Easter is that time of year where you try to think of how to make it magical and memorable with the true meaning of the holiday. I am going to seek and find a variety of ideas that will make your Easter beautiful in every way.
Little Details that make holidays memorable: There are those little things that make you think of certain people in your life. My daughter has a grandma that has always made yummy, homemade braided bread for special times of the year. We thought it would be fun to make a braided bread basket and fill it with colorful eggs to remind us of special memories with her. We love her so.
Making special intentions this holiday will make Easter even more memorable. Whether you buy new easter clothes, a special ‘last supper’ meal or have a spiritual resurrection egg lesson, decide on a few little things to make this year special. It is all in the details of your day.
The Colors: Easter brings Spring and Spring is full of new growth, birth, green grasses, butterflies, flowers…there is color everywhere and after a stark winter, color is good. I love decorating my front porch with a fake green tree that is covered in silk butterflies to ring in the new color of Spring. My table is adorned with an arrangement of long, green grasses with fluttering butterflies and an Easter Lily. I have a long ribbon that I hung from my ceiling fan & clipped 7 various bright butterflies. Add a little color to your home.
Martha Stewart had some fun candy jars that were full of color that would be darling anywhere, especially a kitchen counter or table.
I also came across a fun paint chip garland idea. Umbrellas are always a fun addition to Spring.
Creative egg decorating: What about emoji eggs! What about covering eggs in fun stamps! What about fun tattoo eggs for kids! We LOVE the fake, white eggs that you can decorate and then keep from years to come. Chalk eggs are also a fun thing. There is also a white paint pen you could add fun designs to your brown or colored eggs. You could also do clear glue over plastic eggs and wrap them in thin yarn. Fine tip colorful sharpie markers can add all kinds of fun details to your eggs–add names, doodles, patterns, etc. You could also use nail polish that you have around the house to create fun patterns and designs. Washi tape is also a fun accent to add to eggs.
Fun for an Egg Hunt: What about putting confetti and a fun fortune in some plastic eggs for your kids to find. I also thought Disney Mini Tsum Tsum toys, mini pets, mini toys would be perfect to fit in eggs for the easter hunt. What about mini nail polish or $1 bills for teen age kids. It might be fun to put foam letters in the eggs that spell out fun words. A cute idea from kidsactivitiesblog suggested creating ‘Bunny Munny’ & have that in some of the eggs, so then the kids can buy items from the ‘Bunny Emporium.’ I LOVE doing glow in the dark egg hunts. We put glow sticks in the eggs with candy & the kids have a ball. Turn it into a scavenger hunt–ie:find four blue eggs, two chocolate eggs, 5 pink eggs, one striped, etc.
Fun Foods: I funny idea from country living–Hatching hard boiled eggs. What about easter basket cupcakes or the chef mix bird nests. Every year we buy the hostess snowballs and make bunny faces with paper ears, licorice whiskers, gumdrop or jellybean eyes. Deviled eggs are always a yummy treat, but who don’t you use your colored eggs to give them a little flare. There are lots of fun recipes out there to make the holidays fun!
Putting Jesus in the details: I have done the resurrection eggs which are wonderful. [there are DIY ideas & some great kits you can purchase on Amazon] I have also read different books each season that tie in Christ or the meaning of Easter [The Legend of the Sand Dollar, The story of the Easter Robin, The Legend of the Easter Egg, Benjamin’s Box to name a few] I also like thedatingdivas idea to have a Sunrise Breakfast on Easter to remember Jesus rising from the tomb. [they have 100 other ideas–a couple I added here that I liked–here is a link http://www.thedatingdivas.com/holidays/easter/100-ideas-for-a-christ-centered-easter/
I just came across a fun idea to take a nature walk with your family & look for specific items that coincide with special meaning of Easter–here is the link http://ourjourneywestward.com/the-easter-story-nature-club/
Here is a printable for a Good Friday Nature Walk from theunlikelyhomeschool
I also like the Resurrection Scavenger hunt idea from fancy shanty http://i1.wp.com/fancyshanty.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Resurrection-Scavenger-Hunt1.jpg
Celebrating Lent (Lent is a period of fasting, moderation, and self-denial traditionally observed by Catholics and some Protestant denominations. It begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. Many Catholics believe that giving something up for Lent is a way to attain God’s blessing.) I read someone’s idea of celebrating Lent (even if you are not Catholic) I like the idea of taking the full time or even if you had your family ‘sacrifice’ something for the week before Easter. Have everyone give up something [ie: TV, Sugar, Soda, Games, etc) for the week & have it symbolize remembering the sacrifices Jesus made for us.
Dye one egg Red (we always do the first one red by leaving it in the pink then the orange dye for a long time – I lived in Bulgaria for a while and that was the tradition there – the red represents death and the egg represents new life – great symbol of death and life coming together). -idea taken from powerofmoms.com
Service messages from happyhomefairy.com–Write phrases like “Jesus thinks you are Egg-ceptional!” or “You are Egg-stra special” with colorful chalk on someone’s driveway. Deliver a large chocolate bunny and deliver it to someone with a note that says, “No Bunny loves you like Jesus!” Drop an Easter Lily on someone’s doorstep with a note that says, “Joy comes in the morning…”-Psalm 30:5 She also has a whole Easter printable of “Joy Journey” activities you can do for Easter–I printed them & figured I could do our favorite 10 within the next week. I put each idea in a plastic egg & marked them with numbers. A fun way to put a little extra Easter spirit into the week ahead.
Science Experiment: Place a white carnation flower in a vase with water. Add a dozen drops of red food coloring to the water. Wait. The carnation will gradually take on the color of the dye. Read 1 Peter 1:18-19 and discuss how Jesus took our sins upon himself when He died on the cross. -happyhomefairy.com
Well, I hope these ideas get you thinking of ways to make this Easter full of JOY and I hope a feeling of LOVE will bloom all around you in everything you do.
-Peace to you. H