Floral Tips and Traditions for Easter

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Easter will be here soon, falling on Sunday, April 5th.  My family celebrates with some fun traditions; we color and decorate Easter eggs a day or two before Easter and put in the refrigerator. On Easter morning the “Easter Bunny” takes them out and hides them around the house, both inside and outside, depending on the weather. My kids and the neighbor kids hunt for the eggs after dinner. Sometimes they would have so much fun that they would re-hide them and do it all over again. Believe me, it was quite entertaining, and my grown kids remember it still. Now the grandchildren enjoy the same tradition with just as much enthusiasm. Holidays are a time for tradition. I love being in the store and hearing the traditions of my customers.  It is fun to hear how everyone celebrates. Easter is one of the first holidays in spring, and that means it is time for flowers!

Floral centerpieces make a great hostess gift

Easter Lilies - www.cobornsblog.comOur most popular arrangement for Easter is our candle centerpiece. Which includes an assortment of spring flowers that will brighten up any table. We use long lasting flowers so that they can be used for days to come. Most people celebrate by going to a family member’s house for dinner and it makes a great hostess gift.

Easter Lilies

Then, there is the ever so popular Easter Lily. We sell the traditional white lilies as well as colored ones that have become popular. The care and handling is the same for both kinds of lilies. I have provided some information and tips on lilies below.

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Whatever your family traditions might be, I would like to wish you and your family a safe and Happy Easter. Remember that my staff and I at the Coborn’s in Sauk Rapids or at any floral shop in any Coborn’s store would love to help you with any of your floral needs for the season. Can’t make it in? Simply order online at http://www.floral.coborns.com/

Dar
Coborn’s Floral Manager, Sauk Rapids, MN

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Fun and Easy Easter Crafts!

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Wow – Easter time already! One of my favorite things about Easter is all the spring colors you get to work with in preparation for the holiday, even during the coldest parts of the winter. Here are three fun Easter projects for you to make and enjoy with your loved ones. There are no hard and fast rules to any of them – you can use the materials you prefer in order to make them to your taste.

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I love these cute little Egg Carton Chickens, they are just adorable. I have made these chickens and placed plastic Easter eggs in them that I have filled with candy. Each one of my grandchildren will get one as a sweet little treat this holiday. They also work great for displaying your beautifully decorated Easter Eggs. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, like they tell you not to do 🙂 you can place three over here and three over there and decorate your home with your beautifully decorated eggs in these cute chicken egg holders. You can even get crazy with these and let the kids paint them any color, maybe even the same color as their Easter egg so they match. The possibilities are endless.

Click Here for the free printable pattern to make the Wattle, Beak and Comb.

Egg Carton Chickens
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Egg Carton
  • White Paint
  • Red Felt
  • Yellow Felt
  • Printable Pattern
  • 12 Small Googly Eyes
  • Easter Grass
  • 12 Plastic Eggs
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks or Multi-Purpose Glue
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
Instructions
  1. Cut apart an egg carton making 12 individual egg cups.
  2. Paint each egg cup white.
  3. Print supplied pattern
  4. Cut out 12 beaks using yellow felt, pattern supplied.
  5. Cut out 12 combs and wattles using red felt, pattern supplied.
  6. Glue a wattle, beak, comb and 2 eyes onto each egg cup, as photo shows
  7. Fill with a pinch of Easter grass and add a plastic egg to each cup.
Notes
You do not need a new full sheet of felt for this project. Scraps will work fine.

 

Jelly Bean Bracelets

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Jelly Bean Bracelets #Easter - www.cobornsblog.comMy friend, Leah, was talking to me and said that she wanted to make a craft with her daughter, Aubrey, for spring or Easter. I suggested they make a jelly bean bracelet. They turned out so cute that I thought we should share them on the Coborn’s Blog, so here are pictures of Aubrey and me making a jelly bean bracelet. She had fun and had to tell her mom all about it. I asked her what she did with it. Well, she said she ate it!
How rewarding it is to enjoy time with the kids with a fun craft like this. And the cost is very low. You also can make boy-colored ones, too. My grandson Payten loves the Minnesota Wild, so we made a Wild-colored one. Go Wild!

Jelly Bean Bracelets
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Ingredients
  • Clear Elastic Cord
  • Darning Needle (has big eye)
  • Jelly Beans
Instructions
  1. Thread the darning needle with clear elastic cord.
  2. Push the needle into the side of a jelly bean.
  3. Push the needle through the Jelly Bean until it slides onto the cord.
  4. Repeat until the bracelet is the size you want. (I used 15 jelly beans for mine.)
  5. Stretch the cord a little and tie a knot.
  6. Let it go back to its shape and cut the cord.
Notes
Make sure cord fits through the eye of the darning needle.

 

Egg Carton Treat Box

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Egg Carton Treat Box
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • Egg Carton
  • Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Decorative Paper
  • Flowers, Sticky Rhinestones or Other Embellishments
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks or Multi-Purpose Glue
  • Scissors (I also used an Exact-o knife)
  • Easter Grass
  • Chocolate Eggs, Small Jelly Beans and/or Other Candy
Instructions
  1. Cut the egg carton in half to make two small rectangles.
  2. Paint the egg carton halves, let them dry, and paint them again.
  3. Cut out paper to cover the inside and outside of the lid and glue it to the cartons.
  4. Embellish each box with flowers, ribbon and/or sticky rhinestones.
  5. Add chocolates, jelly beans, coins or any treat you choose.

With each of these projects, you are free to use your imagination. There are no hard and fast rules, and who doesn’t like a little personality in their projects, anyway, especially if the kids are involved in making them? Have a wonderful Easter with those you love the most!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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Entertaining over Breakfast

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Mary

There are many occasions in which guests may be at your house for breakfast or brunch including: Easter, Baptism, First Communion, Baby or Bridal Shower, or even a Wedding Gift Opening. Whatever the celebration, there are many breakfast options.

My favorite breakfast menu includes an egg bake (see recipe below). This one has meat, but you can also do a vegetarian style if you desire.  I would also be sure to include a side of fresh fruit like pineapple, grapes, melons and strawberries if in season.  That is when they taste the best! Along with that I would include a mini muffin or Danish with juice; it doesn’t have to be orange juice, and coffee.

It is very important to keep your hot foods hot and your cold foods cold, not just for food safety, but also to keep the integrity and quality of the food at its best.  If you like to prepare your egg bake the night before, keep it in the fridge and put it in the oven to cook right before it is served.  With the fruit, be sure to keep it cool and crisp in the refrigerator until it is time to eat. While the dishes are out on your table you can keep the egg bake covered and a bowl of ice under the fruit.  Keep coffee hot in a carafe.

I would be happy to assist you with any of your questions regarding hosting a meal.  You know how to reach me. Or if you prefer, Coborn’s is always more than happy to cater for your special events.

Egg Bake
Serves: 18
 
Ingredients
  • 18 Eggs, whipped
  • 6 Cups Milk
  • 1 tsp. Mustard (prepared)
  • 1½ Lbs. Meat, cooked - Sausage, Bacon or Virginia Baked Ham, diced
  • 4 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 9 Slices White Bread
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl mix whipped eggs, milk, mustard, cooked meat, 2 cups cheese and vegetables of your choice.
  3. Spray the bottom of a 13"x9" pan with cooking spray.
  4. Layer bread on bottom of pan, covering bottom.
  5. Pour egg mixture over the bread.
  6. Top with Salt and Pepper and add remaining cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered for approximately 35 minutes (can cover if it gets too brown)
Notes
Add to your liking: Mushrooms, Green Onions and/or Green Peppers (do NOT use any frozen vegetables)

Egg portion can be prepared the day before and refrigerated.

Bon Appetite!
Mary
Coborn’s Catering Manager, Sauk Rapids, MN

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Spring DIY

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Lynell

Hello, everyone! Spring is finally on its way and what a wonderful time of year! The green grass is starting to grow, flowers are starting to bloom, trees are starting to bud and we can finally go outside without coats, mittens, hats, scarves and boots. It’s also a great time to bring the joy of spring inside with cheerful Easter centerpieces. Remember Easter is Sunday, April 20th this year!

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”-Robin Williams

Colorful Spring Centerpiece

Let’s start with a bright and colorful ”Egg-stra” Special Easter Centerpiece.

 You will need:

  • Large glass vase
  • Cylinder vase that fits inside the large glass vase
  • Individually wrapped chocolate Easter egg candies (jelly beans would work, too)
  • Various colored peeps (bunnies or chicks)
  • Artificial Gerber daisies or your favorite spring flower
  • Easter grass

Directions:

1. Wash both glass vases. Place the cylinder vase into the large glass vase. You can use duct tape or putty to hold the cylinder vase in the center of the large vase so it does not move.
2. Next, add layers of sweets in the space between the two bowls.

  • Layer 1 – Individually wrapped chocolate Easter eggs
  • Layer 2 – Four Peeps (stuck together in a row) in the large vase above chocolate eggs. Face Peeps outward. Keep adding Peeps around the entire inside of the vase. Stuff candies or Easter grass behind the Peeps to hold them in place if needed.
  • Choose another color of Peeps and begin another layer. Again, add candy or grass to hold in place. Continue layering until your large vase is filled.

I bought some colorful artificial Gerber Daisies at a local craft store and put them in the small glass bowl make sure they are tall enough to hang out over the top, but not too tall if it is in the center of your table while people are eating. Add a touch of Easter grass in between the flowers to hold the flowers in place.

3. Arrange flowers and Easter grass in cylinder vase

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You will need:

  • 2 square glass bowls
    (small glass bowl needs to fit inside large glass bowl with enough room to fill in-between the layers with candy)
  • Green styrofoam block
  • Pink Gerber daisies
    (artificial or real)
  • Light pink flowers
  • Pink Peep bunnies
    (2 packages of 12)
  • Pink ribbon with white polka dots
  • Straight wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Light green paper Easter grass
  • Easter candy

 Directions:

  1. Cut styrofoam to fit in the smaller square glass bowl. Arrange dark and light pink flowers; poking the stems of the tallest flowers in the center and shorter ones around the perimeter.
  2. Poke each Peep with a piece of wire and poke the wire into the styrofoam.
  3. Create your favorite type of bow with ribbon. Attach the bow onto a piece of wire and poke it into the styrofoam.
  4. Place the small glass bowl in large glass bowl. Add light green Easter grass to the bottom. Add a layer of Peeps to go around the sides of the glass bowl. Add individually wrapped candy or jellybeans to hold Peeps in place. Continue around your vase until it is full.

 

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Carrot Snack Bags

You will need:Carrot Snack Bags - Fun DIY to make with your kids! Directions at www.cobornsblog.com

  • Clear triangle-shaped bags (cake decorating bags work great!)
  • Orange-colored snacks
  • Green ruffled ribbon

My grandson, Payten, and I put together some carrot-shaped treats to decorate the plates for Easter dinner. I bought some clear triangle-shaped bags from a local craft store. I held the bag while Payten filled them with gold fish crackers and tied the tops with a green ruffled ribbon to make them look like the tops of a carrot. You also can use cheese balls, but remember that they can get a little messy and then you might have to lick your fingers. It was a lot of fun to do this project with Payten, except when he kept eating the gold fish crackers!

Wishing that your Easter is decorated with the love, peace and joys of spring!
Happy Easter!

Lynell
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