Easter is one of the most wonderful spring-time holidays but if you’re traveling to visit loved ones, you may feel like you’re missing out on some classic Easter activities. To keep your Easter as fun as possible, here are five tips for celebrating Easter on the go.
Messless Easter Eggs
Instead of coloring Easter eggs with messy dye, save time and cleanup by opting for one of Evite’s mess-free suggestions. Tattoo or sticker embellishments are a great way for small hands to decorate. Spray the eggs in advance with chalkboard paint for an erasable matte alternative. This year, “candy colors” are in, so these options promise pretty pastels without all the mess.
If visiting family or friends for the holiday and dying eggs is more your thing, head to the local farmer’s market and pick up the basics — eggs, turmeric, a bunch of beets, blueberries, or a head of purple cabbage. The fruits and veggies we eat can actually be useful for egg dying because when cooked, their juices create bold hues that can color the outside of an egg.
Travel Friendly Easter Basket
Our traditional baskets can be difficult to travel with, but there are still ways to package together a cute alternative that the kids will love when away from home. Pick up a colorful tin at the store and a few pieces of bunny-shaped candy. Because Easter dress-up is also a big trend this year, stuff bunny ears or a lamb costume in the basket so the kids can spend the day in costume.
In-Room DIY Brunch
Pick-up flowers and long-stem organic carrots from the local farmer’s market for a quick and carroty floral table arrangement that is festive and edible so you have a healthy snack later on. Order in a room service brunch for a delicious, no cleanup meal. Because it is Easter, they will most likely be serving up a special menu with your favorite sides.
Host a Destination Scavenger Hunt
Go on an adventure and find a park or beach nearby where you can host a scavenger hunt for the children. Not only does this provide a fun alternative to the traditional egg hunt, but it encourages exploration in new places. To create a cultural experience out of it, try hiding local items like jewelry, candy, or souvenirs instead of candy inside the plastic eggs.
Originally published April 14, 2014
Coronavirus and Easter: 7 tips for making the most of the holiday while in quarantine
The world is battling coronavirus and many of us are staying home to do our part to help everyone stay safe. Easter is right around the corner and we have a few ways to keep things fun while staying home. Buzz60
Who says the Easter bunny isn't an essential service worker?
Though many celebrations have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Easter, occurring this year on April 12, doesn't have to be one of them.
According to lifestyle experts, there are plenty of ways to make Easter special while following protocol to slow the spread of COVID-19.
"This is going to be the Easter that (our children) remember for the rest of their lives," said Audrey McClelland, a mother of five and former cast member of TLC’s parenting show "What She Said." "We need to make this special, because this is going to be the one that they're telling their grandchildren about someday."
Here are tips from McClelland and others for getting into the Easter spirit, while adhering to coronavirus precautions.
5 Favorite Fabulous Spring and Easter Tablescapes
Before I start showing you these tablescapes, I have to share some fun news. Today I am a featured guest over at Welcome Home Saturday. Every week, 5 (don’t’ you love that number!) of the best lifestyle bloggers invite another blogger to be a guest blogger.
I’m really honored to be invited to share with this great group. I’ll share their blog links at the end of this post.
I culled through my spring and Easter tablescape creations from the last two years and found my favorites to share and inspire you.
Keep in mind: these tablescapes are meant to be an inspiration. They are ideas to spark your creativity. Use them as a jumping
off point. Or be perfectly shameless and copy them exactly. I won’t mind. Imitation is the high form of flattery!
Easter Invitation Free Printable
Christians, like most everyone else, spend a lot of time and money preparing for Christmas with parties, presents, and elaborate decorations around our homes and communities. Twinkling lights, glowing fires, warm mugs full of cheer are enjoyed by bright-eyed hopefuls ages 1 to 92.
By contrast, most of us give Easter little thought, time, or preparation. We take a minimalist approach to celebrating the greatest event of history.
We are not following our Savior’s instructions, but instead are following the culture’s leading.
Granted, the world makes it so easy to make a big deal about Christmas. Everywhere you look there’s a cute box of cards to send, a delicious recipe to bake, and Christmas party invite stuffed into your kid’s backpack.
While the store shelves are currently filled with bright baskets, chocolate eggs, and neon crinkly grass, we want to make celebrating the true depth and meaning of Easter easy too.
It’s time that we start to exuberantly celebrate the sacrifice and miracle of Easter. When we understand the immensity of His sacrifice, as much as is possible, and the incomprehensible depth of His love, our gratitude will lead to a celebration with laughter and music and feasting, far surpassing that of Christmas. The watching world, our family, neighbors and community, will take notice. Easter—the celebration of the cross and resurrection—should be a time of contagious, overflowing evangelism.
N.T.Wright wrote, “Easter is about the wild delight of God’s creative power…we ought to shout Alleluias instead of murmuring them. We should light every candle instead of only some. Is it any wonder people find it hard to believe in the resurrection of Jesus if we don’t throw our hats in the air? This is our greatest festival. Take Christmas away and in biblical terms you lose two chapters at the front of Matthew and Luke. Take Easter away and you don’t have a New Testament you don’t have Christianity.”
While I enjoy the sparkle of Christmas, it’ll never match the amazement that one Man willed to die for me, a sin-stained woman, helpless to change on my own. Were it not for His “first loved us” (I John 4:8), I would not know love at all. Christmas is fun, but Easter is wonder-filled and jubilant!
So we’re here to help you pull it off! Download this FREE printable Easter invitation. Host a big soiree. Include your in-laws. Reach out to your neighbors. Stuff invitations in your child’s classmates’ backpacks. It’s time to feast! Kick up your heels! Coordinate jubilant festivities to declare the miracle of Resurrection Day!
Check out our 20 Ways to Celebrate Easter post for menu suggestions, tablescape ideas, and kid-friendly activities. You might also like our Easter Table Collection.
Celebrating Easter Away from Home
Easter in Lithuania is a Huge thing! For as long as I can remember, I would wait for Easter with bigger anticipation than for my own birthday. While Easter, as we know it today, was never a pagan festival, its roots and many of its traditions have associations with ancient pagan customs and beliefs. And since Lithuania was the last pagan country in Europe, the origins of many customs and traditions date back to more than 5000 years. Which in turn means that even families which don’t practice Christianity regularly, come together during this period and celebrate Easter in a very unique and special way.
Today, in Lithuania and many other Christian countries, Easter signifies the end of the 40-day Lent, and although it is quite a rarity for a family to fast strictly, many do try to give up at least one ‘luxury’ item from their daily intakes such as chocolate or alcohol. The celebration begins a week before Easter Sunday, on Palm Sunday, lasting throughout Holy Week with the main day being Easter Sunday.
However, since palms grow in warm, humid climates and Lithuania is known for much harsher weather, we make those ‘palms’ of colourful dried juniper branches and then adorn them with flowers and ribbons. After being blessed in church, they are brought home and dried. The needles are pulled off and saved to be burned as incense during times of calamity like thunderstorms, sickness, and death. The bare branches are tucked behind holy pictures or in the rafters of the home for protection. Apart from that, the most known tradition on the Palm Sunday is to ‘slap’ or ‘whip’ people with the juniper branch. It’s only practiced in certain regions of Lithuania and nowadays probably not many families follow this custom, but I remember my grandad waking me up early Sunday morning saying it’s good luck to gently pat each other with the branch.
After that, on Holy Thursday, in Lithuania, it is a time for ritual cleansing. In the old days, the bathhouses were heated and, for those near bodies of water, a quick dip in a river, lake or pond (or at least a perfunctory splash on the face) was required. Not only was it imperative to clean one’s own person, but the entire house and everything in it — windows, stoves, walls, clothes — needed to be in pristine condition. Now, families usually only follow the house cleaning tradition, since in the spring all of the natural waters are still unbearably cold. Me and my family would try and throw away all of the unnecessary stuff that we accumulated over a year and make our house look spotless for the whole extended family to gather around at Easter. And since my mom was always very spiritual, we would burn candles and meditate during this time period as a way to clean our minds together with everything else.
On Holy Saturday, people go to church to obtain blessed water. The belief is that it has miraculous powers and can cure a multitude of ills and provide protection. Both of my grandmas would spray some of the blessed water around the house as a holy ritual without a miss every year. Then, usually in the evening after everyone comes back from work, the families gather together to paint hard-boiled eggs. The most traditional way to do this is to use boiled onion skins and herbs picked in the garden. Or bee wax and other natural dye such as turmeric, blueberries, red cabbage or even oak bark. Although egg painting is encountered in many countries, only some Slavic and Eastern European cultures make ornaments on them using beeswax. This custom date back to talismanic pagan rituals and symbolises the awakening of the sun and birds.
On the big day, Easter Sunday, the families gather around for a feast from the early morning. We usually start breakfast by playing a dual with a family member and finding out who has dyed a stronger egg. Whilst one person is holding their egg, the other one has to smack it to find out which one breaks first and who’s the winner. It was thought that the person who has a stronger egg will be the healthiest that year and not get ill.
Then, families usually visit their other extended family members and exchange their dyed eggs with others. Easter is typically celebrated loudly by going outside, being in nature and enjoying the sun. This year, however, was a little bit different. Whilst I had to stay here in Leeds, I didn’t want to stop celebrating a holiday that gave me so much joy. I bought some blue eggs and duck eggs from the supermarket because brown chicken eggs can hardly be coloured. Then went to pick some herbs from the University’s sustainable garden and tried to recreate the traditional ornaments that my grandma would always make. Although it was unusual to celebrate it in such a quiet environment, it felt like a time to reflect on the past year and enjoy my time with my housemates.
For people who want to try and decorate some eggs at home, here are the instructions:
- Wrap your white eggs with flowers, herbs, leaves or other decoration and put them in a thigh so that the leaves would not fall out of place.
- Put your wrapped eggs in a pot filled with onion skins, water, vinegar and salt so that all eggs are completely covered and slowly bring the water to boil. Once the water starts boiling leave the temperature on medium heat and cook for 15–20 minutes.
- After the eggs are cooked, take out the eggs and place them in cold water.
- You might be keen to remove the tights, however, wait until they are cool and then cut away the tights.
- Remove all the decorative flowers and leaves with a paper towel.
- Once dry, you can make them shiny by coating the eggshell with olive oil and wiping away the excess with a paper towel.
I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my culture as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you!
Tip #4 – Consider Your Napkins
If I’m using the butcher paper on the table, I like to use napkins with color or a pattern. I tie a knot at the top and set it on top of the plate. Easy-peasy.
If I’m using a patterned table runner, I keep the napkins simple and pattern-free. I place paper napkins under the silverware or on the plate on a diagonal. Be careful not to mix too many patterns on the table!
My formula for success is:
- Patterned tablecloth or runner = simple napkins!
- Simple tablecloth or runner = fun napkins!
When spring finally arrives, it does so in full force: Suddenly, flowers are blooming everywhere, the grass is greener, and newly-hatched birds and chicks can be seen about. Another hallmark of the season? Easter. But when you're so busy looking at all the beauty around you, it can be easy to lose sight of your holiday plans. Whether you're hosting an Easter eggs-travaganza party, gathering your family and friends for an annual feast, or celebrating with just your immediately family this year, there are many ways you can incorporate the season's freshest flowers and brilliant colors into last-minute decorations. Our ideas are anything but rushed, even though these crafts and decorations can be done in the hours leading up to Sunday morning.
We're sharing the most innovative ways to play up that Easter egg motif, using everything from real eggs to construction paper and even balloons. These egg-themed Easter crafts will certainly please any of the little ones at your Easter table, but we're certain adults will be wowed, too. If you have extra hard boiled eggs laying around the kitchen, we have quick solutions that can put them to good use, like our eggshell votives which will bathe your Easter tablescape in soft candlelight.
Speaking of tablescapes, there are many ways to dress up a table full of Easter dishes. In addition to classic spring centerpieces, there are a few ways to craft party favors and other conversation starters with common DIY staples. Your guests will love seeing pastel-colored candy bowls wrapped in your choice of yarn, and they'll definitely admire the Easter-themed family tree you'll create out of decoupaged eggs and your favorite floral branches.
Focus on celebrating your holiday by browsing our best Easter decorations that can be made anytime with ease. We've got a fresh batch of no-frills, straight-forward Easter decorating ideas for each hostess ahead.
A Blue Day On The Baja
I’m a little blue today despite the sunshine. What’s la Gringa to do when she’s got the Baja Blues? Put on some music and dye eggs with colorful vegetables from the food bin, of course.
We have been in Mexico away from our family since early November 2016. I have celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day and now Easter away from Nevada. I didn’t expect to care so much about holidays when I moved to Mexico but I think it’s a reality of expat life. Holidays have always been family celebrations and I’m missing my family a lot today. It’s true that the kids are too busy adulting to miss us and they don’t actually care where we live but when a holiday is on the horizon they act as though they miss us too. My grandson was going to see the Easter Bunny, my sister will be hunting eggs with her grand children and attending mass, my sons and their mates might cook a ham or drop in at the in laws house. They are celebrating with comforting family traditions.
I’m celebrating by avoiding town. Our rural seaside village becomes a madhouse with Semanta Santa (Holy Week) revelry. It seems all of Mexico is on vacation this week.
I think the real answer for the Baja Blues is to make new traditions and stay in touch with everyone you love regardless of where you drop your flip flops.
Happy Easter to all who celebrate and Hoppy Easter to those who don’t.
According to reports, 300,000 Poles provide healthcare in Germany -- some as doctors and nurses in hospitals, others as carers for the elderly
Berlin (AFP) - For the first time in his life, Andrzej Zebrowski will not celebrate Easter with his family.
Instead, the Polish surgeon will spend the holiday this year in the German hospital where he works to help his colleagues cope with the coronavirus crisis.
Like many others, Zebrowski found himself faced with a heartbreaking dilemma when the Polish government announced on March 27 that anyone entering the country would be placed in mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Return to safety and comfort in Poland, or staff the medical front line in Germany? It was a tough decision, and even tougher to tell his family.
According to local media, 300,000 Poles provide healthcare in Europe's biggest economy -- some as doctors and nurses in hospitals, others as carers for the elderly.
"Our main task as doctors is to take care of patients professionally. I could not let my staff down at this crucial moment," said Zebrowski, who works in Prenzlau, 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the border.
Zebrowski had been making the 50-minute journey every day from his home in Szczecin.
"Of course being separated from my family is not easy, but my wife and seven-year-old son understand and accept my decision," he said. "It is an exceptional situation."
Polish healthcare staff account for a fraction of the 69,000 workers who commute across the border every day. But without them, German hospitals would have a problem on their hands.
In some hospitals near the border, Poles comprise more than 30 percent of the workforce, according to Frank Ullrich Schulz, president of the regional medical association in the German state of Brandenburg.
To encourage Polish commuters to stay in Germany, some border regions are offering 40 to 65 euros ($44-70) a day to pay for meals and hotel rooms.
At the Prenzlau hospital, around half of the staff are Polish, including 22 doctors. The hospital has no COVID-19 patients yet, but intensive care beds are ready and waiting.
"Without them, many urgently needed procedures and operations could not be carried out," said hospital director Marita Schoenemann.
Germany appears to be faring better than many neighbours against COVID-19. The country has been lauded for its comprehensive approach to testing and as of Thursday, the official death count was just over 2,100.
"Of our 40 intensive care beds, only three are currently occupied. But we are bracing for a wave," said Ulrich Gnauk, director of the Asklepios hospital in border-town Schwedt, where half of the 40 Polish staff members have decided to stay.
Without them, the hospital would have had to close, said Gauk, who believes Europe has "failed" by not imposing blanket rules.
Germany will introduce a 14-day quarantine period for anyone entering from April 10, with an exception for cross-border commuters.
Many healthcare workers have nonetheless decided to return to their families.
"I didn't want to force my entire family into quarantine over Easter because of me," said Jacek Witkowski, a doctor in the intensive care unit at Magdeburg University Hospital.
At the end of March, with Poland much less affected by the coronavirus than Germany, he decided to return to Szczecin.
The temporary employment agency that had placed him in the hospital refused to pay him during his 14 days of absence, forcing him to stop working for them.
"I'm disappointed. but I'm going to rest for a few days before looking for a job, probably in Poland," he said.
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via Trevor GernonThe father of the 4-year-old boy kidnapped from his bed and dumped dead on a Dallas street says he will never forgive himself for leaving his son and his twin brother with a friend while he skipped town under a cloud of legal problems.Trevor Gernon released a recorded statement on his sister’s YouTube account both apologizing for not taking care of his son Cash and asking the public not to be too hard on him.Gernon said that when he moved to Dallas, he moved in with an old friend, Monica Sherrod, and when he moved back to Houston “after an unsuccessful job hunt amongst other things,” he decided they would be better off with her.“I felt it was in the boys’ best interest to not disrupt their routine,” he said of Cash and his brother, Carter, who was not harmed and is now with his mother.“They were comfortable, they were around other kids, and from what it appeared, Monica was a trustworthy person. This choice I made with best of intentions has resulted in a most horrific outcome.”On May 15, an intruder was caught on a baby monitor camera sneaking into Cash and Carter’s bedroom at Sherrod’s home and lifting the still-sleeping boy from his bed.Two hours later, a passer-by found the child’s body tossed on the street. Police said he had been stabbed.Darriynn Brown, 18, who has some nebulous ties to Sherrod’s family, was charged with kidnapping and burglary, but police are waiting for the results of forensic tests to make a decision on murder charges. Investigators have not released a motive, and Brown’s mother has said she believes her son is being framed.Sherrod told reporters that Gernon left town after being ordered by a court into rehab. CrimeOnline obtained court records showing several outstanding charges against Gernon in Harris County.Gernon referenced his legal issues, saying in the recording, “I have to fear for my freedom, as it is the goal of some to see me go to jail rather than grieve the loss of my little boy.” He did not disclose his location or legal status.Crying at times, he did take responsibility for failing to protect the twins.“I have paid the most ultimate and painful price for my poor judgment and I have to live with this devastation every single day,” he said.“I will never forgive myself. If I could, I would go back and do everything different. This is a nightmare that doesn’t go away once I open my eyes in the morning. We just don’t understand how this could happen to such a bright and cheerful kid.”Addressing the boys’ mother, Melinda Seagroves, he added, “I am so sorry that I failed to keep him safe. That is my job as his dad and I was not able to do that and I’m sorry.”As The Daily Beast reported, Gernon has racked up a string of arrests over the years, serving 68 days in county lockup for a 2018 assault on his father during an argument over a credit-card bill.The Strange New Turn in the Case of 4-Year-Old Cash GernonFollowing his indictment on felony drug possession charges last November, he failed to appear for a March 29, 2021, hearing and thus forfeited a $10,000 bond payment. There is now an open warrant out for his arrest.Johnny Flanagan, whose son gave Gernon a job at his shop until they had a falling-out, told The Daily Beast: “He’s one of these guys that kind of goes whichever way the wind blows, you know, and he’ll do good for several months and then do bad for several months and you know, just up and disappear.”In the recording, Gernon pleaded for mercy in the court of public opinion.“I’m barely getting through a day that doesn’t take me to a dark place,” he said. “I hope you all could understand how fragile we all are and how quickly things can turn upside down…“I would hope that we can all cooperate and band together to make sure Cash gets the justice he deserves.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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We’re Wishing You a Happy Easter With Our Easter Basket Giveaway!
We’re excited to celebrate Easter by giving away a special Easter basket delivered to your door, chock full of yummy San Francisco edibles and beautiful Pottery Barn pieces. Want to win this yummy basket, brimming over with delightful treats? Keep reading to find out what’s in the basket, and to learn how to enter to win it.
Our Easter Basket contains:
- Four Cambria mugs in Stone
- A Bunny Salt and Pepper Shaker Set
- The Honey Bunny Embroidered Table Runner
- A Rattan Easter Basket
- A copy of A Platter of Figs by David Tanis, head chef at famed Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse
- A copy of Tartine by acclaimed pastry chef Elisabeth Prueitt and master baker Chad Robertson
- An assortment of chocolates from San Francisco-based chocolate company Tcho
- Four packages of healthy San Franola Granola
- Three assorted flavors of jam from Emeryville-based artisanal jam makers INNA Jam
- Two packages of coffee from San Francisco-based coffee company Ritual Coffee
Want to win this fabulous Easter basket? Just fill out the form below (you can click here for the official rules). Make sure to also leave a comment and tell us how you’re celebrating Easter this year!