Wedding Aisle Decorations

Amazing Ideas for Wedding Aisle Decorations

All eyes are on the bride as she walks down the aisle looking more fabulously radiant than ever! Pretty aisle decoration makes the event more gorgeous. After all, a beautiful bride does deserve an amazing wedding aisle that not only looks appealing but is also the backdrop of the key action! If your wedding is in a church, then the aisle will be defined with traditional decorations of a classic wedding. A pew can optionally be placed closest to alter and will look pretty exquisite too. Many churches have rules that forbid use of materials such as pins, nails, staples, etc., so make sure that you get a little insight into what is permitted ahead of time.

Choose freestanding aisle decorations to line up on the side of the aisle with white lights and palm trees. The decorations will look even more amazing with fresh flowers to line up the sides of the aisles too. Crystals shaped like teardrops scattered all over the branches will also complement the mood of the wedding. The bride dressed in white adorning a crystal necklace and pendant only enhances the background and it really merges well for the occasion. When the event is held outdoors, then there are various ways in which you can define the aisle décor as well. Lining the aisle sides with rose petals that lead down to alter creates a mesmerizing effect. A wedding aisle decorated with organza bows is a great way to add that special effect to floral suspenders.

Closed lanterns glittering amidst the decoration is a good way to add a romantic atmosphere to the whole event too. It creates a serene style while making the occasion so magical. Cute decorations along the aisle such as baskets filled with daisies are able to make things looks pretty as well. However, if you choose a garden setting, then plant rows of flowers along the aisle with drapes behind the alter where the vows are exchanged to draw attention from the guests. The concept of decorating wedding alters with vintage furniture and rustic accessories are yet another idea for an exotic event. Homespun charms for wedding decorations are getting quite popular these days.

The most popular dream wedding concept is one that takes place on a beach. A wedding aisle consisting of decorative seashells that are strewn all over the place and at the alter and around the chairs creates a fun theme for the event. Make sure that you’re careful when placing seashell-filled vessels for decorations. They should not block the walkway and allow the bride to glide down easily. Full skirt wedding dresses are incredibly elaborate and can make it difficult to move; especially with such decorative pieces positioned down the aisle.

Hanging paper lanterns is also a creative way to decorate the wedding aisle. Colorful paper decorations will exhibit your cheerful persona and will be unique compared to other wedding setups where emphasis is mostly laid on the flowers and lighting. For the DIY bride, paper decorative pieces can be more easy to make and can be a fun activity for the bridesmaids as well. So, the run up to the event preparations will be fun-filled with loads of exciting stuff to get the wedding decked out with pomp and show!

Floral Centerpieces

Floral Centerpieces for Every Season

Flowers can be a large part of a couples wedding budget, especially when ordering flowers that are rare or out of season. Peonies can be more expensive than using roses in some cases! So what are the best flowers for a floral centerpiece and what are some options based on the season you may be holding your wedding in? We’ve got a break down of seasons and with it, the flowers that will suit centerpiece arrangements the best while saving couples some money.

Spring Floral Centerpieces

Spring weddings are incredibly popular and offer many choices as far as flowers go for centerpieces. You can make a simple but beautiful centerpiece statement using sunflowers, which are in season in the spring time. Add a long vase with water to support the sunflower and tie it with a complimentary ribbon color for simplicity with a pop of color. For a larger centerpiece, tulips, which are also in season, are available in an array of colors and look fantastic when they’re paired with greenery.

Summer Floral Centerpieces

If you want something different than peonies for your summer wedding, you are in luck. Many flowers are in bloom in the summer time, but here are a couple you might not have thought about. Daffodils add a pop of yellow to centerpieces and look beautiful in bouquets as well. Magnolias are stunning white flowers that, when added to greenery make for the perfect centerpiece. Adorn with some crystals for a more vintage look, or add some color with a simple gerbera. Alternately, if you want a bright centerpiece with many different colors, consider zinnias. These flowers look beautiful in pairs in small vases, or as a part of a larger, cascading centerpiece.

Fall Floral Centerpieces

Fall allows florists to get a little bit more creative with their centerpieces and what they include. A flower that often goes unnoticed is the brilliant amaranthus, which is a seasonal fall flower. Paired with greenery or other complimentary colors to its beautiful bright red, this large flower makes for a fantastic centerpiece. Sometimes paired with white roses or even various fruits, the amaranthus flower is the perfect statement piece. If you want something a little more stylish and sleek, snapdragons are also in season in the fall and winter and look great accented in a simple vase by some greenery and a complimentary colored ribbon on the vase.

Winter Floral Centerpieces

Don’t think there are any good flowers in season in the wintertime? Think again! With greenhouses all over, there is always something available for everyone. While some couples decide to embrace the winter theme and will make centerpieces with pinecones and pine ferns, others choose to brighten up their winter reception with a stunning array of bright gerberas. Calla lilies are also widely available in the winter time and come in an array of natural and dyed colors. Its elegant trumpet shape can be played up by using additional flowers, or kept the center of attention by using some simple greenery. Lay this arrangement on a small pedestal with white crystals dangling from it to mimic ice, and add a tea light or two to warm up the arrangement.

Unpleasant Wedding Customs

Unpleasant Wedding Customs Around the World

Weddings in the U.S. are, by and large, pretty pleasant affairs. Even with a few outdated traditions some couples follow, it’s still all in good fun. If there’s any pain or humiliation involved, it’s usually just the bride trying to squeeze into her dress or the groom forgetting to zip his fly. So you can enjoy reading about these largely unpleasant wedding traditions around the world, free from the worry that someone is going to hit you with a fish or throw hard candy at you on your big day. Unless, that is, you ask them to for some weird reason.

Italy: Pelted with Candy

In Italy, there’s a tradition of serving candied almonds called “confetti” to the bride and groom as they leave the wedding venue. And by “serving to,” we mean, “throwing at.” These days, the guests usually just eat the confetti, but back in the day it was custom to chuck the hard candy at the wedding couple. And you thought getting pelted with rice was bad; this unpleasant wedding custom takes it up several notches!

Scotland: Blackening of the Bride

If you thought having to put up with some humiliation at your bachelorette party was bad, be thankful you aren’t a bride in 1800’s Scotland. They have a tradition called “blackening of the bride,” which was supposed to make it so the worst thing the bride would ever experience happened before the wedding, so it was all uphill from there. Brides would be covered in all manner of gross muck, including mud, fish, eggs, and syrup–every imaginable manner of grossness in this unpleasant wedding custom.

France: Drinking out of a Toilet Bowl

If you get married in France, you might have to endure the tradition of le soupe, where the wedding couple drinks out of a toilet bowl. The more modern version of le soupe is just chocolate and champagne–which is gross enough, since you’re drinking something brown and soupy out of a toilet bowl. Back in the day it was much worse, though. After the wedding reception, the wedding couple’s family would throw every bit of leftover food and drink into a chamber pot and mix it all up for the couple to drink. Think a mix of hors d’oeuvres, cake, bits of the meal, punch, beer, even napkins; and you and your partner would need to take a big gulp to complete this unpleasant wedding custom.

Indonesia: Hit with a Fish

What with standing for hours and wearing tight-fitting fancy shoes, it’s natural that the groom’s feet might be a little sore by the end of an American wedding. At the end of an Indonesian wedding, though, his feet will be sore for an entirely different reason. After the reception, the groom’s friends strip off his shoes and socks and whack him on the soles of his feet with a dead fish (or some use a regular old cane, but the fish is ever so much more interesting). The idea is that they want to make sure the couple spends most of the next day off their feet–wink-wink, nudge-nudge), so they ensure the groom isn’t up to doing any more standing.

Your wedding day may not be perfect, but at least you know you’ll escape it relatively unscathed. Compared to some of these unpleasant wedding customs around the globe, having a little cake squished in your face doesn’t seem all that bad, does it?

Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower Party Advice

Throwing a bridal shower can leave you wondering exactly what should go into your planning. You might have questions about the specifics of throwing a bridal shower. Here is some advice for having a successful bridal shower party.

Any party is more enjoyable when it is held in a place where guests can relax and enjoy the privacy of the party. For this reason it is usually best to hold a bridal shower party in someone’s home. If there are too many invited guests for that to be a comfortable option you can always book a party room at a local restaurant.

When it comes to whom to invite to a bridal shower party the full guest list depends on how big the wedding is expected to be. A small wedding calls for a short list of guests but a larger more elaborate wedding calls for a longer guest list. The general rule of thumb is that only people that will be invited to the wedding itself should be invited to the bridal shower. There are must-haves on any bridal shower guest list, and they include the bride’s female relatives, but the groom’s female relatives as well.

To add a unique aspect to a bridal shower one alternative to having everyone sign a guest book is to instead have a memory jar set up. This can be a clear plastic or glass jar. Set out enough card stock and pens so that each guest can write down one memory they have with the bride and put it in the jar. This makes for a great activity for the guests and a great keepsake for the bride to be.

For a colorful food table, guests can be served bowls of chilled soups in flavors like cantaloupe, strawberry, cucumbers and more. This is one option for serving healthy food at any bridal shower. Dessert can include anything heart shaped, such as brownies, cookies or a cake.

To accompany the food table, a beverage bar is the perfect choice. Carafes of any size can be filled with drinks such as lemonade, orange juice, sangria or mimosas. The best way to display the carafes is in a large bowl filled with ice.

If you want to throw a more out of the box bridal shower it doesn’t have to follow the traditional rules. To get creative consider booking a cooking class to serve as the bridal shower. Provided you have the budget for it, you may be able to get a professional chef to come to you. If not, grab the guests and head to the nearest public cooking class. Worried the bride will find this offensive? You can still plan a non- traditional bridal shower by booking a wine tasting for the party.

This advice is valuable in helping you to plan a bridal shower whether you want to throw one with a traditional style or a more unconventional one. Whichever you choose, the important thing is that the bride enjoys the party.

Properly Storing Sparklers

Properly Storing Your Sparklers

Though we are primarily a company that sells sparklers for weddings, we are also aware that many people use sparklers for other holidays and occasions. Since the most popular one that comes to mind has just passed (Independence Day), we thought that now would be a great time to cover some of the basic procedures regarding the proper storage of sparklers.

Contrary to popular belief, sparklers will remain good almost indefinitely as long as you store them properly. Many people are under the impression that sparklers and other types of fireworks will only stay good for a short amount of time, but the very nature of sparklers allows them to remain useable for many years as long as they don’t get ruined on your shelf. Whether you are buying sparklers ahead of time for an upcoming wedding or you just want to keep some in good condition until next year after your latest Independence Day party, here are some tips to help you properly store your sparklers.

Safety First

First and foremost, you need to make sure that you’re storing your sparklers in a safe location. That means you want to keep them out of reach of any young children who may stumble upon the box, and you also don’t want them near any source of extreme heat or open flames. This means that storing them above your stove or next to your furnace should obviously be off limits. Nearly everyone who has an incident while storing their sparklers caused it themselves by storing them somewhere inappropriate, so make sure you use good common sense when deciding on a location.

Garage is Preferable

Though you can certainly store sparklers inside your home safely, in my personal experience the best location to keep them is in your garage. Your garage likely sees less activity than other storage areas in your home, and usually there is ample room for them to remain undisturbed until you actually need them. The caveat here is if you live in a very humid climate because you don’t want to have your sparklers exposed to too much humidity. There are ways to work around that issue as well, as we’ll discuss below, but sometimes your climate will require that you move them indoors.

Water is the Enemy

To keep your sparklers in good condition for long periods of time, the key is to keep them away from water. As soon as you get your sparklers wet, you might as well throw them in the trash (not literally). The best way to avoid this from happening is to store them in a plastic container or tote that has a lid that seals properly. This will keep out any excess water and allow your sparklers to remain dry in even the most humid conditions. Also, try not to store your sparklers underneath things like piping or water storage containers. Even if they aren’t leaking now, you’ll have big problems if you spring a leak or sometimes even from the condensation alone during the summer months.

As long as you keep your sparklers dry and away from ignition sources, you can safely store them for many years without them degrading in quality. By properly storing your sparklers, you can ensure they will be good to use for as long as they’re in your possession.

Charging Station as a Groomsmen Gift

5 Cool Groomsmen Gifts

When it comes to groomsmen gifts, there are generally two schools of thought: the cigar option and the liquor option. Sure, there’s always the monogrammed money clip, but generally when we think of manly gifts, we tend toward cigars and booze. We’re here to encourage you to go above and beyond the usual with your groomsmen gifts, though. After all, these are the bros who have been there for you throughout your relationship–you want to show them how much you care. Here are a few ideas for genuinely cool groomsmen gifts.

Indoor Skydiving

We can’t in good conscience recommend actual skydiving for a male bonding experience. Not right before the wedding. Your bride shouldn’t have to wonder if you’re going to survive long enough to put a ring on it. But indoor skydiving gives you all– well, most–of the thrill of skydiving without the pesky “possibility of messy death” bit. Basically, you put on a floppy flying-squirrel suit and hover over a humongous fan in a vertical wind tunnel. Its big fun and you’ll get some fun pictures of your bros with their cheeks flapping in the wind.

Champagne Saber

If you’re going to get alcohol-themed gifts for your groomsmen, at least go for something really cool by making it an alcohol-themed weapon. A champagne saber is a sword designed especially for opening champagne bottles by striking them right at the lip and knocking the entire top of the bottle off. It takes a little practice to get it right, but who wouldn’t want to cultivate the skill of opening a bottle with a sword?

Needlepoint Cufflinks

Okay, on paper this really shouldn’t work. Needlepoint isn’t exactly the manliest of arts, and definitely doesn’t seem like it would be associated with that most fancy of manly accoutrements, the cufflink. But when needlepoint and cufflinks combine, something magic happens. Crafters can make custom cufflinks to appeal to each of your groomsmen, so they can proudly wear their groomsmen gift on their sleeves throughout the wedding ceremony.

Aviator Cocktail Shaker

Normally we’d recommend a type of gift more than a specific gift, but this one was too cool to pass up. It’s got the classic cool of an old-fashioned cocktail shaker, but with the added moxie of some really beautiful art deco design. Even if your groomsmen never use it to mix a drink, it’ll be an objet d’art that classes up even the grungiest bachelor pad.

Charging Station

Unless your groomsmen are from an Amish community, odds are they currently have a phone perched precariously on top of a nightstand connected to a charging cable. Maybe it’s on top of a pile formed by a key ring, wallet, and pocket change, but the phone’s going to be there. Help them up their organization game with a charging station that has a drawer for the rest of the pocket detritus. You can go for wood, leather, or even build your own if you’re a craftsman. It’s the kind of thing that everyone needs but no one thinks to buy for themselves.

Your groomsmen have been with you through thick and thin. Now it’s time to let them know how much you care. A cool groomsmen gift is a great start.

French Polynesia

Strange Wedding Traditions Across the World

Nothing livens up a wedding like incorporating traditional elements from another culture. Whether it’s Germany’s dish-smashing Polterabend or France’s raucous Charivaree, you can enjoy these traditions even if they’re not part of your particular heritage. There are a few traditions, though, that may not be so easily integrated into a modern wedding ceremony. If you think the bouquet toss is a little too weird, we definitely don’t recommend trying any of the following wedding traditions from around the world:

Chinese Inner Mongolia: The Daur

The Daur people, an indigenous group in China, have a strange way of finalizing a wedding date. There are no save-the-date cards when the bride and groom pick a day. Instead, they do something similar to the cake-cutting ceremony at a wedding, only instead of a cake, it’s a baby chick. The wedding couple must kill the chick together and examine its liver. We’re not sure what criteria they’re working from, but the liver must be “favorable.” If it doesn’t meet whatever standards make a liver favorable, they have to pick another chick and start over until they find a good liver.


There’s one tradition in Fiji that’s pretty common in the Western world as well: the groom can’t propose until he gets permission from his father-in-law. For us, it’s a custom that may be a little quaint, but is mostly harmless. In Fiji they take it to the next level, though: when the groom asks for permission to marry, he’s expected to bring a rather difficult-to-procure present: a whale tooth. We can only assume there’s a big underground market for whale teeth on the island.

Southern Sudan

In the Western world, the marriage is not considered complete until the marriage certificate is signed in the presence of witnesses and filed with the proper authorities. We have it easy. There’s a tribe in Southern Sudan with a considerably higher criteria for judging a marriage complete: it’s not considered a valid marriage until the couple have at least two children. If the bride “fails to provide” a couple of offspring, the groom is free to seek a divorce.

French Polynesia

You may be planning on walking out of your wedding venue on a carpet of rose petals or just a traditional paper or cloth aisle runner. If you were in French Polynesia, on the Maruesas Islands, you’d be walking across a slightly different (and rather more uneven) surface. It’s customary in that culture for all of the bride’s family in attendance to lie on the ground face down, creating a human aisle runner. The bride and groom are expected to walk across them and on to their new life.

There are plenty of global wedding traditions and customs that wouldn’t seem out of place on your wedding day. Feel free to draw inspiration from other cultures if these wedding traditions appeal to you. Then again, there are a few that might seem a little odd to your wedding guests. We recommend leaving the chicken livers and whale teeth to their respective cultures and choosing wedding traditions that are more widely accepted for your big day.

Lego Cake Topper

4 Whimsical Cake Toppers

There are only two occasions where you can get away with putting little people on top of a cake: a child’s birthday party and a wedding. Wedding cake toppers have come a long way since the sanitized, ideal generic bride and groom from the 50’s. These days, you can make your toppers as unique and playful as you and your partner. There are plenty of fun ways to DIY, or you can let someone else do the work and buy from Etsy. Here are a few possibilities to spark your imagination and help you choose wedding toppers as unique as you and your partner.


Lego is enjoying something of a Renaissance right now. They’ve acquired the licenses to every cool, nerdy property imaginable, from comic book heroes to fantasy novels. If you and your partner like building with the tiny plastic bricks, a Lego cake topper is a fun way to celebrate your obsession. Lego sells a little cake topper wedding set, but we think it’s more fun — and more in the spirit of Lego–to build your own. Lego stores have big bins of mini-figure parts you can use to make your own mini-you, or you can visit a site like Bricklink for more options.

Action Figures

Unlike our parents, we’ve learned that becoming mature doesn’t mean you have to grow up. It’s perfectly acceptable to be a full-grown person and still play with toys (or at least collect them and display them). There are action figures of almost everyone imaginable, from the Ninja Turtles to Albert Einstein. Show off your pop culture obsession by using action figures as your stand-ins. Where else are your guests going to be able to see Iron Man getting hitched to Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Photo Cutouts

If the action figures and Lego mini-figures don’t look enough like you why not go the distance and put yourself on top of the cake? It’s a simple little project, but the end result looks great and adds a nice air of whimsy to your wedding. Simply take a picture of you and your partner (perhaps even your engagement photos), print it out, glue it to cardstock, and carefully cut around the two of you with a craft blade. Stick them in the icing and they’ll stand up, making it look like you and your partner are standing on a giant cake.


If you’ve been to a Dia de los Muertos celebration, you’ve probably seen little carvings of skeletons, all fully-clothed and seemingly going about their business. There are skeleton doctors, musicians, bloggers–any profession or costume imaginable. These figurines are called esqueletos, and they make really cool cake toppers. To someone not in the know, it might seem a little morbid to have skeletons on your wedding cake, but Dia de los Muertos is about remembering the dead joyously, not mourning them. The skeletons represent ancestors partying in the afterlife. Who says you have to go with “‘til death do us part?”

When you’re choosing your cake toppers, try to find a shared passion with your partner that can lead to something really unique. After all, shouldn’t your cake toppers be just as cool as your fancy cake?

Wedding Dancing

3 Songs Everyone Can Dance to at a Wedding

I’m just going to come right out and say it without sugar-coating it: the Macarena is the Chicken Dance of the 21st Century. Even though we’ve been crossing our arms, patting our hips, and hopping for 20 years now, it shows no signs of fading away as the dance of choice for a wedding reception. Maybe it’s the infectious melody or the insightful lyrics; nope. It’s because it’s the simplest dance you can do and still call it dancing. So Macarena at your wedding if you must, but please consider these other dance songs as well.

Freak Nasty, “Da Dip”

The song: A minimal 90’s hip-hop jam with a nice laid-back groove and a couple of MCs who don’t seem like they’re trying very hard. “Steppin’ it off with the next verse / and it’s all clean, ‘cause I’m not gonna curse” is about as clever as they get. Still, for all its “tossed off at the end of a bong-rip session” quality, it’s charming.

The dance: Couldn’t be simpler. “I put my hand upon your hip, when I dip you dip we dip / You put your hand upon my hip, when I dip you dip we dip / You put yours and I put mine and we can dip down low and roll and grind.” So there’s going to be a lot of hip-touching, and a lot of dipping. Even Aunt Marge can handle those instructions.

Digital Underground, “The Humpty Dance”

The song: kind of a novelty hit for the Digital Underground, this rap tune has a pretty healthy sense of self-deprecating humor. The closest it gets to a “gangsta” feel is when Humpty threatens to “eat up all your crackers and your licorice.” So just keep him away from your snacks, and you’re good.

The dance: The genius of the Humpty Dance is that it describes exactly how people who don’t know how to dance look when they try to dance: “It’s supposed to look like a fit or a convulsion / Anyone can play this game …No two people will do it the same / Ya got it down when ya appear to be in pain.” So odds are even if you haven’t heard the song, you already know how to do the dance.

Chubby Checker, “The Twist”

The song: If your parents and grandparents are getting tired of the hip-hop music the kids these days seem to like, throw them a bone with this classic rock ‘n’ roll tune. Even now, Chubby Checker’s enthusiasm for twisting can inspire a dance floor to fill up with hip-swiveling fools.

The dance: The funny thing about the Twist is everyone just seems to already know how to do it. There aren’t explicit instructions in the song. “It goes like this,” Chubby says, but that’s not helpful. “Round and round and up and down it goes,” he claims, but mostly it’s just rotating your hips side-to-side. Still, its’ one of those innate things all humans know how to do.

There are plenty of songs out there for mid-to-expert-level dancers: The Electric Slide, the Achy Breaky, the Hustle, the Dougie, to name a few. But for those not as sure of their move-busting capabilities, one of these three light-hearted, easy-going charmers is a godsend on the dance floor.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Five Non-Alcoholic Wedding Cocktails

We’ve covered a lot of cocktail ideas in this blog. We’ve done cocktails by season, by holiday, by flavor, and by color. But now we’re ready to admit that there are people out there who, for one reason or another, won’t be serving alcohol at their weddings. Maybe you have religious reasons for eschewing the booze, or past history reasons, or maybe you just never got into drinking. No matter why you’ve chosen to have a dry reception, we want to help you make it the best that it can be. Here are ten non-alcoholic wedding cocktails (or “mocktails” if you must) to make your ceremony sparkle.

Virgin Margaritas

Okay, we promise this list won’t just be virgin variants on regular cocktails, but this one’s too good to pass up. There’s a growing trend of using agave syrup as a sugar substitute, which means this once hard-to-find ingredient is readily available. When you make a virgin margarita, use limeade, a splash of orange juice, and agave syrup for sweetening. The agave will give the drink the subtle spice that the tequila usually provides.

Summer Spritzers

This is less a single drink and more a template for summer wedding drinks. Take the fruit juice of your choice, combine it with muddled leaves of an herb of your choice, and then add simple syrup and tonic water. There are dozens of combinations and they all have a light, refreshing, summery feel to them. Try strawberry-basil, rosemary-pear, or lemon-spearmint for starters.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

For a winter wedding, your guests are probably expecting hot chocolate to warm them up at the start of the reception. Throw them a bit of a curveball by adding ½ teaspoon of chili powder and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon to every four servings. It adds a subtle spiciness to warm the insides and provide a rush of endorphins to get your guests out to the dance floor.

Apple-Ginger Sparklers

This fall cocktail starts with a base of cold sparkling apple cider. Then add ginger syrup to taste, until you’ve balanced the sweetness of the cider with a refreshing ginger bite. Finish it off with a cinnamon stick and some crystallized ginger as a garnish.

Blueberry Iced Tea

Iced tea is always welcome at a summer wedding. Kick your iced tea up a notch or two by adding blueberry flavor from a jar of blueberry preserves. First brew the tea, then once it’s cooled press the preserves through a strainer to make a thick blueberry syrup. Stir the syrup into the tea, and voila! No need to add sugar or lemon for a refreshing drink.

Cucumber Cooler

They don’t come more refreshing than this mix of fresh pineapple juice, club soda, simple syrup, and cucumber water. It’s a light and delicious mix, with just the right amount of sweetness and fizz.

There are plenty of reasons to raise your glass at a wedding, and what’s in that glass doesn’t have to be alcoholic for everyone to have a good time. With these five non-alcoholic recipes in your repertoire, you’ll be equipped to give your guests a tasty treat that designated drivers, pregnant women, and kids can enjoy, too.