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Getting Ready For Easter

It’s Good Friday and it’s time to roll into high gear as we get ready for Easter Sunday. Here is an old post I wrote on my old blog. I had hoped to create a new post for The Ryan Table about our Easter traditions and recipes, but as things are, I am simply re-posting a three-year-old post from Mothering Sunshine (my old blog). We love these traditions and maybe your family will too! We will be eating Cinnamon Rolls on Easter morning. What will your family be enjoying?

Getting Ready for Easter (a recycled post)

I am going to share some of the fun things we do around here as the excitement builds during Holy Week. However, you are only allowed to read further if you first read this disclaimer: 

I love the week before Easter. I like to keep the meals simple, make preparations with the kids, and save the partying for Easter Sunday and the weeks following. We highlight the contrast between the days leading up to Easter and Easter itself by making preparations all week and saving the Easter egg hunts and partying for Easter Sunday and the weeks following. 

Easter Eggs

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs 
Photo from Our Best Bites

There is a fantastic tutorial over at Our Best Bites. We make these every single year and they turn out fantastic every time! I don’t know why I can’t find pictures of my eggs but I promise you they turn out just like the one pictured above (and the others shown in the tutorial). You just have to hop on over there and find out for yourself.

Easy, easy egg decorating

If you want an even simpler way of decorating eggs (am I the only one who hates those little cheap kits?) try using Sharpie Markers:

I LOVE using Sharpies on eggs. You can use blown eggs or boiled eggs. You just doodle away and have a great time. I am not artsy. If I can do it, you can do it. Even if you just do lines and dots they turn out pretty cool.

Napkins and modge podge


Why the cool infographic? Because I can. And because I wanted to show you the cute little carrots I made out of the orange napkins and green forks (on the left). Making eggs this way produces a cool effect. However, it is a bit messy and not as exciting as the silk ones or as simple as the Sharpie ones.
I love to decorate the house (for any occasion) while the kids are sleeping. It’s so much fun to surprise them. On Holy Saturday I try to run to the farmer’s market and get a few bouquets of flowers and put them in the fridge with water. After the kids go to bed I make as many little vases of flowers as I can and put flowers anywhere I can fit them. Fresh flowers on Easter morning is a lovely way to start the holiday and highlight the spiritual significance of the days leading up to Easter and Easter itself. Don’t forget to put out all the Easter eggs too!!

If you can’t get flowers, then set the table as beautifully as you can after the kids go to bed. And remember that children have a wonderfully simple eye for beauty. Even if you cut out some confetti from white computer paper and set the table as nicely as you can ahead of time, they will notice. The point is to make the house as beautiful as we can. 
Traditions are deeply rooted in our hearts. They can pull your heart back toward the right direction when everything else seems lost, and they are fun! 
Growing up my sister, Aimee, was the little queen of creating traditions in our house. She intentionally looked for traditions and, by the time she left for college, she left my mother with quite the list of things to do for the holidays!

I think out of all of her inventions, this one is my favorite:
The Easter Tree

Pictures are from my mom’s blog

I have yet to do this with my kids!!! Maybe this is the year. I used to love decorating this tree for my younger siblings, but I just haven’t done it yet for my own children. Now that my kids are older and can really appreciate it more than just “Oh look! Candy!” I think I will try and make the effort.

Step 1. On Good Friday plant a stick or something that kind of looks like a tree. It can be in a pot or in the ground . . . whatever works for you! I find that a pot helps to hold it up.

Step 2. Wait.

Step 4. Wake up on Easter morning and the tree has magically turned into an Easter tree covered in vegetation, ribbons, and candy!

Okay. That’s not true. If it were I probably would have done this for my own kids by now. In reality, you just grab whatever vegetation (my favorite are azaleas if you have some in bloom) you have available and either just stick it into the branches or wire it onto the dead stick. Then you tape foil-wrapped chocolate eggs to ribbon and tie the ribbon onto the branches. I have very fond memories of my sister and me, when we were teenagers, doing this for our younger siblings. They never suspected it was us all along.

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt.

A tradition we started a few years ago is our Saturday night Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. I don’t have pictures because they are all, well, pitch black. Not great for pictures, but it makes finding the eggs a whole lot more fun. 

If you don’t want to do a flashlight Easter egg hunt, well just try and be creative when you hide the eggs:

Making a tomb
This one is easy to do, and really, my kids do it on their own now. You can do it inside or outside. Make it however you like and then move the rock away from the tomb on Easter Sunday. 
Well, I think that about covers it. Stay tuned, if you are lucky I might get to post about cinnamon rolls before Easter!

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2 thoughts on “Getting Ready For Easter”

  1. Erica says:

    I love all of these ideas because you can put as much or as little of effort as you want into whatever you do. They truly are "stress-free" ideas. We don't have many traditions around here, and not being a crafty person AT ALL, I am often overwhelmed by the ideas that I see on pinterest. But, I read your ideas and I think, "I could do every one of these, even with my 4 week old baby, and not feel overwhelmed." Thanks for the great ideas!

  2. Jenny says:

    Thanks Erica! It's all about the simple little things!

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