Spring has sprung! And with it comes a seemingly endless string of holidays and events…Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations, and then about twenty-eleven birthdays in May alone for our family.
Usually by the beginning of March I’m in the throes of Easter basket shopping for four kids. I think Easter, like so many other holidays, has spiraled out of control. Even the Easter Bunny, with all his hopping power, can only hop so much. Easter baskets should be fun, inexpensive and stress-free. The basket doesn’t have to be a “basket”. Use your imagination!
A couple years ago, I was strolling through Lowe’s (one of my favorite pasttimes) and found some pastel buckets and decided right then and there that they HAD to be the kids’ Easter baskets for that year. Only later did it dawn on me how huge they were and would take some serious filling. To fill up two-thirds of the bucket (thereby cutting down on treats needed) I made my own Easter grass. I used various colors of paper (which I always keep on hand for just such projects) and shredded it in our industrial-strength shredder at work on the “crinkle” setting (a personal shredder or pinking shears work too).
Sounds like a great idea, right? Well, it was adorable, but the kids went nuts over it and after the festivities they spread the “grass” over the floor like a ’70s shag carpet. The sheer volume I had shredded could have covered a football field. I have leftovers in boxes in my garage awaiting another brave mommy moment.
To give the baskets height I stuck in a tall handmade paper flower with each child’s name on it. The flowers were cut out and taped to paint stirrer sticks. The bucket baskets were a hit and the buckets are still useful today!
Everyone loves Peeps don’t they? That gooey marshmallow confection shaped like Bugs Bunny that melts in your mouth. I had never thought of using them in a centerpiece until I saw this one. Absolutely sweet (pun intended)! Until my kids got ahold of them, that is. They couldn’t resist the bright-colored delicacies and ate them right out of the vase!
Hop on down your own bunny trail and create something different this Easter. Maybe the chocolate Easter Bunny will visit you!
And don’t forget to color some eggs!
Check out Poofing the Pillows on Thursdays for other great ideas.