The Benedict Family Easter Eve Celebration & Easter Olympics party was a huge success! Everything went perfectly except one thing which I will get to. First of all, I won’t go into all the preparations, games, and my finished table, as I have covered those here, here, and here. I will just show you the fun!
Three of our four grandchildren are pictured with us above, as the two-year old wanted nothing to do with having her picture taken. Below are our two daughters, with just the arm of the youngest grandchild peeking into the picture on my daughter’s lap! And not quite sure how my husband’s shirt collar got turned up. That kind of made me giggle when I saw it!
We were laughing that we should have our picture taken with just our two sons-in-law next!
We started off with a few nibbles and a sherbet punch. I made Midwest favorites – deviled eggs, a shrimp ring, and some orange-candied walnuts. We ate every bit.
I loved the idea I came up with to place some Easter grass with some little ceramic yellow chicks my mother-in-law had made me years ago. I thought they were a nice touch with the yellow tulips.
This was the first time I used my punch bowl and little punch cups. I don’t remember where I found them, but they have been in their box in my garage for quite awhile. I am sure I got a good deal on them. I was pleased they were actually quite good-looking. They almost looked like Depression glass. As I said in my Style column a few months ago, you have to pick up things for your party pantry when you see them!
Then it was in to the dining room for our dinner. Again, very basic Midwestern fare – ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, squash, broccoli/cauliflower with cheese, scalloped pineapple, and rolls. Here is a quick picture of my table from my previous post. I had such a terrific time making all the items on the table – the centerpieces, napkin rings, bunny bags, place cards and holders.
Everyone loved the table. My daughter said she hadn’t read my blog all last week because she wanted to be surprised and my oldest granddaughter like my egg place cards so much she asked to take hers home with her to set on her desk! That made me very happy!
After dinner we moved outside for our Easter Olympics. You can read about each game we played in my previous post above. Here are some photos of the fun we had, starting with my husband and our youngest granddaughter playing Water Bottle Pantyhose Bowling! Everyone agreed that was the most fun of all the games this year.
Our oldest granddaughter starting the Flying Peeps contest.
The youngest one taking a break and double spooning the chocolate milk!
Our granddaughter and son-in-law doing the Spoon Full of Sugar game while our other son-in-law looks on.
After the games, we went back inside for our dessert – carrot cake cupcakes.
As everyone was ready to leave, that’s where my one fail was supposed to be – my bunny sugar cookies for the party favor. I had planned on putting each cookie into a cellophane bag tied with a green and white checked ribbon, but the cookies, which were supposed to be in the shape of a bunny, ended up spreading into a big ‘ol rectangle. I thought I could save them by drawing on pink ears and black whiskers, but I realized that I had bought the gel instead of the frosting tubes and it spread all over and was just a mess. Oh, well, everyone still had their candy-filled bunny bags that had been at each place setting on the Easter table, so I don’t think anyone missed the cookies.
I thought I would add one more picture that sums up what the whole evening meant to me – happy memory-making times spent with the ones we love.
Oh, and my daughter, Holleigh, gave me some darling white bunny place card holders as a hostess gift. My mind is already turning with ideas on how to use them for NEXT Easter’s celebration! Hope you had as happy of an Easter as the Benedict Family had!