Egg-cellent Easter Decor Tips from TheSoul Publishing

The Easter Bunny is on his way! Easter is just over a week away (Sunday, April 4), but it’s not too late to decorate for the holiday or craft a special Easter basket for young ones.

TheSoul Publishing – the company behind some of YouTube’s most-watched channels – has put together several fun and easy tips to decorate for Easter this year.

  • Hand towel bunnies! Simply twist a brightly-colored hand towel into one long piece, and secure the bottom third with a rubber band. Add googly eyes, a puff ball nose, and wrap a ribbon around the rubber band to create a simple and adorable bunny – perfect for mantle decoration! (Full instructions here)
  • Naturally dyed Easter eggs: If you’re looking to avoid harsh chemicals for your Easter egg dye, or just don’t have time to buy prepackaged kits at the store, you can use household items to achieve the same result. Try turmeric, beets, purple cabbage, and more! (Full instructions here)
  • Adorable seasonal place settings: Are you hosting Easter brunch this year? Make a holiday-appropriate place setting with a bunny napkin, complete with an Easter egg face! (Full instructions here)
  • Egg-celent Herb Garden: Get your chives, parsley, and cilantro ready for Easter by planting them in egg shells to keep the soil fertile and add a nice holiday touch to your kitchen window. (Full instructions here)

Birmingham’s Biggest Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Birmingham Zoo

April is here and the time has come to celebrate Easter with an Eggstravaganza plus Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Hop on over to Birmingham’s biggest Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20 from 10am-12: 30 pm at the Birmingham Zoo. Come a little earlier for a scrumptious breakfast with your favorite bunny at either 8 am or 9:30 am!

Just in time for spring, our rain or shine event is sure to be endless fun for the whole family with egg hunts for children and adults! More than 10,000 eggs will be hidden throughout Henley Park for a colossal scavenger hunt. Guests, young and old, will love adventuring through the park and playground in search of colorful eggs for a chance to win a variety of prizes.

Our Eggstravaganza event hosts two egg hunts for children, as well as a special egg hunt for adults only. Children who collect 10 eggs will receive a cute bunny plush! All children’s hunts are free for Zoo members and included in admission for non-members.

Adult Egg Hunt winners will pick from a variety of exclusive prizes provided by area businesses, special Zoo tours, and memberships all valued at $50 or more. Our Adult Egg Hunt is $25 to participate.

Can’t wait until 10 am to celebrate with us? Book your seat now at our early morning Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Sure to be a highlight of the day, the event will host two times at 8 am and 9:30 am and will be held in the Zoo’s Nourish205 restaurant. Enjoy a scrumptious scrambled egg, pancakes and sausage breakfast with orange juice and coffee followed by a visit from the Easter Bunny! All children receive a special holiday gift upon arrival.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny member pricing is $25 for adults, $20 for kids, and non-members are $30 for adults and $25 for kids (tax not included). The pricing includes Zoo admission, Unlimited Ride Wristband, breakfast, holiday craft, animal greeting, and a visit and photo op with the Easter Bunny.

Celebrate Easter at the Zoo! Guests can purchase tickets to our Adult Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at www.birminghamzoo.com/events

Egg Hunt Schedule

10am-11 am – Ages 0-12 on Henley Park
11:15 am – Adult egg hunt at Trails of Africa playground
11:30 am-12:30pm – Ages 0-12 on Henley Park

Prize List area businesses providing prizes for the Adult Egg Hunt. *More to come*

Alabama Theatre

Aviate

Big Bad Breakfast

Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

DoubleTree by Hilton

Full Moon Bar-B-Que

Kendra Scott

McWane Center

Mountain Brook Creamery

Red Diamond

Shipt

Top Golf

Dress Your Best for Easter with Ann Taylor

With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to check out some new spring looks that will impress even the Easter bunny. Whether you’re dressing for Good Friday, brunch, or an egg hunt – Ann Taylor has the festive fashions to style up your holiday weekend.

Please see below for some dressing tips/brand product suggestions and curated looks featuring trends such as flirty florals, bright hues, and statement accessories.

Good Friday

Classic pieces with a pop of color and unique accessories

 

Easter Brunch

Feminine casual dresses with bold colors

 

Easter Celebration – Simple Lifestyle Tips

Easter can be an exciting holiday for everyone.  It’s the ultimate symbol of the Spring season and a time of rebirth.  Although celebrating Easter can be a lot of fun, preparation for this joyous holiday can also be overwhelming!

As a new mom (many years ago) I wanted to attack the holiday from all angles.  My eagerness stemmed from the excitement of having my very own children.  Over the years, I’ve learned to focus on what really matters.   The small details will come together once you concentrate on the priority of the day.

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Easter Brunch 2015 – Flemings Prime Steakhouse
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National Aquarium with the boys

Easter Celebration Tips:

  1. Create your dinner menu – Decide whether your family will dine in or out.  Either option provides a good opportunity for quality fellowship.  Traditional Easter meals (if you’re cooking) include a honey glazed ham, roasted leg of lamb, baked salmon, green bean casserole, rice pilaf, scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, or home-style dinner rolls.
  2. Coordinate Easter crafts with the kids – This particular tip can vary depending on your interest but the idea is to teach your family the meaning of Easter.  Quick holiday crafts include decorating eggs, planting a Spring garden, or designing Easter bookmarks.
  3. Consider taking Easter photos – Start thinking of the right location, lighting, and even the weather.  Also, we can’t forget to coordinate the perfect attire whether a traditional suit or casual spring outfit.
  4. Decorate, Decorate, Decorate – Nothing brings more excitement than putting out spring decorations.  Add a wreath to the front door, create a tablescape, or flower arrangement in the hallway.
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Pre-school Easter Celebration

Some of my favorite Easter traditions include Sunday morning worship, egg hunt, brunch, and spring photos.  What are some of your favorite Easter traditions, share them with us here?

Arundel Mills – Easter Celebration

Simon®, a global leader in retail real estate, is hosting its annual Easter celebration festivities at Arundel Mills, offering families the chance to participate in traditional and unique seasonal events.

The Bunny Photo Experience begins March 4th and runs through March 26th in the food court. Kids will have the chance to visit with the Bunny and take home a treasured snapshot of the fun occasion.

The presenting sponsor for the 2016 Bunny Photo Experience is The Gymboree Corporation – including its Gymboree and Crazy 8 clothing brands.

“We love to hold family-friendly events and we always look forward to watching children interact with the Bunny at Easter,” said Rocell Viniard, Area Director of Marketing and Business Development at Arundel Mills.

Arundel Mill’s Caring Bunny™ event will offer families that have children with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Caring Bunny has been developed by Simon and is guided by AbilityPath.org, a national online resource hub and special needs community. Over 90 Simon® properties will host the Caring Bunny this season. Promotional assistance for Caring Bunny has been provided by Autism Speaks.

On March 13th from 9 am to 10:30 am, many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary):

• Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event.
• Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called.
• Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.

Arundel Mills will also be offering a chance to have Breakfast with the Bunny on March 12th from 8 am to 9:30 am at Nando’s Peri Peri. The event is free, but seating is limited, so please RSVP beforehand at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kidgits-kids-club-breakfast-with-the-bunny-tickets-21823882821?aff=es2.

About Arundel Mills
Arundel Mills is Maryland’s largest outlet and value retail shopping destination with more than 200 stores, including Coach, Coach Mens, J.Crew Factory, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Michael Kors Outlet and Nike Factory Store. Shoppers can enjoy quality dining and entertainment at Buffalo Wild Wings, DuClaw Brewing Company, Dave & Buster’s, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament and Cinemark Egyptian 24 Theatres. Arundel Mills is also home to Maryland Live! Casino, one of the largest commercial casinos in the country with 189 live action table games, more than 4,200 of the latest slot machines and two High Limit rooms, as well as a lineup of nationally-acclaimed restaurant brands, live entertainment at Rams Head Center Stage and the unique, interactive R Bar.

About Simon
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

About AbilityPath.org
AbilityPath.org is an online hub and special needs community for parents and professionals to learn, connect and live a more balanced life. The website combines social networking features with expert content from AbilityPath.org’s team of educators, parents, therapists and medical professionals.AbilityPath.org was created by Community Gatepath, a nonprofit with over 90 years of experience serving families and children with special needs by fostering hope, dignity and independence. AbilityPath.org may also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $500 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

About Gymboree
Gymboree has a 30-year rich heritage in dressing children, newborn to 12 years old. Gymboree offers colorful, head-to-toe clothing and accessory collections – quality clothes that let kids be kids.

Gymboree is part of The Gymboree Corporation family, which began in 1976 with Gymboree Play & Music, offering parent-child play programs. Today, along with franchised and company-operated Gymboree Play & Music locations, The Gymboree Corporation operates three specialty retail brands – Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie and Jack – offering unique, high-quality products delivered with personalized customer service in more than 1,300 stores worldwide and on www.gymboree.com, www.crazy8.com, and www.janieandjack.com.

Shake Shack: Chocolate Easter Egg Promo

Between Friday, April 3 and Sunday, April 5, the Baltimore Shake Shack will be hosting a fun, egg hunt-inspired promotion with a limited-edition Chocolate Easter Egg Concrete (single: $4.75 | double: $6.75). The special concrete features a blend of Shake Shack’s rich vanilla frozen custard, salted marshmallow custard sauce and Mast Brothers chocolate chunks.

Plus, for each day of the promotion, ten random guests who purchase the Easter concrete will be selected from every Shack to win a FREE burger. Diners can check under their concrete cup to see if they’re a big winner.

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Queenstown Premium Outlets Easter Egg Hunt

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Baltimore-area premium outlet center hosts Easter Egg Hunt for shoppers and their families

Queenstown, Md. – Hop down to Queenstown Premium Outlets for this egg-citing event! The Queen Anne’s County shopping destination is hosting its third annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children twelve and under are invited to make their way around the center to receive prize-filled eggs from stores with an egg decal in their front windows. Select eggs will have egg-tra special prize coupons in them redeemable in-store.

Shoppers and their families can also visit a complimentary craft table with stickers and coloring sheets. Perfect for a photo opportunity, a roaming Easter Bunny will be hopping his way around the center.

WHAT: Easter Egg Hunt

WHEN: Saturday, April 4

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: Queenstown Premium Outlets
441 Outlet Center Drive
Queenstown, MD 21658

MORE INFO: For more information on this event, please visit premiumoutlets.com or facebook.com/queenstownpremiumoutlets.

Easter Decorating and Traditions

Easter is one of my favorite holidays because it symbolizes rebirth.  It’s the the one day that officially launches Spring and gives us hope that flowers are blooming soon.  Tradition also suggests that we dress up in bright colors to lighten everyone’s spirits.

Aside from wearing the perfect Easter attire, one should also remember to decorate our homes.  I do this for my boys because it’s fun to hear them talk about “the easter bunny” and I enjoy adding a sense of whimsy to my space.

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My family and I will attend church, brunch, and take family photos.  Of course the day before we attend the annual Easter Egg Hunt and laugh about all of the eggs we collected.  Although we’re busy setting our own traditions, it doesn’t take away from decorating my home to create lasting memories.

Photos are from Pinterest.com




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More Easter Traditions:

Decorate or Dye hard boiled eggs

Plant flowers (tulips or lilies)

Host Easter brunch

Read books together about Easter

Gather together as a family at sunrise

Bake Easter themed cupcakes