Today my kiddos are off from school for one week for Spring break and, with them both home everyday before Easter, my time to shop around and create a fun-filled basket is quite limited. That’s why I decided to get a head start and work on it this weekend while hubs was home to help distract the kids and I could lock myself in our room to make their baskets and fill them with candy (well, what was left after my candy binge). Though I am not as crafty as my partners, I do give myself a pat on the back for coming up with these themed and useful baskets….for the most part. So, why share these baskets with you? I thought about how I pondered over what to included and figured I would help spare you the time by sharing my ideas. Fill free to “copy cat” them or use this as a jump start to your own shopping and basket-filling. Other basket themes I thought of were arts & crafts, super hero, Barbie, and “outside” toys.
So, for mine I have a boy and girl and three nephews, two of who are only a month old! I’m beyond excited that this Easter is going to be so fun and filled with FIVE little Chickie’s!! For the older three I decided to opt out of traditional baskets which end up not using again anyways and I went for beach bags I found at Pottery Barn Kids in the Manhattan Village. They are adorable and with swim lessons approaching and tons of beach days ahead, I thought it made perfect sense for them to have their very own gear. They are not your typical bags, for starters they are backpacks so they can carry their own (FINALLY!) and have a drawstring for easy kid-friendly access. The best part is the bottom has a zipped insulated compartment to keep their snacks cool. With this bag I then filled it with fun water-themed goodies mixed with eggs and some fun little Easter toys such as a mermaid Barbie, The Little Rascals movie, water guns, Nerf football, goggles and beach towels. I also included eggs filled with non-dairy goodies (to read about my nephews allergies, click here) like Peeps, animal crackers, Mike & Ikes and eggs shaped bubble gum.
For the two little ones, I again skipped the traditional basket and went for a little bucket I found at Target so that they can keep it for future use and filled it with a cute little “Beach Captain” outfit, some bath toys and a little hooded towel. Adorbs!
To display the bags on Easter Sunday, I am going to use baby powder and leave a trail of little bunny footprints from each of their rooms to a special place in the house where they can find their surprises! My parents did this for my brothers and I one year and I swore I would repeat this one day for my own kids. Last year was our first year and the tradition carries on!
If you haven’t started your baskets I hope I helped to give you some ideas. For gorgeous and cheerful Spring home decor inspirations, check out our recent article here. Hoping your Easter is hoppin!