My family has done Easter up traditional style my whole life. The dinner table full of mom’s homemade deviled eggs, slow cooked ham, mashed potatoes, fruit salad, you name it – it was there, and it was delicious. We dyed eggs with food coloring, and there were plenty of Peeps to go around. While I love my parents’ Easter traditions, they are in the midst of building their house, so I volunteered (and volunteered Jordan) to host Easter this year, and I was determined to put my own little twist on this traditional holiday!
Firstly, since Jor and I have 7 hens, we never buy eggs from the store and don’t get any truly white eggs.
Dying our own precious little brown, light blue & green eggs had to be done in a special way that didn’t detract from their uniqueness. So, we used spices, berries, beets and coffee to get some truly unique results!
To dye hard boiled eggs with berries and spices, simply mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar, a cup or so of hot water, and the coloring agent. We used beet juice for the red, blueberries for the blue, coffee for the brown and turmeric for the yellow.
I thought these would make nice little gifts for our guests, so I made little packages from old egg cartons and cute floral wrapping paper.
Dry spring days are fairly rare in Washington State and Easter was going to be one of them, so we decided it would be nice to have dinner outside!
Jor built two cute buffet tables out of our old kitchen and basement doors (circa 1940). He even made the table legs from old pallets!
Mom helped decorate the tables in such cute style
We had BBQ steel head, mom’s famous potato salad, Gruyere asparagus, teriyaki chicken kabbobs, strawberry spinach salad, and several little hors d’oeuvres. My favorite were these goat cheese & fig crustinis:
I mixed blue cheese, goat cheese, and cream cheese together. Placed the mix on top of a toasted slice of baguette and topped it with a slice of fig, basil and balsamic drizzle. They were a hit!
To keep the kiddos busy, Jor and I made a teepee from some of our vintage sheets and cushions:
The girls loved it!
After dinner we had an Easter egg hunt for the kids and celebrated my nephew Kayden’s first birthday. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time. I am thankful that Jor and I are able to contribute to our family traditions and good memories.