This is the first holiday we have celebrated at our new house and I was so excited to have a big family get-together. The last time our family saw our house it was filled with boxes and paint trays, so I couldn’t wait for them to see it all fixed up.
Noah wanted to get in on the decorative action so we made this cute little paper chain garland and attached a festive picture. It was the highlight of the room and everyone loved the personal touch of a homemade craft.
Here he is showing off his handiwork. I have to admit, making this paper chain brought me back to the “old days” of when I was a kid. In elementary school, my whole class spent half a day making one of these because we thought we could break the world record. We didn’t come close. But we got out of doing real work. 🙂
Noah and I decorated the dining room table with a vintage garden theme. The mix of antiques and new store-bought items really added interest to the room. We all dyed eggs the night before and used them in our table decor.
We dyed brown eggs instead of white, which turned the eggs a very natural shade instead of the normal “Easter pastel” shades of bright blue, pink, orange, and green. The brown took the color well but muted it quite a bit. The eggs look so gorgeous and fancy. We plopped them on a bed of moss in a terra cotta pot with each guest’s name painted on the front.
Our menu included two flavors of roasted chicken drumsticks (one sweet and the other spicy), smoky baked beans, my Mom’s fantastic deviled eggs, buttered dinner rolls, a mango walnut salad with chocolate dressing (from a Pioneer Woman cookbook) and the best potato salad I have ever tasted, pictured above. I’m usually not a fan of potato salad but this bacon and gouda version has literally changed my life. You’ve got to try it. You can view and print the recipe here.
I made some cupcakes for dessert but what really stole the show was these super cute chocolate covered strawberries made to look like carrots. I just melted some white chocolate chips and added in a little red food coloring and a lot of yellow coloring. I left the tops on to give it that “carrot” look.
And of course, no Easter is complete without an egg hunt, a golden prize egg, and a Yoda basket. We also played a few fun games that the adults got to get in on. The favorites were the Egg On A Spoon Race (which I lost) and the Plastic Egg SkeeBall game using cheap baskets for the holes (which I also lost).
Overall, we had a great holiday and I am so happy to share it with you. From our home to yours, Happy Easter and Happy Spring!
The Burris Family