EGG-treme Decorating

Here comes Peter Cottontail....with a basket full of stylish Easter eggs!

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Our friends at Evite, where they believe “Life’s Better Together”, has asked their Influencer Network to share our memories and ideas on gathering with family during Easter.

My fondest memories of Easter is dying eggs with my sister, my mom and my grandmother. Going to the drug store to get the decorating kits has been quoted, by me and my sister as "the best day ever", LOL! 

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{Click here for classic egg dying recipe}

Why not turn this great family pastime into a party! Invite friends over, serve up some sassy appetizers, pop open your favorite wines and let the decorating commence! 

To get the word out, I created an invitation with Evite's "Design Your Own Invitation" feature.  This feature allows you to insert your own pic to get your guests "egg-cited" about the fun they are about to "egg-perience". Ok, I promise, no more egg puns. 😉

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If you don't think you can eat 3 dozen eggs :), dress up your lovelies in an egg carton wrapped in clear paper or sheets of tissue paper, tie it up with a fancy ribbon, attach a tag and give as gifts to your neighbors and friends.  You can also use baskets stuffed with straw, plastic egg cartons, boxes...whatever lights up your bulb.{smile}

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Not in the mood to cook eggs because you may not be able to eat them all (lol),  feel free to venture off and use wood or plastic products shaped like eggs.  These items can be reused again for next year or put on display as your own original art collection. 

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This Easter, take your eggs one step further with different decorating techniques.  Step outside-the-box and create unique designs using acrylic paint, decoupage, glitter, chalkboard paint, markers, stickers, crayons, pencils, stencils, watercolors and Kool-Aid.  

Decorating eggs are easy and inexpensive to create.  You can get supplies from the supermarket, craft store or your pantry.

Here's a few of our favorites from across the web:

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Angry Birds
HeyJenRenee-koolaideggs
Kool-Eggs (dyed with Kool-Aid
AndPuppyMakesThree-plaidegg
And Puppy Make Three
Claudine Gervais-chalkboard eggs

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This post was a partnership with Evite. I was compensated by Evite for my time in developing this post. All opinions are my own.

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It’s time for tea!

fotolia_93619820In the world of takeout coffee, being invited to a tea party is a special occasion. Although most people associate tea parties with Great Britain, the roots of the tea tradition date back to ancient China and the 2nd century BC. Other cultures in which rituals starring this herbal beverage occupy a prominent place include Korea, Japan, Russia, India, Thailand, and Turkey.

Despite popular belief, tea rituals are not exclusively an aristocratic habit: in fact, tea parties offer an excellent alternative to formal dinners and fancy banquets. To throw a tea party, you will need basic knowledge of tea table arrangements and the necessary supplies including a teapot/kettle, tea cozy, cups and saucers, tea strainer, pitchers, silverware, and napkins.

Classic Tea Set and Fabric Design

Setting the table
Depending on the number of guests, set the table either as a full-scale buffet or place the tea set in the center of the table. For a sophisticated tablescape, use quality home decor fabric, such as stylish tablecloths and elegant napkins to create a perfect party backdrop.

The tea set (kettle, trays with sugar, lemon, honey, and water and milk pitchers) should be placed toward the head of the table where you will serve tea. The rest of the table can be laid with dessert plates laden customary food, such as tea sandwiches, cakes, cupcakes, scones, and fruit.

Picking the right tea set
There is no shortage of refined tea utensils on the market: you can use all-white ceramics, mismatched cups and chipped saucers, cast iron teapots, delftware, gilded sets, or modernist tea infusers and designer sets.

Think of your tea table as the canvas onto which you will paint the colors of bonhomie: you can place a carnation or rose at every seat, or you can pare the look down to a vase with a tasteful bouquet or a single flower at the center.

Classy tea sets make an excellent conversation starter, and an elaborately decorated teapot can also double as a table centerpiece instead of candles or flower arrangements.

Alessi Tea Set

As for the tea service, you can find fine examples of contemporary tea craft at renowned Italian design brand Alessi. The brand’s latest kettle design draws on the blueprints of the best-selling 9093 kettle, but it replaces the iconic bird-shaped whistle perched atop the kettle spout with a dragon created by late designer Michael Graves in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Alessi teakettle.

HORNE tea set

Another noteworthy tea service that will make a lasting impression on your guests, HORNE tea sets boast a range of hybrid, minimalist and lavish gold-streaked designs executed in stainless steel, brass, and porcelain, blending recognizable Scandinavian, French and Asian elements.

Emmo Home Tea Set

Or, if you prefer a modernist look to conventional tea sets, try Emmo Home: a combination of minimalist elegance and unexpected visual twists (think stainless steel tea sticks, holey citrus baskets and tea bag-shaped infusers), this brand is a go-to for creative spirits and postmodern tea lovers.

Tea gadgetry galore
A carefully selected tea gadget can turn around the party mood and add visual interest to a plain tablescape. Over the past few years, we have seen many imaginative takes on the tea infuser design, tiered glass cake platters, asymmetric saucer and teacup renditions and designer tea sets.

Tiered platters are a must-have for tea lovers, and they are an extremely useful extra to have in your cupboard for family gatherings, birthday parties and festive get-togethers.

Whichever tea party accessory you opt for, make sure you strike a balance between appeal and function: after all, a tea party is a social gathering, not an extravaganza show.

Afternoon tea is an excellent excuse to invite your friends over for chit-chat, and the quaint feel of a proper tea party will make you fall in love with the ritual. Polish your silverware, bring out your finest table linens and platters with dainty bites, and put the kettle to boil – it is time for tea!

------written by Sophie Andersen, Contributing Writer