I’m so excited to bring you our wind blown, shabby chic Easter Party! There were moments when I thought I’d walk away without a single photo, so I am beyond thrilled at what Viridian Images Photography was able to capture! (Read about the drama here.)
It all started with foil wrapped bunny statuettes. To me, they said vintage Easter. And since Nicolle of Libby Lane Press had volunteered to create some printables for us, I asked her to create an Easter collection around the bunnies using blues and yellows. I adore what she created — don’t forget to pick up your free printables here. The collection includes these darling Easter basket tags.
I tried renting vintage furniture for the first time and it was a blast to find just what I needed at Woodstock Antiques. Furniture rental isn’t inexpensive, but it’s also not outrageous. So if you have a vision you are really committed to, I’d vote for exploring furniture rental. Our table, chairs and sideboard were all rental pieces. The green beverage cart I found on Craig’s List for $15 and the white tea table was a $2 garage sale find. (See how I painted it here.)
I suppose working with Libby Lane Press and remembering her ripped fabric backdrop gave me the idea to use torn fabric as one of our unifying decorative elements. I used fabric left over from other parties, and supplemented it with a few new purchases. Just make a small cut about every 1.5 inches and rip.
Decorating this table may have been the most fun part of the planning. It was so small that I had to think about tall elements. I filled my biggest apothecary jar with plastic eggs, added foil bunnies, and wrapped Izze soda in torn fabric. The idea for the framed egg came from J and J Home. The polka dot egg plates are from WalMart and the table runner fabric is the backdrop left over from my Wizard of Oz party.
Since the wind demolished our backdrop, our little guests modeled my bunny frame and Nicolle’s banner.
Our guests had a bunny hop race and egg roll before breaking for lunch and treats. (You can see our party activities in more detail next week — can’t wait to tell you where!) I’ll have the bunny tail tutorial for you on Monday.
This frame is from Michael’s and is only about $6! How great for a photo op? The ears are from Target.
Don’t you love this menu that Nicolle designed? We had oodles of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes topped with miniature cookies, Nicolle’s party circles, and robin’s egg candy … that is, before they were felled by the wind. More about the food tomorrow.
After lunch, the girls filled their eggs. They played a little more while I hid the eggs and then the hunt was on! Sweet Reagan found the golden egg.
Our favors were one of my favorite children’s books, The Country Bunny. It’s a story from 1939 of how a kind, wise and brave mama bunny becomes an Easter bunny. It seemed really perfect for our vintage take on Easter.
Party styling: Double the Fun Parties
Photography: Viridian Images Photography
Printables: Libby Lane Press
Furniture rental: Woodstock Antiques
Easter pails: Brodders Tubs
Cookies: Crafted Cookies