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HOW TO MAKE EASTER SPECIAL
(EVEN THIS YEAR)

Bring everyone together, even if you’re apart, with these ideas for entertaining the kids, table settings and more

A table fit for a feast

We love the idea of creating a simple, neutral palette that takes the colour of your table as a starting point (as shown here), but if you’d rather do something more DIY, try this...

Good Friday: Get the kids to make place cards and menus.
Saturday evening: Clear the dining table of clutter. Add a tablecloth, runner or place mats made from pastel-coloured paper. Set each place with a plate, then top with a bowl and a glass with a napkin tucked inside. Don’t worry about everything matching.
Easter morning: Decorate the table with garden flowers in jam jars or coloured eggs in glass bowls. Throughout the day, serve food with a sense of occasion: a tower of hot cross buns for breakfast; nibbles and sides in pretty dishes and desserts in decorative glassware at lunch. End the day with a snacking platter (search ‘grazing platter’ on Instagram for inspiration).

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A (virtual) family affair

ASAP: Make cards with potato-print Easter egg stamps to send to relatives who can’t be with you. Invite them to join you for a meal using your family’s preferred video call app. Ask everyone to write a round for a quiz on music, pictures, family history or their favourite topic.
Good Friday: Have the kids make Easter bonnets, with online judging on Sunday.
Easter Sunday: Dress the littlest member of the family in a cute Peter Rabbit outfit, then get everyone together online for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Finish with the judging of the Easter bonnet competition.
Bank holiday Monday: Get ‘together’ again and finish your long weekend with the quiz.

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Dress up to feel special

After wearing sweatpants on repeat for weeks, the urge to wear something – anything – else, even for just one day, is strong. Easter is as good a reason as any to lose the loungewear and embrace the mood-boosting power of putting on a great outfit.

Swap grey marl and leggings for that dress you’ve been saving for a special occasion. Park the PJs and put on a colour-pop suit. Replace your tracksuit with a polo shirt and sharp chinos. Chuck on that cream jumpsuit you’d normally dismiss for fear of spills. Accessorising is very much encouraged.

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Super-cute ideas for kids

For little kids: Give pin the tail on the donkey an Easter spin with a self-drawn game of pin the tail on the bunny. Or go on a virtual animal hunt instead of an Easter Egg hunt. On your phone or tablet, type an animal into Google (try tiger, shark, panda, turtle, cat or lion). Scroll down to the 3D button. Press it to project a 3D animal into your home.
For creative kids: Make chocolate cornflake nests or cupcakes and top with chocolate eggs. Paint hard-boiled eggs to look like famous people, then play guess who.
For kids of all ages: If the weather’s nice, set up crazy golf in the garden using cardboard boxes decorated with an Easter theme as holes, or hold an egg and spoon race tournament.

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Words: Miranda Eason