Plan your holiday menu a week or two in advance.
Consider your guests’ dietary restrictions in planning the menu.
Since holiday menus are often not popular with children, include dishes that younger children will enjoy.
Use my Holiday Meal Planner (free printable) to help you create your shopping list.
Mark your calendar now with your egg decorating date. If you don’t plan for the time to decorate eggs, it can easily get lost in other holiday preparations (ask how I know).
Purchase eggs and dye kits early so they don’t run out in the store. I usually purchase my dye kits on sale after Easter (when I can find them) and pack them away with our Easter decorations for the following year.
If you have younger children, plan easy and fun ways for them to participate in egg decorating. Check out this easy egg decorating trick.
Encourage older kids’ creativity by having them decorate eggs as their favorite story or cartoon characters.
Determine who you will be making baskets for, their interests and potential allergies.
Brainstorm alternatives to candy as basket stuffers, like these bunny crayons.
Consider where to hide basket stuffers. I have it on good authority that the Easter Bunny himself hides Easter baskets in an unmarked box in the back of his closet.
Plan now for how you’ll clearly identify each child’s Easter basket. I’ve been seen when a child was ecstatic one second with his basket and devastated the next when he was told that was not his basket but another child’s. The Easter bunny leaves the basket in each child’s bedroom doorway in our house, but he’s also known to add a label with the child’s name to the handle of each basket in other homes.
Taking a few extra minutes when you pack away your decorations, will make unpacking them next year much easier.
Inventory the decorations that you pack in each box. Place the inventory on top inside the box or attach a clear page protector inside the lid of the box to hold the inventory sheet.
Pack like decorations with like in each box. Clearly label the outside of each box with the category of decorations.
Check out these fun Easter ideas from Corinne, at Wondermom Wannabe.