Easter with Family

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! We spent ours at our home with family for a backyard bash.
I started by setting the stage before everyone arrived. I bought a cheaper bouquet of flowers from the grocery store and broke it all up. I placed individual flowers in random jars and containers I had around the house. I spread all of the flowers over the dining table as my centerpiece for a rustic spring look.

 To set the table I made cloth napkin bunnies (I did this days before to check it off my list), and made everyone a peep straw. I tried and failed to actually pop the paper straw through the peep without a gooey mess of peep guts left on my straw. So, I decided they were best off as decoration.

I used this colorful egg runner I bought from Target last year for the food table. We had a build your own pasta bar which turned out to be a lot of fun. My mom made meatballs, my grandma brought chicken cacciatore, and I created all of the sauces including a classic red, alfredo, and pesto. I made two kinds of pasta and had warm garlic bread and a green salad on the table. This is not a typical Easter menu I know, but we are Italian...we can eat pasta anytime! Mangia, Mangia!

I fell in love with this "happy easter" banner from Target. It has different fabric swatches with embroidered letters. I also think it cost around $5...such a steal!

For dessert I served up a fancy s'more bar. We roasted the marshmallows (and peeps...which totally charred not in a good way) over our outdoor fire pit.

Here is a closer look at the s'more platter. I was so proud of this! From left to right we have peanut butter cups, milk chocolate bars, cookies 'n' creme bars, peppermint patties, graham crackers, and Ritz crackers. My personal favorite combo was a peanut butter cup and a super burnt marshmallow sandwiched between two Ritz crackers. I am a sweet and salty junky and I don't care who knows about it!

I bought these tissue paper tassels at Target as a last minute grab. They were too cute to pass up and I knew I could find a place for them.

I hope you all enjoyed your Easter as much as we did...for PEEP SAKE!