The world is slowly getting closer to becoming something closer to normal, but we’re not there yet.
This Easter will look a lot like the holidays of 2020, and still require smaller groups and virtual celebrations. However, at this point, we’re all a lot better at making virtual holidays more interactive, and there’s some great ways to keep Easter memorable – and still have fun!
Nothing says Easter like Peeps. “For this, you’d need to send out care packages ahead of time that include whatever it is you’d like to make your Peeps house out of,” said lifestyle and parenting expert Veena Crownholm. The kit could include a box of graham crackers, two packages of Peeps, frosting, jelly beans, etc.
Virtual Cake Baking Contest
Nothing is more fun than baking together. While we cannot all be together, it can still be fun to make something together over Zoom, FaceTime or Skype. “Send out your ingredients list ahead of time. It can be as simple as a boxed cake, frosting, Peeps and other fun decor, or it could be more in-depth with making the cake from scratch and then Peeps, frosting and other items you’d like to use for decor,” said Crownholm.
Each person or household is responsible for creating a fun list and seeing which household can find the items first. “Items will have varying values from 1-5-10 points and there should be a time limit to retrieve the items,” said Crownholm. Have fun with it and make it Easter themed…think a bag of carrots, Peeps, 5 blue jelly beans, etc.
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A virtual brunch can be a fun and interactive idea for your family and friends. “Send your guests a curated box of ingredients to make a traditional family recipe, or have each individual household make something different,” said Ashley Thompson, owner of Ashley Creative Events. After the virtual event, a book can be made of all the recipes used as a keepsake for future Easter brunches.
Or, make it even easier and just ship an edible treat to everyone. Here’s some fun festive dishes that can be shipped right to a loved one’s door:
Easter Bunny Carrot Cake from Duff Goldman
Honey-Glazed Ham from Logan Farms
Easter Egg Cheesecake from Junior’s Cheesecakes
Easter Sugar Cookie Assortment from Mini Melanie
If the event is for adults, another fun idea is to create a cocktail kit for a virtual Easter happy hour. “The kit can include the different items to make a specialty cocktail like a Bloody Mary or a Blackberry Mojito and you can enjoy them together with virtual cheers!” said Thompson.
Delivering Easter treat baskets to your family members who live nearby is a great way to spread a little bit of holiday cheer. “A few things to include would be chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, carrot-shaped Reese’s Pieces, Easter craft kits, and stuffed bunnies or chicks,” said Thompson. Feel free to deviate from the standard Easter basket items for the adults by including candles, tech accessories or gourmet bites.
“Make easy Easter-themed bingo cards ahead of time and have your family and friends print out the cards,” said Crownholm. From there, designate a caller and create some fun prizes you can mail out or choose a gift card.
Competitive cooking making can be a great virtual party activity. “Buy sugar cookie kits from a local bakery and decorate the cookies safely at home, or send them to your friends,” suggests Elisa Marshall, the co-founder, Creative Director and event planner at New York City’s French bakery and café, Maman.
If you can’t find local cookie decorating kits, send your friends a simple sugar cookie and icing recipe and you can still decorate them all together on a video call! “Add an element of voting to the zoom call where each kid decorates one cookie shape at a time and everyone votes on their favorite, suggests Marshall.