Easter: It can be a glorious holiday, and a glorious celebration. The best Easters are outside, so it’s not a big leap—er, hop?—if weather cooperates to make your celebration safe, fun, and virtual this year. Here are a few ways to make the day special.
- Deck it all out. Whether you like the looks of our Peter Rabbit cushion mat, sculptural bunny vase, or the kids-will-obsess bunny rabbit wreath, let this be the year you let your whimsical side reign. It’s a great feeling to see people reveling in the season, especially during a year when every season has felt somewhat the same. Post a bunny or a clutch of tulips in every corner and see how much rosier you feel.
- Family potluck picnic. Have your pals over, but have them bring their own blankets and treats. Nothing wrong with toasting your Easter greetings from six feet away.
- Set a beautiful outdoor table. Just hosting your own family this year? Take the time to set up the table with a few seasonal flourishes. Either use what you have on hand or spring for ridiculously adorable Peter rabbit melamine table settings the kids will love.
Outdoor Easter Activities
- Scavenger hunt. You know what’s always in fashion? A great scavenger hunt. Hide the finds around the neighborhood, then have your family stay in its pod while they run around collecting them. Competitive and involving a welcome bit of exercise, it’s just the thing to bring some action into the day.
- Joint services. You can do a few readings, share an outdoor service together, or decide to participate online with friends and loved ones. (Even the grand St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City will be live-streaming a Mass, if you need to feel awed.)
- DIY spring wreath making. Whether or not you celebrate the holiday, there’s something lovely about a spring wreath. Clip fresh greens from the yard and add supermarket flowers, fruit tree branches and other seasonal blooms. Pile them on a table (or several tables, to social distance), keep the stems long, and give everyone their own wreath form, floral wire and clippers. Then make Easter wreaths together. Drop some off for those less able to get around.
- Outdoor cookie decorating. Make the cookies in advance, then decorate them outdoors. (Everything Easter cookie, including delicious pre-made options, right this way!)
- Outdoor egg decorating. As easy as it sounds, and just as fun!
- Lawn games. Egg toss! Croquet while wearing seersucker! Horseshoes! Corn hole! Can you be socially distant during it? Then it’s just for you.
- Easter Basket Ding Dong Ditch. Haven’t heard of this one? It’s as simple as putting together a special basket, leaving it on the door step of a favorite person, ringing the bell, and vacating the premises!
Inside or Online Easter Ideas
- Virtual Easter bunny fun. The wise folks at The Pioneer Woman have some adorable ideas for tracking Mr. Rabbit’s progress on the big day, scheduling virtual visits, calling the EB and sending him a card!
- Easter movies. Whether it’s Peter Rabbit, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or something else that can viably be called Easter- or candy-centric (we dig this list), consider watching an Easter movie with loved ones using an app!
- Make a craft! Look to the local arts and extracurricular schools for kids, in particular, and see if any of them have online crafts you could do in tandem with nieces, nephews or cousins.
- Take a baking class! Not only do our virtual cooking classes focus on spring cakes and bundt cakes, but there are fantastic online classes for kids, such as The Dynamite Shop, where you can bond with your cousins without seeing them in person!
- Easter Zoom Backgrounds. If you’re spending even part of your day chatting with loved ones on Zoom, bring some fun into the conversation with festive Zoom backgrounds geared toward the occasion.