Celebrate & Decorate with Chloe Crabtree

Ideas for Sprucing Up Your Home for Spring

Spring is finally arriving throughout most of the Country and as I look around my home, I know I need a little bit of freshening up.   I have several ideas I am planning on using this Spring.

1.  Purchase and add a bright new area rug.  Whether you have hardwood, carpet or tile, you can always add an area rug, and if you already have an area rug, you can roll up the one you have and have it cleaned while you are using a fresh new one and then switch them out again in the Fall.  Adding a sisal or sisal-look area rug gives any area a more summery look.

Sisal rug under the dining table


Photo:  Z Gallerie

2.  Add a pop of Spring with accessories that express summer, boats, beaches, picnics and summer camp.  Prop up a few pictures of summer activities or travel posters.  Cluster some jars or cloches of summery items, children’s toys, like jacks and jump ropes, sea shells, or sand toys.

How to make perfect hard boiled eggs

Remove your eggs from the refrigerator and place them in a pan of room temperature water.  Leave your eggs for 15 minutes so that they can come to room temperature.   Put  your pan of eggs on your stovetop on high temperature.  Stay nearby, and as soon as the water comes to boil, remove your pan from the heat and cover.  Let it sit covered for 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes, drain the hot water and fill the pan with cold water and ice cubes.  Cool for 20 minutes and your hard boiled eggs are ready to peel and eat!

Hard boiled eggs

By hard boiling your eggs using this method, you will not get that gray-green color on the outside of your yolk and will not have that sulfur smell that can accompany hard boiled eggs!


Minion Easter Eggs

I was trying to come up with a fun new idea for decorating Easter Eggs this year and Minions popped into my head.  You know who they are don’t you?  Those cute little yellow fellow from the Despicable Me movie franchise.  I used standard Paas Easter Egg Dye, preparing with vinegar so my yellows were bright.  I added goggles created from jewelry findings from Michael’s Crafts and hair from jewelry cording.  Glue on little eyes give them so much personality!

Minion Easter Eggs

Food ideas for your Alice in Wonderland Party

Alice in Wonderland continues to be a popular theme for parties of all kinds.  I get so much feedback on the Alice in Wonderland Baby Shower I held a couple of years ago now.  You can see all of the pictures from that event here.  Today, however, I wanted to share all kinds of ideas both mine and others for great food for any Alice in Wonderland Party.

Marshmallow teacups


How about making these cute little marshmallow “teacups”?  I found these at caramelpop.com.  You can link there and see the recipe and directions for creating these treats.

Jaberwocky Juice

For my Alice in Wonderland Baby Shower I served up “Jabberwocky Juice” (watermelon soup) in individual jars.

Alice in Wonderland Party Foods

Individual casseroles of macaroni and cheese become Alice in Wonderland themed when you make it with bow tie pasta and call it Mad Hatter’s Bowties and Cheese!

Preparing an Antipasto Platter

An antipasto is traditionally something served before a meal.  I like to serve an antipasto as a light lunch when gathering with friends for an afternoon with some good wine.  If you are going to serve your antipasto as a meal, just make sure you make it substantial in amounts and varieties of foods.


Wouldn’t you love to serve this delicious platter to your guests?

An antipasto is traditionally Italian meats, cheeses and vegetables.  The first thing you want to consider when preparing an antipasto is to use a platter that has a little bit of a lip on it.  Many of the vegetables you will serve on your platter will have been marinated and you want that lip on your platter to keep any olive oil from running off your platter.

I plan my antipasto by using four basics: vegetables, meats, cheeses and other.  Choose a variety of each of these to prepare you antipasto platter.