Looking ahead to Easter

While recent weather conditions might make Spring feel a long way off, Easter comes early this year so if you need a distraction from the snow and cold now’s a good time to think about your Easter preparations. Easter Sunday falls on the 31st March and the long weekend offers a great opportunity to get together with friends and family and welcome in the new season.

If you’ve  got little ones, Easter is inextricably linked to chocolate, of course, so even if you’re not going to town with your celebrations an Easter egg hunt is a bit of a prerequisite. Kids have in incredibly perceptive sixth sense when it comes to tracking down the sweet stuff so be as creative as you can with your hiding places. Whether they forage outdoors or turn the house upside down looking for their booty an egg hunt is a great focal point to any Easter celebration.  We have a cute kit that includes everything you need for your hunt, as well as some added extras in the shape of masks, stickers, crayons and colouring sheets. Or you could give each child a sweetie tub or chick bag to collect their chocolatey haul with.

Staying with little ones, Easter offers lots of opportunities to get creative at home. Spend a morning whipping up some chocolate cupcakes or rice krispie cakes, decorated with mini eggs and nestled in our colourful themed cupcake cases.  Easter biscuits are another tradition children can try their hand at. These simple, buttery biscuits are delicious and easy to make, and make great gifts if you’re visiting family or friends over the holiday. Try this recipe from parenting website Netmums.com. Wrap in sheets of cellophane (try your local stationery shop or a retailer such as Paperchase), tie with a pretty yellow ribbon or attach one of our gorgeous butterfly luggage tags to secure the package – a lovely homemade gift to offer to your hosts.  For more arty ideas how about creating an Easter bonnet, dyeing eggs or making cute pom-pom Easter chicks.

If you would like to host an Easter party keep things simple with a buffet-style arrangement people can help themselves too. Our Easter Chick tableware range includes everything you need to make your setting seasonal, such as themed paper plates, napkins and cups. Use our Easter chick cake stand as your centrepiece and pile it high with either your kids’ creations or other Easter treats. Traditionally eaten at Easter time, Simnel Cake is the obvious choice for lovers of rich fruit cakes, but if you’d like to try something lighter do as the Italians do at Easter and serve up slices of light ‘Colomba’ cake – many major supermarkets now stock this deliciously light cake, or try your local Italian deli.

Little guests can sip their juice from our adorable Easter Chick drinking straws, while adults can keep topped up with a fresh, zesty cocktail, inspired by the flavours of Spring – we love the sound of this minty gin ‘n’ juice cocktail on the BBC website, the appropriately named ‘Spring Smash’.

The beauty of Easter celebrations lies in their simplicity – opening the back door so the kids can run around outdoors for a while, eating a little more chocolate than is strictly sensible (grown-ups included!) and slowing down a gear for a few days and enjoying the beginnings of those much-anticipated long, sunny days….

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