Location: Mississauga, ON
- Crackers and Cheese platter
- Thai Chicken bites with Sweet Chili dipping sauce
- Veggie Platter
- Mini Samosas
- Fruit platter
- Strawberry and cream trifle
|The spread: it's it so colorful?|
|Mini Samosas: very yummy. Next time I will add a yogurt dipping sauce|
|Maple Leaf Prime Thai Chicken, comes with the sauce. I had a coupon for $2 off.|
|Grapes, strawberries and pineapple. No melon, they weren't ripe.|
|Old Cheddar, Goat Cheese with herbs, Marble, Havarti|
|Various peppers, celery, cucumbers, grape tomatoes|
|Trifle: angel cake, whipped cream and strawberries|
The trifle was an accident-it was meant to be a strawberry shortcake inspired birthday cake. It fell apart when I added the second layer. It fell to pieces. Epic fail. In a panic, I called my sister, since it was Easter Sunday grocery stores were closed. She said "do you have a bowl? Make a trifle". Thank goodness. She also picked up a carrot cake from a small market that happened to be open, just to be safe. We could have gone without it, but I was worried about it. But it tasted great after all. Silly me, I failed to stick to the plan. A few weeks ago, I baked a test cake since it has been quite awhile since I actually baked a birthday cake. The test cake was great. Then I saw cake mix on sale for $1 and in my zeal to save money used the cake mix instead of my original recipe. Bad idea. The lesson-stick to the plan!
- Hoppy Birthday Banner
- Paper Streamers
- Paper Bag Easter Baskets
here. My original plan was to hang them all vertically from the ceiling, but I have stucco ceilings and they all fell down. So taped them to the wood shelf and in the doorways. It seems the theme of this post is "what went wrong", I don't want to give the impression that the party didn't go well because that is not the case at all. This just goes to show how things don't always go according to plan, it's good to have back-ups because you never know.
Paper Bag Easter Baskets:
These paper baskets are so easy to make, and look great. All you need are paper bags, scissors and some tape. The instructions on how to make these are here. I added a paper flower for the girls, and a bunny for the boys. Inside the baskets were bubbles, small toys and some chocolate eggs. The grass is green paper I shredded with a paper shredder. Easy, cheap and recyclable.
For each girl, I made a felt rosette hair pin. Simple to make. You can find the templates and instructions for free all over the internet. Find one you like, and go for it. It only takes a few minutes. As many of you know, felt is my favourite crafting material and this project is a great way to use up small scraps.
- Dye Easter Eggs
- Egg Hunt
- Golden Egg Challenge
I hid plastic eggs with candy inside all over my apartment, and outside on the balcony. It might sound silly, but it was really fun. I think I hid the eggs too well, I found an unfound egg the next morning.
The Golden Egg Challenge:
This was the birthday boy's idea. He wanted a game where the winner won a golden egg trophy. I found a "golden egg" aka a yellow glass blown egg on clearance at Home Sense for $4. The birthday boy invented the game, which consisted of knocking down a pyramid of plastic cups with a Nerf dart gun. The person who knocked the cups off the table with the fewest darts won the golden egg. The birthday boy won (of course). So he gets to keep the egg for a year, and is responsible for coming up with next year's challenge. We'll keep the tradition up from year to year, passing the egg around. Again, silly but fun.