Easter is around the corner and, as you know, I’m trying to simplify things, including taking the holidays down a notch.
Easter is going to look a little different at our house this year as I make good on my promise to simplify things for my family.
So, for today’s Friday Five I bring you …
5 Simple and Sweet Easter Ideas
1. A Family Easter Basket – this year, instead of individual baskets, the bunny and I have decided to take a simpler path and have one family Easter basket for all to share. The kids will have smaller baskets for hunting eggs, but instead of 4 baskets of presents, we’re keeping things simple with one larger basket with bubbles, sidewalk chalk, art supplies, and a few sweet treats for all to share.
2. Frame Eggs ::: The Artful Parent – earlier this week we dyed some eggs, which completely freaked my four year old out. “I don’t like eggs that aren’t egg colors!” she wailed. Oh, boy. Okay, maybe we’ll try dying Easter eggs again next year. In the meantime, our hard boiled eggies are going to get the Sharpie marker frame treatment and some doodles, inspired by The Artful Parent, which is actually easier than using dye anyway. Win-win.
3. Fancy Breakfast, Simple Dinner – the years that Easter falls in the middle of tax season, as it does this year, are years that my family doesn’t travel for the holiday. Instead of trying to pull off a fancy dinner just for the six of us, we decided to have a fancy and fun Easter breakfast instead and to keep the rest of the day’s meals simple. This will be easier on me, allow my husband (the cook in our family) to actually enjoy a day off, and it will be kinder to our wallets, too.
4. Spring Crafts, not Easter Crafts – eggs aside, we’re also keeping things simple with decorating and crafting this year. The kids and I are doing a few Spring themed crafts and we have those on display, but I didn’t drag the Easter tote out of the garage this year. The simpler the better for me and so I’m skipping the bunny and chick specific crafts and knick knacks. Maybe next year, but for now I’m content to skip it.
5. No Easter Outfits – I know! This is so unlike me, the mom who likes to dress her kids in outfits and even buys silly pajamas for every holiday, but this year it isn’t in my budget and it seemed a little excessive to buy new dress clothes for the kids when they each have a perfectly nice dressy outfit in their closets right now and we’re staying home on Easter Sunday anyway and *gasp* we aren’t doing the (terrifying to my toddler) Easter bunny visit and picture either.
I don’t know about you, but the bunny and I think it sounds like a lovely plan.
How are you simplifying the spring holidays?