Last week, we had a few of Jasper's church friends over for an egg hunt, egg dying and lunch. It was the perfect storm of sugar, energy and Easter festivities. As a parent, I have only hosted a handful of these type of events and each time I learn something new. This time I realized I had too many activities planned and they probably would have had more fun stomping around in muddy puddles as being ushered from one activity to the next. I have learned when it comes to activities, much like guests less is more for this Mama.
Target is my one stop shop for all things Easter. They have everything from brightly colored sturdy plastic Easter eggs and yummy Easter candy to cute bunny ears for all of our guests.
I was feeling adventurous so I whipped up an egg pinata for the party. I was reminded just how fun and easy pinatas are to make.
Whenever I host a children's party I also like to make the mamas feel included. This time I made a special lunch for the adults and I also had made little Easter baskets for each of them. Sadly, in all the hustle and bustle I forgot to pass them out at the end of the party but at least the thought was still there.
I always like to send home our guests with fun treats to remember the day by. Here we filled their Easter baskets with some of our favorite treats and artistic supplies.
Jasper made these adorable Bunny race car drivers for all of his guests with the help of my mother.
Festive snacks. I am a sucker for a good theme party.
Even if it takes more time and effort I try to involve Jasper in all aspects of party prep. Here he is packing and unpacking Easter baskets for his guests.
Discussing the egg hunt.
Always a car or truck in his hands.
The egg hunt was a series of distractions from muddy puddles to jellybeans and the coveted eggs filled with toy cars! Most of them were content to stop looking for eggs long before the hunt was over because they were too busy eating jellybeans. Good thing one of our guests was determined and managed to find almost all the eggs himself.
The whole gang with a variety of personalities and interests to keep things entertaining!
Looking back I should have served lunch first, but mistakenly I served it last when all of our guests were tired and ready to go home. Lesson learned!
Jasper was more interested in keeping his cars nearby then entertaining his guests. Good thing at this age any kind of behavior is pretty acceptable amongst your peers. Host with the most- not quite yet, but we are working on being gracious.
Egg dying center
All in all it was a lovely day seeing these cute little boys interacting with each other and figuring what this interacting with others is all about.