The long weekend is upon us and now the fun festivities can begin. But, thanks to COVID-19, this is the second year many of us will be celebrating Easter at home. And there’s nothing wrong with that. If you want to have a relaxed weekend at home, and still make it feel special for those around you, we have some tips to get you started. A few simple decor tweaks and inexpensive additions can turn your home into the perfect place to celebrate this important holiday. It’s time to get into the Easter spirit, even if you’re staying home…
How to ready your home for Easter
1). Make space for new decorations
It’s the start of a new season, so why not take the opportunity to declutter and clean up a bit? It might not be spring cleaning, but going through your home and chucking away things you don’t need is necessary every few months. Especially if you’re getting ready for a family-filled Easter weekend, complete with egg hunts, baking and family feasts. You also want to make space for the cute decorations that come out at this time of year.
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2). Add seasonal touches
The leaves are turning, there’s a slight chill in the air, which means here in South Africa we’re heading into autumn. Change things up with your decor to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere this Easter. Swap light blankets for fluffy fleece and bring out scatter cushions in autumn shades like deep green, rust and bronze. Instead of a bunch of fresh flowers, build an autumn Easter board with dry flowers, candles and citrus fruit – with any Easter-themed decorations you have, of course. Feel free add a few speckled eggs to any fruit bowl or vase. This leads us on to our next tip…
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3). Use treats as decor
This is one of the easiest ways to get your home ready for Easter, and it’s really fun. Now’s the time to go all out displaying eggs in as many creative ways as you can imagine. Fill bowls or baskets with a variety of affordable Easter eggs and use them as table decorations or centre pieces – foil-wrapped or hard-shell eggs work best for this. Display them in glass jars or on cake stands. You could also go for an authentic look by placing chocolate eggs in cardboard egg cartons. This is all about making the most of what you have at home. And, this decor doubles as delicious treats – just make sure the family don’t eat them all before Sunday.
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4). Get baking
It’s a wonderful way to keep kids busy. Plus, it means that if friends or family drop by, you have homemade treats ready to go. It’ll also make your home smell oh-so inviting. There are loads of Easter recipes, from bunny-shaped biscuits to homemade hot cross buns and cupcakes with speckled eggs. And, once you’ve baked up a storm, display these sweet treats as extra Easter decorations around the house. As long as you can resist them…
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5). Set up a prayer/worship area
Even if you’re staying home this weekend, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate Easter the way you normally would. Many churches have been streaming services for the past few months, so you might not want to risk going out in the crowds. Especially if there’s a place at home where you can reflect and remember what the holiday is really about. Setting up a prayer room is easier than you think, and it doesn’t have to take up much space at all. Set aside an area where you can sit quietly and fill it with things that mean something to you. Just make sure you have a small table near a plug point so you can use your laptop to stream the Sunday service.
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The most important way to get your home ready for Easter is to sit back and enjoy this time with friends and family. We wish you all a happy and blessed long weekend!