This has not been what I would call a good week. In fact, I’m not going to hide it, it has been beyond emotional. I’m not quite ready to go into details, and I’m not even sure what I’m feeling. I have always believed that the best way through hard times is focusing on the positive parts of life, and I have a lot of things that ARE good. Finding what my dear friend has named her “Cool Sally” within, I stand proud, confident, and hopeful that things will turn around, that the pain will indeed pass (or at least not be as constant), and that I will come through all this graciously and with an elegance that can inspire others.
With that said, I DID host an absolutely fantabulous, even if scaled-down, Easter Egg Decorating party last week. It was a little more fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants than my usual shin-digs, but all in all, it turned out pretty darn good. Next year, I MUST remember to plan the number of hidden eggs better…not because we lost any, but because kiddos don’t like being told they get 6 eggs, when in reality there was only enough for 4. Lesson learned.
I had an absolute blast with the decor for this party. With a smaller number of people coming, I was able to focus more on details in presentation than just needing “space” for larger quantities of food!
The food itself was fun to prepare too…I did sandwiches, fruits, etc (I didn’t snap a photo of the finished appetizer table), but I mostly concentrated on the desserts, which turned out spectacularly. The sugar crash that Ellie had at the end of the night was certainly a bit more than I had bargained for, but even so, I’m not sure I’d change things.
Of course we can’t forget the actual “art” part of this whole thing. I bought eight end tables from IKEA (for $7.99 each), duct taped them together and put a plastic table cloth over the top. I discovered in all this insanity that foam board absorbs moisture amazingly well, so the dyes were all placed on top of a “runner” of foam board. It helped with the left over mess – A LOT! I pre-dyed most of the eggs (with neon food coloring and vinegar), leaving enough for 2 eggs for each child to dye themselves (it saved a whole lot of angst, I think). As guests arrived, they were invited to decorate their paper bunnies with glitter, cotton balls and marker pens. The three tiered stands helped keep things organized (I found them at TJ Maxx for $14.99 a piece…one of my best bargains ever!).
With the weather being so crappy this time of year, Easter is almost always indoors (we do live in Oregon after all!), so we had to figure out some activities to keep a bunch of 3 – 4 year olds busy. We pushed furniture in th eliving room aside and set up several “stations” – blocks, kitchens, Nerf guns (yes, against my better judgment), and Mom’s Easter bean bag toss!
All in all we had a fantastic time. Of course, I couldn’t have done it without my little helper – Ellie Graye. She has so much passion, creativity, and willingness to help and learn, it’s just spectacular. I’m a proud mommy!
All in all, the party was a smashing success! I mean, look at these faces!