The Ultimate Guide to Easter
Preparing for any holiday always comes with stress, and celebrating Easter after a year in quarantine definitely makes that stress feel even more intense, but it doesn’t have to!
In order to make your life even the slightest bit easier, we’ve compiled this guide to help you enjoy Easter to the fullest despite the obstacles of the past year!
People celebrate Easter for a number of reasons. Though the tradition is mostly rooted in religious practices, the holiday of Easter has evolved into a day to celebrate family and friends as well as the onset of a much needed spring. This year is no different, but the current state of the world seems to be casting a dreary shadow on what is supposed to be an exciting and fun holiday! Still facing the looming threat of Covid-19 across the globe, many people still find themselves confined to the walls of their home with little access to friends, family, and the outside world at large. Easter this year doesn’t just represent the coming of a beautiful spring after the harsh winter that affected a significant percentage of the country, it also represents the coming of a healthy summer, a chance to see loved one's once again, and the excitement of life coming into view once more. With the increasing rollout of vaccinations, the reality of escaping the obstacles of 2020 is becoming more and more clear. We are not out of the woods yet though! Although Easter can be seen as a momentary glimpse into this hopeful and rapidly approaching future, there are still some precautions that should be acknowledged to ensure the safety of all! Luckily, this doesn’t have to limit your Easter in any way, and we’ve found a number of ways to make sure you have an amazing and memorable Easter experience this year! Who knows, you may even begin new traditions after trying some of these things, so be sure to check it out!
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Brunch is a staple on Easter Sunday. Whether you’ve just finished up attending the Easter church service, or your family has gathered to share each other’s company after being apart for so long, spending the afternoon together with delicious food is a wonderful way to make memories! Trying new dishes is an even better way to come up with new traditions and share this fun experience with those around you!
Often, people fall into two distinct categories when it comes to breakfast: sweet or savory. Since you're combining the dining of both breakfast and lunch for brunch, you can incorporate plenty of both into your Easter spread! There are so many delectable dishes that would be perfect for your afternoon gathering, but here are some spring-themed ones to make that Easter celebration really bloom!
Satiate that Sweet-Tooth!
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This Citrus-Almond Brioche not only looks gorgeous, but blends together the sweet and sour taste of fruit with earthy almonds for a real spring treat!
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Or perhaps an expertly baked Raspberry and Walnut Baked Brie, drizzled with brown sugar, candied walnuts, and honey is more your speed?
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No one can resist these adorable Granola Parfait Tarts, shaped like a bird’s nest, in bringing spring to the table for this year’s Easter brunch.
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Finally, everyone can enjoy their own stack of Mini-Pancakes, topped with blueberries, raspberry, powdered sugar, and a dollop of delicious Lemon-Curd, all garnished with a refreshing mint leaf!
Don’t Forget to Savor Your Brunch!
Of course, for those of us that prefer a little more edge to their breakfasts, incorporating savory options into your Easter lunch is really a must.
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Having a Glazed Easter Ham is a mark of an awesome Easter brunch. Truly, this dish is sure to impress anyone of your culinary skills without you having to break even a hint of a sweat! It is the perfect way to bridge the traditional foods of breakfast and lunch this spring.
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Who wouldn’t want to try something fun this year? Who says deviled eggs can’t be delicious and fun? A perfect hors devour for any brunch celebration, these Spring Deviled Eggs really bring out the excitement and appreciation of colors that comes with the world waking up in spring! And they are sure to grab the attention and appreciation of any party guest, too!
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Easter wouldn’t be Easter without the Easter Bunny. But how can you make sure the Easter Bunny makes a visit to your family this year? Having her favorite snack at your Easter brunch is one way to make that happen! These Stuffed Crescent-Roll Carrots are the perfect way to blend fun and food by filling flaky and buttery crescent rolls with a delicious mix of cream cheese, chives, and fresh parsley!
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Add some elegant flare to your Easter brunch with these exquisite Prosciutto Burrata Crostinis, drizzled with a balsamic and honey glaze. They are so easy to make and so incredibly delicious that they are sure to make their way into a number of your holiday meals!
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Crafting an Easter Brunch Board
Many people may not have the luxury of spending this Easter with their families due to restrictions of travel and large gatherings that persist all over the country and world. That doesn’t mean Easter brunch can’t be celebrated as much, just that it may look a little different for those who have a smaller table to feed! Instead of orchestrating a large-scale brunch, try crafting a modest charcuterie board for a refined Easter brunch!
With a rising interest in charcuterie, it’s not too difficult to find helpful tips and tricks to designing the perfect spread. But Easter and spring bring an interesting and refreshing twist to traditional boards that may need advice from experts!
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You don’t want to lose the spirit of Easter in your board, so incorporating Easter symbols like eggs, bunnies, and chicks is a great way to make your board unique! You can always gravitate to pre-made shapes like chocolate eggs, marshmallow peeps, or chocolate bunnies, but you can also DIY your own like these loveable Easter Sugar Cookies! Adding a variety of bright colors is another way to really bring out that fresh-spring feel to your Easter board! Mixing and matching a bunch of food colors, textures, and tastes is the easiest way to craft a delicious board, but what kinds of foods will work best for Easter?
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The answer is definitely fresh foods. Spring is all about growth and awakening, what better way to convey that message than with crisp vegetables, bursting fruits, and cured meats and cheeses?
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An array of garden vegetables and artisan crackers, aged cheeses, and creamy dips is the perfect way to ground the earthy tastes of spring this Easter. Pickles, cucumbers, mixed nuts, leafy greens, and carrots are ideal for a spring brunch board!
Hot Cross Buns
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Finally, as far as Easter food is concerned, you can’t forget the classic Hot Cross Buns. These delicious little brown sugar and butter buns filled with raisins and topped with sweet icing are the perfect way to conclude Easter brunch this year, and this homemade recipe is super easy to make!
This Easter, spending time with the people around you is essential. But after being stuck inside for a year, it might be difficult to figure out what to do. After all the shows have been binged, ever puzzle complete, and every new hobby fully explored within the first few months of quarantine, most of us might be tired of DIY projects and activities. However, Easter is a celebration! Let the breath of spring fill you with inspiration for a fun holiday this year by trying some of these family-fun activities!
Tie-Dye Matching Easter Shirts
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Tie-dying shirts is always a fun team-building experience. It’s easy, inexpensive, and you get to keep a souvenir for a long time to come! For Easter, why not create a matching set of outfits for your family! All you’ll need is:
- Bright or Pastel Tie Dye
- White T-Shirts
- You and your beautiful family!
Check out Sea of Blush’s article for an in-depth tutorial on how to create beautiful tie-dyed clothes! You could do this activity in advance so you can sport your matching outfits on Easter-morning or you can spend part of your Easter making these spring momentos, it’s totally up to you!
Easter Egg Wreath
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Making Easter Egg Wreaths with your family is a super fun way to get into that Easter mood! There are tons of great designs online that you can print off and cut into ovals to make this wreath, or everyone can design their own! Hanging these super easy DIY wreaths on all the doors in your home would not only be a great bonding activity for your family, but would also bring the colors of spring into your home!
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These incredibly simple and stylish Bunny Noses are perfect for Easter! You can make with craft items you probably already have in your home since all you’ll need is pipe cleaners, buttons, popsicle sticks, washi tape, and pom poms, but you can also use so many other things to make your noses extra special! These little props would be perfect for an impromptu Easter photoshoot… hey that sounds like a really fun idea, right? An Easter photoshoot? Perfect, because there’s even more information on that below!
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Finally, it might be fun to create a new tradition. You’ve heard of Elf on a Shelf, but what about Gnome in my Home? No, not the children’s book, but a new, exciting game to play with your family for Easter! Create and decorate an Easter Gnome to hide around your home, garden, or yard! This fuzzy little guy would be a great way to facilitate wonder, especially in young children, for this year's Easter celebration!
Easy Easter Decorations
After being cramped up in our homes for so long, many of us have grown increasingly tired of the look of them. Why not take advantage of the freshness of spring and Easter to redecorate! It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, but a few new things here and there can really do wonders to boost people’s moods and make an Easter experience unforgettable!
Faux Egg Topiary
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What better way to bring spring into your home than by adding more greenery? For those of us that are a bit preoccupied with life, taking care of plants can feel like an added weight on our shoulders. That’s where inexpensive and effortless faux plants come in! With this easy DIY Egg Topiary, not only will you have the added relaxation of an elegant plant, but hello, look how cute those little Easter eggs are, too!
Easter Balloon Garland
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Balloon garlands have been blowing up on social media lately. It doesn’t take much to figure out why! They are so fun and gorgeous and perfect for photoshoots! You can fully customize the colors, but for Easter, pastels may be the best bet! You can also pair your Easter Balloon Garland with some pastel linens, chiffon, or even sheets for a nice curtain to offset the pop of colors from the balloons!
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These easy DIY Honeycomb Paper Eggs are the perfect way for those who prefer a more modern touch of style in their home-decor. Abstract art can look amazing in most homes, but these eggs also stay true to the overall feel of Easter without being overbearing!
After brunch and Easter crafts are done, you’re probably worried about what you’ll do for the rest of the afternoon this year. Have no fear, we have the perfect list of activities for you to choose from in hosting the best Easter bash this year!
Of course, making and stuffing Easter baskets isn’t a new idea, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still a fun activity! There are so many different ways to customize Easter baskets, so why not check out these videos for some helpful tips for making and filling them this year!
Easter Egg Hunt
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Yes, like Easter baskets, an Easter egg hunt is basically necessary to celebrate Easter. But sometimes, sticking with tradition can start to lose its shine. In order to keep things fun and exciting, it’s important to change up the routine once in a while. This Step-by-Step Guide by Real Simple is perfect for anyone looking to take their Easter eggs hunts to the next level of entertainment!
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Painting and dyeing Easter eggs is a favorite holiday activity for many people. You can create so many incredible and unique designs while spending time with the people you care about most, who wouldn’t be excited about that? The Pioneer Woman has created an amazing collection of Easter Eggs Designs that are sure to inspire you this Easter!
Easter Family Photoshoot
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We’ve already introduced the idea of having an Easter photoshoot, so you shouldn’t be too surprised! Since you may be spending time this Easter making things like Matching Tie-Dye Outfits, Bunny Noses, and Easter Balloon Garlands, you may as well put it all together for a fun and memorable photoshoto to capture the happiness of this year’s Easter celebration! This guide by Meagan Baker Photography can help you style the perfect shoot for your family this year!
Virtual Easter in 2021
Aside from the traditional activities of Easter, this year’s celebration is going to look different from the past. Many people are unable to see a lot of their family in person, but that does not mean you can’t spend the day together! With meetings and visits going v virtual everywhere, it should not be too difficult to figure out how to host an Easte party over a video chatting service like Zoom or Facebook Messenger. But if you don’t want to be sitting in front of a screen staring at your relatives for hours, it would be best to plan some fun virtual activities. That’s where we come in! We’ve put together a list of a few things you can do this year to keep your Easter holiday fun and entertaining, even if it is done virtually!
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Bingo is a fun game for people of all ages, therefore it is the perfect way to spend time with others virtually! There are a number of Easter Bingo cards online, and this article by Wondermom Wannabe even outlines exactly how to play the game virtually, so you should definitely check it out!
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A good old fashioned game of Chubby Bunny is perfect for a virtual Easter party. All you will need is some Easter themed marshmallows or Marshmallow Peeps and your face! The game is very simple, players compete to see who can fit the most jumbo marshmallows in their mouth while still being able to say “chubby bunny.” While it seems simple enough, the game leads to a lot of uncontained laughter at the expense of all the players looking silly while trying to win. It’s a great way to get over those virtual meeting-jitters and set the stage for a fun and memorable Easter party with your friends and family!
All in all, Easter this year will be different than in the years before. We’ve been through a lot in the past year, but we can look at Easter as a glimpse of hope for getting our lives back very soon and that is worth celebrating. We hope you enjoyed this comprehensive guide to Easter in 2021 and if you used anything we suggested for your holiday plans, let us know!
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