The Easter holiday is such a sweet and memorable time for me, and even more so now that we have four kids. About two weeks before Easter I like to decorate the house, mainly the dining room table, the living room and the front yard. Usually I will set the table for Easter dinner (or Brunch) a few days in advance so the day is smooth. Since we host most of the holidays, I really like to make it special for our friends and family.. always something to look forward to. Here are a few traditions and things I do every year to make the Easter holiday memorable and fun for everyone.
Dye Easter Eggs: Usually, I do this 10 days before Easter to get everyone in the spirit. Make sure you refrigerate the eggs after the kids color them. I usually put them in the kids lunch during the week, and then make Deviled Eggs (three ways) to eat!
Read The Country Bunny, and the Little Gold Shoes: This is the sweetest book, it gives the kids imagination a little run for the bunny. I keep it in the easter decor box and read it a few times (especially the night before Easter.)
Lilys for Church: We like to pick out our lily's for Easter Sunday services and deliver them. It's a great reminder of why we celebrate the Passion of Christ and the kids always love to point out their flowers.
Photos: Each Easter (and all holidays) I like to put out pictures of the past Easters. The kids love to see how much they have grown and remember the fun we have had over the years.
The Golden Egg: Since we have four kids, we really have four golden eggs. We usually fill our eggs with things other than candy, so the Golden Egg is usually a big candy for the kids to enjoy,
The Basket: Since we don't do a lot of sweets, I love to put together a giant basket for each of the kids, filled with coloring books, crayons, and things they can use throughout the year.
The Hunt: I really try to limit the hunt to non-candy filled eggs, we put stickers, slim, toys and other items (check out www.orientaltrading.com). You can also find pre-filled eggs.