I'm a sucker for traditions. And I'm a sucker for a good reason to serve mimosas. This is why I threw my fourth Easter brunch this year.
We have about a half acre behind our house that is officially our backyard but has no fence, so it goes mostly unused as a traditional yard. (Especially since our front yard has a fence and is where our porch borders, so that's where Molly can roam or we can hang out.) Mike does take Kyle out back to play soccer or ride his dirt bike, but we don't spend a lot of time back there. We want to! We have grand deck plans, but for now it serves its greatest purpose at our annual egg hunts.
We hid something like 150 eggs and guests brought even more. And we had plenty. Sure, the hunt was over in three minutes, but all kids (about 15) got at least a handful of eggs and it was especially nice that we let the under-age-four group start early to capture a few without big kids snatching them. And there were no tears! I thought that made the whole thing a total success.
Then we brought out the confetti eggs.
These are apparently a regional thing? Maybe? I can't remember when I first discovered them, a few years ago I think, but I easily find them in our local grocery store each Easter. (And here's a tutorial I grabbed from Pinterest for making your own, which I'd love to do one year when the universe decides to add a dozen hours to each day and also when I'm a completely different, craftier person.)
I think we could have hid a lot fewer plastic eggs and passed out a few dozen more confetti eggs and the kids wouldn't have complained a bit. They were lunatics over those confetti eggs!
Also, thank everything we have a leaf blower that cleaned up our sidewalks fairly well immediately after the party. Though let's not talk about the amount of confetti still in our grass. I bet we find pieces in 2018. (Worth it though.)
I went a teensy bit overboard with Kyle's basket, but, I mean, the kid's getting practically nothing until Christmas since he's got a February birthday and we've started him on an allowance, so he has to buy most of his own toys and treats himself these days.
I'm just awful at knowing what other kids like, but Kyle was a huge fan of the spoils in his basket, so I thought I'd share:
- Uno (Kyle freaking loves this game, and we play it approximately A THOUSAND times a week. He's also annoyingly good at it.)
- Bubble wand
- Matchbox cars
I did think it was kind of funny, after (literally!) spending weeks putting the basket together that the night before our party I said to Kyle, "I bet you get a pretty cool Easter basket tomorrow!" and he said, "I HOPE IT'S FULL OF LEGOS."
I kind of thought he had all the Legos he could ever hope to have.
Thankfully he wasn't disappointed with what he got.
It was a wonderful day, and damn we've got wonderful friends and family.
Until next year!