Easter party ideas for an unforgettable spread the kids will love.
White chocolate-dipped Pretzel Sticks
You can use this technique for coating cookies, too. Just insert a lollipop stick before dipping cookie in melted chocolate. Alternatively, you can try double-dipping first in white chocolate, let it set, and then dip the cookie or pretzel stick halfway in dark chocolate. Decorate as desired.
Makes approx. 20 pretzel rods
Prep and cool time: 25 minutes
Cook time: approx. 5 minutes
2 (12-ounce) bags white chocolate chips (or 1 bag each white chocolate chips and semisweet chocolate chips, divided)
1 Tablespoon butter-flavored Crisco (optional)
1 package large pretzel rods (about 20)
1. Decorations of your choice: colored sugar, small candies, Jimmies, nonpareils, a drizzle of melted chocolate or drizzle of colored white chocolate, etc.
2. On stovetop over medium heat, carefully melt chocolate (and Crisco, if using) in a double boiler or in a metal bowl over a pan of water.
3. When melted, put the chocolate into a tall, heatproof mug. Dip each pretzel rod in chocolate, moving the mug as needed, leaving ¼ uncoated.
4. Let excess chocolate run off and then add decorations, if using.
5. To drizzle melted chocolate, use a zip-top bag with a small hole in one corner. Fill with melted chocolate and turn pretzel as you drizzle chocolate on top.
6. Place dipped pretzels on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
7. Place baking sheet in the refrigerator. Once chocolate is firm (about 20 minutes), remove from sheet and serve. Display in jars or vases filled with candies or jellybeans.
Lollipop Peep®s Patch
Try this easy idea for offering edible treats at your party:
• Wrap a Styrofoam™ square with burlap and secure with hot glue; top with dried moss.
• Put treats such as Peeps and Oreo cookies on lollipop sticks and place into the foam.
• Use flower-shaped candies to create another dimension to this spring display.
Printed Sugar Cookies
Many bakeries and online vendors offer edible photo cookies. You provide the image, and they create the finished cookies. If you think you’d like to do this more than a few times, you might want to consider setting up a designated printer for this purpose. You’ll purchase food-grade edible ink cartridges and frosting sheets. Designating a printer will keep you from having to change cartridges and clean your everyday printer after making printed frosting sheets.
For the most versatile option, purchase sheet cake-sized printable frosting sheets; you can then cut them to size as needed. Frost the top of the sugar cookie (your favorite recipe or store bought), lightly place cut-to-fit printed sheet on top of frosting and press gently but firmly to adhere. Pipe frosting trim around the image to give the cookie a finished look.
Easter Egg Hunt Tips
It’s fun to hide colored eggs—the prize being a filled basket or bucket. Try these fun ideas, too:
• Use plastic colored eggs and fill with a prize ticket that corresponds to a special prize-filled basket. Use numbers or color codes on a little note inside that tell winners where to find their goodies.
• Fill prize baskets with bottles of bubbles decorated with colored paper or stickers, colored sidewalk chalk, Easter-themed toys such as rubber duckies, etc.
• Surprise older kids when they find hand-dyed eggs with a coin or money attached.
By Hillary Black
Photography and Styling by Rebekah Dempsey, A Blissful Nest