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Celebration, Florida-The Bohemian Hotel

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Last week for my spring break we went to Orlando to see our homesick Disney daughter.  Besides the homesickness, she was also tired from some very early morning work hours (and she is definitely not a morning person!) I thought a little vacation with her parents (and some sleep) was needed for her 2 1/2 day break.  Visiting the Disney parks would not have provided any rest, and I didn’t want to waste several of her hours driving some place away from Orlando.  So Disney’s nearby planned community of Celebration seemed the perfect choice for our little getaway.

Celebration Bohemian Hotel 1Celebration was about 20 minutes from her apartment, but it seemed worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the parks.  There were a couple of hotels to choose from in the little community, and after doing some research, we made reservations at the Bohemian Hotel.  The exterior is modeled after seaside inns of the 1900’s, but everything else about it is…well…a little… bohemian.:)

Celebration Bohemian Hotel 3Our daughter was smitten with the old car parked out in the front courtyard.

Celebration Bohemian Hotel carAnd I loved the old bicycle parked on the side of the building.:)

Celebration Bohemian Hotel bicycle

Now you can probably tell that I like interiors that have a traditional style, mixed with some cottage elements. Well the hotel lobby had none of that…but in this case, it was a good thing.:) It really made you feel you had traveled to someplace very different.  And sometimes you just need to be in a different environment to get recharged, right?  This was the reception area outside by the valet parking. (I did like the red accents.:))

Celebration Bohemian Hotel reception areaAnd this was the glamorous lobby.

Celebration Bohemian Hotel lobby 4The candles burning there had a very tropical scent to them…almost pineapple-y.

Celebration Bohemian Hotel lobby 1The lobby also did double-duty as the hotel restaurant.

Celebration Bohemian Hotel lobby 3

Celebration Bohemian Hotel lobby 2This was part of the restaurant’s terrace.  My husband really liked that wooden canoe there on the wall.  He took a photograph of it and has been studying that photo here at home.  When he retires he wants to build wooden boats.:)

Celebration Bohemian Hotel outdoor areaCare for an alligator in your hall?

Yes, this place had an unusual interior style.

Celebration Bohemian Hotel hallway

Another of their halls was an art gallery.

Bohemian Hotel art gallery

The rooms themselves were traditional…two queen beds, a desk, a rattan chair, and an armoire.

Celebration Bohemian Hotel room deskDark green walls…

Celebration Bohemian Hotel roomI want you to see a photo of one of their studios (which we did not stay in.)  I thought the sitting area in it was very nice. (This is from their website.)

Celebration Bohemian Hotel

Although we reserved a standard room, we did request one with a lake view, and I am so glad we did.  This was the view from our balcony (which by the way, had 2 rocking chairs on it.)  A funky statue was down below on that terrace.:)

Celebration Bohemian Hotel lakeside terraceLooking left, this was our water view.

Celebration Bohemian Hotel lake viewAnd looking right was the view of the pool.  You can see the walking trail that goes around the lake.

Celebration Bohemian Hotel pool viewSunset by the pool.

Celebration Bohemian Hotel pool

I want to tell you all about the town of Celebration in my next post.  It’s a charming little place…so charming in fact that our daughter took all of her roommates to the Community Church there for the Easter service and out to eat at one of the town’s restaurants on Sunday.  None of them had been there before, and now they all want to move to Celebration.:)

Celebration town FloridaOh, and our daughter loved her Easter/picnic basket of goodies.

I think our trip was a success.:)

Easter picnic basketHave any of you been to Celebration before?

Where’s your favorite place to go to recharge?

We’d love to hear.

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Susan - April 8, 2015 - 11:12 am

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of this funky hotel. I can’t wait to hear about the town of Celebration~
Thanks Susan! Hope to have the next part of the trip up soon. :)

Terri - April 8, 2015 - 11:26 am

Since I live in the State of Florida… and since we are one of those families who absolutely love Disney…. then yes we have driven thru Celebration… walked around and enjoyed the views several times…. You just can’t help yourself… you see it and you just have to turn in and enjoy!! This community is so gorgeous and so very peaceful!!!!! LOVE LOVE THE HOMES.. THE PARKS… WELL ALL OF IT!!!!!!!:)
I am glad that you have gotten to enjoy the town too Terri! And yes, it was very peaceful. :) (Which made it a super place to recharge.)

Dawn - April 8, 2015 - 11:36 am


I really like how you guys get away and recharge. I too love the bicycle parked out in the front of the hotel. The red accents are so you. Did you guys walk around the lake trail? It looks so tranquil. We are looking at going to Louisville KY in May. Our daughters archery team made nationals and if they get a spot to compete we will be traveling for a few days. I am so excited for her team (I teach at her school) because these are students I love spending time with. We spent time with them over a weekend when they went to State to compete. I am really looking forward to going back to Louisville again. I have been twice before and know that this little getaway will be just what we need to recharge and push us through to the end of the school year. Our beloved female boxer, Dyann, went to doggie heaven two days ago and it has been pretty sad around here. Our poor male boxer, Cabo, is so lost and sad. Any way our Easter break has not gone as planned. I thank you for sharing your adventures and look forward to your next post. Any suggestions for delicious places to visit in KY? Take care.
Yes, we did walk around the lake trail, and I have photos to show you all from the walk. Congratulations to your daughter’s archery team!! I hope you get to make the trip to Louisville. Sounds like fun! I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your pet. It is just as bad as losing a beloved family member.
I’m afraid the only place I have visited in Kentucky is Mammoth Cave and that was many many years ago. Perhaps Louvinia will see your comment and give you some Kentucky recommendations since she is originally from there. :)

Charlotte - April 8, 2015 - 11:49 am

First, tell your lovely daughter good job for hanging in there! Being homesick can be SO hard!! I was so homesick after I got married and moved out of my parents home (I commuted to college), they thought I was coming back! Sad, right?! Anyway, 22 years and several homes later, I still get homesick! Oh well, like they say, “There is no place like home”! And secondly, I want to thank you for your inspiration for the Easter basket for an older child. Our oldest just turned 18 and I was not inspired at all as to what I wanted to do for him. I think I was primarily caring a heavy heart because he has grown up on me, but after reading your post on the basket you fixed for your daughter I was feeling okay again. I went with more of a coffee theme, and it turned out really nice. He still got a small chocolate bunny and truffles, and he seemed quite content with that. Thank you! PS I just love your home! It always looks warm and cozy…like a big hug! Gorgeous!
I will pass along your message Charlotte. :) And I am happy the Easter basket helped you to come up with an idea for your son’s basket. I love the idea of a coffee themed one!
Thank you for your sweet comments about our home too.

Garden, Home and Party - April 8, 2015 - 12:39 pm

What good parents, it looks like your plan worked. Your daughter looks very happy with her basket of goodies (who wouldn’t be?) :-)
The hotel looks like its located somewhere in the tropics from the main lobby. What a beautiful setting.
With a name like Celebration, I can hardly wait to see if the surroundings live up to that charming name.
I do think the little vacation helped our daughter a lot. Everyone needs a getaway every now and then, don’t they? The hotel did look like it was in the tropics. Some of the other buildings there in Celebration look like they could be in the Caribbean – and the palm trees certainly added to that vibe.

Gina - April 8, 2015 - 1:11 pm

I remember reading about Celebration in Southern Living years ago. I love the vintage car and bike too. Your daughter is lovely and I’m sure she was so happy to visit with you! We live within an easy drive to the Smoky Mountains so a weekend or just a night spent in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg is always nice. :)
Thank you for the compliments on our daughter Gina. A weekend in the mountains is one my favorite places to recharge too! Tennessee has some beautiful mountain areas.

Paula B. - April 8, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Looks like the getaway and the Eater basket was a success for everyone. Your daughter looks so happy in her picture, I am sure that being with her parents for a few days was just what the doctor (would have) ordered. The hotel looks charming, I can’t wait for more posts on Celebration. My favorite destination for a short getaway is “the Cape” which is calling me just as the daffodils begin to appear all across that area in April. Shops and restaurants that have been closed will open back up and it may even be warm enough for a walk on one of the beaches.
Oh I would love to be there on the Cape when the daffodils are blooming! I bet that is absolutely beautiful. Hope you have beach walking weather very soon – and that your knees allow you to enjoy doing so. :)

Donnamae - April 8, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Beautiful place! Loved everything…except for that alligator on the wall! Anxious to see more of Celebration…I’d heard about it years ago! 😉
The alligator on the wall was um…quite unusual! There were a number of small alligators in the lake out there (alive!) I think you will like Celebration and all its architecture. :)

Cheri - April 8, 2015 - 2:21 pm

I will never get to 1/4 of the places that you have put on your blog but I do love these travel posts, they let me know what is out there and it certainly is nice to get first hand reviews from you. Much appreciated.
I’m glad you enjoy the travel posts Cheri. They are a lot of fun to put together, and they are sort of a souvenir to help me remember our trips.

Peggy - April 8, 2015 - 3:50 pm

I have never heard of Celebration. It looks fascinating. You always find the most charming places. Charming name and beautiful rooms. But the smile at the end says it all.
The town was Disney’s dream, although he never saw it come to fruition. Our daughter sent a text out to her friends while we were there that said, “I could get used to this!” Indeed we all could have. :)

phyllis - April 8, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Gosh, she’s cute!! I have a son for her 😉
You are too funny Phyllis! I’m afraid our daughter’s boyfriend would not like that idea too much! :)

Lisa - April 8, 2015 - 7:16 pm

Hi Kelly! You and your husband are such kind parents to your beautiful daughter! My daughter was very homesick in college, and we went to visit her many times. I think your daughter will go back to work feeling refreshed and loved!

Celebration is such a pretty, charming town. I would love to find a similar town on the west coast of Florida. Have you heard of any such place? :)
How sweet of you to do the same for your daughter! I believe our daughter was much better after our visit. I told her she could make the 6 weeks left on her job if I could make the 7 weeks left on mine. :)
The only similar planned community on the west coast of Florida I know of is in northwest Florida – Seaside. It is almost all rentals, whereas Celebration seems to be more year round residents than rentals. We enjoyed Apalachicola on the west side, but it is an old town – not a planned community.

Amber L. - April 8, 2015 - 7:28 pm

I LOVE the Bohemian in Asheville, and this one looks equally as charming! Your daughter is a doll :)
I’ll have to check out the one in Asheville Amber! And thank you for the compliments on our daughter. :)

Jeanne Bell - April 8, 2015 - 8:38 pm

I spent two weeks in Celebration for an ultrasound course and it was beautiful. Tell your daughter to take some home tours while she is there…..they are great! One of the homes had a bathroom that looked like a pond and there were ducks swimming on the ceiling. You could see their feet hanging down and one had stuck his head under the water.
Hope your daughter felt better….no matter how old you are you still need Mom and Dad.
Have a great week.
I will pass along your recommendation to her Jeanne. Thank you! What an unusual sounding bathroom! Hope your week is a wonderful one. :)

Pinky at Designs by Pinky - April 8, 2015 - 10:18 pm

I have heard about Celebration so enjoyed this and look forward to hearing about the town!!!
More coming your way soon, Pinky! I am happy that you enjoyed the post on the hotel there in Celebration. :)

Tricia - April 9, 2015 - 1:27 am

Kelly, what a great getaway midway through your daughter’s work term. It will make the remaining time a little easier. Plus, you’ve shown your daughter and her friends a whole new community in which to explore on their own if they have a chance.

Your daughter is beautiful and the photo of her is so sweet. Loved the Easter basket idea.

My husband and I love to recharge with day trips which include walking trails, browsing through shops and of course eating! A favourite trip is to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, a lovely small university town an hour away. The walks along the dykes through the salt marshes and fields are so invigorating,

Thanks for introducing us to Celebration!
Yes, I think my daughter and her roommates have found the perfect place close-by to escape when they need to. Thank you for your sweet words about our daughter. Your day trips sound wonderful – and exactly what I would like! One day we will get to Canada. (and not just the Canada pavilion at Epcot!)

Jennifer from Chesapeake, VA - April 9, 2015 - 9:59 am

WELL done!! She looks refreshed! Sometimes you just need some Mom and Dad time! My oldest is headed to Liberty University in the fall. Once again you inspire me!! I should do some research to find a quaint area near Lynchburg. Hugs to you!
Thank you Jennifer. Yes, you should do some research for a place in the area. I bet there is a wonderful hotel or inn nearby. :)

Becky in 'Bama - April 9, 2015 - 10:15 am

Gee.. I wish you were MY mother. :) But since I’m likely older than you, I’d take you as a sister! Kindness, goodness, a love of family and God and exceptional talent in all things decor/art make you the total package (and did I mention beautiful children). “Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her.” Happy Spring!
Ha ha..very funny Becky! (And also very sweet of you to say all that.) Happy Spring to you too!!

Design Chic - April 9, 2015 - 11:07 am

Nothing like a visit from Mom and Dad to help with the homesickness…I’ve never been to Celebration, but have heard a lot about it and from your images it looks wonderful – I can’t wait to see more!!
So true about the homesickness. I’ll have a post about all the wonderful places in the town very soon!

kathy - April 9, 2015 - 2:19 pm

The photo of your daughter could be turned into a beautiful portrait. I am glad you got to go help with the homesickness. (A friend of mine’s young son said, “Being homesick has nothing to do with home but it has everything to do with your mom.”) I can’t wait to see your post about Celebration.
Kathy, thank you for your sweet comment about our daughter. What a profound statement from your friend’s son! So true…although in the case of our daughter she is a daddy’s girl all the way. :) More Celebration coming your way soon.

Elaine from England - April 9, 2015 - 4:17 pm

Hi Kelly,
Elaine and Barry here from England. Yes we have been to Celebration. Community church was our local when we lived in Kissimmee for a number of years. We met many lovely people while there, who we still visit when we go over for our vacation. We have friends living in celebration, and you are right it is a breath of fresh air to visit and find rest.
We took my father in to the Bohemian Hotel for a special meal for his 85 th birthday, very special memories for us to cherish, as he is now no longer with us.
I know exactly how tired your daughter must feel but, also the excitement of working for Disney. I worked there as a Fairy Godmother in the BBBoutique making over girls into fairy princesses, and boys into pirates. I was the only English Fairy Godmother they had. It was tiring but frankly, the best job I had ever had in my life!
Am still keeping myself up to date with your lovely website, I emailed a couple of years ago when “Kate and William” were waiting for their first child, which was George. Strange how this post about Your visit to Celebration, coincides with them waiting again for another baby any day now!
Best wishes to you and yours
Elaine and Barry Heron from England.
How wonderful that you have been to Celebration!! Our daughter enjoyed Community church on Sunday. I am so sorry that your father is no longer with you, but I am so glad that you have fond memories of your special time with him there in Celebration.
A Fairy Godmother at Disney!!! That must have been such a fun job!!! Our daughter turned down a character performer job there so that she could do concierge, but she said that if she goes back to do it again, she wants to do the character performer next time. I will have to tell her about your job. :)
Your timing is funny with the royal babies! And how exciting it must be to be in your country now.
Enjoy it all!

Debra - April 9, 2015 - 4:52 pm

Look at your pretty girl with her special basket. She looks content. What a wonderful treat for all of you to be at that hotel. The lobby/restaurant area looked fun. Love the high back chairs and sofas, but were they comfortable to sit in? Between your balcony view and the looks of that wonderful pool area, it just makes one want to say …..” and I’ll take mine with a twist of lemon, please!” Sigh…Serenity! :) Lucky You!
We did not sit in those high back chairs while we were there. We sat over closer to the door in some dark wingback wicker chairs (that were comfortable.) Yes, it was quite the peaceful place…just what was needed. :)

cindy hattersley - April 10, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Oh my gosh this looks like so much fun and your daughter is adorable!!
It was a fun trip! Thank you for the compliments on our daughter. :)

Dawn S - April 23, 2015 - 7:57 am

Love the hotel decor! Very eclectic!

Our Easter in Red and Yellow

Talk of the House kitchen cookbooksI hope your Easter Sunday was a beautiful day full of all good things. Our day was a bright spring day with a light breeze blowing.  Just perfect.:)

Talk of the House kitchen cornerIn my last post, I showed you the foyer with all its red and yellow Easter attire.  Since then, red and yellow have run rampant through the house.


Talk of the House kitchen deskThe kitchen has its red buffalo checked drapes back, and spots of yellow have popped up in plants… and cookbooks… and notebooks at the desk.

Talk of the House kitchen chalkboard

The color duo has also invaded the family room.

Talk of the House family room sofaTalk of the House family roomRed and yellow with chocolate bunnies – such cheerful colors – just for fun on the mantel and atop the cabinet.

(You never know where they’ll show up next.)

Talk of the House Easter mantelTalk of the House chocolate bunny in a jarAnd, as if that hasn’t been enough, the colors have taken control of the dining room too…

(Bringing even more bunnies along with them!)

Talk of the House dining room cabinet

Talk of the House dining room cupboard

They took over the centerpiece for our Easter lunch.

Talk of the House Easter table centerpiece

And they made me buy these yellow bordered plates at Homegoods.

Talk of the House Easter table place setting(I just couldn’t resist…They were Kate Spade!)

Talk of the House Easter table settings

 Talk of the House Easter tableIf you will look through the door there in the dining room, you will see red and yellow have also played out there on the porch as well.

From the quilt and throw pillows on the sofa, chairs, and swing …

Talk of the House porchto the plant over the desk…

Talk of the House porch deskto the table setting for our Easter dinner (or supper…which ever term you use.:))

Talk of the House porch Easter table place settingTalk of the House porch Easter table

There seems to be red and yellow everywhere here.Talk of the House porch Easter table 2

But at least my chalkboard is still black and white.:)

Talk of the House porch Easter

It has the message for all of us for Easter.

(and every day!)

Talk of the House Easter chalkboard

The time leading up to Easter is a solemn time, but Easter Sunday is a time for celebration, and the bright cheerful colors are more celebratory to me than pastels would ever be.  So the red and yellow color scheme is going to stick around here for awhile- but the non-chocolate bunnies will go back in the attic until next year.:)

This week of spring break has flown by…3 days of heavy spring cleaning, a day of shopping, 3 days in Orlando with our daughter, a day of getting ready for Easter, and then Easter Sunday itself.  We had a huge meal at lunch with enough leftovers for a repeat of the meal for dinner.


(This photo was taken before the ham was on the table. My cheese strata rose sooooo high in the oven and then deflated when it was taken out.:()

Talk of the House Easter lunch

Strawberry shortcake won out over coconut cake for most everyone.

Talk of the House Easter lunch desserts

 So how was your Easter weekend? Did you enjoy time with family and friends?

Talk of the House Easter table place cardWe’d love to hear about it.:)

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I’m linking up with Mary Ann from Classic Casual Home …

brenda - April 6, 2015 - 4:06 am

where do u get all ur different colored books?
Brenda we have just accumulated them from many sources over the years. We are a family of 5, and we are all readers. Most of the books probably have come from

Debra - April 6, 2015 - 6:48 am

Who would have thought yellow and red for Easter….of course, it’s Kelly’s house!! It turned out adorable. I love the cute little bunny cups and yellow plates in the dining room. Are the bunny cups from Pottery Barn?? Hmmm… You had wonderful weather and so did we. :) It was a whirlwind weekend here…Started Friday with some Spring outdoor clean up, then, Saturday morning was an egg hunt at a local farm near our home. It was complete with a few farm animals and baby chicks for the twins to enjoy. We then came back to our home for another private egg hunt for the twins in our back yard, followed by egg coloring. Yep, with 3yr old twins. They were so good and what an egg assembly line. They only dropped three eggs! Ha! Oh, well. We finished the afternoon with kite flying. A few tangled children took us to a new daddy and Poppa finally taking over flight control. I think we adults were enjoying it more…. There is something to be said about the serenity of kites soaring above. :) Easter Sunday brought our family gathered for brunch out. It was a bit cool, but sunny in the early morning. It is a country drive to get there, so it was pleasant to see farmsteads ready with there equipment. The food was scrumptious, as always. Family photos with a vintage bunny that always appears, though the twins have still not warmed up to him. The tulips were not in bloom yet, but it was still enjoyable. It was a peaceful afternoon back home. We ended up just doing simple fare for dinner with deviled eggs of course, (had to use those cracked ones.) :) Our traditional lamb cake with fresh strawberries was the dessert. Ugh..calories galore! We have quite a bit of Spring clean up and garden prep with this acre lot of ours, so extra work outs…no problem! We don’t hire in lawn service .. :( Hope your week ahead is pleasant. I just love your home posts, as they always make me feel like I have just been there for a visit. P. S. I think I gained a pound with your post, all that (taking in of the Kelly/jar goodness!)
Wow Debra! It sounds like you had a very enjoyable Easter weekend. How wonderful with all the children and the egg hunts! We have some spring yard clean up that needs to be done here too.
The bunny cups are actually some kind of little bowl from World Market (maybe in the Asian dish section) and the little bunnies were place card holders from Target.
Have a great spring week!

Gail - April 6, 2015 - 7:03 am

Hi Kelly: Loved your bright, sunny Easter post. Especially love the “He is Risen” chalkboard reminder of why we celebrate this wonderful event. The color scheme of red and yellow is spot on. Red for the blood Christ shed and yellow depicting the Sun (yellow) of rightousness who came with healing (physically, spiritually and emotionally) in His wings as stated in Malachi. Loved all the sweet bunnies scattered here and there and definitely want the recipes for the cheese strata (even though it deflated) and asparagus casserole. Both looked delicious! You always have the most inviting looking food. Thank you for sharing your sweet holidays with us! Always inspiring.

Blessings to you and yours.
Thank you for explaining the meaning behind the colors Gail. Now I feel it is even more fitting of the special day. I will try to post the recipes in an upcoming Talk of the Weekend post. That cheese strata is easy and good with a lot of things, and the asparagus casserole really is yummy (especially if you are an asparagus lover like I am! :) ) I am happy you enjoyed the post.

Cheri - April 6, 2015 - 9:49 am

Kelly, you always decorate so lovely and a little out of the box with colors because generally you would think pastels. I love your chosen colors of red and yellow, that combination is one of my favorites. My bedroom as a teen were those colors.

I need you to come and really Spring clean my house…I can’t even get up the ambition and you put me to shame with all that you did on Spring break. I guess I should get out of my PJs and start making a plan. lol
Yay! Another fan of red and yellow! How fun that your bedroom was done in those colors Cheri. :) I’m afraid I can’t do your spring least until I finish here..and then there is the matter of our messy yard. It looks like I might be finished by the time summer rolls around (if I’m lucky!) I am hoping that things like this will be easier once I retire. 34 days to go!

Talia - April 6, 2015 - 9:50 am

Always beautiful. You are amazingly talented at creating warm and welcoming spaces. Love your home!!
You are so sweet to say so. Thank you Talia! I’m so glad you liked all the Easter decorating.

Kathy - April 6, 2015 - 10:14 am

Ah, so pretty! I love it all! I always have to go back through your posts several times to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I love seeing things you have that I have. It is like being able to go shopping at home. (the yellow Easter grass and red and yellow PB pillows) Our Easter weekend was nice. I got to shop with my daughter on Friday, work on projects on Saturday, go to church on Sunday and have lunch at my mother-in-law’s. Will you put the “He is risen” photo on Pinterest so I can pin it to my chalkboard ideas? I think you pinned one last year but I like this one even better.
Your weekend does sound very nice. I put the photo on Pinterest, so I hope you can find it and repin it. Thank you for your always sweet compliments on the decorating around here Kathy. I appreciate it!

Sue - April 6, 2015 - 10:36 am

I love your new plates Kelly. They are going to be perfect for many occasions. Yellow is just such a happy color. I always love to see your home all holidayed up ~ I have the exact same trouble with the Easter colors, so I usually use green and yellow or green and white. I love the pops of red.
Thanks for sharing with us.
You are right, Sue, about the new plates working for many occasions. I can see them being perfect for birthdays, can’t you? Glad you liked them and the house decorated for spring. I normally do yellow and green, but this year I wanted a change. And you know I love red. :)

Julia - April 6, 2015 - 10:45 am

Kelly I like the yellow and red colors through out your home. Also, I like coconut cake with strawberries :)
Thank you Julia! Glad you like it all!

Dawn - April 6, 2015 - 11:01 am


Your yellow and red theme is so perfect for your Easter decorated home. I do love the Kate Spade plates and the bunny theme you have running through out. Great ideas and beautiful flowers every where. We had a lot going on this Easter weekend also. We went to my in-laws Saturday and then to my parents home Sunday after church. Now we are hanging out at the lake house until Wednesday night. We had Thursday, Friday, today, Tuesday and Wednesday off for Easter break. So today I am catching up on school work, tomorrow we might go do some shopping and then back home to get ready for the short work week. I hope you had some time to relax over your break with all that you had going on. Thanks for sharing. Take care.
I kind of like your work schedule with your spring break. It gives you two short weeks! I hate you are having to spend your vacation time working on school work, but that seems to be the life of a teacher. :( Thank you for the compliments on the colors scheme and the new plates. The plates are VERY bright! Gives the room a cheery look. :)

Louvina - April 6, 2015 - 3:06 pm

Just loving the red with the yellow!! I did get my act together and used the pastel colors in my Lennox spring tablecloth with butterflies/dragonflies and red lady bugs– several times I thought the ladybugs were real and started to swat them!:) enjoyed cooking and baking for 12 — standing bunny cake didn’t quite stand up due to humidity so he was prone on the plate with white frosting and coconut– kinda looked like a sick poodle!:) Had coconut cream pie and individual banana pudding in Mason Jars with handles. Ham and turkey breast in crock pots while we were off to Sunrise Services. Daughters made cute bunny head fruit salad and bunny rolls. Had a giant Easter basket with a ton of chocolate for everyone to make up their own treat bags to take home. Fell into bed at 9:30– was a long day since 4:30 am!! A lovey Easter with family and good friends and g/daughter’s new beau! Hope you are well and getting excited about the last few days of teaching!!
Yay! Glad you were able to get everything done. That is too funny about the ladybugs! One landed on my computer the other day, and he/she would not get off it! So sorry your bunny cake didn’t quite make it. I laughed out loud at your sick poodle comment. Hilarious! (Although you were probably aggravated at the cake.) I will have to try the ham in the crock pot idea. How smart! I also love your chocolate bar Easter basket. You’re just full of good ideas!
Go to bed early tonight too. Sounds like you had quite a busy day yesterday.
34 days to go!! State testing next week. :)

KIM - April 6, 2015 - 3:10 pm

Loving the red and yellow together along with your black accents and the neutral background. Hope you had a nice Easter.
Thank you Kim. The color combination does work well with all our khaki walls around here. Our Easter was a nice one. Hope yours was as well!

Garden, Home and Party - April 6, 2015 - 4:50 pm

I love the red and yellow. It should be perfect through spring, right? The yellow banded Kate Spade plates are wonderful. I love how the bunnies have multiplied and are in each main room! :-)
We had a lovely day as well. Sarah sat the table with the charming Pottery Barn (or were they Williams Sonoma) bunny plates.
I am glad you liked the color combination Karen. Yes, I think it will work for awhile here. Those plates were a steal at Homegoods, and I wish I had purchased a bunch of the salad plates too! I know Easter with your family was wonderful. Not sure which store her bunny plates came from…either store has had bunny plates. I almost bought the Williams Sonoma yellow banded Easter ones recently. I wonder if they would go with my new dinner plates?

Tricia - April 6, 2015 - 5:15 pm

Kelly, another beautiful post. You inspired my choice of neutrals and reds…now I may have to add some yellow! How i wish you could just come ‘do’ my house. I could look at your decorated house for hours. Perhaps a book is a possibility?
You are too sweet Tricia! Mix in some yellow with your red for some springtime cheer. :) No book possibility here, but I appreciate your encouragement of my decorating abilities!

Donnamae - April 6, 2015 - 6:41 pm

The yellow looks so pretty with the red…especially those baskets of flowers! We had a very nice Easter with two of my sons…and I too spent an intense three days cleaning everything in sight before that. Your home looks so cheerful! 😉
Doesn’t it feel good to know that you have that cleaning behind you? I still have the floors in a few rooms to do, but they will have to wait until this weekend. Thank you for the compliments on the rooms and the flowers! I am glad you enjoyed Easter with your sons.

Barbie - April 6, 2015 - 7:26 pm

Thank you Barbie!

Peggy - April 6, 2015 - 9:49 pm

Oh my! I hate to admit it — dish envy! That pop of sunshine is amazing! I have some old dishes of my Mom’s that she got at the grocery store (IGA) saving stamps. You are too young to know about thing like that.
I wish I was too young to know about a thing like that. I remember going with my mom to an S&H Greenstamps place to trade in all those little booklets filled with stamps. I think she redeemed them for glasses and other things…but I am not sure. I do know my mother in law redeemed hers for tons of milk glass…little plates and cups and punch bowls and goblets and serving dishes…all of which are stored here.

Peggy - April 6, 2015 - 9:53 pm

For some reason the whole comment didn’t print. The dishes have a pale yellow rim. After seeing yours, I think I will have to get them out and enjoy them. Hope you had a very blessed Easter.
That’s odd…hmmm. Yes, you need to get out those dishes, and use them now in spring Peggy. :) We did have a great Easter. Hope you did too!

Jayne - April 6, 2015 - 10:23 pm

Love the colors! Once again you have made your home beautiful for holidays. I love the bunny in the jar! How cute!! And the chalkboard…love the saying on it! Hope you have a great Easter!
Aren’t those colors just so cheerful Jayne? I am glad you liked them for the holiday decorating. We did have a great Easter weekend. I hope you did too.

Sandy - April 7, 2015 - 9:37 am

Kelly, your posts always bring a smile to my face. Red and yellow, spot on! We had a lovely Easter brunch at my sister’s. Our children and their families all spent Easter out of state in warmer weather. So yesterday, my husband and I drove 400+ miles to visit relatives and dear friends in PA. We are going to my first IKEA visit tomorrow. Woohoo!
Sandy, it sounds like you had a busy but fun weekend! That was a long way to go to visit relatives. Kudos to you! Hope your visit to Ikea was a good one. (Sometimes it can be a little overhwelming to me.)

Jaybird - April 7, 2015 - 11:28 am

Yessssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is absolutely beautiful!! I am such a red freak, and you have made this perfection in my eyes. It helps that yellow is my second favorite color :^)
Blessings to you for sharing this and kudos to Gail for the great analogy!!!
Your chalkboard is perfect!!
Blessings to you,
Wow! Thank you for all the compliments!! I’m so glad you were able to enjoy it all.

Gina - April 7, 2015 - 2:41 pm

I think the yellow and red color scheme looked beautiful for Easter. :) I loved your new yellow bordered plates. They were perfect. I have some yellow Martha Stewart plates from KMart that I have had for years that I always use at Easter. :) We hosted my husband’s large family on Saturday so we relaxed after church and ate mostly leftovers Sunday. :)
Thank you so much for the compliments on the Easter decorating Gina! Yellow plates do seem to work especially well for Easter. I am glad you were able to have a relaxing Easter Sunday. We are still eating leftovers here!

Cindy - April 7, 2015 - 3:02 pm

Hi Kelly, I love the red and yellow, always have. In our first home we had harvest gold appliance, and a yellowish counter top. I can’t even blame anyone else, we built the house. What can I say it was the seventies. Anyway, I used red as my accent color, it worked. Just love the way you tie your colors all together, a hint of color here and a pop of color there. Beautiful as always!
How many days left???
Red does seem to work wonderfully with things that have a yellow tone. So I bet your kitchen was a happy looking space with all that gold and red. :)
32 days to go!

Paula B. - April 8, 2015 - 10:47 am

Everything looks so fresh and lovely, like a breath of spring air. We are not quite there yet, I saw some snow flurries yesterday but mostly rain these days…. The weatherman promises it will go up into the sixties by the weekend, fingers crossed. We don’t have school vacation until the week after next and then, of course, we go through until the last days of June. Oh boy! That last quarter is such a rush I know your home will be a welcome respite to return to after these end-of-year hectic days. As yellow is my favorite color, I am loving the pops of it I see in your décor.
Flurries still? Oh my goodness. I can’t imagine going to school until the end of June…but then we did start at the end of July. :( Our state testing starts next week…very stressful. So happy you liked all the yellow in our spring decorating Paula. It is such a happy color!

Dawn S - April 23, 2015 - 8:25 am

I really like your kitchen counter-tops! They look brand-new! How do you keep them in such good shape with all of the entertaining you do?

Tara @ Lehman lane - April 24, 2015 - 1:07 pm

I think red is a really hard color to decorate with in the spring and I think you did a fantastic job. I love how it looks with the yellow! Beautiful tour, love your kitchen! This is my first time visiting from the best of the nest:)

Lisa @ Shine Your Light - April 25, 2015 - 7:59 am

Kelli, red and yellow are such a cheerful and fresh color scheme for Easter, I love how you brought them into your house with all your pretty touches! You are amazing how you can change up your house with color/seasonal and holiday decorating. I always enjoy seeing your tablescapes and creative ideas. Thanks for linking your Easter decor up to Best of the Nest. We were so thrilled to have Mary Ann guest host with us this month. Hope you’ll come and link up again!
Thank you for doing Best of the Nest, Lisa! I do love the cheerfulness of the color combination for spring, and thank you for your very kind comments! I was glad to see Mary Ann linking up for the linky party too. :)

classic•casual•home - April 27, 2015 - 8:44 pm

Thanks for being a part of Best Of the Nest! This is just so pretty AS USUAL! I just go my new issue of BH&G and its all about yellow on the cover. You must be a happy person to be around!
Thank YOU for hosting it! Yellow is such a happy color to be around. I couldn’t resist using it. But after seeing some of the blue fabrics you have posted lately, I am craving some blue now.

classic • casual • home - April 28, 2015 - 12:25 am

PS. Pinned your fab Easter menu!

A Little Easter Decorating

Easter vignette Talk of the House

Happy Spring Break!!! Busy girl here has been spring cleaning to the max! (and shopping and decorating for Easter.:))  But I did want to pop in to show you a couple of decorating and gift ideas.

playroom Easter vignette

I just had to use that stone look bunny from Target.  He was too good to pass up, and the Izze can made the perfect height for him to have a sip.:)

Easter chalkboard

Remember this is the kids’ playroom.  (Actually, now that they are all in their twenties, play means video games and movies.:)) Either way, some lightheartedness fit with the room.

playroom Easter chalkboard

Now let’s move on to the foyer.  Don’t hate me…I had to bring the red back. I know.  I am hanging my head in shame. I’ve said it before; Easter is THE most challenging holiday to decorate for around here.  I am just not good with spring and pastel colors in this house, but at least I was able to mix the red with yellow.  Does that count?

The seasonal decor gods are probably going to get me.:(

Here is one end of the foyer buffet…

Easter vignette

A close up of the jar…

jar of Easter treat bagsInside are decorated cookies that everyone loves from our local bakery.  The cookies got bagged with a little paper shred, and a white grosgrain ribbon with a red tag (from Michael’s dollar bin) – decorated with chalk marker – all tied on. Easy-peasy.:)

Easter cookie gifts

 The cookies are in the jar for now, but at the end of the week they will be going to our daughter’s 5 roommates in Orlando.

Here is the other end of the buffet.

Easter photographsThe photographs are of our sons on Easter egg hunts when they were young.

Easter vignette in foyer

Easter vignette Talk of the House (2)

And now for the Easter basket this year.  One of our sons is working in Atlanta, and the other is in Seattle, so I did not want to mail a complete basket to each of them.  (They would much prefer the simplicity of gift cards.) But believe or not, our Disney daughter is suffering from a bad case of homesickness.  She has not been home since January, and this is the longest she has ever been away.  She loves her job, her roommates, and the fun of Disney, but like the old saying goes…There’s no place like home.  So we will be taking her Easter basket to her…or rather a picnic basket to her…filled with some of her favorite things.

Like a pecan pie made by her grandmother…

pecan pieand cookies and petit fours from the bakery she loves.

flower cookies

cake squaresI added a few cans of the drink she likes and some chocolate.

(What’s an Easter basket without chocolate?)

Easter basketTied on the outside with a yellow ribbon, it is ready to go.  I am hoping that between the basket, some time with her parents, a few good meals out, a stay in a nice hotel, and some time relaxing in the pool, she will be over her case of homesickness.  It’s worth a try anyway, right?

I’ve got to get back on all my projects now before this week slips by, and  I want to have time to show you a little more spring decorating before it’s summer! I hope you are enjoying a beautiful spring day wherever you are..perhaps with a cold drink.:)


Until next time…

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Nan, Odessa, DE - April 1, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Been waiting for this post!
You have nothing to hang your head about – RED is always good.
What a lucky daughter to have such caring parents. Glad for you to have the get away. Tell us your town and state, and how far you are from Disney? Enjoy!

Questions: tell me about the picnic basket? New or old?

PS how many days???????????????????
Red may always be good, but you sure don’t see it in Easter or spring decorating, do we? We are glad to be getting away to see our daughter. I know we will all enjoy our time together.
The picnic basket is about 20 years old. I bought it for our kitchen when we built the house.
35 days to go. :)

Sandy - April 1, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Lucky daughter to have such lovely parents. I am sure she will love her picnic basket’s contents. I would! Spring break for my grandchildren. One family left for Myrtle Beach yesterday and another family will be on the road tomorrow to Disney in FL. My husband and I are leaving Ohio also and spending some time in PA. I sent Cheryl’s Cookies( frosted shaped eggs, carrots, and tulips) to my daughter’s in-laws’ home in FL for the grandchildren’s Easter baskets. I hope this next week will be sunny for all.
It sounds like all of your family has fun plans for the week! I think we were on the same wavelength about cookies for Easter. :) Safe travels to you and all of your family Sandy!

Arlene@Nanaland - April 1, 2015 - 3:02 pm

Have a fun trip Kelly!! I may just “steal” your cookie idea for our grown ups! Grands are getting a chocolate bunny and a dvd.
We will! Thank you Arlene. You go right ahead and make the cookie treats for the grownups. A chocolate bunny and dvd sound like fun things for the grandchildren.
Happy Easter!

Susie in MO - April 1, 2015 - 3:14 pm

Red is great – it is the vestment color for Palm Sunday – so it’s all good! Love what you did in your house, I spent 2 hours moving around the few things I wanted to use and ended up watching the last few episodes of Glee last night instead…trying to do “less is more” is tough. Have a great weekend with your daughter – mine lives in Orlando and I’d love to be there as well :-)
Thanks Susie. Good to know I am matching the church with my use of red. :) Watching the last few episodes of Glee sounds like more fun to me. I wish I could send your Orlando daughter to you for a visit. My daughter does not like the traffic of Orlando.
Have a happy Easter!

Nana Diana - April 1, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Have a wonderful time going to see your daughter. She will love seeing you, I know. The basket will be a far distant second thing she is glad to see.

Your Easter decorations look just gorgeous. You have done a beautiful job pulling it all together.

Blessed Easter to you and your family- xo Diana
You are so sweet Diana. Thank you. I believe you are right about the basket being second to seeing her parents. :) (And I hope she shares the basket with us! LOL)
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - April 1, 2015 - 3:54 pm

That bunny with a drink is precious! What a sweet Mom you are to make such a nice basket. My college boy said he wasn’t coming home for Easter, so I mailed his goodies to him a few days ago, only to have him call today and say he’s coming home after all . . . sigh.
Aw man…your son’s basket is going to pass him, and he is not going to have it for Easter. Well at least you get to enjoy his company for the weekend. :) Glad you liked the bunny!
Happy Easter Leslie Anne.

Jackie - April 1, 2015 - 7:12 pm

I love the bunny sipping the Izze. It’s so fun to see where the creative side of your brain goes with these ideas. Happy Easter!
I am glad you enjoyed it Jackie! Sometimes my creative side takes off to a silly side. :)
Happy Easter to you too!

Annette davenport - April 1, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Love all you have a great style
Thank you Annette. :)

PATTI - April 1, 2015 - 9:38 pm

Love the bunny sipping the IZZE! It has a little Beatrix Potter-ish feeling to it! Happy Easter :-)
Thank you so much Patti! I hadn’t thought of the Beatrix Potterish feel, but it DOES have that vibe.:)
Have a great Easter!

karen in charleston,sc - April 1, 2015 - 10:06 pm

Hey Kelly Just found your blog this week and can’t wait to get home and see what’s new with you.I LOVE your home and decorating style, it’s so me. God bless you for being such a caring mother. I know Hayley (love the name) will be so happy for the visit and goodies.They are always your babies no matter the age. Mine are 36, 34,and 31.Will keep you in prayer for traveling. Have a wonderful Easter!
Hi Karen! Welcome to Talk of the House! You are so right about our children always being our babies no matter what the age. :) Thank you for your prayers for our travels. We appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful Easter as well!

Debra - April 1, 2015 - 10:07 pm

Road trip….You are super parents! I have to giggle, because my kids are in their twenties and early thirties and they still love the extra effort/little “momma love” gifts too. I need to get into this chalk board craze. I love your lettering Kelly. I need to get a few of those chalk pens. Your bunny is cute, was it from the Smith & Hawkins décor? I just saw the $3 moss bunny and picked up one of those at Target. My décor is creams, moss green and accents of my mercury glass décor. I was feeling the yellow too, as I picked up fresh daffodils at Trader Joes. We will enjoy, as we did last year, Easter Brunch at a favorite garden venue. Hope you have a wonderful Easter and Spring break Kelly.
Yes, you DO need to get into the chalkboard craze Debra. The bunny was from the Smith and Hawken aisle there in Target. I don’t remember seeing the moss one. How did I miss that?? The daffodils here have all disappeared, so you are lucky to find them at TJ’s. (Sure wish we had one!) What a wonderful idea to celebrate Easter in a garden. Love it!

Gina - April 1, 2015 - 10:32 pm

I love the picnic basket idea! Safe travels and hope you have a great visit with your daughter. :) I hope her home sickness is curbed. :/ I’m not crazy about decorating with pastels either but since we host my husband’s family for Easter I mostly decorate with lots of colored eggs. My little great nephew helped color them Monday so I am already enjoying them. :)
How fun to have a little nephew to enjoy coloring the eggs with! I am happy you liked the picnic basket Gina, and I do hope our trip helps to curb the home sickness. Have a fun Easter with all your family!

Laura Ingalls Gunn - April 2, 2015 - 8:43 am

The cold drink! Heee hee. I love it. Happy Easter!
It was so funny, I just couldn’t resist! (Warped sense of humor here at times.) I am glad you appreciated the silliness Laura. :)
Happy Easter to you too.

Lynn A. - April 2, 2015 - 8:54 am

Love, love, love your style. Happy Easter!

Weather is supposed to be nice this weekend here in Orlando with afternoon showers predicted for Sunday.

Hope you have a great visit.
Thank you Lynn. Glad to know Orlando weather is spring-y! We went north one year for spring break and got 13 inches of snow in Asheville! I vowed to never go north again for it.
Hope your Easter is a good one. :)

Linda - April 2, 2015 - 9:06 am

Cute, cute, cute I put yellow with my red also for Easter. I also use polka dots they just are Easter to me. Lol! Have fun with your family!
Yay! Another red and yellow fan! I love the idea of polka dots. That with red and yellow sounds precious!
Hope you have a great Easter Linda.:)

Debbie w - April 2, 2015 - 9:19 am

I bought the red ovals @ Michaels yesterday ( for 50 cents!) but I did not think about making them into Easter egg tags!! How clever! Love your ideas! Enjoy your last days…enjoy retirement even more!
Those red tags were too cute to not get; weren’t they Debbie? I am glad you like the ideas, and I do believe retirement is going to be great. :)

Dawn - April 2, 2015 - 2:10 pm


You have cured my case of “your home-sickness!” I have been longing to see what is going on in your playroom/gameroom! That is my favorite room in your home! The bunny with super cute drink and straw is just perfect! Thanks for sharing it with us! I hope the visit and treats from home get your lovely Disney daughter back on track. Have happy and healthy Easter! Take care.
Well I am glad I could give you a cure Dawn! Too funny! I have another project for that room, but it will be awhile before it is complete. I think you will like it though. I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend with all your family.

Robin - April 2, 2015 - 2:19 pm

Your daughter will be so excited to see you and your hubby, and thrilled to get such a cute basket. I Love all your fun ideas for Spring and Easter!

Your house reminds me of a cozy Bed and Breakfast!!! You would be the perfect Innkeeper. If you could own one where would you have it?

Enjoy your weekend!
Thank you Robin. A Bed and Breakfast? Not sure we are up to that kind of nonstop work…although I did want to run one years ago. Where to open one? Hmmm…probably somewhere in the mountains of North Carolina. :)

Kathy - April 2, 2015 - 3:39 pm

Happy Easter, Kelly! Enjoy your spring break! 35 days! You are going to L.O.V.E. retirement! (I like the red and yellow for Easter. And, I just copied your Hippity Hoppity chalkboard.)
Happy Easter to you too, Kathy! I bet your chalkboard turned out cute. :) And yes, I can’t wait to be retired. Looking forward to those July days when my friends have to go back to work, and I don’t. LOL

Garden, Home and Party - April 2, 2015 - 3:56 pm

First of all, I absolutely love the black, white and green you manage to make so spring like. The bunny, sipping the drink, is adorable.

That pecan pie…oh, my. Your mom must be a fabulous baker. I hope Hayley can get over her homesickness and feel content to stick with it. I know your “Easter/Care” package will help.

Our family can always appreciate red and yellow since it’s USC’s colors (actually crimson and gold).
Hi Karen, I’m so happy you liked the playroom decor. My mom makes killer pecan pies – just wish our oldest son was here to enjoy one too. He LOVES them! I too hope Hayley can get over the homesickness. She will finish out the time there I know…too good of an opportunity to not. If you like the USC colors, then you will like the Easter table here too. :)
Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.

Jaybird - April 2, 2015 - 5:52 pm

Red is the best neutral and is good year around!!!! I’m old and it has been good for DECADES around :^)
You are such a great Mom…your daughter will be so excited to see you and get lots of Mom/Dad hugs!
Easter blessings to you all,
Thank you for your approval of the red! I definitely like it year round. :) Daughter will love her family time (and shopping as well!) Many Easter blessings to you and your family. :)

Peggy - April 2, 2015 - 9:27 pm

Love the red and yellow and that cute stone Bunney with his drink! Happy Easter to you and your family. Enjoy your time with your daughter!
Thank you Peggy. I’m so glad you liked it all. Happy Easter to you too. Have a wonderful weekend!

classic•casual•home - April 2, 2015 - 10:09 pm

Awesome post. So glad you are going to see your daughter…I KNOW you miss her. You have the best Easter vignettes!
Thank you so much Mary Anne. Yes, I do miss my good shopping buddy, but she will be home in about 6 weeks. I keep telling her to hang in there. Have a wonderful weekend. I hate that your plans had to be changed and that your brother is ill. Best wishes for a quick recovery for him.

Donnamae - April 2, 2015 - 11:21 pm

I knew the red would come back! What a wonderful Easter basket you are taking to your daughter…she is very lucky indeed! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Happy Easter! 😉
You were right…the red is back Donnamae. :) Thank you for the well wishes for the weekend. Happy Easter to you too!

DiAnne - April 3, 2015 - 3:59 pm

I love the red, yellow, and lime green for Easter. I also think it is so great you can go see your daughter with that beautiful basket of goodies.
Have a fun weekend. You are going to love retirement and you will probably be so busy, you will wonder how you ever worked at school and got everything else done. One piece of advice I could give you on retiring from teaching—learn how to say NO. You will be bombarded with people thinking you have all this free time on your hands and they will want to try to help you decide what to do with this time you have earned. Retirement is fun and busy.
happy Easter!
I’m glad you like all the happy colors, DiAnne. :) (And we all like all the sweets!) Yes, I am going to love retirement. I do worry about what you said about everyone wanting me to do things. I have been wanting to blog full time since I start blogging almost 3 years ago, and I really want to have the time to put into it (and not stay up so late doing so!) It truly does take a lot of time to do it all. Hopefully retirement will allow me to do that.
I hope your Easter weekend is a wonderful one.

Wendy in KY - April 3, 2015 - 5:20 pm

I am not usually Easter decorating challenged; however, I have been this spring. My sister and I often joke we do our best work 24 hours before a deadline. Indeed, my boy’s and their wives are coming for dinner Saturday evening vs Sunday. I guess I should jump off your blog and get moving. My oldest son spent the same timeframe in Disney through their college program. I remember when my husband and I went to see him in April, we too took his Easter basket and gifts. My husband and I were also celebrating our 27th anniversary at the time. On our actual anniversary, we were spending the day in the Magic Kingdom. We had just arrived with our son who insisted he find us anniversary buttons to wear. A gentleman overheard us talking and congratulated us. He then proceeded to ask if we’d be interested in being Grand Marshal’s in the afternoon parade! Oh my, YES! It was such a fun experience –and also happened to be the first time we had ever visited Disney. Needless to say, all our friends who have spent years going for vacation were envious of our experience. Truly magical memories. Have a blessed Easter and a Magical visit with your daughter.
I’ll say that WAS a magical experience!! Grand Marshall….wow!! I am jealous too. :)
Like you, I seem to do my best under time pressure (but it’s not fun.) I hope you get it all together just like you want and enjoy your dinner Saturday night with your family. Easter blessings to you too Wendy!

Louvina - April 3, 2015 - 9:43 pm

What a perfect time to be in Orlando! Weather is just right– for a nice Easter weekend! I’ve been home from the beach 5 days and “paying” for my 30 days R&R!! Rushing to clean, decorate, make baskets and planning dinner for 12! But it is all falling into place– even found the copper plant stake you wrote ” happy Easter” with your chalk pen for me!! I, too, do my best work under pressure– with the help of my “lesson plan” style To Do List!! Love checking off my accomplishments! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy — “City Beautiful” and come back soon– maybe even “retire” here!?:) You need to check out The Villages– a fun place for retirement– even called ” Disney for Boomers!”
The weather was just perfect. 30 days away from home would require quite a bit of catching up. Good luck with all your projects! I have heard recently that The Villages are the fastest growing residential area in the entire United States. That is really something!

Paula B. - April 8, 2015 - 10:38 am

Loving the basket for your daughter, what a thoughtful mom you are. I just know she enjoyed everything in there and I hope it took away a little of her homesickness. I am just catching up with all your posts as I am (finally) feeling like myself three weeks post the knee replacement surgery. I think it was a good time of year to go in – dreary end of March, and to recuperate – as spring blossoms forth in April. At least we are hoping for that in New England! I am going to have to take you to task for the red candles, I just know you could put a more charming spin on that, say, a Kelly green candle color! You don’t have to go the pastel route, a vibrant spring color would be fine. (Think all the wonderful things in your garden.)Hope spring break was productive as well as fun and relaxing to some degree. You will be in the home stretch now for the school year so I am sure that brings its own challenges. Enjoy! Enjoy!
I think the basket and trip worked wonders for our daughter. Thank you for catching up on all the posts. I hope you’re well on the way to recovery. Candles…a problem. You see I only like those larger ones in our candlesticks here, and my source has stopped selling them. :( So all I have at my disposal are red and white. What I would have LOVED would have been some yellow ones. I am always keeping my eye out for them. And when I find them, I will definitely buy them in some assorted other colors. :) Spring break was productive, and I am looking forward to finishing out this last school year. Summer is 32 school days away. :)

Dawn S - April 23, 2015 - 8:30 am

I am certain your daughter loved her basket – who wouldn’t? I also think you did a great job of decorating for Easter – I didn’t see anything wrong with using red and yellow. It looks very sophisticated but still fun!

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