Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter - All In Pink

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.
We had so much fun with our friends! Everyone brought amazing food for our Easter Potluck. After lunch & dessert (& very full tummies), the guys scattered and hid around 200 eggs in our backyard for the kids to hunt. And we watched in entertaining amazement as the 12 kids found every one in about 4 minutes! (Including knocking them out of very tall trees!) So cute, so impressive!

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!

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