1 Part of our Easter special was shot at the New York Botanical Gardens. We invited several children to take part in an egg hunt. We also invited the Easter Bunny, of course!
2 Fortunately, it was a beautiful sunny day. This is the outside of the conservatory.
3 The timing was perfect for this Easter shoot because NYBG's fabulous and colorful orchid had just opened.
4 This enormous 'chandelier' was composed of beautiful orchids.
5 Here I am admiring the dessert table.
6 Homemade marshmallo peeps and bunnies, coconut nest cupcakes, and a bunny cake - The natural moss was decorated with little toadstools for a craft store.
7 A closeup of the peeps, which were decorated with yellow sanding sugar
8 Another faux bois dessert table
9 Egg-shaped puff pastry with filled with lemon curd
10 Tartletts filled with pastry creme and topped with candied kumquat slices
11 Meringue eggs filled with orange curd
12 The cookie table
13 These sugar cookies are decorated with edible images printed by kopykake.com.
14 Kopykake printed these edible images from vintage cards that we sent them.
15 The iced cookies were made by sweetdanib.com/
16 And if that wasn't enough sweets, there was also a candy table!
17 Malted milk eggs
18 Candy-coated almonds
19 Pink Jelly Bellies
20 And orange ones, too
21 These cute paper candy cups came from vikingimporting.com
24 Eric Pike - our EVP Creative Director - oversees everything holiday in the company.
25 Kim Miller - VP and Executive Producer of the special discuss the next scene.
26 The children were thrilled to have an early Easter.
27 These lovely speckled eggs are resting in a pussy willow nest.
28 And this egg is upon selaginella greenery.
29 Nico found the golden egg and was very excited!
30 Sweet Penelope
31 Anna is happy with her find
32 All of the children were given wonderful baskets, including a sweet Steiff bunny.
33 Another part of the special was taped in my TV studio. My niece, Kristina Christiansen enters the set.
34 I was also joined by my niece, Sophie Herbert.
35 We decorated rhea, emu, and ostrich eggs.
36 Francesca and Sharkey had a lot of fun! The pink paint is a toned down Martha Stewart Home Depot color - One-part Peony mixed with two-parts white.
37 We also taped at the Ukrainian Museum and Library in Stamford CT.
38 I was sure to bring plenty of fresh eggs for this baking segment.
39 The kitchen staff mixing the yeast dough for Ukrainian paska
40 Here I am with Elizabeth Gardasz and Lubow Wolynetz in the kitchen of the Saint Basil Seminary with the beautiful paska dough.
41 Elizabeth showed me how to twist paska dough to form the decorations.
42 The decorations adorn the tops of the breads. They are held in place with wooden skewers during baking.
43 The finished breads are shiny and fantastic looking!
44 The paskas have a beautiful texture and a slightly sweet flavor.
45 This basket lined with a traditional Ukrainian embroidered cloth if filled with symbolic foods of Easter ready to be blessed, including kielbasa, horseradish root, beet and horseradish condiment, flavored butter, babka, Pysanky eggs, and the paska.
46 A lovely flower arrangement along with pysanky - Ukrainian decorated eggs
47 These cakes are the babkas.
48 A compote of naval oranges, cara cara oranges, and blood oranges
49 A platter of sliced kielbasa and an apricot mustard-glazed ham