I am an overachiever, and I wait until the last second to get things finished. Not a great combination. So, when I am planning parties, I have to start at least 2 months ahead of schedule. Today, we are going to talk about the details and elements of planning an epic Easter Party. Proceed with caution, you’ve been warned!!
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First Things First
Because I wanted our Easter Party to stand out, I needed to find something that would go the extra mile. We (an old friend and I) decided to make paper mache Easter eggs for each kid coming. At first, they were all going to be the same, the golden Easter egg. That quickly changed as my friend wanted her little one’s egg to be different. And so it was decided, each egg would be personalized to fit that child’s personality. It was a buttload of work. I don’t say that lightly.
In this picture, we have the eggs still drying in front of the wood stove. When I first hung them up, they were SUPER heavy. Also, the thinner the glue you use the more drips that will fall. I just placed a bath towel under them to catch all of the drips.
Next, we decided on each egg and what they would look like. Most of them were easy, and a few we had to think about. Here are a few of my favorites:
Easter Party Details Are So Important
After we got the eggs out of the way, we moved on to the decoration side. We made a large banner and designed a candy tree like the one below. Sadly, I did not get any photos of either of these, but they were easy to create.
The candy tree was a huge hit. And I will let you in on a little secret; it was the easiest thing to do. We cut curling ribbon to varying lengths and tied between one and three pieces of candy to each. Then, we tied each string of candy to the smaller Maple tree in our front yard. BAM! Easy! Remember, the Dollar Tree carries most of the things necessary for these projects and now offers Ship It To Your Local Dollar Tree Store For FREE*!
Baskets To Hold The Goods
Next, I decided my kids needed to have one of a kind baskets. My daughter got a basket that looked like a tutu. For that, I simply used the basket to tie on tulle just like I would if I were making a tutu to wear. See the bottom where I started, and just kept filling that sucker in with more tulle. It turned out fabulous if I do say so myself!!
As you can see, the tulle is knotted on each wicker rung. I used alternating colors and lengths and trimmed everything when I was done.This must be one of my favorite projects thus far. I finished the basket by braiding together several pieces of tulle and knotted it on each handle. It was even prettier in person.
What Is A Boy Without His Trucks?
My son is/was obsessed with trucks. His daddies especially. So, for his basket, I painted it to look like my husband’s Ford F-350. Complete with tires and wheels and a blue tailgate just like his dad’s. For the tires, I took apart an old RC car and attached them via zip ties to the bottom of the basket. It turned out equally nice.
I started with a boxier type of basket for this one. I took photos of my hubbies truck for reference and painted the grill and front bumper. His truck has camo trim. I decided that camo Duct-tape was necessary to complete the look. Also, note this thing has working moving wheels. I used zip ties to attach to the bottom of the basket to the axles.
The rear end of the basket painted to look like my husband’s truck, which had a teal blue tailgate. I wanted this to be as close to the Ford as I could, so I mixed some paint and referred to the pictures as I went. Jr was added to the license plate. Again, another Easter party favorite.
With the paper mache eggs, candy tree and baskets out of the way, I only had a few things to finish up. I needed to stuff eggs and plan the menu and figure out some sort of way to capture the memories of this party and the future Easter Parties.
Onward and Outward, Forward March
The egg stuffing part I enlisted the help of my friend again. We stuffed upwards of 300 Easter eggs. Some had candy and some had coins (thank you couch for stealing all my change when I go to sit!)
I Always Ask If There Will Be Food At Parties
The menu was simple. We wanted to keep it simple and easy to eat. Karen made her famous ranch buttery mushrooms, I made a ton of poppers that you can read about in the super popular Mama’s Pepper Poppers, and we deep fried a ham.(Side note: I highly recommend if you lack room in your refrigerator for thawing a TURKEY not to ask your neighbor to store it in his. Because if said neighbor is not home at the time of cooking, you WILL have to resort to cooking your Sunday ham in the deep fryer.) The ham was so delicious that there were no leftovers. #noregrets
The final step was a way to capture everyone’s name that attended our Easter Party. I ended up creating a tree on a canvas and had each person dip a thumb into the ink to decorate the tree with fingerprint leaves. Each year, we add to it and right now as I type this I am looking at it. It says at the bottom “Todays little moments become tomorrow’s cherished memories.”
Over All, Make Your Easter Party Rock
I should also tell you that for every party that I have planned in the last 5 years there has been a weather-related incident. And of course, Easter was no different. Lots of rain. And maybe a bit of wind. But living in the Pacific Northwest, having rainfall on any event is both likely and expected.
In my next few posts, you will find my Easter Party Menu, and even more decorations to add you your party planning closet. I can not wait for them to be published so you can see all of the fun we are adding this year.
This party happened 4 years ago. I am so happy to say we have continued the tradition of hosting the family egg hunt and get together yearly. And each year gives us more opportunities to craft something new.
Do you have any holiday crafts that complete your family gathering? I would love to hear about them!
Until next time
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