The Easter long weekend often heralds a road trip to spend time away with family and friends.
But not this year, with COVID-19 scuppering everyone’s plans and the directive being “stay at home”.
That doesn’t mean you can’t still have a magnificent Easter – you just have to get a little creative with online shopping and entertaining yourself without venturing off down the road.
HOT CROSS BUNS
Thank the lord for the fact that in this day and age, you can have hot cross buns delivered to your door. But if you really want to push the boat out and cut down on those home delivery bills, you could choose to make your own this year. Delicious has a collection of 14 different hot cross bun recipes here – there’s sure to be something to suit your tastes.
Ditto with having Easter eggs home delivered.
Alternatively you can get all crafty by making those delightful handpainted ones that most of us had a crack at in our primary school years. Remember them?
TREAT YOURSELF TO A GOOD FRIDAY SEAFOOD PICNIC
The directive is we’re still allowed to visit a park or outdoor area (obviously as long as it’s not closed) with members of our household, as long as you practice social distancing and remain around two metres away from other people. So get the picnic blanket out, and spend some time putting together a decadent hamper – perhaps with some of those home-delivered Easter eggs and hot cross buns we mentioned previously. Head to a nice peaceful spot outdoors for some (responsible) fresh air and sunshine. And if you want to do it on Good Friday, that’s a delightful reason to really pigout on some fresh seafood (that you have, obviously, ordered in advance online).
PUT ON YOUR OWN EASTER HAT PARADE
Many people have fond (or not so fond) memories of having to wear a homemade hat for a school Easter bonnet parade. Well that dream can live on at home. There are a number of tutorials that show you how to make a variety of hats over on YouTube. Be sure to video the parade so you can share it with grandparents and other family members (and embarrass your children later down the line).
CAMP IN YOUR BACKYARD OR LOUNGEROOM
Easter is a popular time for a camping trip. If you were planning on pitching a tent these holidays, keep the dream alive by having a night camping in your backyard (if you don’t have a backyard to pitch a tent it, you can still “camp” indoors by grabbing a table and laying a long cloth over it). Roll out the sleeping bags, gets your best ghost stories sorted, rustle up a baked bean and cheese jaffle and be sure to do a little night-time star gazing.
CHECK OUT A LIVE STREAM FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
Not being able to travel these holidays is a bit of a downer, but you could take it in turns to pick a different part of the world to “virtually” travel to each day. We’ve rounded up some of the best live streams from around the globe – it’s a great way to learn about different cultures and places from the comfort of your own living room.
HAVE A CRAFTERNOON
A pack of art supplies delivers hours of fun. Order watercolours, papier mâché and modelling clay from Deans Art, while Stranger Than Paradise has great kits for smaller people. Paper planes are an easy win too. Older people can learn to knit or embroider with colourful beginners kits from Morris and Sons.
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