Segue into Spring Entertaining

At Easter time in the Rogue Valley, you never know what kind of weather you’re going to get. This year we were so blessed with a warm, sunny day.

And wonderful friends who came and celebrated with our family.

My sis came early to help.

Family and friends – making 16 around our table. We had our Chinese exchange student with us, which was a real treat.

Of course I had to add a table on to the end. My dining table only comfortably seats 8, so I keep an extra Costco table out in the garage for larger gatherings.

Blossoms and daffodils from the yard. No expense there!

I did splurge and buy 2 new Ralph Lauren matching tablecloths on sale. I’ve never owned a yellow tablecloth.

Yellow makes me happy!

Easter starts off with so many hugs. I also appreciate our adult friends who love on our teen kids.

Delegation is what we do best! Everyone brought a dish or 2 and we had a marvelous buffet meal.

The food was awesome! This year we enjoyed a ham (last year we had prime rib, the year before an Easter brunch), which is a yearly treat for us.

Everyone helped out.

Minor whipped up the beautiful drinks, garnished with a fresh pansy in each glass.

We held hands and sang our family prayer.

The gals gathered in the back yard for an Easter shot (missing Jeannie, who was walking through the garden/yard with my husband).

And then it was dessert time.

Did I say dessert?

We had yummy carrot cakes that Abby made with Beatrix Potter gummy worms.

Incredible white coconut cake with 7-Minute frosting from Jeannie.

And delicious Key-Lime Pie from Jenny.

The doors and windows were open, Vivaldi was playing on Pandora, the smell of yummy fresh-baked Challah bread and all the other dishes permeated the kitchen.

So much to be grateful for … family and friends. The freedom to come together and celebrate a beautiful event (The Resurrection), relax, catch up, soak in the sun, eat good food.

Easter is different when there aren’t little kids around, as we didn’t hide eggs or celebrate with bunnies, but it did take on a springy feel of its own.

And you know, once you get all the entertaining dishes, tables, chairs, etc. out … it kind of gets you excited for Spring!

I’d say that for us, this past Easter Sunday was our first entertaining moment where we’ve really segued into Spring.

How was your Easter Sunday and what was a highlight for you?

16 comments on “Segue into Spring Entertaining”

  1. Beautiful!!

  2. Looks very beautiful. I want the recipe for that pie looks really good. I hope you can post on your exchange student sometime. Was he over whelmed by the amount of food americans can serve at a get together? Did he enjoy the holiday?

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  4. Sandy! Look at Abby! My goodness, it seems like she grew up overnight, but I know that’s not true. We had a lovely Easter enjoying potluck with family. It is a little different with no small children, but still a blessed day. He is risen!

  5. Love the pictures Sandy! What a beatiful feast with beautiful people!

  6. Beautiful, beautiful blog post! Thanks for the visual tip about setting up the tables end-to-end to accommodate everybody.

  7. The day was sunny yet a cold breeze was whipping us around. This Easter was the year of the babies. The oldest was 2, then our granddaughter at 4.5 months, then the twin boys at one month old! A beautiful day and thanks for asking.

  8. What a fabulous memory! We had a quiet Easter after a couple weeks of taking turns with the flu. More store-bought foods than usual – and we (I – the flu wiped me out) slept in past both church services – but that left us all with enough energy to really enjoy each other and remember the reason for the celebration.

  9. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful Easter Day! The smiles in the photos exude such warmth and joy. Your family and friends are the real deal! :) Happy Spring!

  10. As always your table was beautiful!! We had a relatively quiet Easter, going to first service at Church, then quickly heading home to get ready for a Easter Lunch. At the last minute a few people called to say they could not make it……. no worries things happen. It ended up being just 6 of us around our table, it really was nice, we had time to visit with those around the table and relax. Always remembering the real reason we celebrate is the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Hoping you all had a blessed celebration!
    Curtis & Sherrie

  11. Such a beautiful Easter! I loved your table — and the soft pretty colors! Everything exudes so much JOY!

    Enjoy a blessed day!

  12. My goodness, what a beautiful party. I’ve been itching to host a party for spring, but I’ve been gone on the road for almost two months straight! Maybe next week…

    I love that giant glass martini glass that you use on the buffet to add height and present food in a neat way. I always see those big glasses at TJ Maxx and just smile at them. But you’ve shown me a practical and beautiful use for them!

  13. Beautiful pictures…I am glad you all have wonderful time. :) Have a nice day.

  14. Gorgeous! Your home is beautiful, made even moreso by your family. Love those Beatrice Potter jelly beans, too funny. LOL Happy springtime Sandy. : )

  15. Hi Sandy – we had a quiet Easter spending the day in the garden. Watched The Masters and settled in for a yummy dinner of rack of lamb, roasted mini potatoes and grilled asparagus. We missed our family but decided to have a quiet weekend working around the house. Big plans for Mother’s Day though.

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