Archive | March, 2018

10 Unconventional Easter Basket Ideas

Thanks for all the love on my Easter tablescape earlier this week, friends.  I’m continuing the Easter theme today and giving you lots of different ways to make an Easter basket.

I’ve always wanted to get my kids these kinds of Easter baskets from Pottery Barn, but man are they expensive.  Maybe one day? Don’t you just love how they can be personalized?  I also love that they have the quality to last for several more years of Easter egg hunts.

Maybe I should hop on them now (pun intended) so that my kids can get several uses out of them before they don’t want to participate in Easter egg hunts anymore.  At what point do kids stop wanting to hunt for eggs anyway?

Well anyway, if you don’t want to spend a small fortune on an Easter basket, try putting one of these ideas to use.

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Unconventional Easter Basket Ideas

My thought process is that because you already have to buy things to fill the Easter basket, try incorporating the basket into what you already have to buy anyway.

Here are a few ideas I found from the list below and linked up for you in case you want to give any of these a try.

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1. Bike Basket

If you’re already buying a bike for an Easter gift, then just fill the bike basket with candy and other Easter treats. My neighbor is actually doing this and I thought it was genius!

2. Umbrella

What better way to get ready for Spring than with an umbrella?  Instead of stuffing the umbrella into a basket just open it up, turn it upside down, and fill with all the Easter goodies.

3. Shopping Cart

Does your toddler love to play store like mine?  I’m not sure if it indicates that we go to the store too much, but she loves to play it.

Instead of an Easter basket, just use a toddler play shopping cart.  It makes perfect sense to fill it up with play food, a cash register, and other store related toys.

4. Stroller

My little girl also loves to play babies, which always involves a stroller.  So if you don’t already have a stroller, or you do, fill it up with baby toys for Easter.

5. Truck Bed

Now if you have a little boy, this may be more appropriate because I don’t know any little boys that don’t like trucks.  Get a larger toy truck for Easter and fill the bed of the truck with candy and other small toys.

6. Kiddie Pool

If you really want to use Easter as a chance to get ready for the summer, then get your kids a small kiddie pool and fill it up with everything you’d normally put in an Easter basket.  They’ll get so much use out of the pool in the summer.

7. Back Pack

If your kids are a little older and in school, maybe it’s time for a new back pack?  You have to buy the back pack anyway, so just use it to put your Easter stuff in.  Two gifts in one!

8. Hats

If you have a teenage boy, use a hat as his Easter basket.  He probably doesn’t want a traditional Easter basket anyway.  So get him a hat with his favorite team logo and add a chocolate bunny inside.  You’re never too old for a chocolate bunny!

9. Gardening Bucket

Spring is the time when people are getting outside more and getting the yard and garden ready for summer.  Involve your kids by getting them a gardening bucket with kid appropriate gardening tools for Easter.  You can always add plenty of candy to the bucket too.

10. Purse

I know as a teenage girl, I always wanted more purses and bags.  Now I’m relegated to diaper bags, womp womp.  But if you have a teenage girl using a purse to hold her Easter treats is a great basket alternative.

I hope something on this list gives you an idea for an unconventional Easter basket this year.  I’m sure your kids would love anything to get anything on this list!

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Tablescape Tuesday: Pink and White Easter Tablescape

It’s time for one of my favorite series on the blog, Tablescape Tuesday.  I love putting a fun, themed, colorful table together for all kids of parties.  And I love sharing them with you!

I hope today’s tablescape gets you ready for Easter!  It’s right around the corner.  What have you been doing to celebrate the season?  You can see what I did for Lent here.  I am looking forward to more fun too, with egg dying and some crafts with my kiddos.

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Easter Tablescape

So for Easter, I wanted to use this bright and colorful tablecloth I’ve had for several years.  Unfortunately, it’s starting to fade a little from washing it.  A themed tablecloth is a great foundation for any holiday table.

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I actually read in an article about how the French entertain that unless your table is exceptionally beautiful you should always use a table cloth.  I thought that was interesting, even though I don’t always follow the rule.

So I decided to use my pink lily table cloth and really play up the pink with some Easter lilies and pink Easter eggs.  In order to not make it pink overload (although my 3 year old daughter would love that) I mixed in some textured chargers, greenery, and mossy Easter bunnies.

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Easter Tablescape Place Settings

I love these place settings and the addition of some yellow daffodils.  How fun would it be to have your guests all add them to a vase of water in the middle of your table before you start eating.  Maybe go around the table and have everyone say something they are grateful for.  Or a funny story about the host.  Or their favorite Easter candy.

Easter tablescape, Easter table decor, Easter decorations, Easter ideas, Easter table settingsEaster tablescape, Easter table decor, Easter decorations, Easter ideas, Easter table settingsThese leaf place cards are so cool.  I love the greenish yellow color they bring to the table and the different ways you can use them.  Be sure to check my Instagram stories to see the different ways I plan on using them for Easter.

I’m pretty excited to sit around the table on Easter Sunday and enjoy a delicious brunch with family and friends.  What are your Easter traditions?  Do you decorate for the holiday?

I’ll be touring my spring home in the next week so be sure to come back to check that out.  I may just do a live walk through on my Facebook page too.  Lots of things to check out for spring.

And you know what’s funny?  I put this bright and cheery Easter tablescape together when we had about eight inches of snow on the ground outside!  Spring in Colorado is….interesting.  We always seem to have a late spring snow.  I’m sure we’ll probably have another before summer officially rolls around.

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Lent Almsgivng Ideas for The Home Entertainer

Happy Friday!!  It’s also the 27th day of Lent.  Today I wanted to be open and honest and share some things with you, I hope you read along.

 

This past fall I started the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) process at our Catholic parish.  So at the conclusion of Lent, on Holy Saturday, I will officially be Catholic!  It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile to help unify our family.

My husband grew up Catholic, and we’re raising our kids Catholic, but I was always the missing piece.  The whole thing really came to a head one Sunday at Mass when my daughter decided to go with my husband to receive Eucharist. She started crying walking down the aisle because Mommy couldn’t go with her.  Obviously, I could have walked to the front and just not received it, but I stayed in the pew and waited for them to come back while my heart was breaking.

That’s when I knew it was time to start the process.  I’ll be honest and say that it hasn’t been easy, but it’s also been really great at the same time.  There have been logistical issues with kids, other priorities and reasons I’ve had to miss classes.  It’s been a steep learning curve and a challenge of faith.  But every week I leave my classes feeling more complete, more loved, and with more assurance that this is what I’m supposed to be doing.

Lent Almsgiving Ideas for the Home Entertainer

All of that back story to tell you what I’m doing for Lent this year.  I’ve participated in the whole “giving things up for Lent” since high school, and most of the time my sacrifices have been fairly superficial.  Some times I’ve given up chocolate or dessert, and there was one year I gave up reality TV.  That one was actually kind of hard.

The past few years however, I’ve decided to start doing something instead of giving something up.  So this year, I decided I wanted to host a different family for dinner every week.  Here’s the really honest part, we’re four weeks into Lent and I’ve only hosted two families.  Yikes! Either way, I’m still glad to keep trying to coordinate with people and feed them!

I referred back to the parable of the talents (Matthew 25: 14-30) and realized that my talent is opening up my house and sharing time with others.  Something I try to encourage you all to do.

But, I’m not just opening my house and having a meal with others, I’m putting my party planning and decorating spin (aka talent) on things.  Shocker!

The first time we hosted was a Friday, which meant no meat for the day.  So I planned a fun fish taco night with signature drinks and themed tablescape. I’ll definitely break down all the details in another post soon, but wanted to share a couple photos from our meal.

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I have plans for at least a couple more dinner parties, but really need to squeeze them in before April 1st!

Although it’s been fun for me to menu plan, set up a pretty tablescape and cook a delicious meal, it’s actually been the fellowship that I’ve loved the most.  It’s been great talking with other families about life, kids, dreams, challenges, and faith.  It’s the whole reason I decided to do this for Lent.

One of my RCIA teachers explained the idea of fasting, praying, and almsgiving of Lent as a way to love ourselves, love God, and love others. I thought that was a great way to explain the golden rule.  He described it as to love our selves we must fast and deny ourselves things that aren’t good for us.  To love God we need to pray.  And to love others we need to give.  I love being able to give others a good meal and a nice place to eat it.

I hope this Lenten season has been good for you, and if you are just now getting into the swing of things, there is plenty of time to fast, pray, and do almsgiving.

Thank you for letting me be open and honest about my faith journey.  I hope you all have a great weekend and are encouraged to fast, pray, and give.  Or even just invite someone over for dinner!

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Printables

Morning, well it’s still kind of the morning.  Coming in late today, but better late than never. I wanted to give you all some more free, quick, and easy St. Patrick’s day decor.  Yesterday I showed you how to make a quick garland.  Combine that with these St. Patrick’s Day shamrock printables and you basically have a party!

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st. patricks day printables, st. patrick's day party decor, st. patrick's day kids craft, st. patrick's day shamrock printablesI made some shamrock cupcake toppers and straw labels.  They are super easy to just print, cut out, and use them for your party.  I used some fun gold polka dot washi tape to add them to straws on some juice boxes and on top of the cupcakes.

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st. patricks day printables, st. patrick's day party decor, st. patrick's day kids craft, st. patrick's day shamrock printablesThe labels would work great taped around a swizzle stick too if you are having more grown up drinks for St. Patrick’s Day.  Or you could wrap them around the stem of a wine glass to label drinks.

st. patricks day printables, st. patrick's day party decor, st. patrick's day kids craft, st. patrick's day shamrock printablesI’ve also had these green tins for a really long time and have never used them for anything.  So, out they came for St. Patrick’s day and this little “pot of gold” popcorn.  Using popcorn at the end of a rainbow is such an easy way to include the idea of a pot of gold on St. Patrick’s day.

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Click Below for St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Printables

 

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An Easy DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland

Is it starting to feel like spring where you live yet?  It’s definitely starting to where I live in Colorado.  It’s getting me so excited for warmer weather and all the celebrating and entertaining that comes along with it.

Today I have such an easy DIY, that I kind of feel silly even posting about it.  But, I just want to show you that party decor, or seasonal decor for that matter, don’t have to be difficult or time consuming.

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I wanted to do  a little something for St. Patrick’s day, but green decor is not something I have on hand.  So I decided to make my own.  Thanks to some after Christmas sales, I found this great solid green wrapping paper.  Knowing I had that, I figured I could make my own St. Patrick’s Day Garland.

I took a tip from the wrapping paper itself and decided to do something with circles, since the paper has polka dots.  Once I had my idea, I knew I only needed a few items to make the garland.

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland Supplies

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  • Green Wrapping Paper
  • Glue (I used a glue stick, and so far is holding up great)
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Not pictured: pencil and something circular to trace around

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland Tutorial

Like I said at the beginning of this post, this is a really easy DIY.  I knew I wanted to make a bunch of circles and fold them in half over string to make my garland.  It’s really simple.

Step 1: Make Circles

I used the bottom of a vase to trace circles on the wrapping paper.  There are so many things around your house that could be used to trace.  Plates, pot lids, vases, a kid’s toy, bowls, really anything that’s circular and the size you’re looking for.

Next, you’ll want to cut the circles out.  I just freehanded cutting them.  And I didn’t take any pictures of this part, but you get the idea right.

Step 2: String up the Circles

After I had cut out my circles, I started adding them onto the string.  I did this by folding them in half, then gluing them onto the string.

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That’s pretty much it.  I did these same couple of steps for all of the circles and just eye-balled the distance between the circles on the garland.

Once all the circles were on the string I hung them up on my mantle.

DIY St. Patrick's Day garland, easy diy wrapping paper garland, green garland, St. Patrick's day decorI would recommend that once they are hung up to do a little trimming.  Because I just cut the circles out myself, they weren’t perfect.  Some of the white inside of the wrapping paper was showing through, you can see it below.  I just trimmed it off after I had hung it up.

DIY St. Patrick's Day garland, easy diy wrapping paper garland, green garland, St. Patrick's day decorOnce that was done, I feel like it’s a pretty cute little garland!  The best part was that it took me practically no time at all to make.  Which is why I think it’s so easy to make parties a little extra fancy and pretty.

It doesn’t take much time to make your own party decor.  Your party will look so much more cohesive it you make themed decor and try to make everything looked tied in together through the decor.

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Celebrating everyday!