Prompted by a co-worker’s exclamation that she was inviting her brothers and their families over for an Easter dinner, I decided to throw a small Easter gathering for my kids and a couple of their friends. I mean, I have never done an Easter themed party and when I say Easter themed, I mean the commercialized version of the holiday (I am so going to get it for that) so why not celebrate in true SPD style.
First I must say, I have turned over a new leaf. Call it age. Call it finally learning from my experiences, but whatever it is I have finally come to terms that I cannot do it all. With that said, I pushed it a bit but I really did keep this one (my kind of) simple. Party time was strategically set at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm; well enough after lunch to start twitching for some food and early enough to not be craving dinner just yet so I would only need to have snacks purchased from the store. I know, gasp! A fruit platter (I recommend homemade as it cuts down the cost by at least a third especially if you have bargain stores like Aldi), a cheese and cracker platter, and some veggies. The cone bags filled with Trader Joe’s “Cheetos are my favorite snack for the kids since they use a type of turmeric too give that orangish color so their are no artificial flavors. Now before you start pondering whether or not I have gone off my rocker, I absolutely made sure there was plenty of homemade dessert. Oh and the milk bunnies idea I found on…you guessed it….Pinterest!
Before I go into the details of the desserts as that is all I really want to talk about, I will say I got a little creative with the activities. The kids painted eggs with paint (because I was not in the mood to deal with dye) and boy were the kids serious about their masterpieces. I also hosted an Easter egg hunt which was was outfitted with cute pinwheels I made using gorgeous card stock purchased on sale at Micheal’s. Side note: this works best with the very thick stock. I used the thin ones because they had the most beautiful patterns but the wind proved to be a tough match.
Now back to dessert, my proudest was the Lemon Cheese Layer Cake which I later renamed 4 Layer Lemon-Orange Citrus cake as there is nothing cheese about this cake. Even Southern Living, from which the recipe was obtained, mentioned the name was a bit misleading. The layers are filled with a lemon curd, which, turns out is way easier to make than one would think. Then the sides are smothered in a buttercream laced with orange zest. This had to be the most well assembled cake I have ever prepared thanks to some YouTube tips. I chose to top it off with a beautiful yellow tulip in which I secretly wrapped the stem in plastic before I inserted it into the cake so the yucky flower germs wouldn’t touch it and also to retain the moisture. I will definitely make this one again.
The rice crispie treat nests were so cute. I opted for the brown buttered version of the recipe w/ a hint of vanilla bean paste to kick it up a notch. The little chocolate eggs add just the perfect look.
The cupcakes were a simple white cake and standard buttercream frosting, but you can’t tell me the sprinkles and cute bunny toppers found in line at Home Goods do not put them over the top.
All in All I was so happy that I got my creative juices flowing again and finally got a moment to take pictures to share. I am not even going to apologize for the fact that this is my first post in like months because it just shows how life can take over. I am not one of those moms that has it together all of the time. I have two young boys, a demanding full time job and all the stuff in between so adding in regular blog posts just won’t happen, But every once in a blue moon I can muster up the strength to share a little gem.
Side Note: my photography skills have diminished and the lighting was not consistent so neither were my photos. But I hope you still enjoyed it.