Easter Traditions

easter-decorations-1 If this is your first year hosting your family’s Easter dinner or you have been hosting it for years and you want to just get back to basics, this is the guide for you! Making sure you have enough activities for the children and enough food for the adults may seem daunting, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Keep in mind, you don’t have to do everything in our guide to make your Easter great—these are just some of the most common traditions and activities. Here are the basics of a great Easter day and dinner:

The Eggs

Dying Easter eggs is always one of the most fun parts of this holiday, especially for children. There are plenty of kits you can use to do this, which make it very, very easy to quickly make lots of different colors of eggs. They are very inexpensive, including one that is less than $2.00 in our store. If you don’t want to use a kit, there are lots of different ways you can dye your eggs. No matter which method you use, the most important and first step is to hard boil the eggs, especially if there are going to be children involved in the dying process, since the last thing you want to do is have to clean up a smashed, dyed, raw egg. Alternatively, you could always drain the eggs (by poking a hole in the top and bottom of the egg and blowing out the yolk and white), which makes it possible to keep the eggs—but also makes them more fragile. One of the simplest ways to dye Easter eggs without a kit is to use food coloring. Just mix a half cup of very hot water with a teaspoon of vinegar and at least ten drops of food coloring in a cup. The eggs will need to sit in the dye for at least five minutes. If you want to go an even more natural route, things like beets, onions, carrots, and coffee can all be used to dye your eggs. A quick, simple craft that makes very unique looking eggs is to fill a deep plate with shaving cream or whipped cream, drop food coloring onto the shaving cream, and then use a toothpick to swirl the food coloring and shaving cream together. Then, all you have to do is roll the hard boiled eggs in the shaving cream. After rolling, just let them sit in the cream until they have dried out a little bit. Then, rinse them off and you have eggs that look like they’ve been tie-dyed! However you dye your eggs, the kids will definitely have fun seeing the plain white eggs dyed different colors right before their eyes.

The Hunt

The Easter egg hunt is usually the highlight of the day for any and all kids who might be coming to your home for this holiday. Both the Easter eggs and the hiding is relatively easy, especially if there are only very young children joining the hunt. While you might not want to hide those freshly dyed Easter eggs anywhere in or around your home, plastic eggs that you can find at any party supply store, in the Easter decorations section, can be easily filled with candy and won’t start to rot or stink after a few weeks if the kids did not find it. Just fill the eggs with chocolates, candies, and maybe even little prizes, and then hide them around your house. Depending on the ages of the children who will be involved in the hunt, you might really take time to hide those eggs well (for older children), or just kind of set them around, barely in sight (for younger children). It is always useful to note how many eggs you hide so you can be sure that they’ve found them all. If you do not want any leftover, chocolate-filled eggs hiding in your home, a rudimentary map of the yard or house, noting where each egg is hidden, might be a useful precaution to take.

The Meal

The most traditional main dishes for an Easter meal are roast lamb or a glazed ham. What you ultimately want to make will depend entirely on your family and friends’ tastes, but you can almost never go wrong with a ham. What goes along with the ham is less traditional, though potatoes of some kind, along with rolls or bread, are often seen on an Easter table. Desserts are as easy as cookies or cake (vanilla or white cake can easily be dyed pink, yellow, or green with a few drops of food coloring). The kids will likely have had so much candy they will not be in need of more sugar!

The Decorations

Unlike Halloween or Christmas, only a few people decorate their homes for Easter. If you want to add some more fun and flair to your celebrations, look for Easter decorations in our shop. Alternatively, you can always make some decorations by hand. The dyed eggs, in little eggs stands or set in empty candle pedestals are a great way to display your children’s hard work and make the house look a little more festive. Paper eggs, made from construction paper and decorated with markers, sequins, or bric-a-brac can be hung on walls. A “Happy Easter” sign is always in order and will look great hung on a mantle or over your doorway.

The Bottom Line

Easter should be about spending time with your loved ones—not about stressing out over a meal or perfect table settings or Easter decorations. Pick just one or two activities during the day and simplify your dinner menu, so you aren’t so overwhelmed with tasks that you can’t actually spend time with your family and friends.

10 Easy Ways to Decorate for Easter

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Whether or not you celebrate the religious aspects of Easter, this holiday is a great time to gather your family together, have a great meal, and put together an egg hunt for the kids. There’s nothing more fun for kids than searching your home for candy-filled eggs and treats! If you want to make your Easter celebrations truly special, putting up a few simple decorations is the best way to make your home reflect the holiday. Especially if you are also making a big dinner for the entire family, you might not want to spend the whole day before or afternoon of decking out the house in green and pink streamers.

Even if you are planning on buying most of your decorations from a party supply store, accenting those Easter decorations with a few handmade touches will personalize what could otherwise be generic décor. That’s why we’ve put together these ten easy ways to decorate without breaking the bank:

1. Make leaves from scrapbook paper.

Whether for a beautiful leafy garland or to decorate a blank wall, scrapbook paper in various patterns and shades of pink, green, and white are easy to make. All you need is a pair of scissors and a pencil! After drawing and cutting out one leaf, use it as a template for the rest of your leaves. This is even a task you could assign to the kids! Tape them to a piece of string like pennants or glue them to branches and stick them in a vase for a unique centerpiece.

2. Don’t forget about flowers.

If your tulips, daisies, or pansies have bloomed by Easter, sending the kids out to cut a few flowers for vases will bring some of the beauty of nature into your home, without having to buy expensive arrangements from the store. Your flowers will be fresher and more beautiful than flowers that have been sitting in a cold case for two days.

3. Make a special table runner.

While a tablecloth might not be an essential part of your table setting, a table runner is a great way to add a little more flair to your table. An easy way to dress up a cheap, white fabric table runner is with some binding and ruffle lace, in coordinating Easter colors. All you have to do is lay the binding over the edge of the runner, and then lay the ruffle lease beneath it. Then, just sew a single straight stitch through everything.

4. Fill mini baskets with candy for cute table settings.

If you’re hosting dinner and not the egg hunt, that doesn’t mean you can’t still give your guests an Easter basket and a little candy. Buy enough mini baskets for all of your guests, and fill them with Jordan almonds, chocolates, or whatever candy coordinates with the rest of your table setting. Set them on each plate for a cute pre-dinner snack.

5. Use leftover jelly beans as candle holders.

If you usually fill your candle holders with salt or rocks to give your candles a little more height, consider using your leftover jelly beans instead! Whatever beans didn’t make it into the Easter eggs, pour them into the bottom of a clear glass holder and then set the candle on top. Not only will it smell great, it’ll also look great. Either mix all the beans together or lay them in color specific layers for a more streamlined look.

6. Make your own baskets.

Whether out of paper, cardstock, or actual basket reed, making your own baskets as Easter decorations is a great way to really put a personal touch on this holiday. A simple basket weave is easy to learn, but if you don’t want to make baskets from scratch, buy a set of those green fruit baskets and weave different colors of yellow, pink, and green ribbon through the holes to give them a finished look.

7. Add some bunny ears.

While you might not like it when someone gives you the bunny ears in a picture, Easter is the perfect time of the year to give everyone in your family bunny ears! To add a cute touch to pictures, cut out some ears from construction paper, using brown for the outside of the ear and white or tan for the inside. If you’re a little more ambitious, you could sew ears and use a little bit of wire to make them stand up straight. Attack them to a headband and you’re ready to play the Easter bunny!

8. Make some chicks out of felt and pom-poms.

This is another great decoration that your kids can take on while you cook. All you need are yellow pom-poms and a little bit of orange and black felt. Just glue together the pom-poms, and then glue on a little bit of orange felt as the feat and beak.

9. Make some long-lasting eggs.

If you want some neat eggs for your chicks, you can easily make some cool eggs out of string, white glue, and balloons. Blow up the balloons (which just so happen to make perfect eggs), and then, after coating your string is white blue, wrap the balloons in strong. Crisscross the strands to give your egg shape and strength. Once the string is dry, just pop the balloon!

10. Make a springtime door wreath.

While most people associate wreath with winter holidays, why can’t you make one for Easter, too? A wreath is a great way to make even your door look friendly and welcoming. Grab a foam base and then some fake flowers in your favorite Easter colors. Arrange the flowers and filler greenery on the base, and then add a ribbon and bow at the top to make it easy to hang on your door.

Spring Holidays To Get Ready For

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Though the groundhog told us there would six more weeks of winter this year, most of us are already looking forward to spring holidays. Once Valentine’s Day has passed, it’s time to start looking forward to spring and all of the holidays that come along with that season. If your mother was anything like my mother, any little holiday would be reason to make a special meal and decorate the house, from Mardi Gras to Earth Day.

Whether you’re a teacher and just want to make sure your party bases are covered, or you’re just looking for a reason to have your friends over and celebrate, here are just some of the holidays coming up this spring and how you can start planning now for a great party.

Mardi Gras

If you’re not able to hit New Orleans for Mardi Gras, you can still have a great Fat Tuesday party in your own home. All you really need are Mardi Gras beads and purple, green, and yellow decorations. For a party for little kids, you can easily plan a mask-decorating party that will keep them occupied for ours, just perfecting their masks. Just get some plain masks, feathers, and sequins, and let the kids go to town. Once all the masks are done, you can have a little parade through the house.

For adults, Mardi Gras is all about purging demons and feasting and drinking before Lent begins. Having a few friends over and eating and drinking together is a great way to commemorate this fun spring holiday.

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is another big drinking holiday for most adults. There may be a green-themed parade where you live, but if not, many pubs and bars are likely to be holding special St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. You can always don some green clothes, beads, and maybe even a comical leprechaun hat and head out to a bar, or you can call your friends over and host a traditional Irish meal and drink fest at your own home. Just make sure there’s plenty of green around!

Easter

Even if you’re not religious, Easter is still a great time to get together with your family and have a nice meal together. Especially if you’re not religious, Easter is largely a holiday for children, and hiding plastic eggs and setting up Easter decorations for a horde of children to enjoy as they search for the eggs is always fun, especially if, like my parents, hiding the eggs well enough so that it would take us months to find all of them was just part of the festivities.

Cinco de Mayo

While Cinco de Mayo may be a more popular holiday in the American southwest, there are plenty of people across the country that celebrate this holiday on a yearly basis. It’s a great time to visit one of the local Mexican restaurants, who will likely be having a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

This holiday commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French at the battle of Puebla, and in Mexican culture is often celebrated as a sort of independence day (though Mexican independence is actually celebrated on the 16th of September). In reality, this day is a time to remember both the defeats and the victories in Mexican history. Cultural celebrations are common, with dancing, great food, and lots of games. Many teachers use this opportunity to teach about Mexican history and culture.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day comes around every spring, and every spring, we scramble to find a suitable present for the women that have given us so much of their time and energy. According to our own mothers, here are some of the best Mother’s Day activities:

• Taking your mother out to lunch or dinner
• Someone else cooks the meals for the family
• A handmade gift
• Stories about your childhood and memories of your mother
• Getting many generations together to celebrate
• A small, thoughtful present

Most mothers don’t expect something grand and extravagant, preferring instead just to spend time with the family and to have a brief reprieve from some of the motherly duties they take upon themselves on a daily basis.

Earth Day

Earth Day is becoming more and more popular, as more and more people are becoming environmentally conscious. Many parks and recreation departments hold outdoor activities. These can range from tree planting to picking up litter in the park. An earth day party doesn’t just have to be manual labor, however. You can get all your friends together and have an earth-themed party.

While Earth Day doesn’t necessarily lend itself to a “normal” sort of party, it can still be fun to have a meal together and discuss weighty topics like climate change and recycling.

Passover

While this is another holiday that most people only celebrate if they are religious, you will likely have the chance to attend a Passover dinner this spring. Passover originates in Ancient Egypt and commemorates the last plague God sent to convince Pharaoh to release his Jewish slaves. Many Jewish people today eat a highly symbolic meal and follow the traditions laid out in the Old Testament for this sacred day.

April Fool’s Day

While not a true holiday like many of the others on this list, April Fool’s Day can be a fun day to play harmless, friendly pranks on your loved ones. It’s also the beginning of tax season—while these two events don’t have much to do with each other, they can be equally aggravating.

Finish Your Last Minute Easter Shopping Here!

Fuzzy Easter ChicksEaster is just around the corner and we make it easy for you to get your supplies quickly! Not only do we offer free in-store pickup for our local customers, but Parties2order always ships priority mail so you can get your items in just 2-3 days! So don’t worry about not getting your items before Easter because you still have time. Here are some ideas for Easter gifts and treats, whether they are for an adult or a child, we have a little something for everyone!

We have basket bags, Easter grass and egg dying kits to make your Easter a special one! Our Easter grass is available in light yellow, pink, purple, and light blue so you can mix it up or choose a different color depending on your project. If you are filling those baskets to the brim, our Easter bags can help keep everything together and safely nestled away while still looking festive for the occasion.

Our egg dying kit is fun for everyone, especially the kids. It’s a great way to spend time together while getting your home Easter ready. Our egg dying kit has all you need to make a variety of colorful Easter eggs. The kit also includes a matching game so you can continue the fun together!

Need some ideas on how to fill those Easter baskets? Try our fuzzy chicks! They are absolutely adorable and are available in three different sizes, so you can pick the ones that work best for your needs. We also have fuzzy Easter chicks in multiple colors if you’re looking for a little pop of color!

Don’t forget about those Easter eggs! You can’t have an Easter basket without plastic Easter eggs, so how about these colorful polka dot Easter eggs? They come in a package of 12 in a variety of fun colors. Fill them with candy, money or whatever you’d like!

You can also fill those baskets with these cute little Easter bunny shaped chalk pieces or this large golden Easter egg filled with the ultimate gift!

If you’re looking for decorations or even wearables, we’ve got you covered there too! These super cute Easter egg paper lanterns will add color and a festive Easter feel to your home! Plus they are easy to set up. You can also use these Easter window decorations for doors and windows around your home. They adhere easily and are just as easy to remove. Your kids will have a blast putting them up! And to really get into the Easter spirit, try this absolutely adorable bunny ear headband. It’s one size fits all, so it can fit children or adults. It’s the perfect accessory to add to an Easter outfit!

For more Easter gifts, treats, and even fun and elegant Easter tableware, visit our Easter section here. If you need any help or party planning tips you can contact us through our contact page! Have a fabulous Easter and jump on this chance to receive everything in time!