Thursday, April 24, 2014

Easter Feasting


*Pretty*

There are few things as pretty as a clean home ready for guests!  I have been trying to only make three things for any given event, but this Easter I cheated and made four.  Challah bread, deviled eggs, leg of lamb, and a ham.  Ben actually did the crux of the work on the deviled eggs, so I guess that makes three afterall.  Who doesn't love deviled eggs?

And of course our guests brought enough delicious side dishes to create a veritable feast!



*Happy*

A true southern lady once taught me the best way to entertain.  Get all of your food started ahead of time, and then right before the guests arrive, set the table with a glass of wine in hand.  The menu doesn't always cooperate, but it definitely makes for some relaxed entertaining when it does!  Only these days, I need a professional baby holder in order to accomplish anything, and I managed to find the most handsome one around, complete with bow tie and straw hat.


*Funny*

Our welcoming committee.  No, no, actually, he was writhing in pain over having eaten too much candy, remember?  I was pretty much just holding him and his belly full of candy in my arms.  I am happy to report that he is now feeling entirely better and doesn't understand why I won't let him binge eat the rest of his Easter candy.



::Real::

A few days before Easter, we decided to go ahead and invite a few friends who might be still looking for a place to go.  Thinking our house was not very high on the list of cool places to go on Easter, we figured only one or two people would probably accept, but each and every one of them came!  Over twenty people, spanning three generations, fit around a table in our tiny little house.  I must admit, for a moment I was a little nervous we wouldn't have enough food, but there was plenty: leftovers, even.

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15 comments:

Jill Foley said...

all of it is lovely - I must remember the wine in hand while setting the table trick!

This year we made last minute plans for Easter - invited a couple over - she's from Dominican Republic and he's from Honduras. They cooked a Dominican meal for us, so I sat on the couch with wine in hand while they cooked!

Jen said...

What gorgeous photos! What a lovely Easter celebration!

Rosie said...

It all looks so lovely! But I must say, my favorite part is just how many bottles of wine there are at the table :) How many folding tables do you guys keep around for situations like this? We just have one, but I think we're going to need more because our holidays have been getting larger and larger!

Adele said...

Jill, that sounds amazing! I feel like the last minute guests are often the most memorable and interesting!

Adele said...

Thanks, Jen!

Adele said...

Uh oh Rosie, you're on to us! No guest shall want for libations in this house. :). And we actually just put together or dining room table, with leaf inserted, and our outdoor dining table, which is about the same height. We do keep several cheap plastic chairs from ikea on hand as well.

Siné said...

The basket of pysanky are absolutely lovely!

Adele said...

Thank you Sine! They are actually not my own handiwork, but painted wooden eggs from Poland, courtesy of my mom. It wouldn't feel like Easter without them!

9peasMom said...

I so enjoy seeing all the Easter photos and it looks like a delicious feast - made more wonderful by including friends!

Margo said...

this is beautiful! Must remember the wine/table setting tip :)

I'm so impressed with your approach to hosting with littles underfoot. Good for you. I love your focus on the people, not the perfection - and look, it's a beautiful table and food probably because you were so relaxed!

Melissa said...

I love the pysanky, too! Is that a Russian thing or a Polish thing? How old are they?

Adele said...

Thanks, Margo! Staying focused on people instead of perfection is definitely the key as we are very far from perfect! :-)

Adele said...

Melissa, I believe it's an all around Eastern European thing, although in particular in Ukraine and Poland! I have no idea how old the eggs are, although I think they're recent and not vintage. Whenever we go to a Polish event, there are always eggs for sale by various craft vendors.

Oregon-Mama said...

Looks like quite a party! Your pictures are so lovely...as well as your heart. How sweet of you to open your home to others. And that picture of you! Va va voom!

Adele said...

Thanks, Oregon Mama! You're making me blush! :-)