Blog friends, we did it! Kyle and I successfully hosted our first family function at our house.

Somehow, using “the weather is usually nice on Easter” and “people keep saying they want to come see the house but they don’t ever come up” and “We have a lot of space and a nice deck” finally worked to get both of our extended families up to the house for a holiday. We combined my family — two parents, six aunts and uncles with dates, one cousin with a date, one brother with a date — and Kyle’s family — two parents and a grandmother — in the same house for a long afternoon. All in all, it went pretty well.

We told everyone to be there between 1 and 2. For my family, this means one, and for his this means two. So maybe next time I should average that out to 1:30 or something… but someone brought veggie tray and strawberries and there was Texas caviar so people weren’t starving until dinner went down at 2.

I think Kyle’s Easter feast stole the show:

That is a recycled catering tray with ham, smoked bacon-wrapped chicken in bbq sauce, and pork tenderloin in a mustard bbq sauce. By all accounts, it was all amazing. People keep telling us, and my mom, that the chicken and tenderloin were the best they’ve ever had. (I’m convinced it’s a testament to my true love for Kyle that I married him without ever tasting the fruits of his barbecue. I think he has guy friends in his life who would marry him just for his burgers. I suppose I do know that he makes some delicious vegetarian meals for me out of the grill and smoker.)

All of Kyle’s barbecue meant that I only had to cook brownies for the day, so I just weathered the chaos of trying to figure out how our counter space can fit a buffet line for so many people. We managed to do it without any traffic jams though — it’s not like our kitchen is really lacking in counter space.

It was nice to get to show off our house to the people that had never visited before. Looking up all of our “before” photos made me realize that it’s probably put together to do a before and after series for the blog, so look forward to that as we get a little closer to summer!


It’s easter egg season! Dyeing easter eggs is a craft that I’ve always really liked. When I was little, we used to blow out eggs and decorate them, and hard boil some for decorating too. I think the blown out ones were special — though I can’t remember why. I just remember being horrified that raw egg was going to go into my mouth and some combination of that fear and my little kid lungs meaning that someone else had to blow the egg out for me.

 Pysanky-Ukrainian Easter Eggs are some of the most beautiful Easter eggs. A few years ago, Design*Sponge had a diy project for ukrainian eggs made simple. It looks really beautiful and not that difficult although the final result is certainly not as elegant at the elaborate pysanky eggs.

These Doodle Easter eggs made with a black sharpie an help you get an intricate design like the pysanky eggs without the effort of dyeing. I don’t think I have a steady enough hand for this. My paisley designs even on paper come out looking kind of crazy in a bad way.

I think decoupage is probably my best option for getting an elaborate design! The best thing about decoupage is you don’t even have to use a real egg.

This tutorial from Two Girls Being Crafty uses napkins to decoupage!  Clever!

You could also use a simpler material for your decoupage.

I think these Paper Mache Easter Eggs from Centsational Girl are beautiful! They look so natural.

Natural dyed eggs are really pretty too, but it kind of intimidates me.

This DIY uses leaves, onion peels, stocking to create beautiful brown eggs.

If you want more Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs, ApartmentTherapy had a great roundup. It includes recipes for the above natural-dyed eggs via Two Men and a Little Farm. What a gorgeous palette!

My favorite idea is to use temporary tattoos to decorate eggs.

These nature temporary tatoos look beautiful on undyed Easter eggs (via CountryLiving).

I also adore these thread wrap easter eggs from Martha Stewart. They’re really pretty and the little bid of thread adds a nice texture.

We’re hosting Easter this year! We hosted last year, too, but it was just my parents and Kyle’s parents. This year, we have my extended family and his grandma coming too. That means I’ll be in a fit cleaning the house Saturday and finishing up little chores. I hope I find time to dye some eggs!

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