These Easter Holiday Tips are for anyone who is stressed, overworked, or just plain busy and is sponsored by HoneyBaked Ham.
Easter is just 2 weeks away — are you ready? I am not ready at all, but I’m actually very okay with that. We are planning a very low-key Easter holiday, with a major focus on being together as a family. While I do enjoy cooking, I also enjoy taking a break and I’m doing just that. If you are stressed, overworked, or just plain busy, I think my sanity-saving Easter holiday tips might be useful to you too.
5 Easter Holiday Tips (to save your sanity)
1. Skip the Cooking: Yep, you read that right. If you are someone who’s always done the cooking, you might read that and think “I could never!”. But, seriously, you can. You have total permission to NOT cook Easter dinner, if you don’t want to. Believe me, as someone who cooks big holiday dinners all the time AND as a food blogger who constantly talks about food, it is weird to not cook, but it can be the GREATEST FEELING EVER.
One of my favorite ways to do this is by getting your Easter dinner at the HoneyBaked Ham store. We love their high-quality food, but it’s also incredibly convenient and simple-to-serve. I recommend one of their hams (we chose a mini ham), their smoked turkey breast, and a few of their sides dishes which vary from store-to-store (we go for the Macaroni and Cheese, Broccoli Rice Casserole, and Sweet Potato Souffle). Believe me, this is the ultimate stress-free way to enjoy the holiday. It feels so wonderful to let someone else do the cooking (HoneyBaked Ham, that is), while I enjoy time with my family.
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2. Your Traditions are YOUR Traditions: It’s fine to pull traditions from when you were younger. And it’s great to adopt ideas from your family or friends. But when it comes to Easter traditions, remember: they are YOUR traditions. You don’t have to do what everyone else does or even how they do it (if you don’t want to). There is no right or wrong way to enjoy the holiday. Do what works for you. If that means you have Easter egg hunts in your living room because you live in an apartment and don’t want to deal with the crowded park, DO IT.
3. Survive Egg Decorating with a Few Tricks: Decorating Easter eggs is one of my most favorite Easter traditions! After decorating eggs with our kids for about 24 years, I think we’ve got our method down pretty well, but I still love all the great Easter egg decorating ideas that other parents have come up with such as using a whisk to dip eggs in the dye, making hard boiled eggs in the oven, and using a muffin tin to hold all the egg dye colors.
4. Decorate with Easy & Simple Ideas: If you are having company over for Easter dinner, you might feel the need to impress your guests. Or maybe you just like having a pretty table for Easter dinner. Either way, there is LOTS of ideas out there that look beautiful (or cute, or charming, or whatever) and they will only take a few minutes to pull together. I’ve created am Easy Easter Table Decor board on Pinterest to share my favorite ideas with you.
5. Ditch the Easter Basket: Well, I don’t mean to not have Easter baskets, but you don’t have to fill a traditional basket. First, most kids don’t really need (or want) the actual basket and even if you reuse the same basket every year, it can be a pain to store (been there, done that). Instead, create Easter baskets out of other items that will have plenty of room to hold treats and surprises. Then, after Easter, the “basket” can be used for it’s intended purpose and becomes another gift all on its own. Some ideas that have room to fill: toy dump truck, make-up case, a small suitcase, beach pail, tackle box, football or batting helmet (turned upside down), backpack, and plastic storage bins.
I think these tips will be a great start to your Easter holiday. I’d love to hear your idea too. What ideas do you have for keeping Easter easy-going and stress-free?