ENTERTAINING: A DIY EASTER

This year I committed myself to hosting the Spring Fling/Easter Egg Hunt for my Moms Club.  Because it’s a potluck event the commitment didn’t feel as demanding given my physical limitations as I countdown to Number Two’s arrival.  That said, I can’t actually host people in my home without adding some personal touches.  Appropriately,  I took inspiration from the Modern Easter Inspiration Board, I had posted earlier this month.  So, here is what I made to make my home feel Easter-y.

1) Banner

This banner is very similar in idea to the one in the inspiration board, but I didn’t buy it.  I made it using digital papers that I recently started to acquire, as I try my hand at digital scrapbooking.  (I’ve always found the idea of scrapbooking fun, but with all the little pieces you accumulated, never wanted to attempt; digital scrapbooking is much more my style… no mess.  Go here if you want to check out some cool resources.)

2) Candy Topiaries

Again, I took direct inspiration from my board.  In my case I used $1 buckets I’d previously bought at Target, as my containers, along with 3 inch styrofoam balls and wood dowells from Michael’s, and last but not least, candy from the dollar store. Pretty cheap project for something that looks this good.  The only thing I will say is that the process is much more tedious and time consuming than I had anticipated.  But once I got started, I had to finish… I’m a follow-through sort of person.  I’m really pleased with the result, I just hope I can store these in such a way that the candy doesn’t disintegrated between now and next Easter, as I wont be repeating this project.

3) Favors

This was more of a repackaging project.  I bought some cute chocolate chicks from the dollar store, three for $1, and repackaged them in cellophane bags tied up with a pretty ribbon.  Super easy, super fast and I already had the ribbon and bags, so it was also super cheap.  I like when guests can leave the celebration with something, especially kids.  It always makes them happy when they say goodbye, so a little treat can go a long way.

4) Cupcakes

I just made some vanilla cupcakes and added in some colored sprinkles, so that the splatters of color would appear as you bite through the cake.  I also colored my frosting in three different colors to make them look more Easter-y.  I still need to master the art of frosting.  I can do a Magnolia Bakery style frosting finish, but that was too much effort for mini cupcakes, so I just topped them with these cute cupcake toppers bought last year on sale (after Easter) at Williams-Sonoma.

I’ll be keeping the banner and hoping to keep the topiaries, that way next year I can just add to what we already have.

Hope you had a great Easter!

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