Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Instead, I hid the eggs in our living room and let the children choose what color they wanted to look for. I gave each child a metal pail filled with paper shred and decorated with ribbon in the same color as the eggs they were searching for and pointed them towards our living room. The kids enjoyed looking for their eggs and since they only had to find one color it made it a lot easier for everyone involved. Since Easter was the day after the party (and I knew that the kids would be getting a ton of candy the next day) I decided to fill the eggs with craft supplies instead. I found mini craft punches for a dollar at Michael's, stickers, confetti, tiny rubber stamps, etc. I did include one small bag of jelly beans with a note attached that read "thanks for "bean" here today to celebrate my birthday. " If you are hosting a large gathering for an Easter Egg hunt this year you might think about using this idea of color coding the eggs to ensure that everyone gets the same amount.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
1.)Sponge painting Easter Eggs: I put put paint, small sponges and hard boiled eggs out and let the kids decorate them.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
It is hard to believe that Easter is in just two weeks. My daughter was born in April and her birthday usually falls right near Easter. Last year it was the day before so we decided to have an Easter themed party. I found paper plates form Target that had green grass printed around the edges. I used a combination of flowers and petite terra cotta pots for napkin rings. To serve the food I made my own cake stands by turning terrra cotta pots upside down and using the saucers for the platters. I served Peanut Bunny and Jelly sandwiches- just PB&J cut into the shape of a bunny with a cookies cutter. I also had little cupcake liners filled with baby carrots and another with cheddar bunnies- little cheese crackers shaped like bunnies. For dessert I served fruit (and even cut melon into little bunny shapes with a tiny cookie cutter) and carrot cupcakes. Over the next week I'll share more about the activities and favors. So, stay tuned!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Fill footed mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with a collar of the whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over back of spoon. Serve hot.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
If you have ever been to someones house in Ireland I am confident that you were offered a cup of tea. And, even if you said no, they would have told you "oh go on" until you politely obliged. Tea is a major part of the Irish culture. The kettle is always on and Irish people definitely have a favorite type. My husband will only drink Barry's, preferably from the red box. Whenever I am in Dublin I love to go to the Shelbourne for high tea, located right on St. Stephens Green. My 5 sister-in-law's brought me there for the first time eight years ago and I have been hooked ever since. My husband and I even considered having our wedding reception there but decided the country was a better fit for the style and feel we wanted. But, I did have my bridesmaids tea there before our wedding! I hope that if you ever have a chance to visit Dublin, Ireland that you will stop by the Shelbourne for an afternoon cup of tea and that you will love it as much as I do.
Below is a description of the tea room from the hotel's website, which can be found here:
Lord Mayor's Lounge
"Timeless elegance in a luxurious setting, the lounge offers the perfect opportunity for quiet discussions and deep thoughts, all enjoyed around the aroma of the freshest whole leaf tea. Famous for serving Dublin's only true Afternoon Tea experience. "
Doesn't that sound inviting? I have not been back since The Shelbourne was bought by Marriott, but I am heading to Ireland in May and will certainly have to make a stop there to check it out.
Monday, March 1, 2010
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