Just because Easter may look a little different this year, that doesn’t mean that we need to forgo it altogether. It’s officially Spring, the sun is starting to shine, and the flowers and trees have started to bloom. So with Easter just around the corner, this is the perfect time to get inspired and a little creative after the lull of winter. Everyone thinks of Christmas as the biggest and most colourful holiday, and to some extent it is, but you can also make Easter into such a fun and bright time where you can also create traditions with your family that last a lifetime!
Chocolate. Chocolate. And more chocolate. Isn’t this usually what we think of when it comes to Easter? Particularly food-wise? While this may be the traditional Easter treat, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get the apron and rolling pin out to shake things up a bit in the kitchen and make some delicious homemade goodies of your own!
A creamy vanilla cheesecake would be the perfect post-Easter Sunday meal dessert, and you don’t even have to be the best baker in the world! Or even average. Why not try a no-bake cheesecake that’s topped with Cadbury’s mini eggs and other chocolate treats that the children in the family will love to decorate with (and then devour).
You could also make some buttery shortbread biscuits in the shapes of chicks, eggs and bunnies, and speaking of bunnies, a classic carrot cake is sure to go down a treat and is the perfect cake to serve in Spring. The great thing about making your own desserts at home is that you can see how much sugar you are using and can use healthier alternatives – and the best thing is that the kids won’t even know the difference!
But of course what would be Easter without SOME chocolate? This doesn’t mean that you need to make a mad shopping trip down your local supermarket, however. Now that we are spending more time at home, you can buy your Easter goodies online from the comfort of your own home. Chocolatiers such as Hotel Chocolat will make sure that luxury, good quality chocolate is delivered straight to your doorstep. Use the Hotel Chocolat discount code and don’t miss out.
Easter is the perfect time to get your creative and artistic juices flowing! Painting or dyeing and decorating eggs are one of the most traditional Easter arts and crafts activities, and with good reason. Whether you are decorating a real hard-boiled egg, or a wooden or clay equivalent, they can be kept and passed down for generations to come. You can also use them in Easter egg hunts, place them in Easter baskets and decorate the home and are so simple and inexpensive to make.
For the easy peasy version, place several eggs in a saucepan, fill with cold water and bring to boil. Leave the eggs to boil for roughly 10-12 minutes and then place them in cold water. Once cooled, the fun part starts. Fill several cups with water and add a different coloured food dye into each. Gently place the eggs into the cups until the dye takes effect and remove to dry off. You will then have the perfect base to decorate your multi-coloured eggs further, and the options are endless – use anything that you have lying around the house including glitter, tye-dye, pens and markers, paints and even string!
If painting eggs aren’t your thing, then why not create an easter bunny and chick bunting to drape around the house or make the kids work for their treats and create an egg pinata filled with chocolates. You can find hundreds of different craft ideas on Pinterest, including chick pom poms and felt bunny bags. Pick one, and you can turn this into a yearly tradition that the kids will love and look forward to every Easter.
Decorate the house
With Spring in full bloom, Easter is the perfect time to do a spring clean and to fill your house with beautiful flowers and greenery to breathe some life into the home and bring nature indoors. Aside from dotting the usual spring daffodils and tulips around your rooms, you could also make a spring centrepiece a few weeks before, which you can then place on the dinner table come Easter Sunday. This way, you will get the most out of it for longer!
If you can’t think of any ideas for your spring centrepiece, why not create an Easter egg tree with the kids? Thought that trees are only for the holiday season? Think again. You can make and decorate a tree for just about any seasonal holiday. Like the Christmas tree, the Easter egg tree also comes from Germany, who have long held the tradition of decorating trees and bushes with Easter eggs. Go on a family hike and collect some branches for the main structure of your tree. Willow branches with their soft cotton petals are traditionally associated with Easter decorations, but any branches will do. If you are feeling particularly creative, you could paint the branches white, or any pastel spring shade, to give it some extra flair and colour.
You could also use fake flowers and branches instead. There are many great quality ones available now that look just like the real thing, so no one will ever be able to tell the difference.
Assemble the branches into a jar or vase of choice and send the children to go out collecting for pebbles to weigh your tree down. Attach some small pieces of ribbon to your Easter decorations of choice using a glue gun, and decorate the branches with your new freshly painted eggs and pom poms! You kids will be so proud of contributing to the centrepiece, and it will add the perfect colourful, and personal touch, that your living room or kitchen needs.