Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday 2014

What a gorgeous, gorgeous day today was! And what gorgeous, gorgeous girls I have!

The girls woke up early to find their Easter "baskets." We don't have a traditional basket we use every year, so I end up buying some sort of basket/container every single year and it has made me wish I invested in nice baskets when they were babies. But this year I had the brilliant idea to use cute (and super inexpensive) baseball caps to hold all their goodies!

The hats were a hit. I splurged and got them each a nice new book this year, too. I just hate all the candy, so they really didn't get much. Just a few jelly beans, Hershey's kisses, a Cadbury egg, and the obligatory chocolate bunny (And can I just say it was nearly impossible to find gluten-free chocolate bunnies? Sheesh.) Then they each got one non-candy item as well: hair stuff for Bria, earphones for Chloe, and the cutest little lamb named Babs for Sophia.

The books they received were:

Dangerous by Shannon Hale for Bria (I'm thinking I'd like to read this one, too.)

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord for Chloe (She recently read Rules by the same author and really liked it.)

Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale for Sophia (Yes, we do love Shannon Hale around here, and Sophia's latest craze is Ever After High.)

Sophia had been looking forward to that Cadbury egg for weeks. She's my kind of girl...I could eat those things all day. Mmmm.

After church the weather was simply gorgeous. So, we quickly took our Sunday photos, changed our clothes, and took the dog for a two mile walk. I'm pretty sure it was the happiest day of her little puppy life, because, what with the unusually cold weather and totally overstuffed schedules we've had this winter, she hasn't gotten many walks that were longer than a block or two. I'm pretty sure it was also the happiest day of my life. Despite all of the snow still on the ground, it felt HEAVENLY.

Easter Sunday Photo

I'm so blessed with these three (four, including the dog!) beauties.
After our walk, Sophia and I got the table all set for Easter dinner. We found a tutorial to fold bunny ear napkins and had fun learning to do that, even though it admittedly got a little frustrating for both of us. I received the flowers last Saturday night on closing night of the opera. They are getting a little past their prime, but they were perfect for an Easter table.


Sophia was set on making bunny place cards, so we rummaged through the crafts supplies and came up with these cute things. I helped her with the first one, but she made the rest of them herself. I sure love her and how much she wanted to help get the table ready this year. She knows how much I love a beautiful table!

Easy Easter place cards for kids to makeUntitled

I cut out a template for the bunny ears, and she used it to cut the rest out. We then glued the ears to a piece of cardstock. We used embroidery floss for the whiskers and just put a bit of adhesive down on the paper and stuck the floss to it (I used the Stampin' Up! Snail Adhesive, but one like THIS would work great, too). Then we put a bit more adhesive down for the cotton ball nose and glued the eyes on. Easy peasy!

Once she was finished writing the names and decorating the ears, we folded another piece of cardstock in half and glued it to the back. It worked great for an impromptu crafty project for her and they looked super cute, too.

As I type, The Maestro is putting the finishing touches on his famous roast and we are all looking forward to a wonderful Easter dinner together.

I hope you all are having a blessed Easter, too! Happy Easter!!

More Easter fun at Overstuffed:
End of an Easter Era
And I Believe in Matching Easter Dresses
The Grabbing Hands Grab All They Can

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. This was so fun! Your children are lovely! I never learned to fold a bunny napkin so that is now on my list. Thanks for the inspiration. Linda

  2. Thanks, Linda! Maybe you will be a natural at the bunny napkin folding--I sure wasn't! Although I don't think it helped that my napkins were sateen--they didn't stay together very well. :)

  3. Beautiful daughters! I love the hat idea instead of baskets- I may need to do that. I love how you had your table set, very nicely done!

  4. IdlewildAlaska.comMon Apr 21, 01:05:00 PM

    Beautiful! Sounds like a perfect day. We had wonderful weather here in AK too and the kids were able to have an outdoor egg hunt (something they haven't done in years.) I love your girls' dresses! So pretty!

  5. Thank you! We had a lot of fun shopping for their dresses, as we always do.

    It is really nice to have it actually feel like spring on Easter Sunday, isn't it?

  6. The hats were a huge hit! I'm going to have to make sure whatever I use for Easter baskets is also practical from now on. It will save me from having a lot of random buckets and baskets around the house that never seem to survive until the next Easter!

  7. I absolutely love their dresses! So pretty =)

  8. Great read!!! Enjoyed. Very lovely family! Happy Easter, a little latep

  9. Love the card and cap-as-a-basket idea! Really unique. Pinning and following on Bloglovin

  10. Great Easter post! I love the idea for using the caps for a basket! So practical and I know my kids would love that too. I pinned this post. :)

  11. Thanks! I guess the best ideas are borne out of practicality. I really did not want to buy yet another random basket/box/bucket to hold Easter things. So I wandered around the store looking for something they'd all like and use, and that wouldn't drive me insane!

  12. Thank you! I think we really found good ones this year.

  13. Thanks! Like I said before, I've just had it with random Easter baskets, so I looked for something more practical this year.

  14. Thank you! I hope you had a very lovely Easter as well. :)

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