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Easter Party 2012

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 dessert table: rescued shutters have become my favorite backdrop (connected by scrapbook papers), ruffled streamers (they ruffle when you run them through a sewing machine set to high tension), flowers, stumps, coffee filter flowers....AAAAH, I love it.

Carrots added such a cool, fun, unique touch to this basic arrangement

Take a closer look at that "vase". It's actually a $5 lampshade from IKEA - with an ugly jar inserted to hold the flowers

The display on the appetizer table: Black Walnut stumps, daffodils from the garden, shutters, crepe paper garland and just general chaos. I love it.

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.

Peeps Sunflower Chocolate Cake

Cinnabon Cake, covered with fondant. Gum Paste Daffodils

Gum paste flowers; I cut the leaves free handedly, and painted them with Sage Green Gel Food Coloring

Gum Paste Daffodils and Grass

 

Carrot Rice Crispy Treats...I shaped the treats into the tear drops, rolled them in orange sprinkles, then colored the picks overnight in food coloring.

Rice Crispy treats cut out as eggs, Sugar and ChocolateChip Cookie Baskets (I bought the rabbits), various jelly beans in coffee filter flowers

Sugar Cookies in Coffee Filter "Plates"

I used the water from these bottles to make the iced tea, and the kiddos used paper straws to sip their pink lemonade

I love the look of the paper straws and reused soda water bottles!

Of all the things I managed to screw up....the mac and cheese?!?!

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!).

As mentioned in the previous post, I made these egg holders for keeping tabs on drying eggs

Parents helped their kiddos out, and I think fun was had by all

Each child had a personalized apron to keep their party clothes clean (I used fabric paint on aprons from Oriental Trading)

Ready for the taking!

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!

I get my creativity from somewhere (she used a big cardboard box, foam board, felt for the bean bags and egg shapes, and her own amazing talent for the bunny)!

Living room turned "playroom"

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!

My helper carefully selecting the right Jelly Beans....

 

Tah-Dah!

All in all, the party was a smashing success! I mean, look at these faces!

(Left to Right, Back to Front) Adam, Jackson, Ellie, Daphne, Penelope, Leah, Jaden, Eamon, Holly, Chloie, Preston, Kellan

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One Comments to “Easter Party 2012”

  1. I am so grateful to have you in my life and that you invite us into yours. We have so much fun at your home! You are always welcome at mine anytime!

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