When the holidays roll around, I’m most excited about how I can get the kids involved and have some fun. I’m taking this moment to give a shout out to the inspiring moms on Pinterest who make the elaborate yet beautiful crafts with their kids. Maybe it’s because my kids are still too young, but I’ve had about 3 Pinterest fails this week making something as simple as “Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Wands” with my 3-year-old. I love getting crafty, so I hope it’s in the cards for us down the road.
Needless to say, I stand by “simple, easy fun” when it comes to crafts, activities, traditions, etc. There’s always so much to think about (since I also love hosting the parties), so my brain capacity is a little tight during the holidays to try anything complex or detailed when it comes to the little ones…. yet, the adult beverage setup always manages to reign supreme, hmm. I suppose I pick and choose what I want to get fancy with.
Anyways, here’s a little Easter inspiration:
- Easter Bunny Pancakes: Pretty self explanatory in photo below. Feel free to use whatever else you have in the pantry or refrigerator! I hand-cut the shapes (as you can probably guess from the quality). Good luck!
- Easter Egg Decorating + Science: I allowed Isla (my 3-year old) to experiment with the water after dying a few eggs to see what colors she could create. This got messy once Presley, my 18-month old got a hold of a cup and dumped it all over the place. Otherwise, “egg decorating” can turn into a longer science-based activity if you have any patience left!
- “Healthier” Egg Filler Snack Mix for Kids: Every age is different as far as what they can have for candy, etc., but it’s also the parents discretion on what you’re comfortable giving your kids. Ultimately, if you’re going somewhere for an egg hunt, you don’t have much control of what’s inside the egg, and that’s fine. Easter morning, I (the Easter bunny), fill my toddler’s hidden eggs with: chex mix, marshmallows, Annie’s bunny crackers and a few small chocolates (either M&M’s or the Unreal chocolate pieces from Whole Foods). Now that my daughter is 3, I’m completely fine with her having a few jelly beans as well… it’s fun for them – just extra teeth brushing! Customize your eggs with your child’s favorites, but this always works as a good “base mix” for the eggs (with minimal mess)!
- The Derby Mimosa: In my world, the Kentucky Derby is known for the fancy hats, exquisite style and above-average social scene. I’d like to introduce you to a lovely cocktail that embodies the same elements: The Derby Mimosa. When you don’t have much time to fuss with a complex recipe, why not simply dress up a classic and make it look dashing?! Sometimes a few accessories can completely transform a look…
- “Magical” Easter Sandwiches: I’ll be honest, I left my pretty flower cookie cutters back at our home-base, and wasn’t able to find some here in my last minute scurry. If you have festive “spring-like” cutters, use those instead of the circle. (I used a pretend cup of Orange Juice from their kitchen set). I wasn’t going to post these, as they really didn’t turn out great w/ my limited resources – but then I thought why not? This is real life. Maybe it’ll inspire you to use whatever you can find. My girls never once questioned the lack of round edges on this “egg” shaped sandwich. or the semi-creepy face on the bunny. They’re quick, easy and make the kids happy!
- Paper Eggs: One afternoon the week leading up to Easter, my toddler (who’s currently on a nap-strike or completely done napping) wanted to do crafts. We’ve been extra crafty this month, so I was low on supplies. I found construction paper, random decorative tape, and glue. I cut out several egg shapes from the colored paper, cut strips of decorative tape, and used the scrap pieces from cutting out the eggs as “confetti” decor. My toddler had a blast “decorating” the eggs, which will now be used as Easter decorations in the ‘kids play area’ of the party. Easy peasy, playdoh pants! *(and excuse the gross carpet, it’s a rental).
However you spend your Easter Sunday, I wish you a lovely day with your family. Please share + send ideas in the comments below! Next year I hope to step up my game.
Happy Easter, xo Meg