Easter Party Ideas
The traditional symbols of the Easter holiday — fluffy bunnies, baby chicks, brightly decorated eggs and Easter baskets — make for great decorations for your Easter party. Fill pastel-colored baskets with artificial grass and chocolate eggs to make colorful centerpieces, and put out bowls of dyed hard-boiled eggs to liven up both the buffet table and the décor.
If you're planning a child's Easter party, use plush stuffed rabbits and chicks to serve as both decorations and party favors, and go to a party-supply store for bunny-shaped helium balloons to decorate your mailbox or add to the festivities.
The spring season means that there are lots of natural decorations available, so pick some flowers from your garden or the nearest flower shop and put them in pastel-colored vases. Look for tulips and daffodils, which are in season around this time, but any spring flowers in bright or pastel hues add flair to your party, as well as the additional bonus of a springy floral scent.
What should you and your guests wear to an Easter party? Why, an Easter bonnet and crisp white gloves, of course! If bonnets and white gloves aren't your style, how about bunny ears and a fuzzy white tail?
Costumes aside, you can get in the spirit of the holiday with clothes in traditional Easter colors like yellow, pink, light blue, lavender and green. Traditionally, people dress up on Easter, but an Easter party doesn't have to be a posh affair. Keeping things casual is a good idea if you're going to be enjoying classic Easter activities like egg dyeing and egg hunts.
Because these can be messy affairs, you'll want to tell your guests to bring an apron or wear some old clothes that wouldn't be ruined if they were stained with dye or grass.
Got eggs? Then you have tons of fun Easter games to play. If you have access to a large outdoor area, have an egg-and-spoon race, an Easter egg roll just like at the White House, or get really messy with an egg toss.
Easter egg hunts are fun both for kids and grown-ups and can be played outdoors or indoors. Just hide chocolate eggs or plastic eggs filled with chocolates and jellybeans around your yard or your home, and then start the hunt. Hide one golden egg in an especially difficult hiding place, and give a special prize to the person who finds that one.
Easter crafts, like dyeing eggs or making and breaking an Easter egg piñata, are also great activities for all ages.
Lamb and ham are traditional main dishes at Easter feasts in the US, but the holiday is best known for its sweet snacks.
From chocolate bunnies to jelly beans to marshmallow Peeps, Easter is all about sugar. If you have any food coloring left over from dyeing eggs, decorate cupcakes with frosting dyed in pastel colors and top each one with a sprinkling of green-dyed coconut and jelly beans. And everyone at your party will love to make S'meeps!
Balance out all that sugar with savory holiday-appropriate treats like deviled eggs and baby carrots with a rich ranch dip.
Egg Cream (serves 1)
This drink, which has its roots in New York City, contains neither eggs nor cream, but it does have a great chocolate taste and fizzy consistency.
- 1/2 cup milk
- seltzer or club soda
- 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
Pour milk into a tall glass. Add seltzer to within 1 inch of top of the glass. Stir vigorously with a long spoon until foam rises to the top of the glass. Gently pour chocolate syrup over. Give a few quick stirs to incorporate syrup, and serve.