So, last Wednesday we gathered to make a charming little Bunny Village that will be on display when "every-bunny" comes home for Easter Sunday! Before dinner, we will have a "show and tell" so the artists can point out which house is their own, and, if in a generous mood, share some secret decorating tips. I think the twins will "eat this up!" (BOYS! Nooooooo! Not really! Don't eat that nasty candy now! It's YUCKY!)
I adapted this idea from both the long ago and very recent past. When the girls were in late elementary school we had a Christmas season tradition. I constructed simple graham cracker houses, bought a ton of cute candy, made a batch of Royal icing, and had each of the girls invite a friend to a "gingerbread house" decorating party. Last December, Mary Jo hosted a little Christmas party for a handful of neighborhood children -all about 3 or 4 years old- and used the same idea with the same great success. That made me realize that if kids are old enough to decorate cookies they are also old enough to enjoy this project. With that age, though, it helps when parents are an involved part of the party - "helicoptering" strongly encouraged!
My Christmas Cookie Baking Party offered a healthy lunch first. Then it would be "okay" when the kiddies ate sprinkles by the handful for dessert. This time jelly beans by the pound were on the table, so again we opened with something wholesome to eat.
For the ladies I tried a recipe from a favorite blog, Hungry Happenings. I have admired this design for a long time. It was perfect for this occasion, and, like all Beth's recipes, simple to make from clear, step-by-step, photographed directions. She posts frequently and offers a wide range of cute, seasonal food treats, many perfect for grandmothers who want to impress the kids! I think you'll like this blog too! http://www.hungryhappenings.com/
Anyway, the carrot shaped bread cones are stuffed with egg salad. Next year, for the grand kids, I am going to make Beth's Taco Meat Teddy Bear, except I will turn it into a bunny.
|I added a skewer of fruit chunks to the carrots, topped off with a pink "Peep". |
And this week, my grocery store had GIANT, organic parsley. Perfect!
I served the kids' lunches "Hoppy Meal" style. Each handmade bag contained a little egg salad slider, fruit, and string cheese. See the chubby little carrots?...bottles of spring water in 8 ounce size wrapped in tissue! But never mind the food! The best part of any "Hoppy Meal" is the toy inside. This time it was a cute little set of mini-markers and an Easter notepad. These kept the kiddies busy while moms and aunties finished their own lunches.
Once the table was cleared, out came a selection of little houses, bowls of pastel icing, and the best part....lots and lots and lots of little candies to decorate with...and, of course, to nibble away at!
"Once upon a time little Goldilocks inspected a large gingerbread house,
but said, 'No! Not this one! It is way too big for little me!'"
"Then she took a closer look at a medium-sized gingerbread house
but declared, 'No! This one is way too medium for little me!'"
"Finally, she found a very, very, teeny, tiny, wee little mini-mouse of a house,
and exclaimed, 'Yay! This one is JUST RIGHT for cute little me!'"
And that is the story of how "Goldilocks Brielle" found the perfect little bunny house to decorate for herself!
She was joined by her cousins:
And Mommy and Aunt "DeeDee"......(pictured)
Aunt Mary Jo was here too, of course!
Every-bunny was busy...not a single "peep" while we worked...or, in the case of Bree...."nibbled"!
Outside, it was a pretty dreary day...but inside? Oh my! Nothing but sunshine!
Time for finishing touches. Hop right to it!
And, if you have frosting on your lips....well....you've probably been eating it too!
Mary Jo made this one.
Love the jelly bean "stone" roof!
Baby bunnies will live in this teeny tiny little place that "Goldilocks" fashioned just for them!
Aunt "DeeDee" decorated with little chick and bunny shaped candy and large jelly bean accents.
Below, four of the homes ready for occupancy!
No one but grandma and the new resident bunnies has seen everything assembled into this perfect little village. Every-bunny else will see it for the first time next Sunday, at Easter dinner. But for now, the bunnies seem very happy....and that is all that matters!
I think I will repeat this project again in a few years. When the kids are older I will have them make tiny houses, one for each guest at Easter dinner. When it's time for dessert, they can present them on small plates, nestled in a bed of edible Easter grass. We'll probably upgrade, too, from "Peeps" to some very nice chocolate bunnies. I suppose we could use the tiny houses as place cards, too....lots of possibilities. Except, I should probably warn you....proceed with caution on your construction plans, lest you, too, are unexpectedly visited by the fearsome "Bunny Village Building Inspector"!
P.S. I think there's something wrong with my computer! Spell Check keeps telling me that "every-bunny" is not a word! What's the matter with those Peeps?