How To DIY Easter Centerpiece

easter center 2Spring has sprung and Easter is almost here! Wether you’re hosting Easter brunch or dinner, or simply want to make your coffee table a bit festive, here’s how to DIY Easter centerpiece. It could take as little as ten minutes, and with this, the simpler more rustic the better.

You’ll first need to choose a wire basket, cake stand, or large vase…….or make all three!

  • 1 large package of raffia
  • 1 package of paper Easter basket grass filling
  • Several faux eggs (craft stores have these)
  • Ribbon
  • Scrap of fabric or a cloth napkin
  • and whatever else you want to make it your own

To create the nest, simply pull a chunk (for lack of a better word) of raffia out of the package, keeping the strands easter centerpiecetogether. Twist the entire bundle like you’re wringing out a towel, and shape it into a circle the size of the outside perimeter of your cake stand. Wrap the ends around itself and tuck them under. The raffia tends to get a little unruly and may come undone. If this happens, secure loose pieces hair pins or floral pins.

Heather Libby is the clever creative behind this centerpiece, and to check out all her yummy treats and crafty ideas, go to her personal blog, diydujour.com. Heather is also a contributing author at thebakeryspot.com.

We’ve seen all the Oscar red carpet fashion and cheered for our favorite wins, but did you miss the best photo bombers in the business?? Here you go! And Ellen was right, Mr. Leto wins for (one of the) prettiest.

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For much more fun Oscar times, check out Yahoo! Movies for lots of intel and fancy dress pics x

“There will be a small army keeping the actors, publicists, reporters, and more fed before and after the Oscars Sunday night. Nine hundred people, in fact, with 300 in the kitchen and 600 working the front of house, will rally to nourish the likes of Amy Adams and Cate Blanchett off the red carpet and at the post-show Governors Ball. Together, they will cook, plate, and serve nearly 60 varieties of small plates that range from smoked-salmon macaroons to vegan taro-root tacos and citrus panna-cotta for a total of 16,000 individual dishes.

Wolfgang Puck—who is celebrating his 20th year as commander in chief of these troops—started planning the menu in December, although after two decades at the helm, he’s more than prepared for last-minute substitutions. “We try to get all our ingredients in by Friday afternoon,” he explained over the phone. “We still might change some things because we’re going to the farmers’ market, and we’ll just see what [ingredients] they have.” Some dishes are made a day in advance, but most of the cooking begins at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning. And while there are some year-to-year mainstays on the menu (“The Board of Governors loves the chicken potpie. So does Barbra Streisand”), Puck also uses the nominees as inspiration for new recipes. Case in point: He once made a Chinese-style fish for Best Director–winner Ang Lee. As for any special creations this year: “Win or lose, I’m going to make Bradley Coopera steak.”” – by Ally Betker for Travel and Lifestyle for Vogue.

Wolfgang shared his favorite recipes from Sunday, and here is the sweetest! For more of his red carpet menu, check HERE xx

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT SPREAD
Makes about 5 1/2 cups
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DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Spread the hazelnuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet or pan. Place the pan in the oven and roast until fragrant, the skins dark and cracked, and the nutmeats underneath look deep golden brown, about 15 minutes, stirring them 2 or 3 times while they roast. Remove the nuts from the oven and let sit until cool enough to handle.
3. Pour the nuts into the center of a clean kitchen towel. Fold the towel over to enclose nuts completely and then thoroughly rub to dislodge the nuts of their skins. Transfer the skinless nuts to a bowl, carefully shaking the skins from the towel into the trash.
4. When the nuts are completely cooled, put them in a food processor fitted with the stainless-steel blade. Pulse several times to chop them coarsely; then, run the machine continuously until the nuts form a paste. Use a rubber spatula to remove the paste from the processor processor, transferring it to a bowl. Set aside.
5. Place the milk and dark chocolates in a mixing bowl and drizzle with the glucose or corn syrup.
6. In saucepan, warm the heavy cream over medium heat until it reaches a simmer.
7. Pour the simmering cream over the chocolate. With a wire whisk, begin stirring together the melting chocolate and cream in the center of the bowl. As the chocolate begins to blend with the cream, forming a smooth, shiny mixture, stir in more and more chocolate from the sides until the mixture is completely smooth. Add the hazelnut paste and fleur de sel to taste, and continue stirring until the nut paste, chocolate, and cream are completely blended.
8. Spoon the mixture into small, individual serving glasses or bowls or into one or more larger serving containers. Leave to cool until room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

The Oscar’s, most glamorous night in Hollywood, warmed our hearts and gave us the giggles. One of the most funny Oscars in history, with Ellen leading the way with not only the warmest camaraderie between the actors but the infamous tweet seen ’round the globe.

What we didn’t get to enjoy as much were the special candid backstage moments after winning and before presenting between the actors. Makes them seem a bit more human when we witness the pure ecstasy with an Oscar in hand or the bubbling nerves before going on that stage.

Here from Yahoo! are a few sweet snaps of the best backstage pics.

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And………..the most famous selfie tweet in selfie and tweet history. xx

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If you’ve got kids, lucky you that you get to try all these clever tricks for fun parenting! I am not a parent yet, but coming from a large family I know all about babysitting, and unfortunately I never knew about any of these ideas.

1. Use a laundry basket to keep bath toys from floating away….and baby from slipping too much.

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2. Invest in a baby shower cap to enjoy a tear free bath.

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3. Help them put the correct shoe on their feet by cutting a sticker in half and putting it on the inside of each shoe.

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4. Make your kids get along with a ‘Get Along Tshirt.’

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5. Need a place to put your kid? Tie a blanket around a table to create the ultimate hammock.

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More pictures of silly stories and light hearted inspiration, check HERE xx

Our child star crush/teenage heat throb/dreamboat man Leonardo DiCaprio has taught us how to win at life. Industry award wins, not so much. Heleo has had an incredible, unfaltering, star strung career with never really dipping deep into the hotheaded diva status of a movie star. But with 31 industry award nominations, he has only won three of them.

In all this, Mr. Leo has shown us that winning a trophy isn’t all there is to life, and has shown us how to lose gracefully. Collecting film awards isn’t his greatest tribute, but when it comes to winning at life and achieving, the guy’s done pretty good.

1. Keep trying new things

After losing awards from “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” and “The Fugitive,” Leo says: “Right now, I just want to keep on growing and stretching and trying new things. It’s hard to sometimes not ‘do the right thing’ all the time. I don’t want to do the right thing all the time because, I think, once you start doing that, then you’re: a) not happy with yourself, and b) you turn into what’s expected.”

2. Take chances

After not winning for his role in “Titanic” in 1997, he spoke to ET about deciding to do such a MEGA film. “I traditionally have done smaller films and this, to me, was a completely new venture. I took a chance and tried something different. It definitely worked out, in my opinion, but I’ve never done anything of this caliber.” 

3. Admit when you don’t know something

After not winning for “Catch Me If You Can,” he was asked about Catch Me if You Can and Gangs of New York (they were released very close together), “Are you feeling more confident about your own abilities at this point in your life?” Leo’s answer was so honest and without much ego. He replied saying: “The more you grow up, the more you realize how much you don’t know (he laughs), [that’s] the truth of the matter. Certainly, my commitment to what I do now is more intense than ever before. And maybe I get more security in that.”

4. Pay attention to what you buy & who you buy from

After not winning for “The Departed” and “Blood Diamond” released in the same year, he focused on the environmental issues that were important to him. “It’s about getting people to understand that every time you pay for something, you’re essentially endorsing the way that company does business; you’re either endorsing new technologies, green technologies, or you’re not. And you not only can vote with your dollar, but you have vote for political leaders that of course are going to try to implement these things in our daily lives.”

7. Connect with the people you meet

After not winning for “Revolutionary Road,” he was asked about his fellow cast members he works with, “Certainly there have been some cruel words exchanged. And that’s what you draw on. Buddy, it’s the human things you draw on. We go through life, we meet certain people and have connections with them.”

 

Get more juicy tidbits at BABBLE here xx