We had such a good Easter - my house was bursting at the seams with 16 adults and 11 children. Lots of cooking, baking, chatting, eating, playing and merriment was had by all. I love having my three daughters home with all the little ones in tow. I am a very lucky mum and nana to have such a lovely family. The party included four generations my mum, mother in law, sisters, brother in law, sister in law and many cousins which added to the fun.The weather was quite kind to us as it stayed dry but the sun was not persuaded to shine. The children were amazing and played in the garden for hours without many cross words which was a bonus and so lovely to see everyone get on so well together. The age span was from 2 up to 11 so quite a range, eight boys and three girls. Football was heavy on the agenda and penalty shoot outs a firm favourite. Mia helped organise an egg and spoon race and Nicole was great with the little ones. Daisy was eager to join in the rough and tumble as she is used to this with having two big brothers.
We had to put the Easter chocolate somewhere safe after the Easter egg hunt as the bags were brimming with goodies. The children were good though and didn't over indulge.
Even though the weather wasn't perfect we took a risk and had our first BBQ of the year which was a great success. I couldn't quite believe how many sausages and burgers were eaten and it was such a good job that I had a reserve supply of sausages. Running around the garden for hours certainly gave everyone an appetite.
For pudding I had lots of help from Laura who made some fabulous birds nest buns, crispy marshmallow bunnies and her signature rocky road. I added to the sweet treats with meringues, cupcakes and jam and clotted cream scones. As you can see no one went hungry.
My house was filled with daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, plus lots of little Easter touches, bowls of brightly coloured eggs, a little Easter Tree and I filled a wicker hamper and glass jars with chocolate Easter treats. In between cooking I managed to crochet some sweet crochet baskets which I filled with chocolate eggs and hung on another little tree. Laura made some amazing egg bunnies which she filled with little sweet treats - I adore them.
Now that Easter is all over I feel quite sad that I've had to put all my decorations away for another year. Although I have an enormous bag of Easter egg chocolate in the cupboard as a reminder - not sure what we will do with it all as I am trying so hard to drop a few pounds before my summer holiday.
Hope you all had a fun Easter too and thank you for your lovely comments on my recent posts. I have been overwhelmed with your messages of support and good wishes. You have really made me feel so much more confident with my new business venture. I'm sorry I haven't been able to answer you all individually but I am finding it a bit difficult to keep up, I promised myself some time last week to catch up with blog land but I didn't manage to do everything I wanted too. This week is going to be busy too as my grandchildren are back at school, daughter's are back at work and I help with some child minding and collecting from school. Thursday sees the start of my next beginners crochet workshops, and on Saturday I am running a crochet flower workshop. So not much time for resting which as you know I need to build into my days. Life feels busy but fun at the moment so keep your fingers crossed that my workshops continue to be popular and that my health doesn't dip.
talk soon x