Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail. Hippity, Hoppity, Easter's on its Way!

Easter eggs, bunnies, chocolates, marshmallow chickens, and multi-colored plastic grass strung throughout the house.  What's not to love about Easter?  With Universal Studio's new movie Hop in theaters now, it got me to wondering........where did the tradition of Easter eggs come from? 

As it turns out, eggs were one of the many symbols of rebirth that has been associated with spring.  In fact, it was used by many different cultures around the world - the early Egyptians, Hindu, Russians, and Chinese.  But what about the bunny?  The Easter bunny was originally a symbol of fertility.  Now a days, the bunnies mostly bring egg hunts and pastel-colored candy, but they still keep that old association of new life by ushering in spring.

Happy Easter Everyone!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Co-Ed Baby Showers

Spring is one of the more popular seasons for baby showers, probably because it comes right after all those cold months of cuddling! Appropriately, the modern baby shower didn't exist until the post World War II baby-boom.  Even more recently co-ed baby showers have become popular, even promoting themes to appeal to the males attending the shower (i.e.: sports, barbecue, etc.).  Food often becomes the main event at these non frilly showers. 

Here are some tips to keep in mind for a co-ed baby shower:
  • Invite plenty of males
  • Go easy on the pink
  • Keep the party favors simple
  • Have the expectant couple open the gifts together
I've never attended a co-ed baby shower, but can't help but wonder what kind of games do they play that appeal to both genders?

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