Easter Party Ideas

I can almost guarantee 99% of you just went "AWWW!"
I can almost guarantee 99% of you just went "AWWW!"

Easter Is Almost Here!

Ahh, Easter...such a wonderful holiday! The first holiday of the Spring Season. Bunnies frolicking, Easter eggs hiding, flowers blooming, chicks chirping, and plenty of candy to be eaten. I love this holiday, can you tell?

Many people don't realize that the Easter Holiday is a perfect excuse to throw a party. Some people may think that because of its religious connotation, Easter shouldn't necessarily be celebrated in the party sense. I disagree (clearly). I think Easter should be celebrated just like any other holiday--with family and friends, yummy foods, awesome decorations, fun and games, and perhaps even a few cocktails, hmm?

In this Hub, I'll share with you why I think Easter is cause for a party! I'll tell you just a little history about the holiday, then we'll talk about different themes you could choose from, how to decorate--Easter-style--and of course, a handful of delicious foods to serve your hungry guests!

So, hop on down the bunny trail and enjoy this Hub!

Where Did Easter Come From?

Many of us today know Easter as a Christian holiday--the celebration of the day Jesus rose from the dead after his crucifixion. We celebrate it as a day or rebirth, renewal, and of hope that miracles do happen. But the truth is, this holiday dates back much further than we may think...

The true origins of Easter date back to Anglo-Saxon mythology and the goddess of Spring, Eostre. The entire month of April was devoted to this goddess, and a festival was celebrated during the Vernal Equinox, the one day each year when the amount of day and night are equal to one another.

As the religion of Christianity began to take hold, pagan holidays were transformed into Christian holidays, with many of the major aspects staying the same, but new meaning given to them. Easter is a wonderful example of this transition. The pagan celebration centered around rebirth, renewal, and the miracle of nature being an ever-loving mother who takes care of us. It was a time of...well...to put it in as PG a way as possible, new life.

The reason bunnies, eggs, and chicks are so predominant during Easter is because they are symbols of reproduction and birth--new life. They have definitely been commercialized over the years, but it doesn't take a stretch of the imagination to understand why they have become Easter's mascots.

So, this year when you celebrate Easter, keep in mind that it is more than just a Christian holiday. It is a holiday humans have celebrated for thousands of years as a way to acknowledge and say thank you to Mother Earth for giving us new life each year and helping us flourish.

A Few Easter Party Theme Ideas:

When deciding what kind of theme you want for your Easter Party, just keep in mind that all of the themes will involve Springtime and everything that goes along with it. Once you keep that in mind, planning won't be difficult!

Easter Party for Children:

Most young children will not understand the deeper meaning behind this holiday. What they will understand is Easter = candy, presents, egg hunts, and baby animals. Easy enough, right? Typically, a party outside is best for little ones. Plus, hiding and then hunting for Easter eggs is usually much easier outdoors!

Easter Party for Children and Adults:

Again, an outside party is the way to go! Decorate with flowers and pastel colors. Have plenty of yummy foods and maybe some "adult" beverages. Involve the adults in the childrens' games (Easter egg hunt, doing the "Bunny Hop" line dance, Pin the Tail on Peter Cottontail,etc.) Everyone will enjoy socializing and enjoying the Springtime weather.

Garden Tea Party:

If you enjoy stepping outside the "norm" of your every day life, a garden tea party is a cute way to celebrate Easter. Definitely geared more towards adults, this theme would give you and your friends/family an excuse to get dressed up and enjoy some tea and crumpets amidst beautiful fauna, fancy decor, and a nice cool Spring breeze.

Easter Cookout:

Again, this is a good theme for both adults and children alike. Have a good old fashioned BBQ! Hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato or macaroni salad, beer for the adults and fruit punch for the kids. A cookout is a wonderful well the ring-in Spring. Be sure to have an Easter egg hunt, but also some traditional BBQ games like horseshoes and corn-hole.

How To Decorate For An Easter Party:

Now, keeping in mind the whole Springtime central theme, you can decorate any Easter Party pretty much the same way. Here is the best advice I can give: PASTEL!

For some reason, pastel colors have become associated with Easter. As Springtime approaches, pastel colors take over! So be sure to use lots of pastel colors when decorating and when deciding on foods to serve. Use balloons, streamers, confetti, Easter egg baskets, table clothes, and even pastel candies in pastel bowls as decor.

Other "must-haves" for any Easter Party are bunnies, chicks, and Easter eggs. You can find wall decals and figurines of bunnies and chicks at any party supply store during the early months of Spring. In fact, you'll be able to find these at any store and definitely online, such as Shindigz Easter Decor selection.

It's easy to find plenty of Easter themed tableware supply kits to choose from. What's hard is deciding which one of the many available you'd like to go with! Keep it pretty, pastel, and simple!

If you're going with the Easter Garden Tea Party theme, keep things inexpensive and easy by using fake floral arrangements. Or you can certainly go all out and purchase live potted plants to place all throughout the party area--just be sure to have some Easter Lilies and to try and choose Springtime, pastel flowers.

Some Delicious Easter Treats

In addition to the now traditional Easter treats that any serious-minded party-thrower should have at their Easter Party (Colored Easter eggs, jelly beans, M&M's, chocolate eggs and bunnies, Cadbury eggs, Peeps, etc.), here are a few recipes for some other yummy foods you may want to include on the menu:

Easter Nest Cake:

Ingredients

* 10-inch chocolate tube or Bundt cake, store-bought or homemade
* 1 can(s) (16-oz.) vanilla frosting
* (foil-wrapped ) chocolate Easter eggs and other egg-shaped Easter candies, in assorted colors and sizes

Directions

1. Place cake on serving platter. Turn a narrow glass or small custard cup over so that the bottom side is facing up, and carefully place the glass so that it fits snugly inside the cake’s center hole.
2. Frost the top two-thirds of the cake using a small offset spatula (one in which the blade bends up where it meets the handle), a knife or the back of a spoon. When spreading, swirl the frosting in an upward motion to give it a fluffy, nestlike appearance.
3. Pile candy and chocolate eggs on top of the bowl or glass in the center of the cake. Place candies so that colors and sizes are well mixed.

Bonnet Season Cupcakes:

Ingredients

* Lemon Yellow Icing Color
* Rose Icing Color
* Violet Icing Color
* Royal Blue Icing Color
* Leaf Green Icing Color
* Ready-To-Use White Rolled Fondant
* Buttercream icing
* Cornstarch

Tools

* Standard muffin pan
* Tip: 1
* Tip: 2
* Tip: 349
* Rolling Pin
* Roll & Cut Mat
* Cutter/Embosser
* Brush Set
* White Standard Baking Cups
* Floral Collection Flower Making Set
* Blossom Nesting Metal Cutter Set
* Cake Board

Directions

In advance:

1. Make fondant flowers. For every 3 cupcakes in colors shown, tint a 1 in. ball of fondant blue, 2 in. balls yellow, rose and violet. Roll out colors 1/8 in. thick.
2. Using Flower Making Set cutters, cut 6 apple blossoms in violet and 12 forget-me-nots in rose. Place flowers on thick foam and cup centers using round stick from set.
3. Let dry overnight on cornstarch-dusted board.
4. Ice cupcakes smooth. Roll out remaining fondant colors 1/8 in. thick. Cut blossom brims using 2nd smallest metal cutter; position on cupcake.
5. Roll a matching color fondant ball, flatten to 1 1/2 in. wide x 3/4 in. high; attach in center of brim with damp brush.
6. Cut blue hat bands, 1/4 x 51/2 in.; attach with damp brush. Outline brims with tip 1; add tip 1 dots at petal points.
7. Attach flowers with dots of icing. Pipe tip 2 dot centers in buttercream. Pipe tip 349 leaves.


Braided Easter Egg Bread:

Ingredients

* 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
* 1/4 cup white sugar
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
* 2/3 cup milk
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 2 eggs
* 5 whole eggs, dyed if desired
* 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast; stir well. Combine milk and butter in a small saucepan; heat until milk is warm and butter is softened but not melted.
2. Gradually add the milk and butter to the flour mixture; stirring constantly. Add two eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
3. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
4. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal size rounds; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each round into a long roll about 36 inches long and 1 1/2 inches thick. Using the two long pieces of dough, form a loosely braided ring, leaving spaces for the five colored eggs. Seal the ends of the ring together and use your fingers to slide the eggs between the braids of dough.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place loaf on a buttered baking sheet and cover loosely with a damp towel. Place loaf in a warm place and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Brush risen loaf with melted butter.
6. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until golden.


Colored Deviled Eggs:

Instructions

Things you'll need:

* 24 eggs
* food dye kit
* 1/2 cup mayonase
* 2 tsp paprika
* 2 tsp dry mustard
* drying rack
* paper towels


Directions

1. Put 24 eggs in a pot of water. Make sure the eggs are completely covered with water.
2. Get the eggs to a rolling boil and let them boil for five minutes. Shut the burner off and let them sit there for 20+ minutes.
3. Drain the water and cover the top of the eggs with ice. Let sit until ice is completely melted.
4. Peel the shell off the eggs and then wash them.
5. Follow the directions on an Easter egg coloring kit or a food coloring kit and dip the unshelled eggs in the different colors. Leave the eggs in the dye according to the directions.
6. When finished put the eggs on a rack to dry. Put paper toweling under rack to catch any mess.
7. After eggs are dry, cut eggs in half lengthwise and take out yolks and put in a bowl.
8. Mix 24 eggs yolks, 2 teaspoons of paprika, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, and 2 teaspoons of mustard powder together until smooth. You might want to add just a little more mayonnaise depending on your preference.
9. Fill egg whites with the mixture and place on a plate. Chill until ready to serve.

And To Wrap It All Up...

Many traditional party games can have an Easter twist put on them in order to make them Easter Party friendly. As previously mentioned, Pin the Tail on Peter Cottontail is a cute idea. An Easter egg hunt is an absolute must. Fun outside activities like horseshoe toss, corn-hole, "Easter Bunny" Says, the "Bunny Hop" line dance, and scavenger hunt will be fun for kids and adults.

As long as the decorations are bright and fun, the food is tasty and plentiful, and the guests are happy to be there, your Easter Party is sure to be a hit!

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