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How to Have an Old Fashioned Easter Celebration and Traditional Easter
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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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.
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- pinch of salt
- Place eggs in a pot. Keep them single layer.
- Fill pot with cold water so the eggs are covered and there's an inch or two of water above them.
- Add a pinch of salt
- Heat to boiling and cook for 15 minutes
- Let cool. I usually pour out some of the hot water and add cold water to help with this. Other people add ice cubes.
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
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How to Color Easter Eggs with Food Coloring
- Dying Easter Eggs with Food Coloring
Instructions on how to dye Easter eggs using food coloring.
PAAS Egg Coloring
You have to admit, it's hard to beat the price. Here's a fun way to decorate Easter eggs.
Do you dye Easter Eggs?
Make Easter 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.
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Easter Candy 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
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
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
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
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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Easy Easter Recipes
- Glazed Ham with Pineapple
A juicy glazed ham with pineapple slices.
- Easy Scalloped Potatoes
A simple scalloped potato recipe made with potatoes, onion, milk, flour, salt and pepper.
- Easy Green Bean Casserole
Casserole recipe using only three ingredients.
- Easy Roll Recipe
Only 30 minutes from start to finish to make these rolls.
- Easy Strawberry Shortcake
Simple recipe using a pound cake.
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.
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Bounce House for Kids
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
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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