Friday, August 3, 2012

7 great ways to celebrate National Watermelon Day

August 3 is National Watermelon Day.


Here are 7 ideas for celebrating this delicious and refreshing day. 


SLICE IT UP


This is the easiest and most straightforward way of celebrating the day. Just get your favorite watermelon and slice it up. You can't go wrong. We are celebrating today with a Hermiston Watermelon which I hear are some of the best in the world.


SPIT IT OUT


Every kid loves a great watermelon seed spitting competition especially when Mom participates.  It's always funny seeing your mom spit since she is generally the one who is enforcing good manners at the dinner table.


My father-in-law came up with a fun twist on this old game at our last family reunion.  He gave everyone little yard flags with their name on it and when you spit your seed you would then mark the spot on the yard with your flag.  For watermelon day these flags could be in the shape of watermelon wedges.


DICE IT UP


Everyone gets a small watermelon and you have a competition to see what everyone decides to do with it.

One of my favorite presentations was when someone cut the watermelon shell carefully to create a watermelon basket.  Then they scooped out all the watermelon in watermelon balls and refilled the "basket" with the watermelon balls and other fruit like cantaloupe etc.  It was beautiful.

Here is an example of Watermelon Art.



MAKE IT HIGH BROW

Recite your favorite poem with a Watermelon theme.

Southern Sunrise
by Sylvia Plath
Color of lemon, mango, peach,
These storybook villas
Still dream behind
Shutters, their balconies
Fine as hand-
Made lace, or a leaf-and-flower pen-sketch.
Tilting with the winds,
On arrowy stems,
Pineapple-barked,
A green crescent of palms
Sends up its forked
Firework of fronds.
A quartz-clear dawn
Inch by bright inch
Gilds all our Avenue,
And out of the blue drench
Of Angels' Bay
Rises the round red watermelon sun.


SING ABOUT IT

Sing your favorite Watermelon song.  Here is one of mine.  It's a game song. Start with the same chorus but then you take turns making up each verse:
Down by the Bay
Where the watermelon grows
Back to my home
I dare not roam
for if I do
My Mother would say
(Then here comes the fun part)

THEN everyone takes turn making up the verse which goes

Did you ever see a _____, _____ing a _____ down by the Bay

The 1st and the 3rd word have to ryhme.  Here are some examples

Did you ever see a Goat, rowing a Boat, down by the Bay
Did you ever see a Fly, blinking his Eye, down by the Bay
Did you ever see a Boy, throwing a Toy, down by the Bay

LIVEN IT UP

Serve up a batch of Watermelon Daiquiri's.  You don't actually have to add the rum.  Some people like rum but I have found that a daiquiri can be just as delish without the rum.  My two other favorite non-alcoholic drinks on a hot August afternoon are the Arnold Palmers (1/2 iced tea and 1/2 lemonade) and a fake Margarita just made with Minute Maid LimeAde in a blender with ice.

Here is a great recipe from Epicurious for a Watermelon Daiquiri.

Pulp from 2 1/2 pounds watermelon, seeded, cut into pieces, and chilled
1/2 to 1/3 cup lime juice, or to taste
3 tablespoons superfine granulated sugar
3 teaspoons orange-flavored liqueur
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark rum


WORD


Give everyone a piece of paper and see how many words they can come up with using the letters W-A-T-E-R-M-E-L-O-N


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I would love to hear how you celebrate National Watermelon Day or even about your favorite day of the summer (no matter what you are celebrating on that day).


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