Throw a fun backyard bash with a classic storybook vibe that the kids are sure to love this Easter Sunday. Inspired by The Tale of Peter Rabbit, this party is the perfect backdrop for those sweet Easter outfits you’ve picked out for the children this year. With egg decorating, homemade buntings, DIY centerpieces, and special carrot-and-ranch snacks, this is one Easter bash that won’t be garden-variety.

In keeping with Easter Sunday traditions, this is one party fit for the outdoors! A manicured lawn, local park or community garden would all serve as ideal backdrops for a garden-inspired Easter party, which was inspired by Beatrix Potter’s classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. You can find decorating ideas for your party from Food Network here.

Kids and adults alike will love this sweet recipe for strawberry cupcakes. Top each one with a slice of fresh strawberry with the stem still attached, then pile the whole batch high on a multi-tiered cake stand for a bright and tasty focal point. These cupcakes will make your Easter Sunday memorable!

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Makes: 24
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 20 min.

Cooking spray
1 standard box plain white cake mix
One 3-ounce box strawberry-flavored gelatin
⅔ cup vegetable oil
½ cup frozen sliced strawberries in syrup, thawed
4 large eggs

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 cupcake pans with cooking spray.
2. With an electric mixer, beat the cake mix, gelatin, oil, strawberries and a ½ cup water until fully combined.
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
5. Let cool in the pan, and then remove before icing.
6. In a blender or food processor puree the butter, sugar and strawberries for the glaze until smooth. It may take a few minutes to come together.
7. Poke holes in the cupcakes with a toothpick, then spoon the icing over, allowing some of it to seep into the cake.
8. You can store the cupcakes, covered in the refrigerator, for up to 2 weeks.

Get more Easter recipes and ideas here. Recipe and photo courtesy of Food Network.com.