Friday, April 9, 2010

Our First Good Shepherd Garden Party

He is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

I originally intended to have our party tomorrow, but a last minute change of plans dictated that we have it tonight. Here is a quick peak at our spread with some closeups and notes following:
Please ignore the wrinkled tablecloth. I did.

First, a closeup of my new favorite Easter decoration...

Mini Shepherd's Pies 
Delicious! I followed the recipe... sort of. I left out the ketchup and used sauteed onion, celery, bell pepper and green beans for my veggies. Also, ground turkey instead of ground beef. Since I accidentally purchased the large buttermilk biscuits, I made mine in ramekins.

Shepherd's Crooks

Popcorn Sheep in the Sheepfold

Graham Cracker Gates
I let the kids assemble their own at the table. They really liked that!

Ewe and Ram Cupcakes
The rams were a last minute idea and I think they worked out alright. We used some caramel frosting we had on hand, but you could also use melted chocolate chips with a ziptop baggie for piping.

Wolf's Paw Cookies
Still couldn't find the Voortman's cookies so we substituted with Pepperidge Farm Tahiti. A hint... dip them, add the white chips and then pop them in the freezer to set up quickly.

The Lambswool punch can be seen in the pitcher in the top picture. It was very tasty and refreshing!

Don't forget to share your parties with all of us over at Catholic Cuisine on Monday!


  1. I love your new Easter egg. Gorgeous.

  2. Fun!! Everything turned out wonderful and I LOVE your new Easter Egg!

    In regards to tablecloths... You should see what happened to mine when I tried to get the wrinkles out... ;) Let's just say I should have ignored them too!

    Have a great weekend!

  3. It all looks delicious - thanks for sharing.

  4. I look forward to seeing all of the garden parties on Catholic Cuisine ... We had ours yesterday, and it was fun! Although because we're in a temporary housing situation, I'm lacking pretty bowls to put ingredients in. So, our peanut butter is in the jar, not a nice bowl. Oh well. That's not the most important part of this activity anyway, is it?! ;-)

    Oh, and your Easter egg is really pretty with your Alleluia letters!

  5. What an AWESOME party! :) (And it looks totally doable...) I promised my kids they could ahve a garden party with friends sometime before Pentecost.... I may have to try some of these..... :)

    (And the coloring sheets look good too-- Enough to let me get a load of laundry folded!)

  6. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your gifts. My family has been enjoying their Easter Celebration thanks to you and Jessica.

    Pax Christi - Lena

  7. I love how your rams turned out. And your mantle looks beautiful!

    Thank you so much for organizing all this with Jessica and making it available for us to join in the fun.

    God bless!


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