Groundhog Day Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Groundhog Day event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.

Groundhog Day is a holiday that’s both fun and significant; what better time to play some festive party songs?

A Groundhog Day playlist should reflect the light-hearted but classic spirit of the holiday itself. It could include songs such as:
Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles (to play if the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, signaling the imminence of springtime)
Me and My Shadow by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. (to play if the groundhog does see his shadow, indicating that winter is here to stay a while)
Shadows of the Night by Pat Benatar (to play for the younger crowd, if the groundhog does see his shadow)
I’m a Little Groundhog—popular variation on the children’s classic I’m a Little Teapot
Groundhog Day by Bob Jenkins
Pennsylvania Polka by Frankie Yankovic
Groundhog Day party supplies also play an integral part in this light-hearted celebration. Carved, paper mache and rubber likenesses of the original forecasting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, should adorn the party area; a Phil doll even could serve as a table centerpiece, and miniature versions of this doll could be offered as take home party favors. Party colors should be dark and rustic, with decorations and tableware glowing in hues of gold, brown, mauve and dark green. Creative idea: Matching or contrasting color decor items such as plates and cups will work for any theme ideas. If you specify the type of clothing for a social event like summer causal, give a few examples of what is acceptable and more importantly what isn't. When all is said and done, favors given to those guests who were able to attend will both feel appreciated and be reminded of the day whenever they look at that favor.

A traditional Groundhog Day party with homemade party supplies such as homemade hats with stuffed groundhogs attached to the top, Groundhog Day t-shirts and Groundhog Day signs will be quite entertaining. Groundhog Day is held on February 2nd and most people believe the groundhog predicts the weather by seeing his shadow. Therefore, homemade party supplies such as handmade weather vanes, stuffed groundhogs and banners will be very popular.

Many people find Groundhog Day to be a festive occasion and party goods such as drink umbrellas, personalized beer mugs and Groundhog Day coffee mugs are all very popular. Groundhog Day occurs in winter and handmade party supplies such as Groundhog adorned ear muffs, hats and gloves are equally as important.

Groundhog Day is the ideal time for handmade party supplies and other party goods which include sunglasses, noisemakers, costumes, traditional banners, garden flags and Groundhog Day centerpieces. A homemade Groundhog Day centerpiece is a great item to make before Groundhog Day. Using a traditional fruit bowl place fruit in the middle and around the edges then place a large stuffed groundhog on top. This centerpiece will be a great attraction for your Groundhog Day celebration and will compare to no other centerpiece that you own. Furthermore, this unique centerpiece will bring a lot of conversation to your Groundhog day celebration.

In parts of the country it is tradition to celebrate this festive day, and what better way then with a Groundhog Day holiday cake. Every party or event is enhanced by having a cake, so for this event lets start with the basics of making a cake, and then add items to the party supplies list to make it happen. Start off by making a black walnut pound cake and once made place on a tray that has a miniature groundhog. To make it, start with a large mixing bowl and place in cream butter, shortening and sugar. Next step is to add one egg at a time and bet well before adding the next. Now with the flour and baking powder sift them together, which brings us to add milk and extracts, alternating between them top get a creamed mixture. Fold in the nuts. When ready get a 10 inch tube pan, which will need to be greased and floured before pouring in the mixture. Bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes at 325 degrees or until testing cake shows it is done. Cool for 10 minutes, once cool cut a small shallow hole to place another miniature groundhog and then frost.

Inspiring movies, special festivities, and news reports recording the groundhog’s creeping out of his burrow, Groundhog Day is observed on February second each year, and is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that has been around for centuries. The origins of Groundhog Day have clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths like this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives and help people predict when to plant and harvest as well as warn of impending weather to help people prepare for any eventuality.

February second each year, is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole, after a long winter sleep, to look for his shadow. If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather, and returns to his hole. If the day is cloudy, he can’t see his shadow, and he takes that as a sign of spring, and stays above ground.

The groundhog tradition stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day and the days of early Christians in Europe. For centuries the custom was to have the clergy bless candles and distribute them to the people. Even then, it marked a milestone in the winter, and the weather on that day was important.

The ancient Candlemas legend, and similar beliefs, continues to be recognized annually on the second day of February, largely due to the efforts of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. From offering support of political events, to rooting for area sports teams, to becoming the star of a Hollywood movie, Punxsutawney Phil’s fame has grown. Today's celebration sees tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world as revelers await Phil's appearance as most fans wait to see their favorite rock stars. Take this day to have your own special Groundhog celebration, just another excuse to have a great barbecue if you're in a warm climate or other fun event!

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Groundhog Day History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Groundhog Day theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

The history of Groundhog Day began in Pennsylvania in the 18th or 19th century. It began as a custom of the Germans who were living in southeastern and central Pennsylvania. Its origins date back to ancient European stories of weather, wherein the sacred bear or badger emerged from a burrow. If the day was a cloudy one, the badger would leave his burrow and that signified that winter would end soon. But if it was a sunny day when he emerged, he would see his shadow, and that meant that winter was going to stick around for a while, and he returned back into his burrow for another six weeks.

The holiday is similar to the festival of Imbolc, which is a seasonal turning point in Paganism for the Celtic calendar, and also is somewhat similar to Candlemas, which is a medieval Catholic holiday.

The largest celebration of this day is in the town of Punxsutawney, in Pennsylvania, and it was even featured in the movie Groundhog Day.

The earliest reference to the day was found in the diary of a storekeeper named James Morris, and it was dated February 5, 1841. It referenced Candlemas, or the Purification of the Virgin, but named the groundhog as the prognosticator, rather than the badger or bear.

A television meteorologist, Mike Randall, stated that there will always be six additional weeks of winter after the February 2nd holiday, so the idea of an early spring does not really exist. So, when the groundhog sees its shadow, predicting six more weeks for the winter season, he is always right. When he doesn’t see it, and he predicts an early spring, he is always wrong. The rate of accuracy of the groundhog is 80%, and this is also the percentage of the times he sees his shadow. Plan ahead by including at start time for the day and if needed include a reasonable end time as well. Don't wait until the last minute to set up for a celebration, you will be hurried and stressed by the time the guests start to arrive. Plan ahead by including at start time for the day and if needed include a reasonable end time as well. The history of Groundhog Day has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Groundhog Day to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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