This fantastic EASTER DESERT BUFFET + PARTY was submitted by Cris McGrath of Crissy’s Crafts!
The printables used in this party are available for FREE here!
Such a cute party with so many adorable ideas! Perfect for Easter or any spring soiree! Some of my favorite elements in this Easter party are:
The Easter egg tree
The favor cones filled with fresh fruits and vegetables
The glass egg cups holding chocolate eggs
Here’s what Cris had to say about planning the party- “I always have a blast styling a party using Amanda’s Parties To Go printables! Amanda has the most adorable and colorful designs.
The dessert table was full of easy and colorful treats that were a feast to our tummies and eyes! To create the pallet backdrop, I glued several pieces of scrapbook paper found at Hobby Lobby to a foam board. I attached the Happy Easter Banner from Amanda’s free Easter collection and added mini wreaths to the backdrop. The sweets included Kisses push up pops, Tulip cake pops, Hershey’s chocolate, chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and sweet popcorn. I kept the sweets simple and focused on the presentation using a lot of Spring items and took advantage of the huge items included in the printable set to really make the party pop. The party activity was to build and paint your own bird house, and of course we had an Easter Egg Hunt as well! It was a fun and happy way to welcome Spring and celebrate Easter!”
Photography and Styling- Crissy’s Crafts
Printables- Amanda’s Parties To Go
Cupcake topper- Edible Details
Party supplies, candy, favors and crafts- Oriental Trading
Adhesive and label paper- Onlinelabels.comItems used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Popcorn Boxes Paper Straws Push Pop Containers Treat / Favor Cones Polka Dot Nut / Candy Cups Striped Paper Bags Cupcake Liners Ribbon Tissue Balls Wooden Utensils
Here’s what Bird had to say about planning the party- “This is year I decided to re-design our original Easter Bunny printables using a pastel color scheme: Pastel pinks, yellow, blue and green. I also added a few more cute printables into the set, like the paper bows, adorable Easter Bunny Cupcake Wrappers in four colors, cute printable bag toppers and brand new invitations. It’s a total of over 18 pages of printables to help style a beautiful Easter Party with ease and without breaking the bank! ;)
This Easter party contains lots of handmade and crafty details like a paper version of my plush fabric flowers! I really wanted to incorporate those in the styling of the mini candy station, but had no time nor the patience to sew 4 new colored flowers, so I tried using paper instead – Guess what? it worked beautifully and took half the time!
For the styling I wanted to keep it simple but cute, so I used a lot of the Easter printables to decorate the candy station and the kid’s table. Large, pastel-colored paper lanterns hung from the tree above the table, which added color, provided shade and looked quite dramatic without too much effort! ;)
Since the printables had a pastel color scheme, I used the same colors in wool yarn to complement the tableware and add a little warmth. I also made a really simple wreath by wrapping the wool yarn around a polystyrene wreath and embellishing it with rolled crepe paper roses. I used napkins to make some of the other pomanders for the desserts/candy station.
The table setting was pretty simple and disposable tableware was used. Each guest had a bunny place-card with their names on and a cute Easter paper basket full of treats!
The centerpiece was an Easter Egg Bouquet. I really love how versatile this centerpiece idea is, especially for a kids’ table – This bouquet doesn’t need watering, it’s child-friendly and edible! can’t ask for better than that!
Each place setting was finished off with a cute bottle wrapped with our printable bottle wrappers and colored straws embellished with printable Easter Bunnies from the collection!
The candy buffet was styled atop a white, distressed dresser (from my daughter’s bedroom). It added height and allowed me to make the best of a small space. The sweet treats on offer are of course chocolate Easter eggs, as well as marshmallows matching the party color scheme, chocolate candy bars, jelly gum eggs inside egg cartons, cream cheese Easter Bunny cupcakes and strawberry meringues.
I guess with any Easter Party you gotta have an Egg Hunt, right? Our printable Egg Hunt signage and cute printable Easter Egg baskets doubled as favor baskets too, and were used by the kids to hunt for chocolate eggs around the garden!
Our printable bunny ears, also make for a really fun activity, where guests can decorate their own head-bands. They make for fun photo props too! My daughter insisted on having her ears pinned to the flower headband she was wearing! Girls will be girls! ;)
For the favors and gifts, I thought it would be really fun to display them onto a mini wooden wheel barrel I have – But you could re-purpose a vegetable box or crate painted white for the same “garden” effect.
Favors included speckled chocolate eggs bags topped with Easter Bunny printable bag toppers, chocolate candy bars wrapped in matching wrappers, and Easter Eggs displayed inside egg cartons. I decorated each carton with scrap-booking papers from the kit, yarn, a printable Easter favor tag and some of those super cute, printable paper bows!”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Paper Lanterns Clear Cellophane Bags Milk Bottles Striped Paper Straws Crepe Paper Streamers
This is what Mariah said about planning the party- “I planned a colorful celebration and gathered our family for an Easter brunch and egg hunt. For this casual family affair I used the play set in my parent’s backyard as the backdrop and hung a fabric banner and colorful picture frames to add a pop of color. A coffee filter wreath my grandmother made and the Easter Egg Hunt sign from Dimple Prints served as a focal point for the party table.
The food was delicious and everyone pitched in and helped make something. My sister made the coconut egg nest, my dad made the ham and egg nest and I made yogurt parfaits, mini pancakes and cupcakes. We also had fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon and hard boiled eggs.
After brunch, the kids went on an egg hunt and once all the eggs were found they sat down to see what goodies were inside. It was so fun to watch them share with each other and make “trades” for their favorites. One of our favorite Easter traditions is Cascarones Eggs (also known as confetti eggs) so grandma gave each of the kids a box of confetti eggs and let them go wild. This truly is one of my favorite things, the giggles that ensue are simply priceless!”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Clear Cellophane Bags Push Pop Containers Cupcake Liners Mini Martini Glasses
Here’s what Jennifer said about planning the party- “Every Easter, I invite all my friends and their kids over. Over 50 people come every year. Since we live on 2.5 acres, I just let the kids run and play. For last year’s egg hunt I rented a bounce house and a professional bubble machine! It was perfect. The parents had a chance to talk and relax instead of having to assist their little ones in organized games. The Easter Bunny came for pictures with everyone (I have a costume) and he handed out rainbow swirly pops.
I loved this party because of all the bright colors, the families that came, and the time of year it signifies. This party also came with a super special story! I just HAVE to tell you:
My friend Ashley Riherd was in the beginning stages of adopting a baby girl from China. She is my party-planning buddy and always helps me set up before parties. Before the guests arrived we were marveling at the brightly colored table and spotted a ladybug. Ladybugs have become something lucky to Ashley – she spotted them often during times of despair over the adoption process and they remind her to stay positive. So as we stood in the backyard waiting for the guests to arrive, I told her that next year, her daughter Shisi would be here with us. She just had to! Besides, the theme was rainbows and rainbows remind us of God’s promise to us. This year has been rough for Ashley. Adopting is not for the faint of heart. There are so many highs and lows, hurry ups and waits! BUT – Ashley and her husband Daniel DID bring Shisi home, in January! Yeah!! AND — just in time for this year’s Easter egg hunt! God is good!
The Sweet Table Backdrop
I covered a 4′x6′ piece of particle board (cut for me at Lowe’s Hardware store, at a total cost of $8) in white butcher paper from Mardel. (You can also find white butcher paper at Lakeshore; it’s the paper teachers use for their bulletin boards.) This paper covers the board perfectly! I use the particle board for most all my parties and simply change out the covering color!
I used wrapping paper from Hallmark as the runner through the middle of the board. It’s simply taped onto the back to hold it in place. Then, I used cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby to spell HOP and spray painted them each a different color. Since you don’t need much spray paint, you can use the small cans found at Hobby Lobby.
How to Coordinate a Really Big Easter Egg Hunt
Ask guests to bring one dozen plastic Easter eggs per child in their family. Each egg should be filled with candy and taped closed. Have a few “Egg Drop” buckets set out to collect the eggs when the guests arrive. Ask some of the parents to scatter the eggs halfway through the party while the kids gather their Easter baskets.
If you are hosting an Easter Egg hunt with a wide range of age groups, it’s a good idea to section off the egg hunting zones. A 2-year-old can hardly keep up with a 7-year-old. Therefore, I divided my lawn into two groups: “3 and under” and “4 and up.” This allows the toddlers to hunt at their own pace while the bigger kids can run and get competitive! Also, since everyone brings a dozen eggs per child, separating the collection ensures that you have the appropriate ratio of eggs per zone!”
Styling – Jennifer of Society Shirts
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Paper Lanterns Whirly Rainbow Pops Pom Poms Decorative Shred Striped Paper Straws Lollipop Sticks Ribbon
Cupcakes – Tina Stepp
Cookies – Eileen’s Colossal Cookies
Rainbow water bottle labels and custom rainbow printables – Chickabug
Mini cake bunting – FREE from The TomKat Studio
Rainbow cupcake flags and cloud printables – FREE from Simple as That
Cupcake wrappers – Homemade using scrapbooking paper
Rainbow paper straws – Dime Store Buddy
Shaggy rag wreath – homemade (tutorial)