Our first neighborhood egg hunt was very successful despite the snow. (Our apologies to the kid looking for the white eggs. Oops.) We got lots of compliments on the idea and how it brought everyone together to spend time with one another and chat. I've always wanted to live in one of those neighborhoods where people hang out together all the time. This isn't that neighborhood YET, but I've realized that I can help to make it happen if I want to. Be the change you want to see in your neighborhood, one party at a time. That's a direct quote from Gandhi, people.*
*OK, maybe I tweaked it a bit, but I think that Gandhi would have loved a good block party.
Anyhoo, here's what I made... and please disregard the unsightly siding on my house. Superstorm Sandy did a number on it and it's been too cold to repaint. We are getting vinyl this summer, hopefully!
This was so much fun and I was very proud of my little economies. I tried to get variety by using some of the same ingredients in different ways. For example...
... I used one box of cake mix to make both cupcakes and cake pops. Cupcakes are topped with homemade buttercream (you can make a delicious ton with just 2 sticks of butter, some powdered sugar, and a splash of milk - it's super easy and you will get mad props from your peeps for making homemade frosting) and both cakes and pops use sprinkles from the dollar section at Target. Link to printables is posted below.
... and I used a bag of Oreos to make both Oreo truffles and Oreo pops, also topped with $1 sprinkles.
Plus I found a bag of cotton candy at the Dollar Tree and that filled a bowl nicely, also for a buck. Incidentally, the candy jar here and the fishbowl holding the Bunny Tails are also thrift store finds.
My most time-intensive treat was my parfaits in a jar. I loved the spoons tied to the jar with the same yarn used for the pennants. It was very practical because I didn't have to put out a separate container for utensils. Check out this post for details on how I made this treat: Parfaits in a Jar They were a big hit. I did notice that people were taking them home rather than eating them there, so if you make them yourself, be prepared to bid your jars adieu. The cake pedestal that holds them was an after-Easter-sale purchase at Target a few years ago.
The "Keep Calm and Peep On" free printable was found here: Peep On It wasn't quite 8x10, so I trimmed it and mounted on cardstock to fill it out. I popped the whole thing into a frame from Ollie's. I use this frame for a rotating series of seasonal art.