We had a great Easter with friends here in Norfolk. We went to the Good Friday service at church and enjoyed singing, scripture and preaching. On Sunday morning, we were assigned nursery, so we spent the morning with the babies of our church. A couple of weeks ago, we invited our community group and one other community group from church over to our home for dinner. It turned out to be 19 people total, which was a little scary to me! We borrowed a table and some chairs from church and it turned out to be a great time. Everyone brought a dish, and hung out all day together. The girls and I even decorated eggs! Marty and I really enjoyed opening our home to our friends that are not close to home or in the Navy/Coast Guard and cannot leave for an extended period of time.
While we were preparing for the dinner, I realized how much I am like my own family, especially my Mother and Grandmother. When I was growing up, we always had beautifully decorated tables for holidays, birthdays and special occasions. All the details were addressed; everything from china, flowers, centerpieces, and table linens were beautifully coordinated. In light of this, I attempted to have tables that looked pretty. Marty and I are still collecting our china and everyday dishes, so we were not able to use all matching place settings, yet I tried to have the colors flow from table to table. Here are some pictures from the event...
The egg centerpiece on the first table was a Martha Stewart craft idea. She suggests to use empty egg shells, yet I had a really hard time blowing out the egg, so I used hard boiled eggs (If you want to save them, use just the egg shell). This was such an easy craft I wanted to share it with you in case you would like to create this yourself. Find napkins with a small print on them. Peel the back layer off, so you have just the front pattern.
Cut out small pieces of the pattern from the napkin.
Cover the egg with Modge Podge.
Place a piece of the pattern on the egg and smooth it out with your brush.
Let the eggs dry for 10-15 minutes. Arrange in a vase or on an egg tree. That's it!
I hope you enjoyed Easter with your family or friends!