Well, here we are in the early days of slushy, mushy March. We are crawling toward spring, but it’s slow. The holidays are behind us, winter has lost its charm, the tax deadline looms, and summer vacations are still months away. It’s no wonder that many of us feel a little “blue” this time of year.
If you find yourself in that situation, why not embrace it – and mix it with a little fun? My recommendation is to plan a “blue” party!
I threw my first blue party a number of years ago when my husband and I were separated for five months due to a job situation. Most recently, I threw one with my grandchildren when they experienced a big disappointment. In each case, the “blues” were soon chased away, and we could move on.
There are many ways to do a blue party, but here are a few essentials:
Have all your guests dress in blue. This generally isn’t very difficult. Most people have a blue shirt or sweater they can pair with jeans. Blue hair is even popular now!
Next, decorate with a blue theme: blue streamers, blue balloons, blue paper plates and cups.
This might seem challenging at first as there aren’t many blue foods. But there are blue tortilla chips, and you can dye the chip dip blue. Blueberries can be served fresh or baked in a pie! You can bake a cake and frost it with blue frosting.
Add blueberry ice cream. At the local grocery store (Aldi), I found a blueberry goat cheese to serve with crackers. And you might be surprised to find how many blue drinks there are!
Now, best of all, plan some “blue” entertainment.
Find an appropriate movie, grab a box of tissues, and revel in feeling blue together. Options include
Consult your friends. Every woman seems to have a favorite tear-jerker.
Choose a movie with the word “blue” in the title where the content is anything but. How about:
Turns out these are only the tip of the iceberg. (Fun fact: Did you know that icebergs actually appear blue, not white, as the oxygen is squeezed out by the weight of the ice?)
Other movies with “blue” in the title:
Keep googling, and you’ll find even more!
You could listen to any music that qualifies as “the blues.” Etta James or B. B. King, anyone?
Or once again, choose a song with “blue” in the title. While lots of song titles include a color – “Yellow Submarine,” “Purple Haze,” “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Green, Green Grass of Home” come to mind – the color blue outstrips the others by a wide margin.
According to Spinditty.com, there are 88 popular songs with “blue” in the title. Here’s a playlist, mostly oldies but goodies, to get you started:
In Neil Diamond’s 1972 “Song Sung Blue,” he sings about how we all feel blue at times but if we put our feelings into song, we “sing out our blues” and we can’t help but feel better. That’s the whole idea behind a blue party: turn “feeling blue” on its head by embracing it and having fun with it!
How do you combat blue days? Does a “blue” party sound like fun? What would you do at a blue party?