MARCH 2011 Celebrate Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras is one of the worlds most celebrated carnival & parades. The festivities start March 5th-8th in New Orleans. Disney World has a Mardi Gras celebration for the family and if you can't travel just decorate & throw your own party! The colors are vibrant purple, gold, and green. Those official colors were assigned in 1872 here is what they represent. Purple: Justice - Green: Faith - Gold: Power. If you are not in costume you should wear these colors in New Orleans. Grand Balls, Costume parties , parades and lavish decorating fills the month of March in honor of Mardi Gras. History tracks it down in Europe in the middle ages while French-Canadian explorer, Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville, landed on a plot of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans in 1699 and called it "Pointe due Mardi Gras." He also established "Fort Louis de la Louisiane" (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated the very first Mardi Gras. In 1875, Governor Warmoth of Louisiana signs the "Mardi Gras Act" making it a legal holiday in Louisiana
Sweetopia is a wonderful site filled with goodies for every occasion! Look at what she came up with ! Please click here to visit this yummy site! The idea is from p. 26 of Peggy Porschen’s book Beautiful Cakes
MARDI GRAS KING CAKES History behind the King Cake...
As part of our Christian faith, the coming of the wise men bearing gifts to the Christ Child is celebrated twelve days after Christmas. The baking of a special cake in honor of the three kings called "A King's Cake." Inside every cake is a tiny baby (generally plastic now, but sometimes this baby might be made of porcelain or even gold). the person who receives the slice of cake with the baby is asked to continue the festivities by hosting the next King Cake party.
February 2011 A MONTH FULL OF LOVE!
Love letters from Yesterday...
Valentine's day traditions fill homes with romance! Don't forget to send your valentine cards out! Here are some vintage valentine's that will warm your heart! Vintage valentine cards are highly collectibe! I have some antique valentine's day cards with lace on them and gold pins and hankies attached to the cards! They are precious and beautiful!
JANUARY 2011 NEW YEAR - NEW TRADITIONS!
January is the perfect time to start Traditions and one of my favorites, is a "FAMILY TREE" and a Family Wall. It makes a House a Home. It adds Memories, Love and thoughtfullness & if done right it's beautiful decor! My Daughter has a Huge "R" for her last name in the middle of her hallway wall surrounded by Family photos. It is her Family Tree. She has it organized with each part of our Family and her Father's Family. It's truly inspirational to see! Everyone loves to go to her wall and so many are surprised to see their photos! Find a Special place for your Family photos and start your story today! Here are some Fantastic Family Tree/Photo ideas!
These are easy to apply vinyl decals that look great on a wall with a quote & then add your photos to make your own Family Tree by adding framed photos or below are Family Tree Templates that you can order or download free to make your own Family Tree Photo.
Family Tree Charts come in several designs to fit your decor.
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Download and print blank family tree templates to fill in your familie's names and information.