1. Spring into Easter: Involve the kids in spring crafts (which can double as Easter decor) days or weeks in advance. Start a party-planning committee to decide on your menu, invite list and fun games to play, and hold your meeting outside.
2. Candy is just as pretty as it is delicious: Fill vintage glass jars of varying sizes with multi-coloured goodies. Use egg-shaped candy, such as jelly beans and chocolate eggs, and be sure to have extras on hand in case your decor needs replenishing.
3. Introduce an Easter tree as part of your family’s traditions: Decorate a beautiful branch with homemade ornaments that will last from year to year, such as decoupage Styrofoam eggs, homemade clothespin bunnies and spring-inspired felt shapes and buttons strung together to make a garland.
4. Revamp the traditional egg hunt: Hide clues in reusable plastic eggs that will lead treasure-seekers to an ultimate prize (but to be sure to include other surprise-filled eggs along the way to make sure little ones stay keen on the hunt). Make it harder by expanding outdoors, and invite neighbours over to participate.
5. Create edible Easter pops: Mix one box of crushed, jelly-centered sandwich cookies with 2/3 cup of strawberry flavoured cream cheese. Chill for 30 minutes. Make egg-shaped balls using about 1 1/2 tablespoons of mixture. Insert a colourful straw into end, and chill for one hour. Dip entire egg in chocolate and use a sandwich bag with a corner cut out to decorate with coloured chocolate.
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