Hoppy Easter to you all!! 

I hope each of you are having an amazing Easter sunday with your freinds and family! Just make sure that the Easter Bunny didn't run off with all your Easter eggs!

xoxo
Megan

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This week has been filled with fun Easter themed ideas that you can incorporate into your Easter celebrations this weekend. When I was putting together the post from this past Tuesday on fun new egg decorating ideas I came across this crazy idea of baking a cupcake inside of an empty egg shell on Cupcake Project. On Easter morning you can give these eggs out to everyone as they think they will be eating hard boiled eggs, and instead surprise them with this delicious treat! Let me know if you are successful at making these this weekend!!

What you'll need: 
10 large eggs
Cake Batter Recipe of Your Choice

To prepare the eggs:
Carefully poke a small hole in the top of each egg.  I found that the easiest way to do this was to use the tip of a corkscrew bottle opener . Once you have poked a tiny hole, peel back the edges of the hole to expand it a bit.  The holes need to be large enough to fit the tip of a piping bag inside.  You can always make the hole larger when you are ready to pipe so err on the smaller side during this step. Turn the egg upside-down and dump out the contents.  Rinse the insides of the eggs out thoroughly over the sink.  Then, immerse them in saltwater for thirty minutes.  Rinse the egg shells in cold water and lay the eggs hole side down on a paper towel to dry.

To prepare your cake:
Place the prepared egg shells into a cupcake tin using aluminum foil to help them stand upright. Load the batter into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip.  Make sure that the tip can fit all of the way inside of the egg hole.  If it can't, expand the hole a little bit at a time until it fits.  Fill your eggs about 3/4 full with batter.  This is the tricky part.  If you underfill the eggs, you won't have a complete cake egg inside when you crack them after baking.  If you overfill the eggs, cake will overflow out of the egg during baking.  If the batter overfills too much, you can just cut the excess batter off after the egg cools. I found that it was best to let the cake overflow out of the top of the egg and then simply pick it off (eat it) and clean the shell with a damp towel before serving. Bake the eggs at 350 for 23 minutes. When they are done, remove and let cool before serving. Your guests will love the cake surprise inside!!
Remember Tuesday post that shared with you all the fun ways you can decorate your Easter eggs this year? Well I sent one idea I found to my aunt and she went above and beyond. Aren’t these knitted egg caps that she made adorable? You can learn to make your own here
Happy Easter!

xoxo
Megan

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When it comes to the Easter holiday I love seeing the pastel decorations the coordinate so well with this spring holiday celebrating new life. Outside you will start to see flowers bloom, the snow melting away and maybe even spot the Easter bunny hopping around in the garden. Some of my favorite ways of decorating for a party are by using a variety of colors and using “the more, the merrier” decorating technique. Springtime, and the Easter holiday, is perfect for this type of decorating style. To help you get started I have pulled together a number of great ideas that will help you create the perfect Easter or springtime party. Time to hop to it!

Egg-centric Decorating
Since spring is the season of new life a lot of spring and Easter decorations you will find will include the egg. This year don’t hide all your eggs for the egg hunt and get ready to use them in your decorating. If you try your hand at making any of the egg decorating crafts I shared with you on Tuesday those could make a wonderful Easter decoration. You could display them on candle holders, in baskets, or strung like ornaments onto a tree. I also love the idea of using them in a vase (like below) or as candle votive. And you can’t forget about the Easter Egg Banner that I showed you how to make last week!
Let Your Decorations Bloom
I love using flowers (real and fake) when it comes to decorating for events. They can add great colors and style to a table’s theme. The great thing about spring is that you can get a great selection of flowers from stores, the flower market or even your own backyard. You don’t have to use real flowers in all of your Easter decorating. You can make these daffodil flower candy cups or daisy sugar cookies to add some spring floral decorations. 
Spring Pastels
And for everything else just go pastel crazy! Combine polka dots, chevron, stripes and gingham prints in light blues, pinks, purples, greens and yellows to round out your décor. This is the perfect occasion to mix it up with your use of different colored plates, cups, napkins, etc. when creating your tablescape. Comb through flea markets and antique stores to find an amazing variety of table ware that you can mix and match. And to help finish 
Even if you don’t celebrate Easter you can still host a wonderful spring brunch using these same party ideas! I am loving these colors and ideas so much and cannot wait for spring to actually get here (no more weekly snow storms for me please!).  

How are you celebrating Easter this weekend?
 
xoxo
Megan

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To me Easter is one of the first major spring holidays. One of my favorite things about the Easter holiday are the decorations, especially the Easter egg. Of course you have the traditional dyed egg in their many colors, but in today’s crafting world there are so many other options besides the classic dyed egg. Today I have put together ten other options that you can choose from when it comes to decorating your Easter eggs this year. I hope you are ready for some crafting!
1. Embroidery Floss. My sister found this idea and we tried it out last year. These eggs turned out amazing and we now have them to display every year!
2. Silk Ties. Purchase some cheap ties at a thrift store and you are ready to go.
3. Family Pictures. This option was just too funny to not include. You won’t have to worry about what everyone is wearing in their family Easter picture.
4. Glitter. As it is with all things you can never have too much glitter!
5. Sharpie. I had never thought of decorating eggs with a Sharpie. You can get as creative as you want with this option.
6. Gold Leaf. You can turn your entire egg into one that the golden goose would lay or make your own cutout like this golden bunny.
7. Lace. For a classic look, lace is the perfect decorative accessory.
8. Melted Crayons. Just like the melted crayon canvases that are extremely popular on Pinterest this melted crayon decorative egg is a must try this year.
9. Decoupage. For a classic non-dying option decoupage is the perfect solution. A fun way is to cut out part of designs and add them to a colored background.
10. Silhouettes. And you can’t go wrong with creating animal silhouettes using stickers. Use a cutout of an animal and make a silhouette by dying the egg and then removing the sticker. 

There are so many options when it comes to decorating your Easter eggs. What is your favorite way that you like to decorate your Easter eggs? 

xoxo
Megan

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This past weekend I had a lot of fun attending some country concerts with my family. While I have worked quite a few concerts it is always fun to be an attendee at one and see how other arenas operate on concert days. Last Thursday I went with my family and some other friends to the Carrie Underwood concert in Richmond. My dad got tickets for my sister and I for Christmas through Tickets-for-Charity. Tickets-for-Charity works with some of the biggest names in the industry to offer fans access to premium tickets and experiences with a portion of the ticket cost going to charity. And I learned at the concert that as part of her tour Carrie was donating $1 from every ticket purchased to the Red Cross. I felt very charitable on Thursday night (even though my dad paid, Thanks Dad!!). Check out some pictures that we took at the concert.
Great opening act by Hunter Hayes. 
Carrie Underwood rocking out! 
Double the fun with a Carrie and Hunter Hayes duet.
Quick girls’ pic at the concert!

What has been your favorite concert that you have attended?  

xoxo
Megan

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When I was younger I received a booked called Play With Your Food. Now this is not a book that tells your how to finger paint with your spaghetti sauce or create the next Picasso by throwing food at a blank canvas. This book had artists take fruits and vegetables and turn them into people, animals and other objects. I was beyond captivated by this book and to this day love taking food and creating different displays with them, especially during the holidays. So when I found this idea that will turn your standard holiday rolls into Easter Bunnies I couldn't wait to try it out! 

To make these bunny rolls I used pre-made bread dough, but you can also make your own from scratch. Roll dough into individual balls (not too big) and set on a baking sheet approximately 1.5-2 inches apart. With a pair of sharp scissors, clip the dough on the top of one side to create the ears. Push the dough upwards to give the ears a little more structure.
To finish use a long skewer to create the eyes. If you want you could also use a small nut or raisin to make a nose. Then bake and you have your Easter Bunny Rolls!

Here are some other Easter rolls that you can try this year.
Cinnamon Roll Bunnies
Maple Wheat Bunny Rolls
Swirl Easter Bunny Rolls
Sweet Challah Easter Birds

What do you think about these Easter Bunny Rolls? Let me know which ones you try making in the comments below!

xoxo
Megan

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When it comes to crafting for events I like to be as creative as I can with my materials. If I can make something using “free” materials I am the happiest crafter on Earth. So, when I saw this East Egg Paint Chip Banner I could not wait to make it! This past Christmas I made gift tags with paint chips (thank you Pinterest!) 
Aren’t they cute? After making those gift tags and seeing how great they turned out I could not wait to tackle another paint chip craft and this Easter Egg Paint Chip Banner seemed like the perfect craft. To make this banner it is pretty simple. You will need paint chips in a variety of colors, scissors, a pencil, a small hole punch and thread.   
I have found that different stores have different paint chips, but I love the Behr ones from Home Depot the best. All those colors it is just so hard to decide which colors to choose! I always tell the paint people that I am starting a project and just can’t decide what colors to use if they ask if I need any help. I always find that it helps to create a stencil for these types of projects (a separate piece of cardstock works perfectly) to that you can approximately the same shape for all your eggs. Trace the egg onto the back side of the paint chips, cut them out, punch the holes and then string your eggs onto your string. (see pictures below for step-by-step instructions)
You now have the perfect Easter decoration! Now all you have to do is decide where to hang it. I’ll be down at the beach for Easter with my family but I will make sure to find somewhere to hand up my decoration.

Do you have a favorite event craft that you have made for under $5?

xoxo
Megan

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A few months ago I covered the pro’s and con’s of having a band or a DJ at your wedding. Once you have that figured out it is time to move onto the music selection. Each band and DJ specializes in a different music style when they perform, but it also a good idea to come prepared with a list of songs that you would like to hear at your wedding (and those that you want to avoid). You want your guests to have fun out on the dance floor, not avoid it because of bad music. So to help you in making sure you have an amazing playlist I have put together a list of songs that are guaranteed to get everyone out on the dance floor at your reception!

1. “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang
2. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Jimmy Buffett (anything by Buffett is a good choice)
3. “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
4. ‘ABC” by The Jackson 5
5. “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
6. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen
7. “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
8. “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
9. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
10. ‘Love Shack” by The B-52’s
11. “Cha Cha Slide” by Mr. C the Slide Man (or any other popular new “line dance” like the Wobble)
12. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
13. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
14. “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
15. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey (Best Last Group Dance Song for any event!)

It is also a great idea to ask other married couples and the DJ or band leader what songs they have found popular from other weddings. And if you really want to make sure you have a great playlist for your special day just ask your guests. A popular trend that I have seen is to include a line on the RSVP card where those attending can write down a song they would love to hear at the reception. Can’t get any easier than that!

Do you have a favorite song that you love to hear at weddings and events?

xoxo
Megan

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This past weekend I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by running the Shamrock ½ Marathon down in Virginia Beach. Even though I was running 13.1 miles (that last .1 is what always gets you!) I still had lots of fun with my friends and family and we all had a blast celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! We had tons of fun at the packet pickup and expo on Saturday, enjoyed a pre-race meal at the beach house, ran the half on Sunday morning, enjoyed the post-race Yuengling celebration and had an amazing breakfast at the famous Pocahontas Pancakes post-race. We had so much packed into this past weekend that I practically collapsed as soon as I got back on Sunday evening. I hope you all had as much fun as I did celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this past weekend. Check out some of the pictures I took of this past weekend’s festivities below!

Besides picking up all our race day goodies we found a board cut out that you could stick your head through to become a leprechaun. Needless to say as soon as we saw it we all had to get our picture taken.
Back at the beach house we were getting ready for our pre-race "carbo loading" meal. My mom, who is never one to disappoint when it comes to holiday celebrations, went all out on the decorations. She had a clover plant, tons of decorations, buttons, necklaces, napkins, plates and green cups for our St. Patrick’s Day celebration. 
And of course I had to pick out which button I wanted to wear for the race on Sunday. Like my choice?
Once the decorations were up I took a stroll down to the beach before we ate. We had an enormous buffet of food for dinner including 2 types of pasta, pizza, salad, multiple dips, fruit salad, and a few desserts options. There was no way anyone was leaving hungry from this dinner. One of my favorite appetizers we had was a cheese plate sampler of some great Irish inspired cheeses: Dubliner Irish Cheddar with Stout, Havarti with Dill and Kerrywood Irish Cheddar. After our pre-race dinner celebration it was off to bed as the race started at 7am the next morning. 
On Sunday morning we were quite a fun group (there were quite a number of us who are not morning people). We were decked out in our race/St.Patrick’s Day gear and ready to go. Unfortunately I was not running with my phone, so no pre-race picture. Once I finished (set a PR of 1:56:08!!!) I did get my camera back and we all took some great group pics while enjoying a few pints of Yuengling. After a while it just got to be too cold so we called it a day and headed out. I think we came to the consensus that we needed to pick a warmer destination for our next group ½ marathon. Who knows where we will end up!
I hope everyone had an amazing St. Patrick's Day weekend and enjoy the rest of your Monday!

xoxo
Megan

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Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all!! 

What kind of shenanigans are you getting into today as you are celebrating this Irish holiday? Just make sure you remember to wear green when you go out today. You don't want to be pinched! Have a wonderful time celebrating!

xoxo
Megan


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