What’s not to love about Easter? We get time off to spend with friends and family and it’s usually a time of joy and relaxation. But if you’ve been tasked with hosting Easter Sunday’s celebrations this year, then you might be feeling the pressure. Here are some ways you can spend less time worrying — and more time enjoying — your family get-together.
Plan an Easter egg hunt
You might love the kids in your family and friends group but sometimes they can be disruptive, especially when they get bored. Pre-plan an Easter egg hunt to keep them entertained while the adults catch up.
If their parents are worried about their chocolate consumption, buy refillable egg cups. Check out the Eco Eggs sustainable range and fill them with straw and mini chickens, marbles or other small toys for a fun, chocolate-free, alternative.
Egg decorating station
The egg hunt will work for the younger kids, but what do you do to stop the older kids from running rampant? Create an egg decorating station for them.
Boil a dozen or more eggs, set up a table — outside, if the weather permits — and load it up with craft paints, paint brushes, glitter, smocks, and water so the kids can paint their own eggs as they please.
Choose a simple menu
When it comes to crafting a menu for the day, choose simple dishes which can either be cooked or at least partially prepared, the day before. We love this recipe for pull-apart cheese dampers from Taste for a quick and easy entree. And for a side, try this quick warm pumpkin salad dish. Prep the ingredients and chuck them in the fridge, then on the day, simply place the pumpkin in the oven to cook while you enjoy catching up with guests. When the time comes for mains, simply mix together and serve.
For a little extra — make your own home-made hot cross buns a few days before. You’re going to be toasting them, so it won’t matter if they’re not fresh from that day. As an added bonus, you can use them in a Baileys hot cross bun cocktail for a decadent treat for the adults.
Keep decorations simple
You don’t need to go too crazy with decorations, and with sustainability in mind, it’s a good idea to invest in decorations which can either be re-used or will last for years to come.
Check out these Oxfam Egg Hanging Decorations, handmade by the Warlukurlangu Artists from the Aboriginal-owned art centre in Central Australia. We also love these recycled Saris baskets which are perfect for a table centrepiece. Fill it with the eggs the older kids decorate and straw for the final touch.
Image source: Oxfam
If you follow these quick and easy tips, you’ll be all set to enjoy a restorative and joyful day with family and friends.