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Easter Crafts, Food, Basket Ideas & Tips
Happy Easter! Whether you need ideas for Easter crafts, festive foods, adult gifts or holiday baskets, I've got it all covered in this article. As it happens, Easter is one of my favorite holidays!
Traditionally Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus the 3rd day after his crucifixion according to the Christian faith. Early in the church, there was some controversy surrounding the Easter celebration. However today, Easter is a prominent celebration in the Christian community.
Like many Christian celebrations, Easter has become a day of celebration and feasting for Christians and non-Christians alike. It has been greatly commercialized with the introduction of Easter baskets, chocolates, jelly beans and greeting cards. All of the Easter stuff available can be a bit overwhelming. So as you celebrate Easter this year, I hope that some of the ideas in this lens will make it a little less stressful and much more fun!
Easter Basket Ideas
What kid (or adult for that matter) doesn't like getting a big basket of goodies on Easter morning? Since I am a chocoholic, Easter baskets and big solid chocolate bunnies are a hit with me. Easter baskets are best when they are tailored to the specific interests and age of the child or adult. So keep that in mind even if you choose to buy an Easter basket online.
For children, my friends and I have found that the most well-received gift baskets are kids gifts that incorporate both candy as well as little toys, clothes, movies or books. Below I've outlined my top picks for books and movies from Amazon.com. Both of these items make great basket 'stuffers'. Depending on the child's age, adding some lip gloss and hair bands are terrific in baskets for little girls. While Matchbox type cars and trucks are a fun addition to boys baskets. Coloring books, crayons, sidewalk chalk, high bounce rubber balls, play doh mixed with chocolate bunnies, peeps and other traditional candies are well received no matter what the child's gender.
If your adult children are away at college or your grandchildren live across the country, your best bet is to buy Easter baskets and gifts online. Web sites make it easy and quick to buy the gifts and get them shipped directly to your kids or grand kids.
Great Easter Books on Amazon
These books are great stand-alone Easter gifts for your kids or grandchildren or buy them to tuck into your homemade Easter bunny baskets. Either way, the kids will love them!
Easter Egg Decorating Tips - Here's A Little Inspiration!
Decorated Easter egg collage courtesy of DessertLover2010 at Flickr
Dying and creating Easter eggs can be a fun project whether you are an adult or a kid. Here are some photos for inspiration along with some tips on creating one-of-a-kind eggs. I LOVE the bug hug in the upper right corner!
First of all, you must have hard-boiled eggs to use for the dying process. Place a dozen eggs in a very large saucepan and cover them completely with COLD water. Bring the water to a rolling boil over medium heat. Immediately reduce the heat to low and simmer eggs for 9 minutes. Remove from heat and drain the eggs being careful not to crack them. Cover the eggs again with cold water to stop the cooking process until the eggs are completely cooled. Remove from water and dry eggs completely prior to decorating. You have several options for creating unique Easter eggs.
1) Buy a Decorating Kit (e.g. Paas) - this of course is the easiest method. Many come with stickers and other embellishments.
2) Make your own dye by combining about 1 TBSP food coloring with 2 tsp. vinegar and a 1/4 cup boiling water. You can create very unique colors by making your own dye. Be sure to cool completely before dipping eggs.
3) To make patterns on your eggs, use coloring crayons to make patterns or wrap the eggs with rubber bands. You could also use masking tape on the eggs to create patterns. When you dip the eggs in the dye, the wax crayon lines, masking taped areas and the areas where there are rubber bands will not be colored.
4) After dying the eggs, use things like ribbon, glitter, stickers, confetti or other small items to adorn the eggs. Just use craft glue to put them on. You could also use markers to draw patterns or polka dots on the eggs.
5) Create a marbled effect on the eggs by dying them in a solution 1 TBSP vinegar, 1 TBSP cooking oil, and 1 tsp. food color. Put the solution in a cup and drop the egg in the solution. Remove quickly to achieve a marbled looking egg.
Easter Movies on Amazon
Easter Craft Ideas For Kids
Easter Crafts image from Flickr
Your kids will be hopping for joy when they are making fun Easter crafts. Above I've included a photo collage for inspiration and there are many websites on the internet that have great Easter craft ideas including FamilyFun.com and Crafts.Kaboose.com
If you want to try doing a craft beyond coloring Easter eggs with the kids, how about having them make something that they can wear on Easter day with the family. Ideas include a set of bunny ears easily made from construction paper and custom fit to the child's head, a bunny hat, or an Easter bonnet made from an adorned paper plate.
Another option is to create some chicks, bunnies or other critters from things like felt, pipe cleaners, glue, feathers, etc. Many people use small Styrofoam balls from the craft store and use them as the center portion and then let the kids choose other embellishments to create their very own critter.
Bags, pails and baskets can easily be converted into hippity hoppity bunny creations by using standard construction paper, foam, felt, markers and crayons (along with a little glue and scissors of course).
Finally, crafts that focus on the religious aspect of the holiday are a fantastic choice. Foam cross pins, necklaces with beads and greeting cards featuring a cross design are a great way for you to incorporate your religious beliefs easily into craft projects.
Cookies - Cakes - Cupcakes
Brighten up your Easter table with a fun and festive dessert that ties in perfectly with the celebration. Whether you choose to make a classic carrot cake or a creative bunny cake, your guests are sure to be impressed. Some ideas are shown in the photos below.
To create the classic bunny cake, you would use 2 - 8" or 9" round cake pans (one for the face and the other one with 2 curved cuts to create the bow and ears). Decorate it with colored coconut and candy to obtain a festive look.
Photo Courtesy of DessertLover Easter Desserts at Flickr
For a really easy dessert, use cake mix to make a batch of cupcakes. Then, frost each one and sprinkle them with colored coconut. Add a peeps bunny or chick to finish them off.
Create the Easter cookies by using refrigerated store bought cookie dough or make your own dough and then use festive Easter cutter to create fun shapes like bunnies and chicks. Frost or decorate with colored sugars.