What to do when your plans for a traditional Easter celebration are on hold.
There’s no doubt about it, this Easter is going to look and feel different to any you’ve had before.
By now, you’d normally have plans firmly in place for the long weekend, typically with family and friends gathering together for a celebratory feast or two. But what to do when your plans for a traditional Easter are on hold? Well, whether you’re in lockdown alone, with your partner or with the family, here are some ideas to help you still make the most of the Easter weekend and beyond.
Have a lie-in
Use the current restrictions in place on gatherings as an excuse to take things a little slower. Don’t set your alarm early to prepare your usual four-course feast. Instead, revel in that lie in you’ve been longing for and enjoy an indulgent breakfast in bed. From buttery croissants to cream cheese loaded bagels, pile up a tray, grab that magazine or a new book you’ve been meaning to read and relax.
Take it outside
Whilst days at the park or evenings spent in a beer garden might be on hold, there’s never been a better time to escape to your own garden. From simple lunches to drinks at dusk, your outdoor space, if you’re lucky enough to have one, offers a small change of scenery that you need at the moment. So whatever you’re cooking up this season, and whomever for, serve it outside. Now you just have to hope for some blue skies.
Enjoy an indoor picnic
Outdoor picnicking adventures might be out of the question, but nothing stops you from having a picnic in your own indoor space. You don't have to cook up a storm. A few tasty treats, some fizz and a picnic blanket on the living room floor, or even on the bed, will go a long way in lifting spirits. Pack all the food and drinks into a picnic basket complete with plates and utensils. Dashing in and out of the kitchen kind of defeats the purpose.
Rediscover your kitchen
People all over the world are spending the extra time indoors learning new hobbies or reigniting old ones. And with restaurants closed to the public, perhaps now’s the perfect time to fall in love with cooking again. Whether you’re cooking for your family, your partner or just you, take your time to enjoy your kitchen and what you can create in it. We've plenty of recipes on our website, with easy-to-follow steps.
There’s no arguing that we’re in unprecedented times. However, we’re also fortunate enough to be living in a time where technology allows us to stay more connected than ever. So why not instigate a virtual lunch with those you would normally have around for Easter. It doesn’t even need to be a full lunch either, simply grab a cup of tea and a slice of cake, and you can still enjoy a virtual catch up from the comfort of your sofa.
Hunt Easter eggs
You know your plans for the Easter weekend might look a little different this year, but that doesn't mean you still can't have loads of fun with that most traditional of Easter activities. An Easter egg hunt in the house – and into the garden if you have one? Totally doable. For the kids, it's all about the magic of the eggs being hidden (allegedly by the Easter Bunny) and then finding the chocolate.
Enjoy a movie night out
In the current environment, we're being forced to think outside of the box for ways to entertain ourselves, and in some cases, our kids too. With warmer weather is on its way and cinemas all over the country shut, why not turn your garden into a cinema. If you're lucky enough to own an outdoor projector, great, otherwise go ahead and mount that flat-screen TV on the fence - here are our top picks of what to watch this Easter.
Give an offering
You may not be passing around the offering plate at church this Easter, but consider making an Easter-inspired donation to an organisation that is meaningful to you, whether it’s your church, a local food service, or your local hairdresser who’s currently out of work. A little generosity goes a long way. And if you're in need of a spirit-lifting performance, it’s not difficult to set-up a playlist with your favourite choirs on YouTube or Spotify.