The holidays are coming, and it’s never too early to plan and outsmart the season’s top stressors: busted budgets, ditched diets, tiresome travel, high-pressure parties and visiting in-laws. There’s nothing we can do about the last one, so let’s focus on planning like a pro for the smoothest, EC-est, most enjoyable season yet. You deserve it. Here are six tips to make it happen.
Showering friends and family during the holidays is truly the most enjoyable part of celebrating…and I promise you it doesn’t have to be expensive! No matter what your DIY skill set, I’ve got a great list of adorably easy handmade gifts and party favors to get you through the giving season with a touch of grace and a whole lot of joy.
In honor of an adopting an “attitude of gratitude” this Thanksgiving week, I’d like to share a story that highlights one of the biggest blessings in my life: YOU all, (or should i say, “Y’ALL”) the EC fans!
Though it’s been over ten years since I started this business, I am still blown away by just how amazing our fans truly are. I regularly receive letters, e-mails, and stories from all sorts of people explaining how much their organizational items have helped them, and on the days when I am feeling particularly stressed, I am reminded by these fans why my work is important and valuable.
So when a blogger by the named of Haute in Texas wrote me saying her friend and neighbor Melissa, a military wife and lifetime Erin Condren fan, deserved to be honored for all that she does, it was a no-brainer! We surprised her at the location of our soon-to-be retail store at The Domain, in Austin, TX, and her reaction is everything I hoped for!
So, we’ve covered entertaining and table decor for the Easter holiday (if you haven’t read that blog post, catch up here), but what about the activities and festivities for the actual day?
My family is big on traditions and it all stems from my amazing parents who always loved entertaining for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, my dad would dress like the Easter Bunny and wake us up for the annual hunt and “game show” he invented. (original contestants shown above!) He’s gotten more elaborate (and a bit more formal in his tuxedo) now that there are grandchildren and each year he has some silly surprise in store….along with mandatory bunny ears to be worn by all!
A couple years ago he crafted an elaborate scavenger hunt that the grandkids had to follow and find clues to discover the “golden eggs.” No matter what new twist, he always sticks to tradition with a game he created when I was young, called “Bunny or Money.” He hides hundreds of plastic eggs that are filled with jelly beans and tiny sweets, but many of the eggs have coins and sometime dollar bills. After all the eggs are found, each player has to count their “bank” and decide if they want to be conservative and KEEP their cash, OR take a gamble and trade in their findings for what might be a greater prize under one of the eggs on the table. There is always an unassuming egg with a sole can of cat food inside or other less-than pleasant prizes to make selecting all the more risky! It’s all played in good fun and my dad makes sure to instill in the kids the ideas of decision making, living with your choices (even if they’re the wrong ones) and everyone has a lot of fun and too much chocolate!
I can’t wait to celebrate this Sunday & will be sure to post a pic or two with my peeps. Wishing you & yours a most “egg”celent celebration! Happy Easter!
We are throwing it back to that time we filmed a silly Harlem shake video for our Youtube channel. Can’t believe that was 3 years ago!!
Notice the special (cardboard cut out) appearance by “the Biebs” in the background. I’ll be seeing J.B. this weekend with my daughter at Staples center!
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and green-filled St. Patrick’s Day full of good LUCK & love!
p.s. If you haven’t heard….you may just find some extra luck over on our site (hint hint it’s a SALE!)