Easter Crafts & Cocktails

 

easter invite

So I had this great idea a couple years back to have an “Easter Crafts and Cocktails” party, but as life would have it, the invitations were made, but never sent due to – you know – life getting in the way and it not working out; however, I haven’t let go of the idea of such a soiree and through the wonderment of time lapsed (sort of) photography and this blog, I was able to put the party together in pieces without actually having the party.  Nonetheless, the idea behind it is pretty fun and so we will call this a “virtual” Easter Crafts and Cocktails party.  We just had an open house for our house that is still on the market (for the record my Type A personality is surely about to cause me to spontaneously combust if it doesn’t sell soon), but that lovely A.R. characteristic of little ole me seemed to work in the favor of the house gawking patrons this weekend at our open house and allowed me to provide a superior spread of food and Easter cheer and with the help of some of my “frogs” with gorgeous blogs, we also have cocktails for our “party”.

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A sweet and savory spread is perfect for a mid-day party!! Not only can you get “crafty” with art projects, you can also get crafty with your food.  I made chocolate dipped strawberries and orange slices, mini cupcakes, caprese crackers, and baked polenta triangles (recipe can be found on What’s Cooking with Ruthie for my first guest post).

easter craft table

 Is there anything prettier than parrot tulips?!  I found an antique flower frog at Miss Lucille’s Marketplace my FAVORITE place to get lost in and it’s perfect for arranging tulips!!!

easter crafts drinks

 This banner was super easy to make!  I found Vintage Easter Images like these on Esty and printed them onto white paper with my color printer.  I attached them to cardstock and then “glitzed” them up a bit with some glitter and strung them with white ribbon.

easter craft sign

They say “the devil is in the details” and I happen to agree!!! You can use lots of different elements in a tablescape, party or special event, but it is key for them to flow together.  Arrangements don’t have to match, but try to carry elements from one arrangement to the other.  My arrangements were made with Bells of Ireland, pink snapdragons and cherry blossom branches.  I used cherry blossom branches in my other arrangements, but also placed them in a single vase and continued with the Vintage Easter Images by placing adding them on sticks as a decorative and consistent touch.

easter crafts cupcakes

I baked mini cupcakes without liners and added a small dollop of cream cheese frosting and topped them with a blueberry and put them on skewers to add height to the table.

easter craft no bake cookies

 I seriously haven’t made “No Bake Cookies” since I was a child!!!!  They are so easy to make and are VERY kid friendly, obviously!!!

No Bake Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups chopped vanilla wafers

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, milk, cocoa, salt and butter. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil and place lid on pan for 30 seconds. This will allow steam to wash mixture off sides down into pan. Stir mixture and then let sit without stirring for one minute.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla wafers.
  3. Let the mixture sit for 20 or so minutes. Using a tablespoon scoop (or spoon), spoon mixture onto a Silpat or other non-stick surface (e.g. wax paper, aluminum foil, etc.) Let cool and refrigerate for 1 hour or more to somewhat harden mixture.
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 Some”bunny” is trying to sneak a cookie!!!!

easter craft savory

The savory to the sweet!!!

Now for the cocktails!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are some recipes from some of my favorite blogging peeps!!!

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Mandarin Blossom Breeze 

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Sparkling Rum Punch

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Strawberry Basil Mimosa

easter invite collage

 DIY Easter Party Invitation Tutorial:

Supplies Needed:

Egg template

Pink Cardstock

Green Cardstock

Yellow Rick Rack Ribbon

Chocolate Brown “Chalk” Ink

Easter Stamp

Tacky Glue

Directions:

Using Microsoft Word or other editor program, type up event details in a text box that is 4″x3″.  You can copy and paste the text box and reduce the margins so that you can fit 4 on a page.

Using the template above, cut the pink cardstock in egg shapes.  Cut the eggs in half about 3/4″-1″ from top of egg.  Cut out text box and attach to top of egg with glue or double sided tape.

Cut a small strip of pink paper and attach to bottom of egg to form a sleeve for the top of the egg to slide into.

Cut rick rack ribbon to the length of bottom of the top portion and top of bottom portion and attach with tacky glue.  Stamp bottom portion of egg with Easter stamp.  Put invitation together and place in a 5″x7″ envelope.

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