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Family-Friendly Easter Celebrations

by Cindy

by: Caitlin Murphy

 

It’s the beginning of April: the sun is beginning to shine again, flowers are peeping out from the ground, and Easter is upon us. But with the coronavirus still looming, most people are being kept to the confines of their home this weekend. However, this should by no means spell the end for festivities. Here is our guide to celebrating Easter at home.

Activities

Now if you’re a parent, your biggest question is probably: How do my kids have fun this Easter without them burning the house down? Here are some activities to help stem the mayhem.

Chocolate nests 

Easy (although a bit messy) and not needing any bake time, get into the Easter spirit by making little chocolate nests to put candy eggs in.

Pin the Tail on the Bunny

A fun variation on Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Room Mom Rescue’s blog has a great printable version for 8.5x11 inch paper that can be taped together.

Egg Race

All you need for this game is some eggs (preferably plastic or chocolate to prevent messes) and a large wooden spoon. Whoever gets to the end of the hall or lawn first without dropping their egg wins. This simple game should help your kids burn off some of that excess candy energy.

Online Story Apps

Storytime is always a good solution to help your kids settle down and these apps can connect them with missing parents or grandparents, combining webcam technology with electronic books. Some apps include: Readeo, Ustyme, Kindoma Storytime, and Storybird (this app is great for collaborating with kids to create your stories). Most of these are available on either Apple or Microsoft products.

Handmade Easter Baskets 

Easter is just as much about the basket as it is about eggs and bunnies. Crafting your own is a great and fun alternative to the normal woven basket you get at a store.

White Chocolate Easter Egg Candies

This is a fun alternative to normal egg dying and a tasty treat afterwards!

Bunny and Chick Egg Cartons

Spring Chicks Egg Carton Craft

Make some Easter-themed crafts out of those old egg cartons that you have left over!

Handmade Playdough 

Although not the most “Easter” themed idea on this list, this is still a fun and easy activity that uses common ingredients you can find in your kitchen cabinets (some even use peanut butter and Kool Aid!). Just be careful that your kid doesn’t like one of these recipes too much.

Meals

Cooking any ordinary meal can be challenging. This can make the concept of preparing a holiday feast feel downright daunting, especially when you don’t have relatives bringing dishes potluck style. Below are menu ideas for brunch, dinner/lunch and dessert that are quicker and easier to make so that you don’t spend the whole day slaving away in the kitchen. That way you’ll have time to put on your Easter best, turn on the webcam and share your meal with relatives online!

Brunch

French Toast Casserole 

This recipe takes everything you love about French toast and makes it into the perfect breakfast casserole. The nice thing is that it can be prepared and refrigerated overnight, so all you have to do in the morning is throw it in the oven!

Cloud Eggs 

Who says you need to do the same old scrambled eggs or omelet? Quick and easy, these are perfect to make with kids.

Fruit Kebabs

If you don’t have the time to whip up something fancy, a kebab is a great way to liven up your fruit bowl. Any leftover fruit can also be used for dinner or dessert. 

Lunch/Dinner

Pasta with Cream, Peas and Ham

Although an Easter staple, cooking a whole ham for only your household may not be worth the hassle. A small boneless ham works perfectly for this recipe. By letting the sauce slowly condense (basically, evaporate) with the ham, you’ll achieve a nice ham flavor in this dish.

Green Beans 

The brown sugar glaze and little bacon wrap make your green beans into cute little bundles.

Honey Glazed Carrots

This is dish not only adds a nice spot of color to your meal, but is a great way to get your kids interested in eating vegetables.

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Healthy and easy to make, salads are a must for Easter dinner.

Dessert:

Chocolate Fondue

 

This recipe doesn’t need a fondue machine – just some pots and a can-do attitude!

Peepsie Treats

Give rice crispy treats a festive twist by using Peeps instead of marshmallows!

Strawberry Shortcake Lasagna 

Enjoy shortcake without the hassle of baking! Once you’ve prepared all the layers, you’ll just need to refrigerate it for several hours or overnight before serving.

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Have a craving for cake but want to avoid all that butter? Olive oil can work as a great substitute, making your cake moister and adding a fruity aroma.

Easter is a time that people come together to celebrate the arrival of spring and the change that comes with it. And this year, there has been a significant change in how we live our day-to-day lives. But it is precisely because of this change that makes it all the more important remember just how precious life is. Easter is not just a time to eat and travel, but also a way to share the joy of living with the people we care about the most.

Happy Easter from Anschutz Public Relations xo

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