Easter really snuck up on me this year, how about you?? March is gone in a blink and I’m feeling so unprepared for the holiday weekend coming up.
I took a few minutes today to finally gather my thoughts (and shopping list!) for Easter Sunday and was relieved to fall back on several
shortcuts annual traditions. That’s the loveliest thing about traditions, actually. They take the guesswork out of the holidays! When in doubt, turn to your favorite list of ways to celebrate with your family and you’re ready to go!
7 easy family Easter traditions you’ll want to try this year:
1. Get out our Easter bonnets! Last year our parish priest asked all the ladies of the church to attend Easter Mass in bonnets. I’ve never worn one before and it was the perfect excuse to finally pick out the frilliest one I could find at a local department store. We’ll be parading to church again this year with our festive toppers.
2. Personalized eggs: We go with the tried and true box kit of dyes from the grocery store. The solid simple colors make me so happy every year. We make sure to write every family member’s name (including the dog!) in white crayon on the eggs first. It’s a fun way to remember the extended family who can’t be with us for the holiday.
3. Visit Mr. Easter Bunny: We’ve managed a fun photo op with him each year so far. I love to find a local egg hunt event where he’ll be stopping by for a more natural photo than the staged mall shot, but the mall bunny was definitely the easiest when the girls were babies!!
4. When in doubt Bunnies and Flowers on EVERYTHING: I love spring. It is my very favorite season of the year. Everything from our home decor to gift selections features bunnies and flowers. The girls each have a pair of bunny ears they’ll wear for fun throughout the weekend. This year, their baskets will be filled with several small and sweet spring gifts that serve to cut down on all the candy:
- Blossom Bunny (the gorgeous white one with colorful bow)
- Burrow Bunny (the completely huggable tan one)
- Simply Crafty Personalized Flower Letters
- Simply Crafty Butterfly Wands
- Semiprecious Bead Bracelets
- Color Link Bracelets
5. Dress up Louie for Easter: Yes, our family giraffe has outfits for the different holidays. Last year was the start of our newest tradition when the girls decided to dress him up with his own set of bunny ears and hand-me-down bunny slippers along with my favorite egg wreath as necklace. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time, they were so proud of themselves. I can’t wait to see what they do with him this year! You can get your own giraffe here.
6. Go for an Easter Parade: The Judy Garland classic is one of my all time favorite movies! I insist on watching it every year. (You can actually rent it right here.) My favorite scene is when she and Fred Astaire finally stroll down the avenue in the finale.
One of the many reasons we moved south was to be able to take advantage of the milder weather. We try to make a habit of getting outside for our own version of an Easter Parade at a local park or greenway path. This usually happens right after our Easter brunch while we’re still dressed up in our Easter outfits.
7. Bonus Tradition: Ears First! After we’ve had our fill of my favorite Easter brunch menu, then it’s onto the girls’ favorite tradition: Eating the chocolate bunny, ears FIRST, of course! They love that I allow it while still being all dressed up in their fancy dresses!!
P.S. If you’re looking for an adorable tradition for your breakfast, be sure to check out this tutorial for making Easter Bunny pancakes over on Let’s Lasso the Moon!