This year we hosted about 40 people and decorated in pink, white, and a little gray (represented in our silver and the newspaper eggs I made on the cheap. Here are a few pics of the day:
A little chalk board art from our kitchen... "He is risen!" "He is risen indeed!" (Does anyone else teach their kids this greeting and response every year? I'm afraid it is a little bit of a lost greeting in this generation. But I digress.)
We started the morning with Easter baskets for the kids and an Easter egg hunt in the living room. Then Chad headed to church (the price of being a pastor!) and the kids and I ate a yummy breakfast of quiche, cinnamon rolls and fruit. We put the final touches on ourselves and the house (so it was ready for the par-tay!) and headed out the door for church at Resonate.
Here's how the house looked when the guests arrived:
|The kitchen table - branches adorned with blown-out eggs in pink, white, and newspaper. Antique linen with a pink border topped the table that could seat twelve.|
|The dining table, seating six, got a smaller centerpiece, including a matching antique linen napkin.|
|Silverware was wrapped in pink napkins secured with twine. A drink station was set up at the end of the buffet.|
|A mix of antique china for the adults and sturdier white plates for the kids started the buffet line.|
|A stack of dessert plates and extra napkins lay in wait for the dessert buffet later.|
|Homemade Easter cookies also lay in wait - yum!|
|Fresh strawberries in a beautiful crystal pedestal.|
|Outside on the back deck, tables in white linen topped with pink primroses overlooked the yard.|
|The kids' table was wrapped with butcher paper, play-doh and colored pencils.|
|A bench for kids to put their empty baskets - all waiting for the BIG egg hunt in our yard after lunch.|
|Some Easter touches on our kitchen shelves.|
|A little close up of a sweet springtime card a got from a friend, and a basket of extra pink and newspaper eggs.|
|Here's a close up of the eggs - dyed pink and Mod-Podged in newspaper. Fun, cheap and easy!|
As the last guests left, we had a pretty clean house and yard still (except for a stack of china in the sink). Chad and the kids sacked out for a few hours - tired from the yard work and cleaning we all did on Saturday and a full day of fun, friends and food on Sunday. Although I'm sadly missing pictures of the actual party guests and our family, I do have this picture of the napping aftermath... Adorable.
|Zander and Daddy napping in their matching and blue gingham shirt and bow tie.|
What a great day of celebrating the GREATEST gift! Christ died so that we may live, and live abundantly. What a beautiful picture of Grace, Forgiveness, Mercy, Sacrifice and Love. There is no greater reason to celebrate. He covered our sins, He conquered death. He is risen!