The Chicken & The Egg Easter Party

Post by Nicole of Making it Lovely

My kids like holidays (don’t they all?), but they’ve been really excited this year for Easter. For days, my son has been asking if it is “Easter Day” yet, so we decided to dye and decorate eggs and have a little Easter party to appease him until the holiday arrives. We hard-boiled our eggs and gathered some supplies: an egg decorating kit with stands, googly eyes, feathers, poms, and stickers, along with some egg dye and a pack of tiny bows. We had bunny ears to wear, too!

The Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyHow adorable are those paper lanterns and pinwheels? We were hosting a brunch the next day, so we got to dye our Easter eggs surrounded by some really cute decorations. We were joined by a couple of the cutest plush friend and her bunny too, for added measure.

The Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyThe Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyThe Easter egg decorating kit works well with undyed white eggs, but my kids wanted them to be colorful and I was happy to oblige.

There were six animals to make for our Easter party: two bunnies, a sheep, two birds, and a chicken. We went for the bunnies first.

The Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyThe Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyThe Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyThe Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyAw, so sweet. We made a couple of the other animals too, before things got a little weird. And by “weird” I mean totally awesome. What has six eyes, two beaks, wings, and a bow-tie? Monster chicken!

The Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyThe Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyIn the end, we ended up with our two bunnies, a sheep, a bird, our monster chicken, and a mummy. We also had plenty of giggles, a couple of happy kids, and half a dozen really interesting hard-boiled eggs to eat.

The Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyNot a bad way to celebrate Easter Day!

The Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyNicole Balch writes Making it Lovely, a design and lifestyle blog about living a stylish life and transforming the so-so. She writes about her old Victorian home, decorating and fashion, as well as her life as a wife, mother of three young children, and blogger turned breadwinner.

Easter Entertaining Tips

Post by Aleah & Nick Valley of Valley & Co. Events

This year Easter is truly bringing out the kids in us. Each time our favorite springtime holiday rolls around {with cherry blossoms dancing trough the air}, our neighborhood gathers up all of the children for a block-wide Easter egg hunt and watch with excitement as the kids toddle along searching for speckled and vibrant eggs filled with coins, chocolates and treasures. Easter this year will be an wonderfully memorable experience as it will be Ava’s first! We will be hosting a post-egg hunt brunch and plan on having a bounty of delicious treats and a charming ambiance, all while entertaining effortlessly.

We encourage you to do the same, using a combination of items you have on hand and sweet accessories from Meri Meri found at The Land of Nod. Trust us, entertaining like a pro can be a simple feat. Below you’ll find some of our favorite at-home Easter entertaining tips, along with secrets on how we brought this table top to life for Easter.Easter Entertaining Tips Easter Entertaining TipsEASTER

  • Stage the kids’ table outdoors and make it low. We use a pop-up folding table and rather than extending the legs, we secured it by placing the top of the table on two crates.
  • Instead of cumbersome chairs, let the children sit on pillows {we sewed these using foam pillow forms, layers of tulle and muslin fabric} that can lend themselves to indoor decor when Easter is over
  • Purchase sheet moss from the craft supply store and roll it out on the table for a fun and okay-to-play with centerpiece. Nestle eggs atop the moss and in little silver pails.
  • Clip a few cherry blossom branches for a pop of spring beauty.
  • Water color names on thin strips of paper and curl them with a pencil. You have instant place cards!
  • Think about hosting a light lunch or snack party instead of a lengthy brunch or dinner
  • Using the same water color technique, paint on card stock and use them as Easter fun cards the kids can color on themselves or play tic-tac-toe
  • Use a silver permanent marker to make small dots or stripes on your eggs to dress them up
  • Send the kiddos home with take-home treats in silver pails {the same ones you used on the table can double as decor} filled with goodies

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So what are your Easter plans? Are you feeling inspired to host a fun and effortless gathering? Happy Easter!

Nick & Aleah Valley are the husband + wife owners and operators of Valley & Co. Lifestyle, based in the beautiful Emerald City {Seattle}. They love to make life grand and believe that any occasion, whether small or large, is cause for celebration. They believe that entertaining at home welcomes memories and laughter. Follow them on their blog and Instagram.

Easter Sweets Recipes & Easter Decor

Post by Giulia Doyle, photographer and blogger at Audrey’s
Easter Sweets Recipes & Easter DecorIs the snow melting where you live, the sun a little stronger and happy spring feelings in the air? Ready for a little Easter fun – some whimsy and punches of colour? Well, the Land of Nod sent me some fun Easter products to try and the Meri Meri Easter paper goods are wonderful – just a little cheeky and with a punch of neon color. I loved everything they sent me.Easter Sweets Recipes & Easter Decor 3To go with all the fun plates, cups, garland, baskets and bunny ears, I decided to make lemon sable cookies dipped in chocolate with the fun Meri Meri Easter cookie cutters. Not only are these cookies fun, but the recipe is easy to make, versatile and dipping things in chocolate is always a good idea.

 

Chocolate Dipped Lemon Sablé (French Shortbread recipe adapted from Le Cordon Bleu)

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 150 g butter at room temperature
  • 95 g powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 vanilla bean (pod)
  • lemon zest from one lemon
  • 280 g of flour
  • 2 g salt
  • 100 g of dark chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • royal icing and sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Mix butter with powdered sugar until fluffy. Add egg and whisk well.
  2. Cut and scrape vanilla bean. Add seeds to dough and mix.
  3. Add lemon zest and mix.
  4. Add flour in small amounts and mix. Add salt and mix.
  5. Wrap dough in plastic and store in fridge for at least an hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F.
  7. On a lightly floured surface roll out dough until it’s about 1/8 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut shape and place on parchment lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until edges are golden.
  9. To decorate, melt chocolate gently in microwave in 15 seconds intervals. Add cream and stir until you have a smooth glossy texture. Dip each cookie into chocolate, let excess drip off and place on parchment to dry and add sprinkles. Add royal icing details if you want.

Easter Sweets Recipes & Easter Decor 5Easter Sweets Recipes & Easter Decor 7Easter Sweets Recipes & Easter Decor 9To add to our small dessert table we also made a lemon loaf cake. Again, easy to make in advance, keeps well, simple to transport and just as perfect as a dessert or a breakfast indulgence. You could also use the recipe for muffins and use the Easter cupcake liners and toppers available.

Lemon Loaf (adapted from Martha Stewart)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Serving Size: 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • Zest of 2 lemons, finely grated
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1-2 cups of icing sugar
  • Milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in lowest position. Butter and flour two 4 1/2-by-8-inch (6-cup) loaf pans.
  2. In a small bowl (or liquid measuring cup), combine buttermilk with lemon zest and juice. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in poppy seeds.
  4. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in three parts alternately with the buttermilk mixture in two, beginning and ending with flour; beat just until smooth (do not over mix).
  5. Divide batter evenly between pans. Smooth tops. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 1 hour and 10 minutes (tent with foil if browning too quickly). Cool 15 minutes in pan. Turn out cakes onto a rack; cool completely before glazing.
  6. Make glaze by combining 2-4 tablespoons of milk with icing sugar until you get the consistency you like. You want it to drip but not be too watery. Add lemon juice if you want.
  7. Set rack with cakes over a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Pour glaze over cakes, letting it run down the sides; let dry, about 30 minutes. (I also added leftover royal icing from my cookie decorating.)

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Are you hosting on Easter? Any great plans? I know I’ll be pulling out all of these great details to celebrate the day.

Easter Sweets Recipes & Easter Decor 13Giulia Doyle blogs at Audrey’s. She loves to share the sweet and savory, be it in the kitchen or travels. She juggles a family and a full-time job – they cook, travel and often paint a wall a new color.

Easter Egg Bath Bombs

Post by Christina Williams of Just Call Me Chris

I’ve been wanting to make bath bombs with the kids for quite some time now. One morning I was plotting how exactly we’d go about this, when I realized that all those plastic easter eggs I’ve got sitting in the storage room are very similar in shape to the plastic ornaments everyone uses to mold their bath bombs. And I was even more excited that I had this idea right before Easter. Perfect timing!

DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs

I researched and tested all the different bath bomb recipes I have pinned on my DIY Crafts + Projects board to come up with the best possible recipe. All the recipes have the same ingredients: Citric Acid, Baking Soda, Epsom Salts, Cornstarch, Essential Oils, Coloring and some water and/or witch hazel. Simple enough, right? Except I had no idea where to get citric acid and the wide world of essential oils is completely foreign to me.

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I ordered citric acid from Amazon, which was easy enough. Then I popped into Whole Foods to grab some essential oils because I thought seeing my options in person would help. Nope. That made it worse. I was surrounded by a mind-boggling assortment of little vials, and I had no idea where to begin. I quickly left more confused than before. So I turned back to Amazon and ordered some oils from Eden’s Garden. Mostly because I liked the labels, and they were inexpensive. That’s some informed purchasing, huh? Pretty labels, and good prices. Yep.

DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs Ingredients

Anyway, there are a bazillion tutorials for bath bombs out there. And some great YouTube videos, too. So I won’t go too in-depth here. But here’s the winning recipe:

  • 1C. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 C. Citric Acid
  • 1/2 C. Epsom Salts
  • 1/2 C. Cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp. Safflower Oil (or any other light oil)
  • 3 drops food coloring
  • 1 tsp. water

You’ll also need a glass bowl, a mini spritzer bottle (I got mine for 79¢ in the travel section of Target) and a whisk. Round up your old plastic Easter eggs and throw on an apron while you’re at it, too.

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  • Combine all the dry ingredients in the glass bowl. Break up any lumps with the whisk.
  • Combine all the liquids in the spray bottle.
  • Start spritzing the dry ingredients with the liquids…just keep whisking. You’re trying to keep it from fizzing…so keep it moving.
  • I used all the liquid in the bottle, then had to add a little extra water. You want it to be moist enough to clump in your hand without crumbling, but not so wet you can hear it fizzing.
  • When you’ve got the right consistency, start molding. I found it worked best when I packed a bit into each side of the egg, then scooped up extra and squished the two halves together.
  • Give it a little shake for good luck, then gently pry the pieces apart. It takes a few tries to get the hang of it, but once you’ve got it down, you’re good to go.
  • Cover a soft towel with some waxed paper and lay the eggs there to dry overnight.

Wrap up a bunch and give them out as Easter gifts. They’d be great for friends, teachers, and I can tell you my kids are HUGE fans. We’ve got a big bag of eggs, but they’re all ready asking if we can make more when they’re gone.

A couple more ideas:

  • Add some sprinkles or glitter to add some excitement.
  • Hide a small toy in the center so they have a surprise when the egg dissolves.
  • Try different combinations of scents and colors
  • Use different molds. Cupcake tins, ice cube trays, tartlet tins, etc.

DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs - Hatching Eggs

And here’s what they look like when you add too much water to the mixture. They mold up like a dream, and you go to bed thinking you’re a DIY rockstar. Then you wake up in the morning to find your eggs have “hatched” and you’re not as cool as you thought you were. My daughter was pretty excited to see we’ve got some that are hatching, so she made a nest for them. Maybe she should make a nest for my bruised ego while she’s at it.

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her blog, Just Call Me Chris.