EastOver Planning

One of the best parts of marrying Alex was that he came with a different faith/religion/point of view. Neither of us are very religious -- my family celebrated the major Christian holidays, but didn't subscribe to much of the dogma of religion, and Alex was Jewish enough to be bar mitzvah'd but again, isn't much into attending services, or getting too deep into the confines of faith. {Oh, who am I kidding? He spent about 5 minutes today in the Starbucks drive through line yelling about how the concept of heaven makes no sense to him. "Is heaven just like, full of 84-year-olds? Do you get to pick what age you wanna be when you get there, or do you have to be the age you are when you die forever?!" Literally just screaming at me. So seriously, if anyone has the answers to this, holler.}

What we both enjoy about being an interfaith couple is the cultural elements. To me, that translates as an excuse to party. And since we've lived together, I've been REALLY into hybrid holidays. Lots of people are familiar with Christmakah {thanks Seth Cohen!}, but have you heard of EastOver? I'm preeeeeetty sure that I've invented this holiday, but I know, at the same time, that Easter and Passover usually fall in the same week because they most likely stem from a pagan springtime celebration {again, if anyone wants to back me up, holler right atcha girl}.

Themes of renewal, togetherness, and awakening are common in both celebrations... and there's even cute animals for both holidays -- lambs, bunnies, and chicks -- and a hunt for something: eggs or afikomen. Seriously, it's same dang holiday.

I won't claim to be an expert of either religious, but I am an expert at EastOver. The staples of our celebration are as follows:

- mangochewitz -- a sangria-like punch featuring manischewitz wine, mango lemonade, rum, and cut fruit
- Matzo ball soup
- Deviled eggs
- An extremely sacrilegious Seder plate {see below}
- An afikomen + egg hunt 
- Me wearing my best spring outfit
- Spending time with friends + lots of laughter

This year, EastOver is going to be a much more slimmed down celebration given the fact that we are closing on our house the day before the party. I'm hopeful that we'll be able to have friends over to our empty house to raise a glass of mangochewitz on the porch and celebrate spring together!


As soon as we had decided that we didn't want to skip EastOver this year on account of being mid-move, I ran over to Target and spent about twenty bucks in the dollar spot on some essential party supplies.


I got a couple of these cute ceramic egg shaped plate sets. They'll be perfect for setting out the deviled eggs on this year since my vintage milk glass and gold tone egg platter is still in storage in LA. In future years, maybe well have a more formal EastOver meal and I'll use these at the place settings.


I couldn't find proper disposable soup bowls at Target, so I bought these white paper to-go half pint cups with lids on Amazon, and added these gold bunny stickers from the dollar spot. I love that they come with lids because I have a nasty habit of making twenty two thousand gallons of matzo ball soup and this way, our guests can take some home for later too.


I tried really hard, but I couldn't walk away from these cute straws! How fun will these be to drink a mangochewitz with?!


I love these bunny place card holders, which I plan on using to label the offerings, and save for future years to use for table numbers or escort cards. This cupcake sized cake stand is something I'm hoping to use for years to come for birthday celebrations -- how cute would a first birthday smash cake be on this thing?! {#notpregnant} -- but for EastOver, I think I'm going to make one of those extra tall tin can cakes to display on this... if I'm feeling ambitious.

Just because we are keeping it simple doesn't mean I skipped on the essentials from the dollar spot. We are, however, skipping the sacrilege seder plate, but if you want to offend someone this Passover...

My favorite Seder plate --

Zeroa: 
Traditional: lamb shank bone
My version: lamb meatballs

Beitzah:
Traditional: hard boiled egg
My version: deviled eggs {seems very easter to me! A perfect mash up!}

Maror:
Traditional: bitter herb, horseradish
My version: horseradish hummus and pita

Charzeret:
Traditional: romaine lettuce
My version: Caesar salad

Charoset:
Traditional: apples, wine, and cinnamon
My version: I don't mess with the classic. It's Alex's favorite

Karpas:
Traditional: onion or potato
My version: bacon wrapped potato. {I don't know, is it super rude to put bacon on our Seder plate or is this just a way of embracing a ham-adjacent product and looping in easter??}

In any case, I think this seder plate is a fun way to turn a tradition into a meal and link one celebration with another to make a even bigger one!

I'll be sure to share photos from our slimmed down EastOver celebration less than one week from now!

XO,
Annika

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