The Tip Junkie features food pranks on her post for home and office. Why do I mention this? My husband and I keep our marriage fresh by playing pranks on each other. Take for example the new decoration he added on our bookshelf. Yes, that’s a raging gorilla-monster by our faux orchids.
I’m guilty of planting a life-sized cut out of a gecko near the light switch on the morning of April Fools Day, last year. I got my hubby good!
Here are 5 Tips for April Fools “seasonal decorations” in the home
- Use eco-friendly materials. Why? Cardboard cutouts and the like are biodegradable, inexpensive, and easily recycled.
- Choose non-messy pranks in the morning. Why? Save explosive ketchup packets for after the workday. You don’t want to change a funny joke into genuine distress if a Ralph Lauren suit or silk blouse gets stained.
- Camouflage the April Fools joke item. This makes the hunt more fun. For example, let’s say you have many antique bronze fixtures in the home. Why not hide something metallic near it? Think of Scrooge’s shock at a seeing Marley’s face in a door knocker. If you prefer Norman Rockwell rather than A Christmas Carol inspiration, check out the artist’s April Fools painting for ideas for the home. At one of our favorite lunch places in Carmel-by-the-sea, the Little Swiss Cafe, the restaurant sneaks in Disney characters in its mural of a Swiss countryside. If you want to create a trompe l’oeil in your kitchen, if you are not renting like me, go for it!
- Avoid sensitivities. To illustrate, if your honey is truly afraid of insects refrain from dangling a plastic spider from the Tiffany pendant light for him to find during breakfast. I read about a kitty litter cake prank reported by Families.com. I’d recommend that you avoid such gross outs for your home. Unsanitary jokes don’t give the home a good vibe.
Tailor the joke to your spouse. Pranks like these give an initial shock but they show your new wife or hubby that you know them well. You get their sense of humor. Plot what will tickle them and set the day off to a good start. Nik, my hubby, chose the gorilla-monster because it’s a reference to one of our hobbies together, playing a board game called Heroscape. I selected the gecko because we have a membership to the Natural History Museum and we both were scouts. That means we love the outdoors.
Yes, creating a cozy newlywed apartment takes some Zen-thinking balancing elements of forest, water, fire and earth. It’s also true that home decor has some rules such as creating harmony in the home by using one dominant contrasting color. You can read more about color selection in Better Homes and Gardens: Decorating Basics. However, it keeps the marriage vibrant by adding a few light-hearted surprises on April Fools.