Plan Your Easter Celebration

 

Hippity hoppity, Easter is on its way. Plan your Sunday soirée with these tips.

 

 

Decorate the House

You can start to enjoy the party weeks before Easter actually arrives by decorating your home for the occasion. Think spring-colored pendant banners, crosses, and, of course, bunnies. We love these little rabbits, who can be used as a ring holder or standalone decoration. Dye eggs a week in advance of Easter and use them to bring pops of color to bowls placed around your home.

 

 

 

Plan the Menu

Following the church service, the food is often one of the most anticipated aspects of Easter Sunday. Decide on the time for your meal. Do you want to host a brunch, luncheon, or a dinner? From there, you can figure out the details. For example, maybe you want to do a pancake bar and omelet station at brunch, or you want to serve a traditional ham, hash brown casserole, and deviled eggs for lunch. Take some of the pressure off of yourself by having a few of the dishes catered or asking your friends and family to pitch-in potluck style.

 

 

 

Stuff the Baskets

When you think back on the Easters of childhood pasts, you likely remember eating a chocolate bunny, a handful of jellybeans, or even marshmallow chicks. Create the same memory for your child or grandchild by stuffing a basket to the brim with plenty of sugary treats, reserved for this special day. Include other items such as a book about the meaning of Easter, a cross, or a plush bunny to help fill up the container. Need an idea for your little one? How cute are these fluffy bunny slippers?

 

 

 

Enjoy the People

Most importantly, take time to slow down, have conversations with guests, and cherish the people you love. The dishes can wait. The guests will find what they need in your fridge. You don’t want to miss the egg hunt or your grandmother cutting her prize strawberry pie!

6 Ways to Shower a Bride-to-Be

 

Wedding season is just around the corner. If you’re like us, you can’t wait to party with the bride-to-be. To help you celebrate, we paired popular parties with perfect presents (say that three times fast!) to give you ideas to shower the bride from the time she says “yes” until the day they say “I do.”

 

 

The Party: Engagement Soireé

The Gift: An “Engaged” Mug 

She’s got the ring, now it’s time to have a little fun. You can keep it low-key with a gathering of girls at your house or a favorite restaurant. Have several bottles of champagne, a few wedding magazines for inspiration, and nibbles for all the guests on hand to get the celebration going. Surprise her with a coffee mug made just for the bride-to-be. After all, she’s going to need to stay caffeinated to plan her big day.

 

 

 

The Party: A His and Her Shower

The Gift: Mr. and Mrs. Ring Dish 

The bride shouldn’t get to have all the fun. Get the groom in on at least one of the showers with a couples’ gathering complete with his and her gifts. For example, you might get them matching bathrobes, or give her kitchen tools and him garage tools. Our pick? This sweet-as-can-be ring dish with a side for each to place their bands at the end of the day.

 

 

 

The Party: Bridal Tea

The Gift: Give Many Blessings Clay Cross Box 

Bridal teas are often community-wide gatherings. Invitees include everyone from a bride and groom’s elementary teachers to their parents’ best friends. If you’re planning to host one, choose a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for the occasion and make sure to send out formal invites at least two weeks in advance. Since it’s a tea, you’ll probably want to have several tea selections on hand as well as punch, coffee, and traditional petit fours or a cake. Sweet, treasured gifts rule the day at a bridal tea. We suggest a memorable keepsake such as the blessings box shown here.

 

 

The Party: Bachelorette Party

The Gift: Happy Wife Hat 

It’s officially party time! If you’re the lucky host of a much-acclaimed bachelorette party, you get to map out the fun for the bride’s last fling with her girls. First and foremost, consider the bride’s personal taste and who’ll be attending before you make any big plans. This party should be an intimate gathering of girls, doing the bride’s favorite things—whether that’s a night out on the town, a spa day and dinner at a restaurant, or a trip to a carefree destination. We like this Happy Wife Hat for keeping the sun off of her face at the pool or covering up post-massage hair. Plus, it’s something she can use for years to come.

 

 

 

The Party: Friends and Family Shower

The Gift: One Special Person Plaque

The people gathered at a friends and family shower really (we mean really) know the bride or groom (or both!). That’s one reason why these showers can be a little more fun and mischievous. Gifts like the humorous sign shown here are all in good fun and will likely have your group laughing and sharing stories before you know it.

The Party: Wedding Morning Brunch

The Gift: In Case of Cold Feet Socks 

The big day has arrived! A pre-wedding brunch complete with doughnuts, mimosas, and all the bridal party’s favorite morning treats is a great way to kick off the day. If you want to host a quick brunch for the bride, keep the focus on keeping her cool, calm, and collected. While gifts might not typically be given at an event like this, throw in a pair of socks to cure any last-minute cases of cold feet!

 

 

Get Ready to Dip Your Chip

 

Crunch! National Chip and Dip Day is March 23. So, today, we’re giving you a few ideas to celebrate (as if you needed a reason to eat chips and dip!) Here are two no-fail recipes along with a few pointers for presentation that are sure to leave you ready to bite into the party!

 

 

Texas Caviar Dip

Loaded with veggies and just enough spice to make you kick up your boots, this dip is a crowd-pleaser any time of year.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 can black beans, drained

1 can black-eyed peas, drained

1 can corn, drained

1 jar pimentos, drained

4 green onions, chopped

¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup red wine vinegar

1 avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix together all ingredients and serve with corn chips. If you plan to make ahead, add the avocado just before serving.

 

 

 

Easy, Breezy Guac

This slightly sweet, slightly spicy recipe is a refreshing spin on traditional guacamole. Pair it with a cocktail for the perfect end to a spring day.

 

INGREDIENTS

3 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted

1 cup pineapple, diced

1/3 cup red onion, minced

juice of one lime

¼ cup fresh cilantro, minced

salt and pepper to taste

 

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large bowl, mix together first five ingredients until they reach your desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover the bowl with a piece of plastic wrap pushed all the way down to the top of the dip. This will help to prevent air from entering, which causes the mixture to turn brown. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Serve immediately thereafter with corn chips.

 

Don’t Skimp on Presentation

Now that you have your dip ready, it’s time to accessorize. Serve the dip with this tea towel featuring this on-point message: “So, how do I stop eating chips and salsa? Do they run out, or do I die, or what?” If you need a container for your chips or you’re serving a thick dip that won’t run over the sides, try this graphic-print platter that’s sure to be a favorite for any occasion. And, finally, if you’re an avocado fan, you’re sure to appreciate this “primo” guac sign.

 

Out-of-the-Box Ideas for a Girls’ Night In

 

Girls. We just wanna have fun. But schedules and responsibilities some times take priority over getting together. Luckily there’s no need for overboard decorum when it comes to hanging with the girls. Host an impromptu girls night in at your house with one of these easy-to-pull-together and fun ideas.

 

 

1. Sushi in Your Slippers

We know…it sounds like two things that don’t go together. But, takeout sushi from your favorite local Asian restaurant and a night in your best, cozy slippers can truly be a perfect pairing. Tell your girls to bring their favorite pair of house shoes (may we suggest this “Better Late Than Ugly” pair?) and then get orders of your favorite rolls to enjoy while you chat about what’s going on in your life and solve the problems of the world.

 

 

 

2. Wine in the Wild

It’s OK. Everyone needs to whine with some wine from time to time. Whether you’ve got a particular crisis situation or you simply want to complain about the way your husband does (or does not!) load the dishwasher, grab a bottle of vino and these cute “Real Friends Just Clink” glasses, and head to a girlfriend’s backyard where you can “release your feelings into the wild.” Who knows, being outside may help to calm your fears and anxiety—plus, you may be able to enjoy the sounds of birds chirping or a wind chime ringing (like this glass butterfly option).

 

 

 

3. Movies and Makeovers

Women are the queens of multi-tasking. So, why can’t you watch a chick flick while you get a pedicure or have a friend pluck your eyebrows? Round up all of your favorite polish colors, facial masks, and lotions or potions, then prop yourself up on a pillow, like this girl-gathering-friendly option, and relax. This girls night in get-together requires little prep but you and your guests are sure to leave feeling—and looking—better.

 

 

 

Overnight Oats Recipe

 

If you’re like most people, your morning routine is a bit, shall we say, rushed. Whether it’s finishing up a presentation, packing lunches, or trying to tidy up the dishes from the night before, there’s always something to do before you head out the door. Take breakfast off your morning to-do list with this easy, overnight oats recipe. You can personalize each jar with your favorite ingredients. Remember, there’s no wrong way to do overnight oats. So, you do you when it comes to selecting the ingredients. With that thought in mind, here are three of our favorite flavorful combinations.

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS

Starters

½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

½ cup milk (dairy or nut)

1 tablespoon Greek yogurt

Note: Add more milk or yogurt for a creamier version.

 

Go Bananas

½ banana, sliced

1 teaspoon chia seeds

+ starter ingredients

 

Berry Good

1 teaspoon honey

¼ cup fresh or freeze-dried raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries

1 teaspoon shredded coconut, optional

+ starter ingredients

 

Candy Bar Breakfast

2 ½ tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter

2 tablespoons chocolate chips

1 teaspoon chia seeds

+ starter ingredients

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Add all ingredients into a sealable container. Stir until well combined and cover with a lid. Refrigerate overnight. Open the lid and stir the mixture. If necessary, add more milk. You can eat the oats cold or heat them in the microwave for 1 – 1 ½ minutes. Note: A starter mixture will keep 3-5 days in the refrigerator.

Find Your Coffee Personality

 

If the saying you are what you eat holds true for coffee, then we’ve got just the thing for every java addict out there: mugs that match what you drink. In the spirit of fun, we’ve matched your coffee choice with a mug that describes its characteristics. From sweet sayings for latte lovers to no-nonsense containers for black coffee, read on to find your fit.

 

 

Your Coffee: Americano
Your Mug: Good Morning Badass Mug 

You’re a no-nonsense kind of girl. That means you don’t waste any of the room in your mug on sweeteners or cream. Fittingly, this mug cuts right to the point without any room for conversation fillers, if you will, and let’s everyone know this is how you greet the day and the tasks at hand.

 

 

Your Coffee: Carmel Macchiato
Your Mug: But This Mouth Coffee Mug

You’re equal parts sweet and powerful—just like your coffee. This mug expresses the sentiments of both you and your drink with a quote that let’s everyone know you’re the perfect blend.

 

 

 

Your Coffee: Mocha Peppermint Latte
Your Mug: Laverne and Shirley Mugs

Sugar, spice, and everything nice. That’s how you take your coffee. And, you’re likely to enjoy it most when you’re sipping with a friend. This Laverne and Shirley Mug Set is a great option for girlfriends who like to linger over their morning java.

 

 

 

Your Coffee: Nonfat Soy Latte
Your Mug: Seeds of Happiness Mug

You opt for a nonfat soy version of a classic to keep you feeling your best throughout the day—and you drink it from a mug that was handcrafted in the USA, meaning you’ve made several thoughtful choices before the day starts.

 

 

Your Coffee: Irish Coffee
Your Mug: My Crazy Aunt Mug

You like your coffee with a little something extra, if you get our drift. We don’t judge. Pour yourself a cup in the My Crazy Aunt Mug, and you’ll fit right in with the rest of the family.

 

 

 

Your Coffee: Cold Brew
Your Mug: Floral Coffee Tumbler 

You prefer your coffee cold, but that doesn’t mean you sacrifice taste. This mellow, rounded out version of a traditional cup of Joe is something we’ll see you sipping any time of day. That’s what makes this floral travel mug so great; it keeps concoctions cold or hot and is ready to walk with you through the day.

Quick Ways to Update EVERY Space in Your Home

 

The holidays have come and gone, and spring is just around the corner. For many of us, the upcoming changing of the seasons signals a desire to make a few updates around our home as well. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Here are additions and updates you can make to your décor in less time than it takes to say “hello, spring!”

 

 

Update…the Living Room

Give guests a good laugh with a new quote-worthy sign or piece of wall art in your lounge area or family room. This God’s Favorite Sitcom Box Sign seems appropriate for numerous families and numerous reasons.

 

 

 

Update…The Nursery

Even the tiniest members of the household deserve something new. Hang a whimsical Felt Mermaid Mobile over the crib to give your little one a whole new view.

 

Update…the Bath

A “scent” update can be as beneficial—and as relaxing—as a “sight” update. Give the bath a new fragrance with a Day at the Beach Candle, which may evoke memories of sunny times on the shore.

 

 

 

Update…the Garden

Don’t forget your outdoor areas. Dress up your pathway with a Celestial Sun Garden Stake that will bring color and vitality year-round.

 

 

Update…the Kitchen

Tea towels are an instant update in the kitchen. Hang one that features a favorite quote or picture on your oven door or a hook near the sink. We are particularly fond of the Llama Queen Kitchen Towel, which gives full reign to celebrate a drama queen.

Not the message you want to send? Shop more tea towels here >> 

 

 

 

Update…the Foyer

Your home’s entry is the first impression of what’s to come. Greenery and flowers can go a long way in terms of presenting a welcoming, fresh space. Plant your favorite houseplants in a container like this I Will Survive Splash of Copper Planter to welcome guests. BONUS: This planter also makes a great gift for friends who are going through a rough patch.

 

 

 

Update…the Bedroom

Bring a bit of the outdoors to your master or guest bedroom with a new spring-inspired pillow. We love this Bee Tufted Pillow for a bed or side chair.

Find more pillow options here >> 

Get to Know: Whitney Howard Designs

 

Based in Southern California, Whitney Howard Designs creates meaningful jewelry from recycled, lead-free pewter. Read on to learn more about the unique line.

 

Femail Creations: Tell us what type of pieces you create.

Whitney: At Whitney Howard Designs, we create pewter bracelets, key rings, pendants, rings, and even pet memorial stones—a variety of pieces, all of which have meaning to them.

 

 

 

Femail Creations: What do you love most about your days at work?

Whitney: I most especially love working with my husband, Howard. He is a one-of-a-kind man who is funny, compassionate, creative, and adventurous. We make an awesome team, and working together has been a life joy for me. Also, I am in my happy place when creating jewelry and accessories that represent the many aspects of life’s journey; creating tangible, wearable objects that remind us of the people and things we love, and the inspiration we so need.

 

 

Femail Creations: Tell us more about the “pay it forward” concept you employ.

Whitney: We make a conscious effort to put integrity first. Rather than being absorbed with ever-changing trends and fads, we remain focused on the idea of “paying it forward.” We want our inspirational jewelry to not only have a positive impact on the recipient, but on the environment as well. That’s why we only use recycled, repurposed and organic materials to create our Made-In-America jewelry. We want you to feel as good about our products as we do, and to share that positive and inspirational energy with family and friends.

 

 

 

Femail Creations: What do you hope your pieces of jewelry convey to the people who wear them?

Whitney: On special occasions, we often comb through rows and rows of greeting cards in hopes of finding the one that best expresses our feelings. Unfortunately, those cards often end up in the trash bin or collecting dust somewhere. With our eco-friendly, purposeful jewelry, your loved one can carry your sentiments with them to serve as an everyday reminder of strength, love, and appreciation.

 

Shop Whitney Howard Designs here >>

The Ins and Outs of Valentine’s Celebrations

 

For some, a night on the couch commandeering the remote and eating home-cooked cuisine constitutes a perfect Valentine’s Day. For others, it’s a night on the town with all the bells and whistles. Find ideas for both date-friendly and girls’ night celebrations here.

 

 

For a Date Night In

If you’re a busy parent—or just a busy couple—a night at home with your sweetheart could be just what you crave. If you love to cook, spend time together in the kitchen creating a meal you can savor. If cooking is not your thing, pick up your favorite takeout. Either way, don’t forget to add a chocolate treat to the menu!

After dinner settle in for a movie you both love or give each other a massage. The most important rule about a date night in is making sure you set boundaries, so you don’t feel the need to check work emails or get distracted with a load of laundry that needs to be folded. Focus your time and energy on the art of being together and enjoying each other’s company.

 

 

 

For a Galentines’ Night In

It’s time to pamper yourself! Organize a girls gathering with all of your favorite people and things. Poll the group beforehand for movie and meal options. Then, put each friend in charge of bringing one item. For example, have the beauty guru bring her supply of nail polishes and face masks, and the chef of the group can whip up a dessert or meal (if she’s feeling inspired)!  Don’t forget your slippers (we love this option)!

 

 

 

For a Date Night Out

Spending Valentine’s night out on the town can be the perfect way to connect with your guy. But, it does take a bit of planning. If you’re thinking of heading to a restaurant, make sure you grab a reservation early. The two of you can dress up and pretend you’re back on your first date—without the awkwardness! Not into the formal scene? A date night out at a food truck park, the local arcade, or the bowling alley can be the perfect way to spend time together—and if you want to make the date night a family affair, these venues are great for kids.

 

 

 

For a Galentines’ Night Out

Let’s be real, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to plan a girls’ night out. Think good food, good wine, and good conversation. Whether your gang prefers bustling downtown restaurants or more secluded, off-the-beaten path venues, plan for a lingering meal and then head to a second stop for after-dinner drinks or—in the spirit of Valentine’s Day—a post-dinner treat.

5 Finds for Your Galentine

 

She’s seen you at your best and your worst; yet, she’s still there for you no matter what life brings your way. We’re talking about your best gal pal, of course. Show her some love this February 14 with one of these sweet or silly gifts.

 

 

I Love Your Stupid Face Tea Towel

You can’t be mad at your bestie. Even when things have gone awry, you still love her stupid face. Let her know you get her with this cheeky tea towel.

 

 

Love Makes a Family Wall Heart 

Sisters, cousins, aunts, moms, grandmothers—they all make fabulous friends. This colorful wall plaque will remind her she’s more than family—she’s a friend.

 

 

 

Heart with Wings Cuff 

She gives you wings! Gal pals often give us the confidence to do the thing we’re afraid to do. Return the favor with a pair of tangible wings to remind her of your friendship every time she looks at her wrist.

 

AHH-larm 

Of course we want our best friends to be safe. This personal alarm can give her security while looking chic. The glittery heart is a perfect accessory to clip onto her purse or tote bag and can quickly sound off at the push of a button.

 

 

Thelma and Louise Mug Set 

You two are ride or die when it comes to sticking together. Gift her this coffee mug to proclaim your roles as besties. What’s more, you get to keep one for yourself! P.S. If you’re more of a Lucy and Ethel type, shop here