Thursday, April 20, 2017

Casual Easter Dinner

Our home was very casual this Easter. 
These faux Iris set in an antique ironstone pitcher set the tone in the living room. 
The vintage swans needlepoint was a thrift store pick-up 
and given to my husband for an anniversary. Swans mate for life, I thought apropos.

After the egg hunt everyone was hungry.
I carried the deviled eggs and veggie tray to the porch and went to grab my camera. 

Alas, I was too slow----LOL. 

This was the vintage Tulip Time platter I used. Really a pretty serving piece.

On the kitchen island we set up a casual dinner buffet, 
so everyone could sit inside or
 on the breezy back porch. 

We had originally planned for thirteen friends and family. 
which doesn't work for setting our table formal.
My kitchen just isn't that large anymore. 

Menu: Ham, Asparagus, Radish-Cauliflower-Pea Salad, Spring Greens, Copper-penny Carrots, 
Hash-brown Potato bake, Rolls, crunchy homemade Dill Pickles, and of course deserts.

Time got away from me this week, and the food went out quickly.

These are called bullet rolls and made at the local market, delicious.

Rice Crispy Treat Bunnies and candy eggs were the informal centerpiece and a take-home.

I used my NEW Nordic Ware bunny pan.  One cup of treat mix, made the perfect size bunny.

Our table filled quickly--while some of the fellas migrating to the porch.

They really are the perfect size. One batch of the treat recipe made the 6 bunnies in the pan.

Bunnies from a garland smiled as we ate. This was made from Target bargain bins---at the front of the store. Three or four stiff felt bunnies for $1.00. I added pom-pom tails and ribbons. 

A very quick and inexpensive decoration. Two 10-foot garlands came to about $12.00 total.

Now desert, homemade carrot cake, with a bit of cream cheese frosting. The cake recipe is heavy on pineapple, grated carrots, raisins, and coconut. I tried to make as little frosting as possible.

I time cheated and used the frosting tubes for decorating. I'm far from an expert. 

A Daffodil blossom added more color.

My guests brought Strawberry Jello Pretzel Torte and Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake-everything disappeared so quickly, I didn't get pictures of those.

On the island, the antique enamel fish poacher was filled with tulips, grass, and two treat bunnies.

We used dollar store desert paper plates. They were wonderful with yellow and green napkins, 
my go-to colors for Spring.

The tulips were fancy---ruffle edged ones in a pot from Home Depot. They have the best 
plants in our area and reasonable. 

I'll plant them under the maple tree by our front stairs. Really lovely.

Hope your Easter was Wonderful! 

Thanks always for visiting. 
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I will be sharing at these fine Parties!



  1. I'm thinking you must make pretty fabulous deviled eggs! It's all just lovely, including the cake! We're on the same decorating page with that one -- those frosting tubes are the best and it looks terrific!

  2. Oh, those rice crispy treat bunnies are so cute and I know they were yummy!

  3. What a lovely Easter celebration! Delicious menu and what wonderful desserts!

  4. Eating family style like this is my favorite way to eat! I love all of your special Easter touches, Sandi, they're all so pretty. I never knew tulips could have ruffles like that - so cool. It looks like you guys had a great time! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Hi, Coco...thanks so much and the tulips were gorgeous! Sandi

  5. Sandi, what a delicious meal! And, funny thing, I'm posting my Deviled Eggs tomorrow morning! I so agree with you about putting as little frosting as possible on a carrot cake.

    1. Hi, Jean, yes, a teensy bit of frosting is enough! Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

  6. Pretty décor and yummy food! Thanks so much for linking up at A Themed Linkup 100 for Spring Crafts and Décor. Pinned.

    1. Crazy, I remember I had replying issues on my comp--so replying to all those 5 year old comments, but thanks, DEE!


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