Green Easter Ideas

Want to waste a little less this Easter? Here are some green Easter ideas, and I’m not talking fake grass. When it comes to going-green, Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are the go-to gals! Here are their tips and ideas for creating a fabulous Easter without all the waste.

Some bunny will love a green Easter basket

Easter brings thoughts of spring and rebirth, so there’s no reason not to celebrate it with the Earth’s best interest at heart. Since for many families, Easter wouldn’t be the day without the basket, here’s how to transform this traditional hit, into a gift that truly is worth celebrating.

Instead of buying a new plastic or woven basket made in a country far away, this year, how about using your imagination? Choose an item that can hold the goodies, decorate if you like and you’ve got a unique, no-cost container. How fun would it be for your kids to go on the hunt with one of these?

A purse
A backpack
A scarf tied to a hobo stick
A decorated paper bag or shoe box (add a handle if you like)
A fabric bag of any kind
A pot (decorate by drawing on a strip of paper the height of the pot, then fasten with tape)
A boot (Kids rain boots are especially cute. Tuck some fabric inside to keep goodies clean.)
A paint can (again, add fabric inside if you like)

If you’re the traditional type and like the look of grass, instead of buying the plastic stuff, why not try:

strips of fabric
real grass, either wheat grass or grass from your yard
shredded recycled paper
green scarf
strips of organic nori (seaweed available in paper-like sheets)
green napkin, washcloth or dish towel

What do you think? How will make your Easter baskets a little more green this year?

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at http://www.CelebrateGreen.net

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Easter Treats Like No Other!

My favorite princess of the baking world, Bakerella, has done it once again. I was so excited to see her that she is sharing some fabulous Easter Cake Pop creations! Words cannot even describe the pure cuteness so here are her masterpieces:

Bakerella’s Chick Pops are adorable! She also has a few other version of this edible birdie.

EGGstraordinary! These Easter Egg Pops are so clever!

Ooooh how I am loving these Bunny Cake Pops too! The only trouble is I cannot decide which ones are my favorite (I know problems right?)! So help me decide, which cake pops would you make for Easter? Please help or I will be one baking fool the night before our Easter party!

Be sure to check out Bakerella for all the instructions and many more fabulous ideas…be warned though- all of her creations are this cute!

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Something Blue Bridal Shower Theme

Even if your Bride’s wedding color is not blue, I think this blue bridal shower theme will be a hit. Every bride needs the “something blue right?” What I love about this color for a bridal shower, is that it is a bit unexpected. We often see this pale blue color theme used for boy baby showers, but not for many other occasions. There is just something elegant and soft about this blue bridal shower theme that I think brides will love.

The elegant blue table setting are so simple. Classy but functional (and inexpensive) with the blue plate actually being a paper plate. These place settings are dressed up with the silver flatware and glass stemware. You can also serve blue cocktails like this Blue Martini to tie your something blue theme together. I love this idea for a bridal shower!

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Saint Patricks Day Craft Idea

Make these simple DIY shamrock drink stirrers {via Martha Stewart} to decorate your Saint Patrick’s day drinks or appetizers. This is a simple and festive Saint Patrick’s Day craft.

Martha’s Instructions on how to make:

Rinse the pink ink from a heart-shaped rubber stamp, and use it (and a green ink pad) to add shamrocks to napkins, coasters, and more. To make a swizzle stick, stamp a clover pattern onto card stock, and draw a stem with a colored pencil; repeat. Cut out with a 1-inch circle craft punch. Glue circles together, back sides facing, onto a skewer.

Hostess Tip: Enjoy this festive craft with your kids and use them to accent your green drinks and Irish appetizers.
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Saint Patrick’s Day Drink and Treat

This Saint Patrick’s Day try this drink and dessert in one! Ice cream and a cocktail? What could be better…

You’ll need Vanilla Ice Cream and your favorite Stout Beer

Scoop ice cream into a pint glass, and pour in enough stout to fill it. One pint of ice cream and one 12-ounce bottle of beer will yield 2 servings.

See how to make these cute shamrock drink stirrers!

{recipe via Martha Stewart}

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Unique Easter Gifts

I have been loving these mini gumball machines for some time now. Anyway, it just hit me- hey..these would make adorable Easter gifts for kids!

They come in three colors {blue, red, and black} and are already pre-filled with gumballs. How simple is that?!

You can tie a little ribbon around each one and make an Easter tag with their name on it.

Shop for it:
Beau Coup for $2.95 each
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