23 Apr

Fresh Carrots, Easter Baskets, & Pysanky Eggs

Fresh Carrots, Easter Baskets, & Pysanky Eggs

This Easter party/workshop sent in by Sharon of Sharon Taylor Designs looks like such a fun event! Party + creativitywhat’s not to love, right?! The workshop was held at Pickwick House {based in Springfield, Missouri} and featured Easter themed tutorials by Sharon and guest artist Katie Kring.

Some of my favorite aesthetic details include the fabulous use of fresh carrots to adorn the chiavari chairs and crystal chandelier, and the way the pre-sketched eggs {which would be later utilized in Katie’s tutorial} were displayed at each guests’s place setting on beautiful oversize silk bows. You could definitely do the same thing with pre-decorated eggs for any beautiful Easter brunch or nesting-themed baby shower!

Fresh Carrots, Easter Baskets, & Pysanky Eggs

Read on for more lovely images and creative details…

Fresh Carrots, Easter Baskets, & Pysanky Eggs

Fresh Carrots, Easter Baskets, & Pysanky Eggs

Fresh Carrots, Easter Baskets, & Pysanky Eggs

Fresh Carrots, Easter Baskets, & Pysanky Eggs

Fresh Carrots, Easter Baskets, & Pysanky Eggs

Fresh Carrots, Easter Baskets, & Pysanky Eggs

Fresh Carrots, Easter Baskets, & Pysanky Eggs

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Sharon

Pickwick House is a design house of interior and event design. We host regular workshops/classes that focus heavily on customized/personalized style. In April’s workshop, I demonstrated how to create pretty embellishments for an “urban-cottage” Easter basket, and guest artist, Katie Kring, showed the inspiring history behind behind pysanky artistry for eggs. Katie also demonstrated a how-to on making a simple pysanky eggs {a custom from the Ukraine}.  Then, each guest chose a basket to purchase and filled their baskets with unique, one-of-a-kind items that were exclusively made by local artists for this event.

Hors’ d’oeuvres included: cucumber sandwiches, coconut cupcakes, and iced mint-lemon tea served in vintage punch bowl cups.

Each class participant’s place setting included:
*one of my taylor-made oversize bows made with strips of raw silk and antique brooches {the tutorial egg was placed on top of bow for a strikingly sweet effect on their favors}.  These bows were later used to adorn the baskets each guest went home with. The bows were multi-purpose as well…they could be worn as lapel pins.
*One duck egg that Katie collected from her ducks that she raises on her farm.  She prepared these ahead of time {blew out the yokes and sketched each one with unique designs}
* stylus {known as a kistka)
* beeswax
* candle
* pencil and paper for note-taking
* cupcake {hors’ d’oeuvre}
* Each chiavari chair was embellished with a homegrown carrot {so simple and sweet}
* Chandelier was also embellished with the carrots
* Small side table was covered in white craft paper and used for dying the eggs.  Mason jars held the beautiful dyes.

Easter Basket Table Included Choices of:
*Three different colored grass stuffings displayed in an antique hardware box
*baskets and galvanized pails {painted a strip of chalkboard paint on the side to add a customized touch for personalizing with a child’s name}in all shapes and sizes
*personalized Easter cards
*Urn filled with extra-large raw-silk bows

Specialty Items for Easter Basket-Filling:
Lavender Potted Centerpieces placed in Vintage Punch Bowls with 12 cups, Yarn-knit wreaths, Millie Dolls, Oversized ribbons made of strips of raw silk and antique brooches {these were demonstrated by me}, Naturally-flavored jellybeans w/customized wrappings and flowers, Truffles & Chocolate Bunnies made locally, Vintage Labeled Candies, Wooden Toys/yo-yos for, Hand-made Headbands, Metal and Wooden Children’s Gardening Tools, Madeline and Curious George Books, Colored Pencils wrapped in cute papers”

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VENDOR CREDITS:
– Event Design & Styling: Sharon Taylor Designs
– Photography: Adie Gately of Twin Town Studios
– Creative Assistance: Kendra Skinner of Lonie Mae
– Hors’ D’oeuvres: Tea Bar and Bites
– Music Played:  Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday

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Al SAYS:

These ideas are just wonderful! The colors are beautiful too. So many great things to do, in one post. Thanks very much for the inspiring info. http://www.skylarkmanor.com

Reply April 23, 2011 at 7:41 pm

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Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

Amazing looks like so much fun, love it

Reply April 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm

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heather cherie photography SAYS:

LOVE this!! :) lucky for me, Pickwick House is in the same town that I live in! :) great work, sharon!

Reply April 24, 2011 at 11:48 am

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Cute Everything SAYS:

What a lovely party! I wish I lived closer and could attend workshops like that!

Reply April 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm

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www.StarHughes.com SAYS:

First of all…those colored Easter eggs are incredible!!! I can’t imagine making such beautiful works of art! I also LOVE the carrots hanging on the backs of the chairs. These pictures were almost sensory overload for me, they are so cute! And I wish I saw this before I had my own Easter party (see http://www.StarHughes.com) – such cute ideas!

Reply April 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm

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