Easter is right around the corner, which calls for chocolate bunnies, colorful Easter eggs, and a large celebration for family and friends. Whether you’re planning to have your celebration at your local park or in your own backyard, planning family gatherings can be stressful, but these simple tips and tricks will make your party preparation a breeze!
In case you didn’t already know, this year Easter is on April 1st. With most Easter services starting early in the morning, plan your Easter celebration for the afternoon. This will give your guests more time to round up the kids and give you more time to prep. Invite all your friends and family with a quick click of the button using these easy-to-use and customizable e-invites. Just choose a template, fill in the details of your celebration along with your guests’ emails or phone numbers and click send. Here are some things to include in your e-invite: schedule of activities, Easter egg hunt directions, and request each family or friend to bring an entrée or side to the party.
Our favorite part of throwing an Easter celebration is decorating! Easter decorations are luckily not restricted to any single color. Choose from sky blue, bright tangerine, pale yellow and even shiny gold. Make sure to stock up on plenty of “grass” stuffing to fill baskets and party favors. Get crafty and make your own Easter egg garland or skip this step by purchasing pre-made glitter banners from Party City. Set aside some candy just for the adults in these DIY candy dishes disguised as fuzzy birds’ nests.
With each family and friend bringing an entrée or side, you get to focus on appetizers, desserts, and drinks! An easy and colorful appetizer to make for your celebration is dyed deviled eggs. These pastel-colored eggs are dyed with beet and turmeric juice, which give the appetizer an intense picked flavor. Another easy appetizer that requires little preparation is finger sandwiches. The sandwiches filled with hazelnut spread-strawberry or peanut butter-honey are great healthy appetizers for your grab-and-go bunnies. For desserts, opt for this easy, no-bake bird nest cookies made with oats, cornflakes, mini eggs, and peanut butter. Give the oven a break and have your children give you a hand with this simple no-bake Easter dirt cup dessert, which even doubles as a place card!
On a sunny Easter Sunday, nothing sounds better than a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade. Another springtime recipe favorite is this refreshing peach and blackberry iced tea. Serve your drinks in Easter-themed mason jars decorated with paper bunny ears or flower appliques. Keep the adults entertained with these classy champagne cocktails. Our favorites include grapefruit mimosas, bloody orange Maria, strawberry lemon basil mimosas, and Easter strawberry champagne.
No Easter celebration would be complete without Easter egg decorating and the annual Easter egg hunt!
The sky is the limit for decorating Easter eggs. Add some shimmer to your colored eggs with this easy and affordable gold or copper foiled egg DIY. Take your egg decorating one step further with these blackboard eggs. These eggs are perfect for kids because they can decorate and re-decorate as many times as they want. Another simple, but beautiful decorating method is ombre Easter eggs. This easy project makes for a great centerpiece or mantel decoration. Check out these additional Easter egg decorating ideas using rubber bands, lace, and tape.
For a stress-free Easter egg hunt, follow our simple tips and tricks. First off, fill your plastic easter eggs with candy, stickers, temporary tattoos, chapstick, or even play-doh. To make the hunt fair for all ages, you can have kids ages 3 and under go first to collect all the obvious eggs and then release the older kids a couple minutes after. If you’re planning an Easter egg hunt with toddlers, opt for a floating balloon egg hunt which gives your small hunters a little more help. The hunt ends when all the eggs are found so make sure to get a count of all your eggs before hiding them. The winner of the hunt, meaning whoever finds the moss eggs, can get a special prize of a chocolate bunny or a jar of jelly beans!