This year’s Easter festivities will need to get a little creative. 2020 is not the year to celebrate Easter dinner or Easter brunch in a large gathering. Instead, consider planning an awesome Easter picnic for your kids! Social distancing is SO important but it certainly isn’t easy come holiday time.
By thinking about creative ways to make your family’s Easter experience special and memorable, you’ll capture some of the best memories of all.
Having a picnic for Easter lunch or Easter dinner is a truly unforgettable experience—almost as good as when the weather is warm and sunny and the Easter Bunny hides the eggs outside.
The covid-19 quarantine is absolutely rattling for anyone. As parents, it’s our job to keep our little ones safe and sane. Wash those worries away by doing lots of fun things this Easter season. Even though you’ll be with the same people 24/7 (and admittedly, that might get a little trying at times), it’s easy to find the good in every day.
Planning an Easter Picnic
Kids remember things like this quarantine and experiences that differ from the norm. Do what’s in your power to give them positive, treasured memories of this time. Seize the day and the extra time you get with your kids and make the best of an unusual and troubling situation.
Try these steps for a fun and convenient picnic for Easter.
- Let the kids pack the picnic basket! (If you don’t have a picnic basket, you can find tons of beautiful, functional picnic baskets on Amazon for fast and convenient shipping!)
- Make sure there’s a balanced meal. You don’t want to end up with all Cheerios and three flavors of Goldfish! Try to include at least one option for protein, and maybe a few kinds of fruit, vegetables, and grains.
- Treat everyone! Surprise the family with a few special Easter dessert ideas!
- Pack the essentials. Be sure to add plates, silverware, and napkins.
- Don’t forget drinks for everyone! Juice boxes would work perfectly, but you can bring waters, Gatorade, or whatever you like.
While you’re enjoying your Easter picnic, you can play lots of outdoor games. After everyone finishes eating, look up at the clouds and see what shapes you can find. Play “I Spy” as a family. Make dandelion art in the grass. Sing, play, and just have a carefree time. Be sure to take lots of photos and more than that, just plain live in the moment.
Easter Picnic Food
What are some great social distancing Easter picnic menu items? Try these easy entrees and sides on for size!
- Sandwiches with leftover ham or leftover turkey
- Rotisserie chicken
- Fruit salad
- Macaroni and cheese
- Veggies with dip
- Cheese and crackers
- A breakfast picnic!
What If It Rains (Again)?!
Hosting an indoor picnic is a great response to yet another rainy day! To host your indoor picnic for your family, do all of the above, with the addition of a few creative touches.
First, pick the perfect place for your indoor picnic. Maybe it’s your family room, or perhaps it’s your sunroom if you’re lucky enough to have one.
Next, set out your picnic blanket and your picnic basket. (Or, if you’re into the finer things, picnic Yeti!)
Finally, embrace the senses. Light a candle that offers a natural fragrance of florals, fresh rain, or similar. Turn on some nature sounds on your device or tablet. If you have Alexa (Amazon Echo), ask her to play some sounds of nature for you.
No matter what you do, be sure to take some adorable photos of your memorable Easter picnic!