Easter is hopping up around the corner and what better time than now to plan your Easter celebration. Making Easter a fun celebration is easy with just a little creativity and thinking outside of the “basket.”
Whether you’re trying to save money or just looking for a unique way to celebrate Easter, these tips are sure to please.
Make Your Own Egg Dye
Easter isn’t complete without some egg dying. This year, skip the artificial dyes and go all-natural. Richly colored fruits and vegetables can actually be used to create a dye for beautiful, soft shades ranging from yellow to lavender. To make yellow, simmer the peels of 6 oranges in 1 ½ cups of water for 20 minutes then add 2 teaspoons of vinegar. For lavender, simply mix 1 cup of grape juice with 1 tablespoon of vinegar..
Fill Eggs With Fun Surprises
Candy is great but if dealing with your little one’s sugar crash after they’ve gorged themselves on jelly beans isn’t your idea of fun, then try filling the kids’ plastic eggs with fun surprises other than candy. Stickers, lip balm, cute erasers, or any small toy that will fit into a plastic egg all make great fillers. Healthy snacks also make great fillers for plastic eggs. Granola, Goldfish crackers, or fruit snacks will all make tiny tummies happy. For the young at heart, fill eggs with money, mini bottles of alcohol, or movie tickets.
Try a Scavenger Hunt
Add a little excitement to Easter morning by planning a scavenger hunt for your kids to find their Easter basket. Write clues and place them in plastic eggs to lead your youngsters to their hidden basket. If writing clues isn’t your thing, try making an Easter treasure map to lead your kids around the house or yard to pick up treasure filled eggs with the final prize being their Easter basket.
Save Money (and Time) With a Potluck Meal
Cooking a full Easter meal for extended family and friends can be not only expensive but time consuming. Make life easier, and cheaper, by planning a potluck meal. The key to a successful potluck meal is to make sure everyone brings something different. Also, it’s best for the host to supply the main course, like a ham or roast, to make sure there’s a main event at the meal. Have more than one guest bring a side dish, an appetizer, and a dessert to ensure there’s a bit of everything.
Make Your Own Decorations
It doesn’t take much time or money to make your own unique Easter decorations. Marshmallow Peeps make surprisingly cute decorations and can be used in a number of ways. One of the cutest Peeps decorating tip is to add them to your floral centerpiece. Simply line a glass vase with Peeps bunnies then insert a smaller glass vase inside. Fill the inner vase with water and the flowers of your choice for a fun spring look.
Try one of these fun tips this Easter and who knows, you may start a new family tradition! Happy Easter!
– By Samantha B. Rivers, Editor