Easter with Southern Living

The temperatures are uncommonly warm this week in Ohio and it has me dreaming of spring! As you all know, I’m a southern girl, born and raised in Alabama (also lived in Mississippi, Texas and Tennessee before moving to Ohio about 10 years ago). I subscribe to Southern Living magazine for many reasons but the most important is that it helps me bring a little bit of my southern heritage into my home each month.  

So when I was looking around for wonderful Easter ideas I was surprised to find an idea on southernliving.com that I don’t recall from the magazines. Since I usually pour over it slowly with a hot cup of coffee I can only think that the pages stuck together or I would shared these baa baa black and white sheep treats with you long ago. LOVE this idea for my kids’ Easter table this year! Here are the easy steps:

  1. To shape the body, use melted white candy coating (found in the baking aisle) to secure miniature marshmallows to one Pepperidge Farm Milano Black & White cookie.
  2. Attach Peanut M & M’s for hooves.
  3. Use a second Milano cookie for the head, and attach miniature marshmallows and miniature chocolate morsels for the eyes.
  4. Use flattened marshmallows, pinched together at one end, to make ears.

And what about these spring table setting ideas?! The talented designers at Southern Living never disappoint!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Isn’t this just lovely! Three tables were styled by Beka and Kimberly of Philadelphia-based Innove Events and photographed by the fabulous Marie Labbancz (featured at Elizabeth Anne Designs ) for an Easter brunch, but I think it could be beautiful for a sweet springtime birthday party too. You must hop over and see the entire collection of images!

Okay, and although the cake at the top right was not part of their collection, I thought it was very fun and something that even the birthday girl could help with. You’ll find all the details at Parenting.com, along with a cake pattern.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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bunny goody bags

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We’ve been baking Spring and Easter cookies this week and I was looking for some fun ways to package them as gifts from the kids. I thought these two were especially cute from Martha Stewart (craft 1craft 2). I think we’re going to go with the bunny ear and pom pom nose version. The boys love glue. {wink}

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Easter egg cupakes

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Are these not yummy looking?! And I love how they used graham crackers instead of baking sugar cookies. What a time saver!

Read all the details about this great idea from Duncan Hines. And for you moms out there like me who have a little one with food allergies, most Duncan Hines cake mixes are dairy free… and so are the Nabisco brand graham crackers! {wink}

Happy baking!

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adorable Easter cake pops

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I was thinking this morning about what type of cake I wanted to make this year for Easter. I’d love to make a beautiful white layered cake with maybe a chocolate transfer cross draped in purple for Easter dinner, but I like to make goodies with the boys that are a little more fun and whimsy too. So while out looking for ideas at my usual inspiration spots, I ran across these adorable sheep, bunny, Easter egg and chic cake pops from Bakerella. Hop {wink} on over and check them out. She lays all the details out for you.

Happy Monday everyone!

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inspired by yellow

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I’m very inspired by yellow right now (I even changed my kitchen accents and curtains!) especially since the first flowers of spring, at least where I come from in Alabama, is the daffodil, more commonly known by us southerners as the  jonquil. Here are a few centerpiece ideas featuring this beautiful flower. I’m not sure which I’ll use for my own Easter table, but it will likely be a version of one of them.

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The first set of images are from the talented designers at Martha Stewart (baby chic basket, cake plate tier). And the second set are from Southern Accents (daffodils and sea shells, blue and yellow).

Happy Spring everyone!

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Easter candy carrot craft

eastercarrot I’ve mentioned before that my youngest son has severe milk allergies, so holidays can be tough when it comes to buying pre-packaged candy. With this in mind, I wanted to figure out how to make the carrot candy wrappers so that I could stuff them with jelly beans or gummy savors. (The picture shows M&Ms, which I’m sure my oldest will gladly devour!)

So here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clear plastic cello bags
  • Green felt
  • Orange ribbon
  • Candies
  • Glue gun

And here’s all you have to do:

  1. Taking a cello bag, fold it from the bottom to the right side and tack lightly (image of fold 1) with hot glue, and then again (image of fold 2). I hope the pics help!
  2. Fill your new carrot shape with candies.
  3. Tie the top of your bag off with ribbon.
  4. Cut a 3×3 square of green felt. Starting at one corner, cut strips about a ¼ wide to the center of the square.
  5. Wrap the square, with the green sprays out the top, around the top of cello bag, above the ribbon, and tack with hot glue.

 Happy crafting!

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Easter centerpiece

easterflowers As you can see I’ve been looking through magazines again. This simple and beautiful idea is from our friends at All You Magazine. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two similarly shaped vases, one 3″ narrower than the other
  • Peeps
  • Jelly beans
  • Flowers

Here are the easy steps to pulling it together:

  1. Insert the smaller vase inside the large.
  2. Layer jelly beans in the space between the two.
  3. Arrange Peeps on top of the jelly beans.
  4. Arrange your flowers.

Share your favorite Easter ideas with us at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com and we might just feature  you!

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baby bird nest cupcakes

birdnestcupcaketree This morning on Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan I shared how to make these “oh so cute” baby bird nest cupcakes. These are perfect for a baby shower or any spring celebration, maybe an Easter brunch.

Here’s what you’ll need to embellish your cupcakes:

  • 1 can cream cheese or vanilla icing
  • Coconut
  • Robin egg candies or jelly beans
  • Ribbon, fabric pastel colors shown
  • Cupcake liners, pastel assortment from Wilton shown
  • Baking sheet
  • Three tier cake plates (8″, 10″ and 12″ stackable)
  • Small bird house (I got this one for a $1 at the craft store)

And here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Use egg whites only when preparing your batter so that it is ultra white. The lighter the batter the clearer the original color of your cupcake liners will be.
  2. Also, I suggest using apple sauce instead of oil so that they don’t become oily.
  3. Spread your coconut on a baking sheet and place it in the oven on 350 degrees for five to six minutes or until lightly toasted. You may want to toss your coconut before embellishing your cupcakes as the coconut in the center of the pan is likely to be lighter than the coconut on the outer edges.
  4. Cut 7-8″ sections of coordinating ribbon and wrap your cooled cupcakes.
  5. Ice each cupcake with a generous amount of icing, place three candies in the middle and then top with coconut.
  6. Shake off excess coconut and you’re ready to serve. birdnestcupcakeclose

Visit our shoppe to see our shower invitations and décor. And if you would prefer to see this craft in action, here’s the “how to” video.

Happy baking!

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