Even though the weather has been a little wacky recently, Spring officially beings tomorrow and Easter will be upon us in a mere three weeks! And what can be more fun for kiddos than inviting friends and family to hop on over for an Easter Egg Hunt? I styled this festive party for the Spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine, around the adorable "Grass Easter Bunny" collection from WH Hostess, specifically for children. I fell in love with the darling designs and vibrant colors, including the little bunnies in the grass, the infusion of orange (perfect for carrots!) and the pops of pink. To complement the graphics, I focused on a bunny patch them, with white picket fences and trellises, bunny garden adornments and more natural items, such as burlap, wood crates and baskets. The vivacious pops of color paired with provincial decor made a perfect pairing of modern lines and rustic elements. Since I had to do the shoot so far in advance, there wasn't much available in stores in terms of Easter decor (though of course, as soon as I submitted it, retailers decided it was finally time to inundate stores with their themed product!), but I think it actually worked to my advantage because it made me think outside the box and utilize items that were less commercial that I could easily re-use for future parties.
The sweets are understandably always one of my favorite aspects of any party and the dessert table matched back to the entire theme. For the rural feel, you can utilize a simple backdrop, such as the white trellis, and accentuate it with a banner, like the adorable "Happy Easter" banner coordinating with the collection. The infusion of the vivid colors was also accentuated with the hot pink frame and dried flower balls found at Home Goods, which really made the table pop. You can really add an extra punch on the table with additional details, such as food tent cards and cupcake and centerpiece toppers.
The carrot cupcakes were displayed on wooden crates with picket fence liners and fondant bunnies and carrots in the patch! On one side of the table, I utilized a garden bunny decoration and added cotton candy bunny tails to pink polka dot straws from Cakes and Kids Too. I also made orange jello cups and simply inserted a small green spoon to resemble carrots, as well as jelly beans in a ceramic egg crate. I had seen some adorable fondant "pops" created by my sweet friend, Brittany from Edible Details, so I drew inspiration from her idea and made hopping bunnies, which I inserted in little baskets filled with faux grass and colorful egg decor.
The other side of the table included bunny hole push pops, consisting of chocolate pudding, Oreo cookie crumbs and fondant bunny "bums" with containers from Cupkate's Event Design! I also made egg-shaped rice treats, which were shaped in plastic eggs, which could be also be so cute with colored cereal or food coloring. I found the orange container at the 99c Only Store and added orange candies and green spoons to, again, resemble carrots.
The lunch table was set utilizing little baskets embellished with grass and bunnies on top of polka dot plates. You can personalize the settings by adding name tags to each basket and accompany it with some little details, such as carrot ribbons and little white poms for bunny tails. I also used the water bottle labels on glasses and inserted striped paper straws from Cakes and Kids Too, matching back to the graphics. If you are familiar with my past parties, you know that I adore these felt placemats! For this party, I utilized them as a runner on the desert table and to infuse some color at the kids' table.
When throwing a kids party, I attempt to always keep their needs in mind, which is why I displayed the food in a little cabinet perfect for their heights so they could help themselves! I tried to keep the menu simple, but cute, such as utilizing cutters in shapes of bunnies and carrots for sandwiches. Not only did the cheese puffs and carrots in ranch dip match back to the theme, they were perfect for the kids' palettes.
Tying back to the country, bunny patch atmosphere, you can utilize different containers than the traditional Easter baskets with which the kids can hunt eggs. I found cute wooden boxes with handles at Joann's and added little tags with ribbon to each one. You can also add the children's names to each to avoid any disputes regarding to whom they belong!
After hunting for eggs, the kids had a blast with the bubbles! For favors, say goodbye to your little guests with cello bags and toppers, which can be filled with so many different options! I added orange candies for the boys and edible fondant bracelets for the girls. Last year, I got an Easter candy necklace activity kit from Wilton for my daughter and I thought it would be just as cute with fondant, so we made bracelets! I then found an amazing tutorial, again by my friend, Brittany of Edible Details on the Shindig blog, so definitely check it out for step-by-step instructions.
Going home with their baskets full of eggs, candy and bubbles will be the perfect "end" to the Easter Egg Hunt at the bunny patch! ♥