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10 Unconventional Easter Basket Ideas

Thanks for all the love on my Easter tablescape earlier this week, friends.  I’m continuing the Easter theme today and giving you lots of different ways to make an Easter basket.

I’ve always wanted to get my kids these kinds of Easter baskets from Pottery Barn, but man are they expensive.  Maybe one day? Don’t you just love how they can be personalized?  I also love that they have the quality to last for several more years of Easter egg hunts.

Maybe I should hop on them now (pun intended) so that my kids can get several uses out of them before they don’t want to participate in Easter egg hunts anymore.  At what point do kids stop wanting to hunt for eggs anyway?

Well anyway, if you don’t want to spend a small fortune on an Easter basket, try putting one of these ideas to use.

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Unconventional Easter Basket Ideas

My thought process is that because you already have to buy things to fill the Easter basket, try incorporating the basket into what you already have to buy anyway.

Here are a few ideas I found from the list below and linked up for you in case you want to give any of these a try.

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1. Bike Basket

If you’re already buying a bike for an Easter gift, then just fill the bike basket with candy and other Easter treats. My neighbor is actually doing this and I thought it was genius!

2. Umbrella

What better way to get ready for Spring than with an umbrella?  Instead of stuffing the umbrella into a basket just open it up, turn it upside down, and fill with all the Easter goodies.

3. Shopping Cart

Does your toddler love to play store like mine?  I’m not sure if it indicates that we go to the store too much, but she loves to play it.

Instead of an Easter basket, just use a toddler play shopping cart.  It makes perfect sense to fill it up with play food, a cash register, and other store related toys.

4. Stroller

My little girl also loves to play babies, which always involves a stroller.  So if you don’t already have a stroller, or you do, fill it up with baby toys for Easter.

5. Truck Bed

Now if you have a little boy, this may be more appropriate because I don’t know any little boys that don’t like trucks.  Get a larger toy truck for Easter and fill the bed of the truck with candy and other small toys.

6. Kiddie Pool

If you really want to use Easter as a chance to get ready for the summer, then get your kids a small kiddie pool and fill it up with everything you’d normally put in an Easter basket.  They’ll get so much use out of the pool in the summer.

7. Back Pack

If your kids are a little older and in school, maybe it’s time for a new back pack?  You have to buy the back pack anyway, so just use it to put your Easter stuff in.  Two gifts in one!

8. Hats

If you have a teenage boy, use a hat as his Easter basket.  He probably doesn’t want a traditional Easter basket anyway.  So get him a hat with his favorite team logo and add a chocolate bunny inside.  You’re never too old for a chocolate bunny!

9. Gardening Bucket

Spring is the time when people are getting outside more and getting the yard and garden ready for summer.  Involve your kids by getting them a gardening bucket with kid appropriate gardening tools for Easter.  You can always add plenty of candy to the bucket too.

10. Purse

I know as a teenage girl, I always wanted more purses and bags.  Now I’m relegated to diaper bags, womp womp.  But if you have a teenage girl using a purse to hold her Easter treats is a great basket alternative.

I hope something on this list gives you an idea for an unconventional Easter basket this year.  I’m sure your kids would love anything to get anything on this list!

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Tablescape Tuesday: Pink and White Easter Tablescape

It’s time for one of my favorite series on the blog, Tablescape Tuesday.  I love putting a fun, themed, colorful table together for all kids of parties.  And I love sharing them with you!

I hope today’s tablescape gets you ready for Easter!  It’s right around the corner.  What have you been doing to celebrate the season?  You can see what I did for Lent here.  I am looking forward to more fun too, with egg dying and some crafts with my kiddos.

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Easter Tablescape

So for Easter, I wanted to use this bright and colorful tablecloth I’ve had for several years.  Unfortunately, it’s starting to fade a little from washing it.  A themed tablecloth is a great foundation for any holiday table.

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I actually read in an article about how the French entertain that unless your table is exceptionally beautiful you should always use a table cloth.  I thought that was interesting, even though I don’t always follow the rule.

So I decided to use my pink lily table cloth and really play up the pink with some Easter lilies and pink Easter eggs.  In order to not make it pink overload (although my 3 year old daughter would love that) I mixed in some textured chargers, greenery, and mossy Easter bunnies.

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Easter Tablescape Place Settings

I love these place settings and the addition of some yellow daffodils.  How fun would it be to have your guests all add them to a vase of water in the middle of your table before you start eating.  Maybe go around the table and have everyone say something they are grateful for.  Or a funny story about the host.  Or their favorite Easter candy.

Easter tablescape, Easter table decor, Easter decorations, Easter ideas, Easter table settingsEaster tablescape, Easter table decor, Easter decorations, Easter ideas, Easter table settingsThese leaf place cards are so cool.  I love the greenish yellow color they bring to the table and the different ways you can use them.  Be sure to check my Instagram stories to see the different ways I plan on using them for Easter.

I’m pretty excited to sit around the table on Easter Sunday and enjoy a delicious brunch with family and friends.  What are your Easter traditions?  Do you decorate for the holiday?

I’ll be touring my spring home in the next week so be sure to come back to check that out.  I may just do a live walk through on my Facebook page too.  Lots of things to check out for spring.

And you know what’s funny?  I put this bright and cheery Easter tablescape together when we had about eight inches of snow on the ground outside!  Spring in Colorado is….interesting.  We always seem to have a late spring snow.  I’m sure we’ll probably have another before summer officially rolls around.

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Lent Almsgivng Ideas for The Home Entertainer

Happy Friday!!  It’s also the 27th day of Lent.  Today I wanted to be open and honest and share some things with you, I hope you read along.

 

This past fall I started the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) process at our Catholic parish.  So at the conclusion of Lent, on Holy Saturday, I will officially be Catholic!  It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile to help unify our family.

My husband grew up Catholic, and we’re raising our kids Catholic, but I was always the missing piece.  The whole thing really came to a head one Sunday at Mass when my daughter decided to go with my husband to receive Eucharist. She started crying walking down the aisle because Mommy couldn’t go with her.  Obviously, I could have walked to the front and just not received it, but I stayed in the pew and waited for them to come back while my heart was breaking.

That’s when I knew it was time to start the process.  I’ll be honest and say that it hasn’t been easy, but it’s also been really great at the same time.  There have been logistical issues with kids, other priorities and reasons I’ve had to miss classes.  It’s been a steep learning curve and a challenge of faith.  But every week I leave my classes feeling more complete, more loved, and with more assurance that this is what I’m supposed to be doing.

Lent Almsgiving Ideas for the Home Entertainer

All of that back story to tell you what I’m doing for Lent this year.  I’ve participated in the whole “giving things up for Lent” since high school, and most of the time my sacrifices have been fairly superficial.  Some times I’ve given up chocolate or dessert, and there was one year I gave up reality TV.  That one was actually kind of hard.

The past few years however, I’ve decided to start doing something instead of giving something up.  So this year, I decided I wanted to host a different family for dinner every week.  Here’s the really honest part, we’re four weeks into Lent and I’ve only hosted two families.  Yikes! Either way, I’m still glad to keep trying to coordinate with people and feed them!

I referred back to the parable of the talents (Matthew 25: 14-30) and realized that my talent is opening up my house and sharing time with others.  Something I try to encourage you all to do.

But, I’m not just opening my house and having a meal with others, I’m putting my party planning and decorating spin (aka talent) on things.  Shocker!

The first time we hosted was a Friday, which meant no meat for the day.  So I planned a fun fish taco night with signature drinks and themed tablescape. I’ll definitely break down all the details in another post soon, but wanted to share a couple photos from our meal.

Taco party, cinco de mayo party ideas, fish taco dinner party, mexican dinner partyTaco party, cinco de mayo party ideas, fish taco dinner party, mexican dinner partyThe next dinner party we hosted was more of a spring themed dinner party.  I made a delicious beef ragu and absolutely loved the spring tablescape.

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I have plans for at least a couple more dinner parties, but really need to squeeze them in before April 1st!

Although it’s been fun for me to menu plan, set up a pretty tablescape and cook a delicious meal, it’s actually been the fellowship that I’ve loved the most.  It’s been great talking with other families about life, kids, dreams, challenges, and faith.  It’s the whole reason I decided to do this for Lent.

One of my RCIA teachers explained the idea of fasting, praying, and almsgiving of Lent as a way to love ourselves, love God, and love others. I thought that was a great way to explain the golden rule.  He described it as to love our selves we must fast and deny ourselves things that aren’t good for us.  To love God we need to pray.  And to love others we need to give.  I love being able to give others a good meal and a nice place to eat it.

I hope this Lenten season has been good for you, and if you are just now getting into the swing of things, there is plenty of time to fast, pray, and do almsgiving.

Thank you for letting me be open and honest about my faith journey.  I hope you all have a great weekend and are encouraged to fast, pray, and give.  Or even just invite someone over for dinner!

 

 

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Celebrate Easter with a Kid’s Craft

Happy Good Friday!  If you haven’t gotten enough of Easter egg hunts, dyeing Easter eggs, or Easter baskets, then try giving this kids craft a try.  It’s super easy and doesn’t take long at all.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.All you need to complete this craft is a few supplies:

  • An aluminum foil covered cookie sheet
  • Easter eggs cut out of paper
  • Paint
  • A shower squeegee

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.I know that a shower squeegee may sound weird but I promise it makes this craft fun, not messy, and kind of cool to see.  I first saw this craft on one of those Facebook videos that are always floating around my news feed.

So the first step is to put dots of paint onto your paper eggs.  I didn’t take a picture of that part, but just imagine paint polka dots.  I will say that you will need a hefty amount of paint to be able to spread out across the whole egg.

Then get your kids to help you run the shower squeegee from one side of the egg to the other, spreading out the paint dots.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.As you run the squeegee across the egg, it spreads the paint out and lets it kind of run together.  It’s a great way to talk about how to mix colors with your kids if you want to turn this into a learning activity.  My daughter learned that mixing red and blue turned into purple.  She was pretty excited.

After all of your paint spreading you get some really fun, almost stained glass looking Easter eggs.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.Once all of our eggs were painted I wanted to actually use them for something so I just punched some holes in them and strung them together to make a banner.  Of course I hung the banner on our mantle because I just love that thing and decorating it is basically my part-time job.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.There are a ton of fun uses for these eggs though.  Use them as a place mat on the kids Easter table.  Or fold them to make an Easter card for someone special.

Wasn’t that a fun, easy craft?  Do you think you’ll give it a try this weekend?  If not, just change the shape of the paper for another holiday and follow the same method.  This may be kind of a regular craft around our house.

I hope you have a great Easter weekend and reflect on the reason for the holiday.  See you all again next week!

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Tablescape Tuesday er Thursday: Greenery and Blue Easter Tablescape

Well, this kind of post is normally reserved for Tuesdays, but things happen.  So it’s Thursday and we’re talking about tablescapes.  Specifically Easter tablescapes.  The Tablescape Tuesday series is all about ways to dress up your tables.  Dining tables, coffee tables, buffet tables, dessert tables, and so much more.  Adding a little extra something to your table makes entertaining guests more special.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placemats

I went a little bit more natural with this year’s Easter Tablescape.  Usually, it’s full of florals, pastels, eggs, and bunnies, but I kept it a little more simple and versatile for the whole Spring season this year.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsGreenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsGreenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsCan we just talk about each of these place settings for a second?  I’m in love with the combination of whicker, green wreath, plate, napkin, place card.  I remember seeing an episode of Fixer Upper where Joanna Gaines used a placemat then put a little wreath on top before stacking a plate on top of it.  I’ll say that my version is identical to hers, but it’s definitely inspired and turned out great.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsI bought the place mat from Hobby Lobby when they were 40% off, score!  Two long bundles of greenery were used for the wreaths.  I just cut a branch off of each bundle, then wrapped them into a wreath form using floral wire.  Once they were done, I placed them on top of the place mat and used the plate to hold them in place.  I saved so much money making them myself instead of buying six individual wreaths.

I also scored the napkins at the Target dollar spot, $3 for a pack of two.  The coasters are being used as place cards and were a gift.  This whole place setting cost me so little, and I love it so much.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placemats.Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsFor the centerpiece I used the leftover greenery branches and added in some fake milk glass vases and little birdies.  To fake a milk glass look, just find glass vases and spray with white spray paint.  You can find inexpensive vases at places like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.  The little birdies were also a sale find at Hobby Lobby.

Greenery and blue Easter tablescape with bird centerpiece and whicker placematsI’m excited to have some friends over for Easter brunch and put this tablescape to use!  Do you have a special table in line for your Easter meal?  Tag me on Instagram so I can see it!

 

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Celebrating everyday!