Spring is in full swing and you know what that means. Easter is only a couple months away and store display windows will soon be covered in straw, plastic Easter eggs, and chocolate candy in every size, shape and color. While I was growing up, my parents were always devout Catholics so it was difficult to understand the concept of Easter baskets and the Easter bunny. Now that I’m older, I understand the symbolism and the traditions.
A fun craft idea that would be great to do with a group of children, while explaining the Easter holiday, is to make small Easter baskets out of paper beverage cups. We sell all of our products in bulk and I know that is not the most ideal option for a small party sometimes; however, disposable paper cups can always come in handy in spite of the design. I suggest using the extras for this craft project.
Grab some pastel colored sheets of thick construction paper and cut 1.5 inch strips that will later be used as the handles. Use green straw to stuff the bottom of the cups and add small chocolate eggs and treats. Staple or glue (preferably staples) each end of the strip to the top edge of the cup. These makeshift Easter baskets are the perfect size for children and make excellent party favors after a Spring Easter picnic.
Earth Day, this year and every year, is on April 22nd. It’s the one official day of the year that we set aside to truly focus on putting together positive events and volunteer groups geared towards cleaning up our environment. Continue reading
Although St. Patrick’s Day began as a Catholic holiday, it slowly became a secular feast day and a major celebration for Irish culture. Many traditions stemmed around the same time–traditions like wearing green and wearing shamrocks. Shamrocks are a large part of the holiday because St. Patrick is said to have used the three leaf clover to explain the trinity.
Another celebration tradition that ensued after the holiday became publicly official in the 1930s was that of drinking at bars. Nowadays, bars and restaurants get pretty creative with the St. Patrick’s Day themed beverages they serve. One very popular drink is green beer. Below are quick and easy tips for making your own green beer at home in case you would like to avoid any DUI tragedies:
- Blue food coloring works best (especially w/light, yellow beers) – this will create a true green color
- Green Martinis are also great for those who don’t appreciate beer
- Or, try a dark beer like Guiness. The Irish love their dark liquor.
We highly recommend using Etch-It Plastic Beverage Cups as they are perfect for beer and large parties.
It’s almost that time again, folks. Lent begins on March 9, 2011 this year so indulge on Fat Tuesday (a.k.a. Mardi Gras) so you can be prepared for Ash Wednesday and those 40 days without whatever it is you’re giving up. Continue reading