Picture Backdrop DIY

For Easter this year, we had the pleasure of doing Mini Sessions for some really great clients. We wanted to share our cute fabric backdrop that we made, because it is so, so easy to do yourself!

First, a few pictures of our kiddos on our Easter set. 🙂

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And, now, for the DIY…

Get your supplies: We chose neutral fabrics and ribbon.

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Easter Party

It’s almost Easter, we at Social Graces are beyond excited for Spring and our 2013 wedding season to kick off.

We hope you get a little inspiration from this super cute Easter party by Leanne at Catch My Party.  Enjoy your Holiday weekend with your friends and family.  We encourage you to take away from a few of our inspiration pieces here and here and add a little flare to your family gathering.

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Eggciting Inspiration!

Mustache Eggs

(Disclaimer: I apologize for the geeked out title of this post, but with this non-stop winter weather we are experiencing, I think I’m about to go nuts! 🙂 )

Can you believe that Easter is this weekend? It must be the weather (or how awesomely busy we’ve been!), as I am behind and not quite ready for the big weekend. Easter means something very special and sacred to us at Social Graces. On top of that, it gives us another reason for DIY-ing and crafting.

In case you are behind, like me, and need something to spark your creative side, I am here to share a few unique Easter egg ideas we’ve come across lately:

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How are you decorating your eggs this year?

Sweet Little Details: Coconut Macaroon Nests

In preparation for Easter, tonight my family put lots of candy in eggs for the neighborhood egg hunt.  I’m getting excited about Easter and for the fact that my little guy turns one on Good Friday.  I think I will make these cute nests from Jen at Sweet Little Details for his family birthday dinner.

Coconut Macaroon Nests

makes 12-14 nests

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg white
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 1/4 cups sweetened coconut

6 ounces, semi-sweet chocolate, melted
Candbury Mini Eggs (or other Easter candy eggs)

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.

In a large bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, egg white, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir until combined. Add in the coconut and mix well.

With a spoon, scoop up about 2 Tablespoons of the dough and place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Form the cookies into the shape of a bird nest. Press down the center with your fingers.

Bake cookies for 17 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and press down in the center of the nests again. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes or until they are firm and set. Remove with a spatula onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.

Once nests have cooled, melt chocolate over low heat. Pipe a teaspoon of melted chocolate into the center of each nest. Top with mini eggs.

Something Borrowed: Easter Picnic

Easter is a very important holiday to us girls at Social Graces. It’s much bigger than easter eggs and candy (although we still love our eggs & candy!). We pray that this Easter season is a time of celebration in your life as well.

I came across a beautiful, airy Easter Picnic that Melissa from Ever So Pretty Events featured on Hostess with the Mostess. I had to share! To read about the details, click here.

Have a blessed Easter weekend!

Good Friday Special: Italian Easter Bread

Today’s post comes from a recipe on Tasty Kitchen.  It’s a great way to start this beautiful Easter Weekend.  We hope everyone enjoys time with their family.

Pupa con l’uova “Italian Easter Bread”

This bread is traditionally braided and shaped to look like a wreath and bright and beautiful decorated eggs are nestled in the dough. This bread is served on Easter Sunday . The eggs represent life, fertility and rebirth, and the ring shape represents the crown of thorns.

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  • 1 package Rapid Rise Yeast Or 2 1/2 Teaspoons Cake Yeast
  • 1-¼ cup Scalded Milk, Cooled To Room Temperature
  • 1 pinch Kosher Salt
  • ⅓ cups Butter, Softened
  • 2 whole Eggs Beaten
  • ½ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 cups Unbleached Flour
  • 1 whole Egg, Beaten With 1 Teaspoons Cold Water
  • 1 tub Assorted Color Candy Sprinkles
  • 6 whole Died Easter Eggs, Uncooked

The Easter eggs do not need to be hard boiled. They will cook when the bread bakes. I usually dye the eggs right out of the refrigerator. Just be careful not to crack them when dying them!

In a large mixing bowl combine the yeast, warm milk (not hot), salt, softened butter, eggs and sugar. Add 1/2 of the flour(2 cups) and with your dough hook beat until smooth.
Slowly add in the remaining flour and beat until its forms a stiff dough. Don’t worry how much flour you add in extra, add in flour until you have a smooth and not sticky dough.
Knead dough for about 10 minutes either with your dough hook or on a lightly floured dough board. Place dough into a greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.

Punch dough down, divide into 12 pieces. Roll each piece to form a 1 inch thick rope about 14 inches long. Take two of the ropes and twist to form a braid, pinch the ends together, and loop it into a circle, or wreath, pinch ends together and tuck a bit under to secure the end. *If you prefer you can make your dough into 2 large rings instead of six small*. If you do decide to make them large,each large ring gets 3 Easter eggs .

Place dough rings on a greased baking sheet, cover and let rise until doubled, about an hour. Brush each bread with the beaten egg wash, sprinkle the candy over each one. Make an indentation in the middle of each ring and gently place a colored egg into each one. Bake at 350 degrees F until golden, about 20-25 minutes. Cool on rack.