Easter, the most important holiday and the perfect time to host an intimate DIY backyard Easter Garden Party.
“There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colours are brighter, the air softer and the morning more fragrant than ever again.” – Elizabeth Lawrence
Our garden isn’t just a pretty setting but also the perfect way to introduce subtle elements from Jesus’s Crucifixion (not an easy holiday to explain to little ones). It was after all in the gardens of Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-42) that Jesus’ road to the crucifixion began. In planning everything I kept things subliminal; deeper meaning can be explained and extended as the kids grow older.
Recreate this yourself
The table setting was a little more formal than usual. I wanted to recreate a “Last Supper” (Luke 22:7-38) feel with the girls sitting at a beautiful table, “breaking bread” and enjoying each others company. Linen napkins, my great grandmother’s plates, tiny glass milk bottles and pretty flowers was all we needed. Wooden touches in the decor and serving dishes echoed the garden theme and cross.Having a crispy white colour palette with accents of yellow, blues and gold updated the vintage look. Easy DIY touches: Knotted bunting made from scrap fabric strands knotted on a piece of rope (hinting to the bandages found in the empty tomb – John 20:5) and a few simplistic hand painted white chocolate eggs completed everything.
Easter themed treats
I’m no baker so I left this part of the party to the incredibly talented Mmm Macarons. Charlene created a gorgeous semi-naked buttercream cake with the most delicately piped flowers. Golden pipe cleaners where added for cute bunny ears (another easy DIY trick). Another pretty addition to our party was the bunny cookies with floral icing. Yummy and nice to look at. Easter would of course not be Easter without Hot Cross buns.
“A spiced bun made with raisins and currants, marked with a cross. Symbolizing the crucifixion of Jesus and the embalming spices used for His burial. Traditionally eaten on Good Friday.”
We think Woolworths have the best, even adding fruit-free and chocolate variations.
An Easter-egg hunt!
The part all kids look forward to the most and a fun reminder of the resurrection of Christ and our rebirth as saved christians. We love finding hidden treats and thinking back to how surprised Mary Magdalene and the other disciples must have felt when they found the empty tomb and later saw Jesus alive again (Luke 24).
All because “some-bunny” loves you…
YES! We love Easter bunnies and when they are this cute… You will too. Lolali has an entire family of fury creations and we got to spend the morning with 4 of them. I know the Easter Bunny (like Santa) is a controversial little guy but we’ve always been “find Jesus in it all” kind of parents and when I read an article on the historical connection between the Virgin Mary and bunnies, “The Surprising Origins of the Easter Bunny – it’s not what you think.” it helped us connect the dots, so to speak. Taking us right back to the birth of Jesus and how much God MUST love us all to have sent His son (John 3:16). I get the weight of this more and more, everyday I am a parent.
I’m no expert and dare not judge… Just a Mamma, raising kids in a modern, commercial driven world, trying my (our) best to instil a love and understanding of God and helping our girls create and build a loving relationship with Jesus. Easter is such a huge part of that and I love taking the time and opportunity to make Jesus part of the “fun” and “everyday”.Easter love and blessings to you all and thank you for taking the time to read about our Easter traditions. Please feel free to share some of your own in a comment below.PHOTO CREDIT | Anje- Ilana from Madison & West.
Special thanks to Mmm Macarons for providing the stunning cake and bunny themed cookies. Hello Poppet Clothing for dressing the girls so beautifully in their new A/W 2017 collection. Lolali for letting their adorable bunnies come out to play and Hello Dovetail for creating such cute and high quality kids furniture.