Hostess Hints: Bunny Napkins and Linen Fold

Good Housekeeping recently posted step by step instructions on how to fold cute bunny napkins.  On a scale of 1 to 5, the level of difficulty for this fold is about 3.  I’m currently perfecting steps 12 and 13 (Fluffing my bunny’s ears) for our Easter Sunday family dinner but I’ll be sure to post the final outcome.  If you decide to try it, let us know below and post a pic of the final result.

Step 1

Take a solid-colored square napkin, and starch it for optimal workability. Thinner napkins work better, so choose a linen napkin over a thick cotton one.

Step 2

Fold the napkin in half.

Step 3

Fold the napkin in half again, to form a long rectangle.

Step 4

Fold the right and left sides up to meet in the center, forming a point at one end.

Step 5

Repeat with the opposite corners.

Step 6

Fold the side corners in so they meet in the center, but don’t fold exactly straight. Pull up above the center point, and you’ll start to see the ears shape up. The napkin will form a kite shape.

Step 7

Gently turn your napkin over.

Step 8

Fold the bottom point up, so that it is roughly 1” above the center of the napkin.

Step 9

Carefully, turn the napkin over again.

Step 10

Roll the left side over, slightly past the center of the napkin.

Step 11

Fold the right side over, tucking the end into the pocket you created on the left side, holding your napkin together.

Step 12

Turn the napkin upright, separating the bottom to form a base. Fluff your bunny’s ears.

Step 13

Cut three pieces of string; knot together in the middle. Slide a safety pin through the back of the folded napkin, through the center of the knot, through the button’s opening, then back into the napkin; clasp.

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Crafty “Hoppy” Easter Cards from Etsy

Don’t miss the opportunity to send sweet wishes to loved ones for an extra “hoppy” Easter holiday with these handmade greeting cards found on Etsy:

Bunny and His Peeps. Nicole Alesi, $3.00

Pink Leaping Bunnies “Hippity Hoppity”. Cherry Blosson Trees, $3.75

Three Peep Bunnies Pop Up Card. Cookie Bits, $4.50

Happy Easter Machine Embroidered Card in Pastels. Hill Country, $4.50

Easter Egg Trio Handmade Blank Greeting Card. Cherry Blossom Trees, $3.75

Lily Easter Wishes. WK Burden. $3.25

Grace Easter Card. TwigLily, $3.25

Brown and White Bunny Vintage Style Card. Sandbox Cards, $4.50

A little bird told me it was Easter. Ben Boo Creations, $4.50

Little Bunny Greeting Card. MGP Scrapbooker, $5.00

Bunny Ears & Cottontails (Set of 10). Delightfully Noted, $16.00

Keep Calm Bunny Greeting Card. African Grey, $5.50

Easter Traditions Around the World

Easter is recognized around the world as one of the holiest holidays on the Christian calendar and while the religious observations follow the doctrines of the Christian church, the basic contours of Easter celebration may vary depending on where you are.  Thanks to an IKEA ad that popped into my inbox this morning, the focus of today’s Easter Celebration lesson lands us in Sweden.

In Sweden, common Easter traditions include egg painting as they do in Western cultures however instead of having the children don their Sunday’s best, children dress up as Easter witches with long skirts, colorful headscarves and painted red cheeks to go from house to house, present their neighbors with paintings and drawings in the hope of getting sweets in return.

Homes are decorated with small branches and twigs of willow or birch which are then placed in vases throughout the home and decorated with feathers or other small decorations.

Families come together on Holy Saturday for a feast which usually includes herring, salmon, potatoes, eggs and other kinds of food.

Interested in learning about other Easter traditions throughout the world?  Check out your favorite locations from the list below…

Easter in Australia
Easter in Brazil
Easter in Bulgaria
Easter in Canada
Easter in Czech Republic
Easter in Denmark
Easter in England
Easter in France

Easter in Germany
Easter in Greece
Easter in Hungary
Easter in India
Easter in Israel
Easter in Italy
Easter in Mexico
Easter in the Netherlands

Easter in Norway
Easter in Poland
Easter in Romania
Easter in Russia
Easter in Spain
Easter in Switzerland
Easter in USA

Oh by the way, the IKEA email was promoting their $9.99 ($2.49 for children under 12) all-you-can-eat Swedish Easter smorgasbord on April  15th from 5-8pm.  Tickets should be purchased in advance.  Find an IKEA near you.

Swedish Easter Smörgåsbord Menu

  • 1st Course includes: Assorted herring; Hardboiled eggs with mayo and shrimp; Hardboiled eggs with lumpfish roe; Shrimp with cocktail sauce; Marinated salmon with mustard sauce; Smoked salmon with horseradish sauce; Poached salmon
  • 2nd Course includes: Cheeses (Västerbotten, Grandfathers and Herrgård and/or Fontina); Tossed green salad; Cucumber salad; Red Beet Salad; Breads (Crispbread, Crisprolls, dinner rolls)
  • 3rd Course includes: Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes or boiled potatoes w/dill, lingonberries; Swedish ham; Prinskorv; Janssons temptations
  • Desserts: Assorted Swedish desserts and cookies
  • Beverages: Fountain beverages, hot beverages