Party On: Easter Egg Hunt

Written by Becca of CAKE. | events + design

Meri Meri has created some Easter designs that are absolutely party perfect with Land of Nod’s style. So for this month’s Party On board, I’m incorporating them with green + orange accents to help you plan a very hip Easter Egg Hunt…

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Color Palette: spring green // carrot // sky // cotton
Party Invitation: available here

Here are my 10 tips for hosting a Hip Easter Egg Hunt:

1.  Obviously, bunnies are a must. Pull together an eclectic collection like this bunny lamp and place them in unexpected spots.

2. This green campaign desk is my favorite piece of the season and would make an ideal buffet or treat table (I’m thinking make your own Benedict bar!). You can open the drawers a bit to hold all your plates and flatware.

3. Establish boundaries for the Easter egg hunt ahead of time and mark them off with pretty party garlands.

4. For the egg collection, try totes or shoppers in place of traditional Easter baskets – and reuse them all season long.

6. Reward the sharpest little eyes by hiding special surprise eggs in sneaky spots, or create a scavenger hunt and offer clues to finding them.

7. For an outdoor egg hunt, throw down blankets in the grass so that when kids are done hunting, they can get right down to the business of opening their eggs.

8. If you have mix of ages, let the younger ones hunt first.  Then set up a more challenging hunt for the older kids and designate the parent with the best voice (or accent!) to read classic bunny stories like the Beatrix Potter collection or the Velveteen Rabbit to the littles.

9. You know everyone is will want to capture their children in Easter attire- so hang a simple photo backdrop using a patterned sheet or curtain panel.

10. True, you don’t need to do favors after an egg hunt, but these Meri Meri Easter cookie cutters are kind of begging to be used.  So either bake up some fun cookies for dessert, or send one home with a few mini eggs in clear bags tied up with a bow. It doesn’t get much cuter than that.

And if you need an invitation to coordinate, I happen to have just the thing in my Etsy shop.

The Party On series offers inspiration for family friendly parties, featuring items from The Land of Nod that can be incorporated into both your event and your home.

Becca Gorski lives in the SF Bay Area, is a working mother of two, and moonlights as an occasional designer / blogger / celebration maker. You can find her creative ideas on CAKE. | events + design, and her line of merry happy party printables on Etsy.

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.

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Cake

Post by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! There isn’t a dessert I love more than a delightful Rainbow Cake with fluffy, homemade Butter Cream Frosting! Don’t shy away from creating charismatic cake, it’s not as hard to make as you may think it is. If I can make it, you definitely can!

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow CakeTo Create Your St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Cake, You Need:

  • Six 9-inch cake pans
  • Vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 1/3 cups sugar
  • 5 large egg whites (no yolks)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple gel food coloring

To Make the Buttercream Frosting, You Need:

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 bag (2lb) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons milk

How to Make A Rainbow Cake:

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Coat each cake pan with shortening and then line the bottom of each with parchment paper. Brush again with shortening and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl then set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, slowly mix the sugar and butter together using a handheld electric mixer. A great tip on slow mixing would be to add small increments of each at a time, then combine and repeat.
  4. Next, slowly incorporate the egg whites until well combined and then mix in the vanilla.
  5. Now combine your flour mixture in small increments with the milk by beginning with the flour and ending with the milk until everything is well mixed.
  6. Divide the batter evenly into six bowls. Add yellow, orange, red, violet, blue, and green food coloring to each their prospective bowls and mix until combined. Pour each color into a separate cake pan and bake for 15-15 minutes.St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cake 1
  7. To make the Buttercream Frosting, mix the shortening and butter with an electric mixer. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Then, add in the milk 1 tablespoon at a time and beat until frosting is light and fluffy.
  8. Once the cakes are done, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes.
  9. After they’ve cooled, remove them from the pans.
  10. Place the first layer (violet) on your desired serving dish and frost the top and sides with a spatula.
  11. Repeat the stacking and frosting of each layer until you’ve reached the top. St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cake 2
  12. Smooth the top and outer layers of frosting with a spatula one final time.

Cut a piece of cake and serve!

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Need more tasty recipes and delicious bites? Check out our Let’s Eat Pinterest Board.

Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”, and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.