Easter Sunday was a big day around our house this year. My parents and Aunt Alice were visiting from Virginia and we had three family birthdays within a week and a half so we decided to celebrate with one big backyard party. Although we had a country ham stashed in the fridge, we decided to make life easy and host an Easter Brunch instead of a traditional Sunday dinner. (Better for the kids' schedules and faster to pull together.) So I sent my husband off to Noah's Bagels for coffee, bagels, smear, and balloons, while I popped the sausage and egg casseroles into the oven and hulled the strawberries we'd bought at the farmer's market the day before.
My mother and I baked a three tiered cake for my youngest daughter's first birthday and a miniature version for my husband. (My aunt had a birthday the following Sunday, which we celebrated with a strawberry pie at her request.) We had sixteen people helping us celebrate the day... including my cousin Walter, my husband's mother Jane, his brother Damian, some family friends, and our guest of honor, my daughter's best friend Maya.
As we tried in vain to lure one girl into loving the Elmo egg as much as the pink heart egg, I took solace in the fact that there was still a country ham awaiting us when things quieted down. Maybe not on Easter Sunday, but sometime soon. In my house, a country ham is a cause for celebration in and of itself and I looked forward to sharing my love for this ham with my daughter Annabel for the first time. Today was not that day. There was too much craziness and I didn't want the experience dulled by too much sun and slightly melted Easter chocolate. But that's a story for another day. In the end, a golden egg offered the necessary solace for the girl without the pink heart egg and all three girls were gloriously distracted by the ring of multi-colored peeps on Annabel's first birthday cake. When it was all over, I hardly remembered the party, but I'm pretty sure Annabel was unaware of the controversy and had a great first birthday, surrounded by people who love her.