Easy Easter Breakfast

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Easter Sunday is next weekend so I thought I’d share how we celebrated last Easter.  I love taking breakfast a step further for the holidays and making it extra special for the kids, so last Easter the kids woke up to a sweet little breakfast treat inspired by a post I read on Thoughtfully Simple.  It was too easy and too cute not to do.  We had mini-pancakes which I served in a cupcake wrapper with a lollipop stick inside.  A few polka-dots on the lollipop stick made with a purple pen dressed it up a bit.  The kiddos also enjoyed strawberry yogurt with a tiny bit of pink sugar for added interest.  I also gave them a little milk bottle with orange juice and a striped paper straw.  The colors were perfect for spring and the kids really liked the extra effort I put in to make their breakfast a little more cuter than usual.

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After breakfast, the kids were off to search for their Easter Baskets from the Easter Bunny.  Last year was the first year I “hid” the baskets and it made it so much more fun.  I’ll be doing the scavenger hunt again this year.  The clues were hidden in plastic eggs and the kids had to follow the clues which eventually led them to their basket of goodies.

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I love creating memories with my girls and this one was super easy and brought a smile to their pretty little faces.  Love that!  Can’t wait to do it again this year.

Hope you enjoyed your Easter treats, girlies.  Mommy loves you.

Happy Easter!

XOXO,

Mommy

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A PEEPS Party (for Easter)

I’ve always loved celebrating Easter with Easter Egg hunts.  As a Kindergarten Teacher in a Catholic School, the Easter Egg Hunt I planned for my students was my all time favorite activity.  When I moved to NY and began teaching in a public school, I was very sad that this practice was frowned upon.  I really think those kiddos are missing out (Catholic or not) on a beloved Springtime event.  To satisfy my Egg Hunt urge, I would plan an egg hunt for 5 of our little cousins that live on Long Island.  We celebrated Easter with them three years in a row and they loved the Egg Hunts.  Once I had my own children and those 5 cousins got older and busier I started planning small egg hunts for my kids and their younger cousins.  I’ve always longed to throw a larger Easter Party and Egg Hunt and this year was the year!  The idea began with a playdate with friends and turned into a festive soiree.  I chose a PEEPS theme for the party since I love those little marshmallow delights. I was inspired by these Ideas for a Peeps Party I found on Celebrations at Home blog.

I made iron-on transfers to match the theme for my girls to wear to the party.   I found free printables here.

I love this play on words…PEEPS = FRIENDS :-). 

I created these signs for the patio doors.

The party took place outside.   It was a beautiful spring afternoon.  A little chilly but not too bad.  I set the main table up on our deck.  I wish there wasn’t a shadow when I took the pictures. The party was after lunch so I served some sweet treats and light snacks to go with the Easter theme.  Food included Peeps (of course), cupcakes, cookies, Annie’s Cheddar bunnies and baby carrots.

I made regular cupcakes and topped them with PEEPS.

Another cupcake tower was used to display the leftover PEEPS.  I bought way too many packages of these.

 My friend Kristina made these yummy Easter Egg cookies for the party. 

I found free water bottle labels here .  I had no time to create my own for this party. 

I kind of threw together this PEEPS Garden Centerpiece.  I put the peeps on lollipop sticks and stuck them into styrofoam inside the basket.

I served Pink Champagne for the mommies and it was yummy with the Peeps garnish. 

Pink Lemonade for the kiddos with a floating Peep just for fun. 

I created the banner for the front of the table using scrapbook paper and ribbon. 

In addition to the egg hunt, the kids dyed Easter Eggs.  

I also created Coloring Sheets for the kids to color.

The main event was the Egg Hunt and the kids had a blast!  Each guest brought 12 eggs filled with surprises and the mommies hid them around the yard.  I told each guest to find 12 eggs and then they could open them.  What fun!

Since I had so many peeps leftover, each guest went home with a little Peeps treat.  This was super easy to make and super last minute.  I used ziplock bags I already had on hand and these toppers I found for free here… 

This was such a fun day and I loved celebrating my favorite season with friends and making it special for my girls.

XOXO!