by Rachel Webb
Easter marks the start of spring and is a sacred holiday for Christians
throughout the world as it signifies when Jesus Christ was resurrected
from the grave to live again. But where did the Easter bunny and
eggs fit into the Easter tradition?
The rabbit and eggs were actually symbols of fertility, immortality
and new life to commemorate Christ's resurrection. In Germany, colored
eggs were left in children's baskets and the custom was brought
to America with German immigrants in the later 19th century.
Easter can be a fun time of year to celebrate the renewed growth
of spring no-matter what religious beliefs you may have. Here are
some idea's to use for an Easter celebration party.
Turn a recycled white sheet into a spectacular Easter tablecloth
by sponge painting bunnies, baskets and eggs in bright spring colors.
Be sure to use textile paints so the tablecloth can be washed and
used another year. Fabric paints are also available in squeeze applicators
with glitter colors for decorating the sponged Easter eggs. Paint
will need to dry at least 24 hours prior to use.
Make a festive napkin ring by threading a sewing needle with narrow
elastic thread and stringing jelly beans onto it. You may need to
put a little vegetable oil on the needle to help it slide threw
the candy. Tie off the ends to form a circle and slide it over the
rolled napkins for a cute way to dress up the table. Add a solid
colored doily under the plates for a festive way to dress up the
You can serve creamy lemon pie or light strawberry custard, strawberry
almond pastry or let the kids decorate personalized tulip cookies.
The menu options are endless but I suggest you keep the choices
light and festive. Tableware does not need to match but keep to
a color theme of bright spring colors or soft pastels.
Little girls love making their own Easter bonnets. Cut a large
12 1/2" circle out of heavy artist poster board using a compass
as your guide. Attach a wide satin ribbon to the middle of the circle
with hot glue, leaving long trailing tails to tie the bonnet on.
Have lots of decorative options available for embellishing the hats.
Kids can make flowers colored miniature cupcake baking cups or doilies.
You can also use adhesive dots, paint, glitter, pleated paper ribbon,
lace reminates or tulle to make decorate the bonnets.
Each child can make their own gingham Easter bunny or duck out
of fabric, yarn and cotton batting or fiberfill. Have the shape
of the animals pre-cut for the children and place the right sides
of the fabric out. Let the kids stitch yarn around the edge of the
shape leaving a 1" opening to stuff the cotton filling. An
adult can blind stitch the hole closed and help glue on buttons
for the eyes and pom-poms for the nose. Use pinking sheers to finish
ADULT EASTER ACTIVITY
Adults can also enjoy a Easter garden party. Invite friends to
bring perennials for their gardens to exchange with other plants.
Provide each guest with labels, paper bags or plastic nursery containers.
Let them take home the same amount of plants that they brought getting
an affordable start on beautiful blooms.
Rachel Webb Copyright ©2001
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. Author Rachel Webb designs large and decorative write-on/wipe-off
magnetic fridge calendars made entirely out of heavy-duty magnet!
Guaranteed not to slide off when the kids slam the fridge door!