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Its nearly Easter and a lot of kids are starting to get excited about seeing the Easter Bunny, coloring eggs, and searching for their Easter baskets. If you are organizing an Easter party for your church, family, or friends, here are some pointers to help you get started.
The Easter Bunny makes a wonderful guest of honor for Easter parties. Kids love getting their picture taken with the big furry guy. Another fun option is to get a Petting Zoo with real live rabbits for the kids to pet.
Consider what activities you want to have at your Easter party. An Easter egg hunt is practically a requirement. You can have kids (and adults) paint and hide the eggs as part of the party if the event is going to be a long one or you can have the eggs ready to hide or hidden when the guests arrive. If spoilage is likely to be an issue, use plastic eggs instead and fill them with toys and treats. Make sure the eggs are hidden in places where searchers are not likely to step on them, especially if you are using real eggs, and hide them with the age of the searchers in mind. If the egg hunt is for little kids, you might want to make all of the eggs in plain site. If you have many different age groups, you might want to separate the groups either by area or by time slots so the little kids have a chance to find their eggs.
Decide whether party participants should bring their own Easter baskets or whether you will provide them. Even if people are expected to bring their own, it is a good idea to have a few baskets just in case anyone forgets. You don’t want the kids to suffer. Check the dollar store, the party store, or the craft store for Easter baskets, candy, toys, plates, cups, tablecloths, and decorations.
Pick a place to hold your party. You can have an Easter party at a church, at a restaurant, at a park, or pretty much anywhere else that you hold events. Just make sure the location you pick has sufficient facilities for an Easter egg hunt and any other activities you are planning. If you are holding your party outdoors, have a plan in case of rainy weather. If the venue does not have shelters, rent a tent just in case so everyone can stay dry and comfortable.
If you are holding your party at a restaurant, the food is probably taken care of. Otherwise you will need to make arrangements for any food you are serving. Are you planning to hire a caterer, fix the food yourself, or have a potluck? Make sure you know what food equipment will be available to you at the venue so you can plan accordingly. Brunch is typical for Easter celebrations, though you can certainly have a party any time of the day. For some reason serving breakfast type foods just seems right on the holiday. This probably partially because many people who celebrate Easter attend church in the morning and go to their Easter parties immediately following the service.
The most important part of any party is to have fun. Easter is a wonderful holiday with lots of fun family activities for kids and adults to enjoy.
My family is large, but they have always been very close. My grandmother hosts monthly birthday parties for whoever is available to attend along with holiday parties at Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. Since I moved out of state, I have not been able to join the family for most of the parties, but I do make a point to see as many people as I can whenever I visit. My grandmother is turning ninety this year, so we are going to have a big birthday party for her. While most of the family lives nearby, this is a party that those that live out of state will be traveling in for. After all, people don’t turn ninety every day.
Every family is different. Some are small, some are large. Some live close together, and some live far apart. Some visit regularly, and some only visit on a rare occasion. For small families who live close together, planning a family get-together can be a pretty simple event. The larger the family and the further apart they live, the more complicated it can be.
Perhaps the first thing you need to decide on when planning a reunion is when you are going to have the reunion. The earlier you pick a date, the less likely people will have already conflicts. The more people you are including, the harder it will be to pick a date that everyone is happy with, but if you pick the date early enough, most people should be able to work their schedule around to come. Is the reunion going to last a few hours or a few days? If people are traveling a long ways or don’t visit often, they will probably want the visit to last a while. On the other hand, if everyone is in town and they see each other often, a short party may be sufficient.
After you have determined when you are having your reunion, you need to determine where you are going to have it. If people are coming from all around the globe, the party does not need to be in your home town. Consider finding a central location or a destination where everyone would like to visit. For instance, since I live in Portland and my parents are in Reno, sometimes we visit in Klamath Falls which is about half way between us.
If you are planning on having your reunion in Portland, consider where you are going to hold the party. Is the whole reunion going to take place at the same location or will there be multiple locations? If you are having an outdoor event such as a picnic for your reunion, be sure that you have appropriate shelter, or rent tents to protect guests from the rain.
If guests are traveling for a multi-day reunion, you will probably want to have all the guests stay in the same hotel. Hotel’s often have meeting space available for events and many hotels have restaurants that offer catering services. Restaurants can be a great place to hold events too and the food is sure to be a success if you pick a good restaurant.
How are you planning on keeping the family entertained? Perhaps guests will want to take a tour of the area as part of the reunion and visit attractions like the Oregon Zoo and the Portland Art Museum. Pick activities that allow guests to visit. If there are children involved, don’t forget about them when you are planning. After all, if the kids are entertained, they are less likely to be causing trouble. Bounce houses and other inflatables can be fun options for events.
There are lots of other details that will need to be planned with any event, but hopefully this has started you thinking about how you want to plan your own family reunion. Be sure to contact Events Unlimited with all of your party rental and entertainment needs.
One of the most important things for any party is the menu. Whether you are having an elaborate meal or just serving appetizers, guests appreciate having good food to nibble on while they mingle. The ideal appetizers should be easy and inexpensive to prepare, and they also need to taste great.
Chips are easy (just open the bag) and inexpensive but served by themselves, they are also boring, You can get a container of salsa to serve with the chips, and but unless the salsa is something really special, it is unlikely to be a source of much praise. Luckily there are many other kinds of dips you can make or buy.
Mexicali or 7 Layer dip is a favorite for parties. It doesn’t actually have to have 7 layers, there can be more or less depending on your preferences. You can purchase premade layered dip in stores; however, it is not difficult to make yourself and it tastes much better if it is homemade.
Here is the recipe I grew up with:
In a large flat bowl, layer the following:
2 nine ounce cans bean dip (smashed flat)
3 ripe avocados mashed and mixed with 2 tablespoons lemonade
½ cup sour cream mixed with ½ cup mayonnaise and 1.25 ounces taco seasoning
Grated cheddar and jack cheese (enough to cover the entire bowl with a thick layer)
Chopped olives (1-2 small cans)
Chopped green olives (1 bunch)
Serve with corn chips.
This dip can be made a day or two in advance and kept in the fridge until the party. Be sure that if any perishable foods are going to be kept out for any length of time that they are kept at a cool temperature so they do not spoil. Placing the dip bowl over a tray of ice may be a smart idea during warm weather. You can purchase an inflatable buffet tray to fill with ice and set up on a table for a nominal cost. Another option is serve smaller portions and keep the remainder in the refrigerator or ice chest until the food that was served has been used.
If you want to serve warm appetizers, making nachos is another great way to serve chips at a party.