Every year, we love celebrating Easter and one of the things that makes it so special is when family comes to visit. The day before our youngest son was born, several grandparents came to stay with us. We went to church, did lots of fun Easter activities, and the next morning we met our new baby! So when I think about Easter traditions, grandparents are a huge part of them.
I am a traditions girl, but on holidays I like to keep some family traditions, while also adding a little something new and fun each year. We always go to church and have a big lunch with traditional Easter lunch food, but I like to have other fun activities available too. It’s fun to plan activities for all of us to do together as extended family at Easter.
Here are a few of my favorites that we have done together on Easter weekend.
Go for a picnic.
Sometime over Easter weekend, pack a picnic lunch and go to your favorite park. One year we went to a park with a lake, and it was absolutely gorgeous. If it’s good kite flying weather, bring a kite and show the kids how to fly one. March and April are some of the best months to learn! Bring bubbles and sidewalk chalk too. If you have good space for it there, you can also have your family Easter egg hunt at the park after the picnic.
Make a kid-friendly dessert together for Easter lunch.
These can be made in a variety of ways, depending on your favorite foods and flavors. Decide if you would rather have a pretzel base or a Rice Krispie base for your dessert. If choosing Rice Krispies as the base, combine melted marshmallows, butter, and rice cereal as directed on the cereal box. Once the mixture is combined, put the Rice Krispies into cupcake pans to shape them into small nests. If you prefer a pretzel base, break pretzels into small pieces, then combine with melted white chocolate and form into nests in the same way. Choose either bunny or chick shaped peeps, and place one in the middle of each nest. Put a few jellybeans or colorful chocolate eggs in each nest around the peep. Kids love picking out the different colors of jellybeans and peeps to decorate their nests. Enjoy!
Paint keepsake wooden or ceramic Easter eggs.
Lots of stores have craft kits of Easter eggs that are made of a variety of materials. We like to let our boys paint them with creative designs, and then we can keep them to remember that year. They can also be adorable centerpieces for the table for Easter lunch!
Make decorations for the Easter lunch table.
Find tiny baskets at a craft store, then pick Easter colors of ribbon and tie one around the handle of each basket. Fill each miniature basket with jellybeans or chocolate eggs, and put one at each plate on the table. Turn them into place card holders by writing a family member’s name on a strip of paper in the basket.