Hey moms! Easter is upon us. I know some of you are cringing because you feel like Easter baskets are just another thing on your to-do list. But, I also bet a few of you are like me and have found the serious joy that making your kids’ baskets can bring. So how do we get there? I want to help you get to the point where your thoughts are more along the lines of, “Wow, this is actually really fun!”
First, unless you’re just looking for cute ideas, stay off social media when it comes to making your decisions. In life in general, this might apply, too 😉 You are their mom. Theirs. You know what they like to do, what their favorite colors are, what will bring them smiles. Don’t hesitate on your choices just because it doesn’t line up with what someone else is doing. Plus, if it feels like pressure, it won’t feel like fun.
It’s just an Easter basket, after all.
For starters, pick your basket. In the past, I have always chosen something simple, affordable, and easy to pick up at Target. A crowd favorite was these. They are only $1 and come in a bunch of cute colors. This year, I am leaning toward going a little outside the norm and picking up bicycle baskets to fill. Bonus, they can use them all summer long to carry their own stuff to the park. Mom win! Some other ideas would be beach buckets or even cute rainboots. If you are more of a minimalist mama, maybe consider some adorable wicker options that would fit right in to hold things in their play space.
Then, fill it up! Stick some cute, bright paper grass in the bottom of your chosen basket and go to town. If you are all about the candy, great. There are a lot of easy options in any budget. I highly recommend adding some additional snacks that are Easter-themed. These are a cute option. This year, we are opting for the bunny grahams, some chocolate eggs and maybe bubble gum because the girls like to steal mine.
In addition to the food items, we are going for a summer theme, which goes with their bicycle baskets. Think items that they will need/want/use all summer anyway. We are going with chalk eggs, bubbles, and a cute summer tee. If I can locate some adorable temporary tattoos with summer bugs, I want to drop those in. Some ideas we have added in the past are: new water bottles, journals or pens, or a favorite book.
Easter to us definitely brings joy in all the ways, and we want to keep the main focus of that joy on Jesus. To that end, the girls will also be receiving some reminders of the “reason for the season” if you will. The only one I have specifically picked so far is a kids’ devotional. The girls and I have been reading “Love Does” by Bob Goff and Lindsey Goff Viducich. They enjoy the 5-minute stories about Bob and his kids, and they always tie back to Jesus. We are going to continue with that theme and pick up their next book. You can find it on Amazon if you want to join in with your kids.
Finally, no matter what baskets you put together, just have fun. Love your kids well and go have fun. Enjoy your kids! Enjoy your Easter!