Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way!

We have started our Easter Dinner planning!  We are hosting about 10 people this year.  We still are not 100% sure of our menu, but we are getting there.  I feel like I serve the same old side dishes each time we host.  Although everyone seems just fine with the same 'ol, same 'ol, I wanted to see if I could come up with a few new additions.  I found a Sweet Potato Souffle by Paula Dean.  Boy am I glad we did a test run before our dinner!!!  After reading the comments from people who have tried the recipe, I cut the amount of sugar I used in half.  Boy, was it ever SWEET, even with the reduced sugar.  My DH and I agreed that it was almost considered a dessert versus a side dish.  Back to the drawing board!  We'll figure it out.  I just want to change it up, but at the same time want it to be yummy!!!
I started making the Easter "Baskets" and place cards for the table.  The place cards were made with everything PTI.  I used New Leaf card stock for the base of the place cards and Rustic Cream for the name plates.  I used the stamp set Scrambled Eggs for the images.  I changed the "baskets" up a little this year.  Instead of the Easter 'basket' tins I did last year, I decided to use clear six inch paint cans.  I ran to Michael's every night this week with my 40% off coupon in hand and purchased one at a time.  It was worth it!  I cut the animals from the Create A Critter cartridge, the circles for the tops from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, and the initials for the tops from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I love the way the top of the cans all together really do look like paint colors!!!  Since I had more room in the paint cans than the tea tins, I put some pez dispensers in there too to add height.  FUN!  I've decided to do something special for our Moms - I purchased two Longaberger Peeps Baskets and filled them with candy.  I think they will love them.  My mom is a Peep lover for sure, so I know she'll get a kick of it!

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