Easter is not a religious holiday for me, but growing up (in Seattle) it was a HUGE family holiday packed with traditions because my mom came from a big family. I’ve tried to share some of those traditions with my own family, but it hasn’t always been easy. My first year here I wanted to do an Easter basket for my stepdaughter, and I couldn’t find the right kind of basket ANYWHERE. My mom always had to send me Easter egg dye. And there aren’t any massive Easter egg hunts (that I could find) around here that are anything like what my family did every year. Guys. I still can’t find Peeps in this country.
This year, I’m actually going to come pretty close to carrying on a lot of those traditions and I’m super excited to share them with you! The first thing I thought I’d show you is how to fill an Easter basket. When we woke up on Easter, we’d get to search the house for the Easter basket my mom had hidden for each of us. I’ve pulled a few supplies together in the shop to help you make Easter baskets for your kids/partners/friends with a fun, sparkly spin. Here’s how it goes down!
1. Get a basket. A long handle is essential for a classic Easter basket. The handles on ours fold down which will help with storage later. Your kid’s first Easter basket can last them their whole life!
3. Take a few plastic eggs and fill them with treats. They don’t all have to be sweets – little toys, paper punches, washi tape, etc. work well too. We have gold eggs in the shop because I’d never seen them before and they are so cool!
4. Add chocolate eggs, a chocolate bunny (if you’re in America) or a giant chocolate egg (if you’re here). Basically, add chocolate.
5. Toss in some fluffy chicks. Optional, but so cute!
6. Add a couple of small, non-sweet gifts. Ideally something to help entertain over the rest of the long weekend/school holiday. Here we added stickers and a mini cross stitch kit. My mom often put a paperback book in mine.
7. Now hide the basket and make your loved one find it, playing the ‘you’re getting warmer…you’re getting colder…you’re getting warmer…you’re HOT!’ game. Revel in how cute and creative you are. Eat chocolate. Done!
You can find all of the supplies we used here (except the chocolates) in our Easter crafts section!