As you can see by the photo above, I spent yesterday at Michael’s Craft Store, but I am getting a bit ahead of myself. I was actually behind in my preparations. Did it seem to anyone else like Easter came up all of a sudden this year? On Monday I realized that Easter would be here in less than two weeks and I had done nothing. Oh, I had spent a time or two a few months ago looking at Pinterest and pinning some ideas that I liked, but I had done nothing concrete, so I blocked out Wednesday on my schedule and literally spent the day planning Easter. Or actually for our family, it’s Easter Eve.
If you have been following my blog awhile, then you heard my story last year about how I had decided to do a big Easter Eve celebration for my family. You also heard my sad story about how my oldest daughter’s in-laws also live in town so we have to split all our holidays with them, drats! My younger daughter had the good grace to marry someone whose parents live in another country so they don’t horn in on our holiday celebrations, thank goodness! Of course I am saying all of this tongue in cheek.
So anyway, I decided I didn’t want our family’s Easter celebrations to be whittled down to an Easter breakfast at Bob Evans with us giving our grandchildren their Easter baskets out of the trunk of our car as we left, like we had done for the past few years. That’s when I decided to have our Easter the night before and have our children and grandchildren all to ourselves!
I first planned table decorations. For the first time ever, I am going with a neutral, nature-inspired table. Usually I like lots of spring colors, but this year for some reason, neutral just seemed right. I am making the napkin rings and the place card holders. I am also creating the 3-part centerpiece and a cute little treat bag for each place. I like the table to be festive with lots of things going on. I am also making little party favors for everyone to take home.
The menu will be the same menu as it is every year. If I didn’t make a ham with mashed potatoes and gravy, I think there would be a mutiny. And believe me, it is the exact same Martha Stewart ham recipe out of her first book that I have made for 35 years. I can change everything else each year as long as I keep the food the same. It is nothing elaborate, just plain and simple, good ol’ Midwestern meat and potatoes with enough to eat leftovers for three days.
After I decided on everything, I created a nine-page document with all the details – from my preparation timeline, to my day of timeline, to pictures of the craft projects, to details of our Easter Eve Olympic games. Then from that I made a shopping list of not only the food I needed, but everything else I needed to make all the craft projects and what supplies I needed for the games.
Then Thursday after lunch with a friend, it was off to Michael’s Crafts with my list. I can’t lie, it can be overwhelming. First I peruse the store and see all the do-dads they have for Easter, then I start looking at my list. Wouldn’t you know they wouldn’t have eggs all in one place. I needed eggs for my centerpiece and eggs for my place cards and eggs for my napkin rings. Not the same type of eggs, of course. I thought maybe I could find natural looking eggs, but they were not to be found. I had to buy bags of brightly colored eggs and white chalk paint to paint them. I think they will be fine.
After I had a cart load of stuff, I stopped to go through my list, checking off what I had and what I still needed. There were a couple of things I had stuck in there that weren’t exactly what I needed, but I thought they would do. After I really looked at them, I realized they wouldn’t, so I put them back and searched some more until I finally found what I really wanted. In the end, surprisingly, I did find everything I needed on my long list – the entire left side of the list above. I had also planned on going to Hobby Lobby, but was happy I didn’t have to make another stop.
The right side of my list is my grocery store list, not only for food, but I realized a lot of the items I needed for the Easter Eve Olympics could be purchased at the grocery store, including pantyhose! Who knew I would ever need to buy another pair of pantyhose in my life, but there is one game where you put pantyhose on your head, so I need to buy a few pairs. I’ll share all the game details in another blog posting.
I feel perfectly organized now and will spend this weekend making all my craft items. I love do those types of things for the holidays.
I’ll give more details about our Easter Eve celebration in next week’s postings. Stay tuned!