Easter blog

Easter activities to keep you occupied!

Although lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease (hurrah!), there’s a good chance that we’ll spending the Easter bank holiday in the comfort of our own homes or at best in someone’s garden.

However, if you’re wanting Easter to remain an extra special celebration, whether it’s to keep the kids entertained or simply because you love to add seasonal decorations to your home, then our list of Easter activities has got your covered. So, whether it’s making your own Easter display, getting crafty with a classic Easter bonnet making session, or embracing the new trend of making Easter egg cheesecakes, there’s plenty to do this bank holiday in your home.

  1. Easter Decorations

Decorating your home doesn’t have to be saved for just Christmas and Halloween; Easter arrangements have risen in popularity, and it seems like lots of Gleeson homeowners have made their own this year. 

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Easter displays look pretty placed as a centre piece on your coffee table or dining table, creating a springtime setting that everyone can enjoy. Decorate with florals, foliage, and pastel eggs for a classy look. Or if you want to go for full on fun, go for loud greens, yellow Easter chicks and rabbit ornaments.

When dressing your table for your Easter roast, why not try making Easter bunny napkins to delight the kids? Follow these simple steps by blogger Kori Ellis:

  1. Fold the napkin in half and then in half again, forming a long rectangle.
  2. Fold the right and left sides down to meet in the centre, forming a point at the top
  3. Fold the bottom corners up, meeting at the centre
  4. Fold in the side corners so that they meet in a point. Your napkin should now be in a kite-like shape
  5. Gently turn the napkin over and fold the top point downward, then turn the napkin back over
  6. Roll the right side of the napkin over, a bit past the centre point. Fold the left side over and tuck it into the pocket on the right side
  7. Stand your napkin bunny upright. You may need to adjust the bottom to form a base. Fluff the bunny ears and position the napkin on your plate

  1. Easter Wreaths

Easter feels like a breath of fresh air after the year we’ve all had. And with longer days, sun shining and spring flowers, Easter naturally brings positivity and joy. Feel that springtime delight every time you arrive home by adding an Easter wreath to your front door! Whether you make one yourself or choose a shop-bought option, wreaths, like decorations, don’t have to be reserved for Christmas.

Watch this Easter wreath tutorial by Good Housekeeping for more inspiration.

  1. Easter treats

Wild on Instagram this year, the Easter egg cheesecake is a must make. With Easter a time for treats galore, this dessert will be popular with kids and adults alike. A chocolate Easter egg half, filled with creamy chocolate cheesecake filing and a crumbly biscuit base with chocolatey toppings and a chocolate drizzle on top, what more could you want?

To make three egg halves all you will need is:

3 Easter Egg Shells

100g biscuits of your choice

25g unsalted butter melted

340g Philadelphia cream cheese

50 g caster sugar

Juice of half a lemon

0.5 tablespoons of vanilla extract

200ml cold double cream

50g chocolate for melting

Easter treats for topping

Following this method, by blogger Amy Treasure, simply:

1. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor or put them into a Ziplock bag and bash them up with a heavy object like a rolling pin. Melt the butter in the microwave and pour it into the crushed biscuits and mix well.

2. Use a sharp knife to cut the Easter eggs in half.

3. Add the biscuit mixture inside the Easter eggs filling them about a third of the way. Press the mixture down and smooth it gently with the back of a spoon. Put the eggs into the fridge while you make the filling.

4. Put the cream cheese and caster sugar into a mixing bowl and beat well. You can use a handheld electric whisk or beat it by hand. Pour in the lemon juice and vanilla extract and beat together. Next, pour in the double cream and beat until the mixture thickens.

5. Set aside a third of the mixture. Melt the chocolate in the microwave and pour it into the cheesecake mixture beating well until fully combined.

6. Take the Easter eggs out of the fridge and fill them with the cheesecake mixture. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon. Put the cheesecake filled easter eggs back into the fridge for an hour.

7. Add toppings of your choice, such as Maltesers, Mini Eggs or Chocolate Buttons to your Easter Egg Cheesecake and serve for a delicious indulgent treat.

  1. Easter Egg hunt

The all-important Easter egg hunt is a great way to kick off Easter morning, just pop on your Easter bonnet, grab a basket and get hunting!

Easter egg hunts can be done inside or outside, and can be adapted to any age. To make the hunt more difficult for teens or even adults, make clues or a quiz and hide the eggs in difficult places which must be solved like a treasure hunt. For younger children, hide the eggs in easy to find places, making them slightly visible, or even create bunny footprints from card or using flour to lend a helping hand. You can’t go wrong with a good old fashioned Easter egg hunt.

For more Easter egg hunt tips and clues, check out BBC Good Foods ideas here.

Whether you need to keep yourself or your little ones busy this Easter, we hope our creative ideas help you get into the spirit. Now let’s just hope for good weather!

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