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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Eggstravaganza 2016



  We love our new tradition of having an Easter open house the day before Easter.  It is a great way to get all of our family and friends together, have some good food and a little egg hunt.  Plus it gives us an excuse to stay in and not get out of our jammies all day Easter if we want! ;-)



     Last year we had an afternoon open house, so we had heavy appetizers and plenty of sweets (of course!)  This year I thought it would be fun to do a brunch.  I am sure our third shift guests didn't appreciate my start time of 10:30, but nobody complained.  Next year we'll probably go back to a late afternoon party so everyone can come well rested.



     The problem with a spring party is you never know what the weather will be like.  Luckily we didn't have rain, but it was a little chilly so most of the party was inside.  With 35 people attending, I was a little worried about there being room for everyone.  The open house format worked great as people didn't all arrive and eat at the same time.  Magically it all kind of worked out.  With an extra dose of magic the sun popped out just in time for the egg hunt and everyone had fun.  Matt hid one special egg in an extra hard spot with a $5 prize inside.  The funniest part is that wasn't the last egg to be found!  We even had an unexpected hunter, as a squirrel ate right through the side of a couple of plastic eggs and left empty wrappers

     Each kid went home with a bounty of candy and quarters.  The adults always have fun finding those last few eggs too.  It is always quite a challenge.  This year they were all located.  Last year we found the remnants of the one missing egg mid summer! ;-)


Here are a few more pictures of the food and the party!  Most of the recipes will be shared soon!


















24 comments:

  1. So glad you shared pictures of the buffet. Somehow I forgot to look at the food. I guess I was too busy holding babies and playing with Jaxon and Kenley. Thanks for such a nice party!

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    1. It was fun to have so many little people around! Next time you need to at least take a gander at the food ;-) And I definitely need to look into getting some sort of little signs so people know what they are eating without me having to give a tour to each person.

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  2. Love this!! What a grand buffet! I'd probably eat way too many if the fudge frosted cookies and mini quiches! I hope your Easter has been lovely as well sweet lady!

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    1. I'm still recovering from all of the food ;-) But it's a holiday and holiday calories don't count, right?!

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  3. This looks like you had a great time making memories! Happy Easter Carlee. Pinned and shared. Thanks for linking up at #OverTheMoon! I hope you will join me at #Wonderful Wednesday.

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    1. We had a blast! We are already looking forward to next year! Thanks so much for hosting and for stopping by.

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  4. What fun to see your big happy family enjoying Easter! And so much beautiful food!! Did you have help? Hope it was a blessed day for you all...

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    1. I had help in the way of my parents keeping my two year old busy and my husband running the vacuum! My mother-in-law brought her lamb cake too. Otherwise I just went for it! I love to cook, so it was a lot of fun. We really did have a good time. I hope you Easter was wonderful as well!

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  5. What a great Easter brunch! My goodness all of that food looks like my kind of party, haha!

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    1. I try to make sure nobody goes home hungry ;-)

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  6. Looks like a good time was had by all! We had a good one too. But I will have ham leftover forever. Thanks for sharing.

    Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda

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    1. Thank you, Linda! We all had a blast. We have a lot of ham left too. Most will be sandwiches and I have some fun ideas for the rest. I am so glad your Easter was nice as well. I loved the picture you shared!

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  7. Sounds like the perfect Easter celebration, and everything looks delicious! Those stackable cookies sure caught my eye!

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    1. I shared the recipe today ;-) I really love the way they turned out! I was loving watching people dunk them in their coffee. I hope your Easter was wonderful as well.

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  8. I hope you and your family had a very happy Easter! It sounds like you have a big family. That sounds so nice. :)

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    1. We had the best time! I'm one of six kids and my dad is one of six as well. My husband's mom is also one of six. Not all of them are local enough to make it to this kind of stuff, but we have plenty of people who do! Our group of friends is like family to us too, abd we love getting everyone together when we can. Thanks, Michele!

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  9. Looks like you all had a great time! I'm pinning this for next year! thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  10. Don't you just love family feasts? Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

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  11. It looks like a good time was had by all. It sounds like you have as much fun hiding the eggs as the kids have finding them. So cool that the sun came out so everyone could enjoy the hunt, I'm sure that this will be a highlight for years to come. The kids will look back on this and remember fun times of Easter. That's the best.

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    1. We really do enjoy planning it and stuffing the eggs. Hiding them is my husband's favorite part of the whole event. Luckily our guests make it fun! Hopefully next year will be even better!

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