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The Family Easter Party


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As soon as the New Year ticked over, the shops unleashed their range of Easter treats and products. Chocolate eggs and hot cross buns are everywhere from the ground up and whenever we go out shopping we see the parents around us having to explain to their children why they can’t have Easter eggs now and that Easter is still a few months away. The supermarket fills with sobs of protests and whining. With our two kids the moment they knew what Easter eggs were and would point them out in the shop we would explain to them that they are out on display only for the Easter Bunny so he knows what to get everyone for Easter and we are not allowed to touch them. For now it seems to work and our kids remain unfazed by the endless aisles of coloured foil and fluffy toys.

I think it is sad that these special family events are almost spoiled by shops promoting it months in advance, how are children supposed to appreciate the occasion when it is around them months beforehand? It kind of takes away from the hype and excitement and what Easter is really all about.

I am traditional in that Good Friday we have smoked cod for dinner (hubby refuses to eat seafood so I make him up a vegetarian option). Our children know the Christian story about Easter and also that the Easter Bunny gets busy delivering chocolate eggs to all the boys and girls around the world. For us the kids love to watch the movie Hop (gotta admit Russell Brand makes a cute Easter Bunny!) and on the morning, they awake to find bunny prints (plain flour and glitter dusted over a stencil) “hopping” around the house leaving a trail of nibbled on pieces of carrot.

We try not to make it all about the chocolate by adding in a gift like a story book. The day is then spent together enjoying treats and reading books. But this year we want to organise a little Family Easter Party with their Aunty, Uncle and cousins. Setting it outdoors, making use of our back patio and grassy backyard we will have Easter decorations in bright, fun colours; and put on a barbecue and set up the table with fairy bread, popcorn, chips and lollies. In the centre of the table, I will have my treasured papier Mache’ rabbit that I painted up to look like the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, and around him petal scatters and little Easter eggs. This year I am also going to make my own Easter chocolates which I will wrap in clear cellophane, tied with a bright coloured ribbon and then placed with lollipops in cute little pails that I will decorate to look like rabbits with cardboard bunny ears on the front and a cotton ball glued on the back for a tail.

When the cousins get together it is a riot. All close in age, the four of them bounce off each other and they have endless energy. Endless. Energy. So we will be playing games like the sack race, egg and spoon race (paint up some eggs beforehand) but to make it interesting and to test their hand-eye coordination we will put in a few obstacles along the way for them to work through, and an activity table for them to sit at and colour in Easter-themed pictures. If they are really worn out and need a re-charge we will turn the lounge into a movie theatre and they can watch Hop. Because we live in Townsville an Easter egg hunt is not really ideal. The treats will melt in seconds. To work around this we will instead have an Easter Bunny hunt. My treasured white rabbit will go for a “wander” at some point and the children will have to find him. Along the way there will be little fluffy chicks for them to collect. Once found the children will collect their prize and the Bunny Buckets will be chilled and ready for them to take home at the end of the day.

Hopefully by the end of the party we will be sending off our worn out niece and nephew with their mum and dad and our two will also be exhausted but happy and wanting to have another family Easter party next year. So with that in mind I better get on to Pink Frosting ASAP and start organising all my decorations and products to work my DIY magic on!



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