Thinking about hosting a get-together to celebrate this popular spring holiday? Don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place!
We’ve got plenty of inspiring tips to make sure your guests have an egg-cellent time – without blowing your budget, wrecking your home or sacrificing your own enjoyment. These easy ideas for fun party activities, decorations and foods and drinks will earn cheers from kids and adults alike.
Just remember the reason for the season: chocolates and sweets! Kidding. The Easter holiday and spring season are about new life and renewal. And it’s a perfect time to celebrate and reconnect with family and friends.
Ready to get this party started? Let’s hop to it!
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Send out your invites at least two to three weeks before your event, so guests can add it to their calendars over the busy Easter weekend (this year: Saturday, March 31, and Easter Sunday, April 1).
Or, consider hosting your party the weekend before Easter (Saturday, March 24, or Sunday, March 25), if you’re worried invitees might already have holiday plans.
While mailing or passing out printed invitations is a classy touch, these days, digital invites – via email, SMS, Facebook, WhatsApp and the like – are popular and acceptable.
How to get your invite noticed in people’s inboxes or messages? Include or embed an eye-catching image or gif. (Search “free Easter party printables” on Pinterest for tonnes of designs.) Also, state the party details clearly and succinctly (i.e., party theme, date, time, location and any pertinent details).
This should give both you and your guests enough time to prep for the party – including picking up new Easter frocks or spring-y tops for the little ones to wear. We adore this Pure Cotton Printed Shirt ($54.90) and Pure Cotton Shirt Dress ($89.90) from Marks & Spencer, because they’re cute and comfy.
If it’s a brunch-time party, consider serving the food buffet style. This works well for foods that can be safely served at room temperature, including traditional Easter fare like baked ham and various egg dishes – from frittata and quiche to stuffed or devilled eggs, egg bread, muffins and more.
Definitely don’t skimp on spring’s bounty of fresh fruits and veggies. And try this cheeky idea: Label the crudité platter “Rabbit Food” and serve it with Greek-style dips and spreads.
Have space to BBQ? Throw your Easter lamb, new potatoes and carrots on the grill! Search on SG-based recipe sites like Carrotsticks & Cravings and Two Expat Cooks for more scrumptious ideas of what to serve.
One thing that doesn’t need to be on your to-do list: baking hot cross buns – that beloved British treat – thanks to Marks & Spencer‘s eight new heat-and-eat flavours. Just FYI: Through April 1, M&S stores around SG are offering a special promotion on its Hot Cross Buns – mix and match any two packs for $10.90 (usual price $6.10 each).
Why? Well, even if you serve a sit-down meal, creating a dessert bar or buffet makes it simpler for guests to serve themselves when they want something sweet. Bonus: The display doubles as decoration if you add a few flourishes.
Cover your sideboard or buffet table with a festive table cloth, and drape a cheery garland or sign above it. Buy stylish partyware and decor at SG stores like The Children’s Showcase. No budget? Use your own plates and cutlery or simple disposables, and gussy up the buffet with “free printables” like the ones shown above.
If baking is your thing, yay! Put out your favourite holiday baked goods on vessels of varying sizes – using cake or cupcake stands – so that people will notice your efforts, er, the desserts.
Either way, go ahead and decant some packages of candies into single-serving-sized containers (think patterned paper cups or cupcake liners), or serve the treats in bowls or jars along with spoons or scoops.
One or two 30-packs of Marks & Spencer’s Chocolate Easter Eggs ($35.90 for pack of 30) plus an assortment of bagged candies should satisfy a crowd!
Before the party starts, mix together some no-sugar-added carrot and orange juice, and chill the blend in ready-to-pour pitchers or bottles.
Then, when friends or family members arrive, offer them a “Cottontail Cocktail” (or non-alcoholic mocktail), which you can top off with sparkling wine, sparkling water or another fizzy mixer like ginger ale. Serve the drinks in clear glass or plastic cups with green straws or herb sprigs, so they look cute and carrot-y. Cheers!
Whether or not you hand-make or hand-fill party favours, do pre-label them with the names of kiddie guests so they feel special. Some favour options from Marks & Spencer: Easter Lollies ($4.90 each) – in Lamb, Bunny and Chick designs – or splurge-worth Easter Friends Woven Bags ($15.90) – in pink Bunny and yellow Chick styles.
If you’re going to organise an egg hunt using real eggs, you’ll need to boil several dozen white eggs ahead of time. Likewise, if kids are going to D-I-Y dye them, the eggs will need to dry so they’ll be safe (read: not too messy) to handle.
Our suggestion: Before guests sit down to eat, encourage them to head to the Official Egg Decorating Assembly Line – or whatever you want to call it. There, set up different stations (for decorating, dying and drying), so everyone can take a turn. (Tip: Make sure to protect your table or counter surfaces and floors, if spills are a concern.)
How to decorate the eggs? The sky’s the limit! Use old-school techniques like drawing on plain eggs with wax crayon or wrapping them in rubber bands, then dipping them into dye. Or, hit up your new best friend, Pinterest, for fresh ideas like the cool, tie-dyed ones shown here.
Too messy? Simply have little ones design their own Easter hunt bags instead. You can also skip using real eggs. Just fill plastic eggs with store-bought candies like ones from Marks & Spencer, or go with non-candy items like stickers, hair ties, stamps, seeds or other small toys from adorableness-packed discount stores like Daiso, Miniso or Don Don Donki.
If you’ve got a sizeable outdoor space at your disposal, great! Your Easter egg hunt can be as simple as hiding eggs out of sight of the kiddos, then letting them loose to find them and stash inside baskets or bags. (Tip: Avoid leaving hard-cooked eggs or chocolate candies in the Singapore sun too long, lest they spoil or melt.)
Don’t despair, however, if your home isn’t suitable for a hunt. Try organising an egg “treasure” hunt instead. There are several ways to do it: If there’s a nearby park or playground, you can hide scavenger-hunt-type clues in plastic eggs or give kids a checklist of fun tasks to complete. Whichever team or person finishes all of the tasks first wins an awesome prize like Marks & Spencer’s hollow, milk chocolate Dippy Egg ($35.90) or Alfie Bunny ($21.90).
Too complicated? Simply tuck riddles into plastic eggs hidden around the areas of your house opened to guests. Children can look for them throughout the party and redeem correct answers for small treats like single, foil-wrapped Chocolate Easter Eggs ($35.90 for pack of 30) or non-candy prizes. Limit the prizes per kid, if needed.
If you don’t mind cleaning up the mess afterward, why not stage an egg toss game and egg-and-spoon relay races – where families compete to see who can throw and catch or balance hard-cooked eggs best?
Just keep the drinks flowing and dessert buffet stocked with treats like M&S’s solid Choccy Eggs ($6.90), and everyone will have plenty of energy to play on!
Are you a member of Team Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That? We totally get it. It’s why The Finder Kids is hosting its second-annual “Hoppy Easter Egg Hunt” event at Cluny Court Friday, March 23 – as a free, low-stress way to celebrate the holiday with your little peeps. (Make sure to pre-register by March 19 here!)
Even if you pass on hosting your own party, there’s no reason not to enjoy a holiday meal with your fam – complete with a sweet finish like M&S’s beautifully designed Hand-Painted Belgian Milk Chocolate Egg ($36.90).
Last idea: Wake up Easter morning to piping Breakfast Hot Cross Mini Loaves ($6.10 for four), and a special delivery from the Easter Bunny. Kids will love the darling hollow, milk chocolate Beatrice and Beau Bunny duo ($19.90 and $8.90, respectively) or cheeky Laid Back Lamb ($45.90).
(images: Marks & Spencer)
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By Sara Lyle Bow, March 8, 2018
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