a snug, but not too tight, ring. Once they are twisted and secured in place, wrap each individual color around your finger to create a dazzling display of fireworks. Use more or less colors as you see fit to create your own particular show of finger fireworks.

Need a little help? Check this out for an easy guide to making the best firework ring!


lawn decorations for the 4th of july

3. Painted Lawn Stars

Even your lawn can be a part of the party! Spray paint big, bold stars of red, white and blue all over. The more the merrier! Make sure to watch if small children are attempting it, or you could end up with pretty stars all over your home, furniture and even the dog!

All you need is a homemade star outline and eco friendly water-based construction marking spray! Anything other than a water-based spray may damage your lawn.


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4. Confetti Launchers

Fun for kids and adults alike, DIY confetti launchers are easy to make and are exciting to use. What will you need? Construction paper, tape, balloons and some toilet paper tubes. Pro tip: decorate the tube beforehand with paint or coloring tools for maximum festivity.

It may look difficult to complete, but we promise it isn't! Start crafting it by cutting a balloon in half, and then fit the tied bottom half around one end of the toilet paper tube and secure it firmly in place with tape. Finally, cut up the construction paper into tiny squares and load them into the tube. Keep your hand where the tube and balloon connect, pull pack on the balloon and let it rip! Confetti everywhere!

If you think you missed a step, use the tutorial we used to create our own confetti launchers!




These decor ideas are perfect for a 4th of July party. Whether you plan on being outside grilling, inside relaxing or somewhere else, try out some of these decor ideas and let us know which ones you had the most fun making!