Get ready for April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day is Wednesday and I am trying to remind myself that it will be here soon because my brother always seems to get me with some type of practical joke.  If you are a prankster and this is one of your favorite holidays then here are some ideas to help you plan your fun for the day.

Start with food that will surprise everyone.  Your family or friends might think they are getting a sweet chocolate cupcake but it is actually a Meatloaf Cupcake with mashed potatoes

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This Hot Dog recipe will have everyone wondering what the odd ingredient is???

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For dessert, serve Baked Potato Ice Cream Sundaes.

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Kids will really be confused when they are served these Faux Fish Sticks.

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Martha Stewart also has some other great ideas for some practical jokes.

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For those of you who love to play pranks to the unsuspecting friends and family, have fun and try to have a little compassion for those of us who can be gullible.

Published in: on March 30, 2009 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Easter and Spring Wreaths

Wreaths are great to use for decorating inside or outside.  You can hang them in a variety of places or incorporate them into a beautiful tablescape.  Here are some Easter wreaths that will enhance any space.

This Wreath with a Nest will definitely greet guests at your front door.

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The Millefleur Wreath creates an English cottage garden look.  If you are crafty, you could make this type of wreath using colorful spring flowers.

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I have made a Speckled Egg Wreath like this one from Pier One but unfortunately it was destroyed in our last move and I am running late on making a new one!

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I love daisies and these colors are sure to brighten anyone’s day.  This would be great to hang or place on a table with a candle or vase in the middle of it.

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I hope these wreaths add a festive touch to your Spring and Easter decor.

Published in: on March 27, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (1)  

Decorating for Easter

Easter is such a fun time to decorate.  Everything is so colorful and vibrant at this time of the year.  Hear are some ideas to help you get started with your Easter decorating.

Use Easter candy to enhance the look of your spring flowers.  This centerpiece uses two vases and brightly colored jelly beans.

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Another idea using a vase or jar is this Easter Egg Vase.

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This table uses disposable doilies as an elegant cover for your table.

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I love this Flower Votive Candle that you can easily make yourself.

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This Wheat Grass Centerpiece is a great way to bring the outdoors inside.

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Let these ideas inspire you to celebrate the Easter season by brightening your house with spring decorations.

Published in: on March 25, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (5)  

Garnish

If you haven’t heard of Garnish, you definitely need to check out there great products and their fresh ideas for using their products.  You can use their products in a variety of ways for wedding showers, baby showers and other celebrations.

Here is their “Eggs”-tra Special Easter Garnish inspiration.

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Another one of my favorite ideas is their Children’s Party Table.  Be sure to look closely at the sunshine tubes filled with Legos.  What a great idea for kids!

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Let your creative side take over and use Garnish for great ideas and products for your upcoming party plans!!

Published in: on March 23, 2009 at 6:26 am  Comments (3)  

Outdoor Celebrations

I have spring fever right now and I can’t get enough of the beautiful weather today.  I just want to be outside which leads me to my post for today which is outdoor celebrations.  I came across these ideas from Country Living to take the party outside.

This is a great spring tablescape using bales of hay for seating.

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Sunflowers just make me happy and these sunflower cupcakes would be a tasty spring treat.

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A simple tablecloth with vibrant flowers dress this picnic table up with little effort.

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No matter what your theme is, take the party outside and enjoy some beautiful weather.

Published in: on March 18, 2009 at 6:19 am  Comments (3)  

Green Theme

Green can used in so many ways.  Of course, it is the main color to decorate with for St. Patrick’s Day but it is also great to use for weddings, baby showers and many other events.

Here are some ways to incorporate green into your celebration.

This Cuppa Fun brings a cheerful look to the table.

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Colin Cowie always is inspirational with his tablescapes and ideas like this one he used for an intimate birthday dinner.

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Crate and Barrel has a Spring Green selection that includes dinnerware, vases and many other things to choose from.

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This is a Modern Nature theme found in D Magazine for a Mother Nature wedding theme.

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There are many possibilities for the color green so let your imagination go and “Go Green”.

Published in: on March 13, 2009 at 6:00 am  Comments (3)  

St. Patrick’s Day recipes

If you are planning a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, here are some recipes that will help you plan your celebration.

Start with this Pot o’ Gold Potato Soup.

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These Shamrock Sandwiches will go great with the soup.

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St. Patrick’s Day is a day for celebrating Irish history and tradition so make sure you try the Irish Soday Bread.  Legend has it that the X is cut into the top of the bread to ward off evil spirits.

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A classic Irish meal is Corned Beef ‘n’ Cabbage.

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Your guests will be “lucky” to taste this Shamrock Pie.

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This St. Patrick’s Day try your luck with some of these flavorful Irish recipes.

May you have:
A world of wishes at your command
God and his angels close at hand
Friends and family their love impart,
And Irish blessings in you heart.

Published in: on March 11, 2009 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  

St. Patrick’s Day Drinks

It’s time to drink Green!  Here are some green drinks to help with your St. Patrick’s day planning.

Apple Martini

Sour Apple Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Sour Apple Pucker®
  • 1 oz. Apple Juice

Garnish: Cherry

Instructions

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Midori Sour

Midori Sour Drink

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Midori® Melon Liqueur
  • Sweet & Sour Mix

Garnish: Cherry

Instructions

Pour Midori into a glass with ice. Fill it with sweet and sour.

Green Spider

Green

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Crème de Menthe (Green)

Garnish: No Garnish

Instructions

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Flying Grasshopper

Flying Grasshopper Drink

Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz. Crème de Menthe (Green)
  • 3/4 oz. Crème de Cacao (White)
  • 3/4 oz. Vodka
  • 3/4 oz. Cream / Half & Half

Garnish: Mint Leaves (Optional)

Instructions

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Green Beer is a must at most St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and it is very easy to make.

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There are also plenty of non-alcoholic drinks to choose from like this Lime Sherbet Punch from Paula Dean.  This is a great punch to serve at an adult or children’s party.

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Another green drink to try is a Lime Smoothie.

Blend the following ingredients in a blender and serve.

  • 1.5 Cups Orange Juice
  • 4 Scoops lime sherbet
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 6 Tablespoons chopped mint
  • 4 kiwifruits, peeled and halved
  • 2 Cups crushed ice

Whichever drink you you decide on, make it green and always drink responsibly.

(photos and recipes from Good Cocktails)

Published in: on March 9, 2009 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Spring Forward

This weekend it is time to Spring forward and I always look forward to Spring.  Here are some ideas for some bright, cheerful spring centerpieces.

This grassy centerpiece from Rachel Ray will be great to create for Spring or as an Easter arrangement.

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Use a serving tray to display this arrangement of Lovely Lilacs.

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Create a Spring centerpiece out of wood blocks and scrapbooking materials like this from BHG.

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I love this tablescape from Brides.com.  My favorite thing are the votives floating in the marigolds.

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Use a cake stand and a foam ball to create this flower arrangement from Country Living.

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With Spring around the corner, use these great ideas to brighten the mood at your house or at a celebration.

Published in: on March 6, 2009 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Children’s St. Patrick’s Day Party

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by having a fun and crafty party for your kids.

Start with a shamrock invitation like this one from PaperStyle.

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You can also have your children help make the invitations using heavy card stock.  Cut out a shamrock and decorate it using green glitter.

For decorations, of course everything needs to be green.  Hang shamrocks from the ceiling and in doorways like these from Skip To My Lou.

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For a centerpiece, fill a big black cauldron with gold coins with a Leprechaun beside it.

For food, there are a lot of green foods that you can serve:  Green chips with guacamole, Shamrock sugar cookies, Shamrock Toasties, Lucky Charms,Clover shaped sandwiches and green vegetables like cucumbers, celery and pickles.

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Let the kids make their own Lime Sherbet Frosties with this recipe:

Take 2 scoops of lime sherbet and put it in a glass. Pour Sprite or 7up over the sherbet until it gets fizzy.  Top it off with whip cream and green colored sugar or sprinkles.

For activities, play Leprechauns Gold.  It is a tradition that a leprechaun will give you a gold bag if you ask for it.  Have all the children stand in a circle and one child becomes “Paddy” and stands in the middle of the circle.  While some music play, the children standing in the circle pass a bag of “gold coins” behind their backs.  When the music stop, “Paddy” had to point to the child that he believes has the bag.  If he is correct, then “Paddy” and the other child switch places and the game continues.  If he is incorrect, they they remain in the middle and try again.

You can also have a craft table set up to make different shamrock crafts like this one from Martha Stewart.

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A great green party favor to send home with your guests is Green Butter Popcorn.

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Hope you and your little Leprechauns enjoy this great Irish holiday and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

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Published in: on March 4, 2009 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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