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How to Have an Old Fashioned Easter Celebration and Traditional Easter

Updated on April 27, 2014

Old Fashioned Easter

Planning a traditional Easter? I have lots of ideas for you including how to make your own Easter eggs, family Easter activities, a traditional Easter menu and how to dress up for Easter.

Learn how to make your own chocolate Easter eggs while you listen to holiday music. Having an old fashioned Easter is a great way to spend quality time with the family without all of the modern distractions.

So, are you ready for an egg hunt? Let's get the celebration started!

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Boiled Eggs Picture
Boiled Eggs Picture

Although plastic eggs are convenient, there's nothing like making your own Easter eggs. It's easy to do and kids will have fun decorating them.

I suggest boiling a couple more than you need in case any of them crack.

Eggs image by terren in Virginia via Getty Images at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Ingredients

  • eggs
  • water
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Place eggs in a pot. Keep them single layer.
  2. Fill pot with cold water so the eggs are covered and there's an inch or two of water above them.
  3. Add a pinch of salt
  4. Heat to boiling and cook for 15 minutes
  5. Let cool. I usually pour out some of the hot water and add cold water to help with this. Other people add ice cubes.
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How to Dye Easter Eggs

How to Dye Easter Eggs
How to Dye Easter Eggs

You've probably heard of PAAS. They are tablets that you mix with water and vinegar in order to dye Easter eggs. Did you know they were invented in 1893? I've always used PAAS when dying our eggs.

However, another option is to make your own dye by using food coloring. It's an easy alternative and all you need is food coloring, water and vinegar. Click the link below for instructions

Colored eggs image by twoshortplanks at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

PAAS Egg Coloring

Paas Classic Egg Decorating Kit With 3 Bonus Neon Dye Colors
Paas Classic Egg Decorating Kit With 3 Bonus Neon Dye Colors

You have to admit, it's hard to beat the price. Here's a fun way to decorate Easter eggs.

 

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Make Easter Candy

Chocolate Easter Egg Candy
Chocolate Easter Egg Candy

Rather than buying Easter candy, it's easy to make your own. All you need are some milk chocolate candy bars and an Easter egg candy mold.

Simply melt the candy bars on the stove in a pan on low stirring frequently. Once melted, pour into the mold, cover with Saran wrap and chill in the refrigerator until hardened.

Candy image by stevendepolo via Getty Images at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Easter Candy Mold

Wilton Silicone Petite Easter Egg Mold
Wilton Silicone Petite Easter Egg Mold

Here's a good mold for creating great chocolate Easter egg candy. What's great is that after you make the candy, you can simply pop this into the dishwasher for cleaning.

 

How to Dress Up for Easter

Easter Bonnet Picture
Easter Bonnet Picture

Most people who celebrate Easter go to church, enjoy an Easter brunch or dinner, and/or attend a family gathering. Why not dress for the occasion?

Men can get dressed up in suits and ties, while boys can wear a pair of dress pants with a dress shirt.

Ladies and girls can wear dresses and if you really want to go the old fashioned route, an Easter bonnet!

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Easter Bonnets for Girls

Pink Easter Hat Girls Spring Hat
Pink Easter Hat Girls Spring Hat

Isn't this pretty? Think how cute a little girl would look wearing one of these.

 

Easter Parade Song

Coloring is a fun activity when celebrating Easter. Click the arrow for free Easter Bunny coloring pages!

Easter Eggs Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt Picture
Easter Egg Hunt Picture

If you're looking for an Easter egg hunt, check with your local church, recreation center or community for one. Often, they are free and will award prizes along with free Easter candy. I've been to some that offer some great gifts including free Easter baskets filled with lots of goodies.

Otherwise, host your own. Hide those hard boiled Easter eggs that you've decorated. I suggest designating one as a special egg and whomever gets it gets a special prize.

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Traditional Easter Dinner

Ham with Pineapple
Ham with Pineapple

A traditional Easter dinner consists of ham, (although some people prefer lamb,) a potato dish such as mashed potatoes or scalloped potatoes, salad, vegetable, (such as a green bean casserole or asparagus,) bread or rolls and dessert.

I have a some recipes below if you would like to try them. They're all pretty simple and basic, so cooking them shouldn't be too difficult.

If serving wine, I would recommend going with a white wine over red. The reason is because a red wine would be too heavy and the flavors clash with the sweetness of the ham. My choice would be to serve Riesling.

Do you have china? If so, this would be a good time to pull it out for the adults and older kids. Easter is also a great time to use your sterling silver supplies.

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Family Easter Activities

Family Easter Activities
Family Easter Activities

Keeping with having an old fashioned Easter, this should be a day without the use of video games, TV, the computer or other electronics. Instead, spend time together as a family doing fun activities.

Besides an Easter egg hunt, you might like to make some Easter crafts. Like to sing? How about a family sing-a-long? I personally like to gather everyone around to play some board games.

If you have younger kids, read them Easter books. I recommend books that are interactive such as pop-up books. You can even play some simple games like Hide & Seek or have an old fashioned sack race.

Got money to burn? Get a bounce house. Not exactly old fashioned, but kids will love it and get some good exercise at the same time. Parents can get some really fun home videos that can be viewed each year at Easter.

Easter Bunny image by MDGovpics at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Bounce House for Kids

Blast Zone Magic Castle Inflatable Bouncer
Blast Zone Magic Castle Inflatable Bouncer

What I like about this bounce house is that is geared for toddlers to 12 year olds. It really boils down to the maximum weight capacity which is 300 lbs., so even 2-3 teenagers can bounce in it.

 

Vintage Easter Cards

Vintage Easter Card
Vintage Easter Card

Thinking of sending out Easter cards? Why not send out vintage type ones. This would keep with the theme of having an old fashioned Easter celebration. You can also use these cards as invitations if you are inviting guests over for Easter.

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What are your Easter plans?

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @takkhisa: I hope you get that opportunity.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      I hope someday I will have an opportunity to see how people celebrate it in person. I love this lens! :)

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @paulahite: Your page looks very nice. Thank you for putting my post there.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Lovely lens! Really gets me in the mood! I've featured it on our G+ page today! https://plus.google.com/106731555139009429707/post...

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @aesta1: Decorating eggs is a lot of fun.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @sukkran trichy: It's nice to know this.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Easter egg hunt is always fun. I love to paint the eggs.

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      interesting information on old fashioned easter celebration. i love it.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Bill Armstrong: I'm glad you visited.

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      Bill Armstrong 4 years ago from Valencia, California

      Great lens, nice content and pictures, thanks for sharing

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Grasmere Sue: Thank you very much for the blessing.

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      Sue Dixon 4 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I like this- a good mixture of ideas, beautifully presented. Blessed!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @cmadden: Yum!

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      Truly thoughtful east celebration ideas!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @CoolFool83: Glad you like them.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Dark chocolate Easter bunny: 'nuff said!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @PinkstonePictures: They're lots of fun.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the holiday.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Love Easter Eggs

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      We are getting the entire family together for easter dinner and a get together (a party) at the park. I can't wait. This is an adorable lens.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @kabbalah lm: I hope you have a good dentist. :-)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @NightMagic: Thanks for checking it out.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Carpenter76: I'm looking forward to it, too.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @DuaneJ: Family time is so important.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @DuaneJ: Family time is so important.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @LiliLove: I hope you have a great celebration.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      The kids get Easter baskets and we have an Easter egg hunt. We usually do prime rib for Easter dinner.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Camden1: I bet the kids love the Easter egg hunt. I know mine do.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @jolou: Sounds wonderful.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      My plans are to eat a lot of Easter candy. I'm heading out to Target to stock up today :)

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      NightMagic 4 years ago

      Great lens. I always make ham for Easter. It's been a longtime since I heard the song, Easter Parade. Thanks for sharing the Video.

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      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      Really a nice lens with atmosphere :) Can't wait till Easter!

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      DuaneJ 4 years ago

      Old is definitely gold! Easter will be spent in church in the morning followed by some family-time.

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      LiliLove 4 years ago

      I will celebrate Easter with my kids. Can't wait! Love your lens, really great ideas here. Thanks for sharing!

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      jolou 4 years ago

      I love Easter. It starts with a pancake breakfast at church, followed by service, and ham later on for dinner.