Alice in Wonderland
Every Easter Sunday, after church service, my family and friends gathered at my Grandma's house for an Easter party. Each year the party had a different theme, but there would always be food, games and an Easter egg hunt for the kids.
This year, my cousins answered the door dressed as the Mad Hatter and Alice from Lewis Carol's Alice in Wonderland. They lead us to the backyard where the party was. Next to the buffet table were cut-outs of the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit. There were a few other guests sitting at the tables under a white tent, eating brunch. My dad handed a plate to my brother and I and then our parents got in line behind us. The buffet had everything: Scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit salad, waffles, sliced strawberries, muffins, bagels, cold cuts and cheese for sandwiches, potato salad and buttered rolls. The tables were covered in pastel linens of every shade and the centerpiece on each depicted other characters or things from the story. The centerpiece on our table was a pink flamingo.
After brunch, Grandma called all the children over to the cut-out of the White Rabbit to explain the rules for the Easter egg hunt. She gave a straw basket to each child with a different colored bow tied to the handle. The rules were simple: We were only to pick up eggs matching the color of our ribbon so everyone was sure to get their share and parents could only help their kids find the eggs if the child was under six years old. Once everyone understood the rules we ran off to find the eggs. My color was purple and I found lots of hard-boiled eggs in this color, but also some plastic eggs filled with candies, small toys and even money! One dad video taped the hunt while my mom and several other parents took lots of pictures of all the kids having a great time looking for the eggs hidden all over the yard. I found lots of eggs and goodies and so did everyone else. No one felt left out, not even my littlest cousin, Jeremy.
After the egg hunt, a colorfully dressed clown told silly stories from our suggestions, painted faces to look like animals and made amazing and gigantic bubbles for us to chase and pop. She was a lot of fun. The grown-ups had fun watching us or playing a game of croquette on the lawn. My mom won a prize playing croquette! Of all Grandma's Easter parties I liked this one best and hope next year's is as much fun as this one was.