Easter in Quarantine | Ways to keep it special!

March 30, 2020

We’ve had to adapt to many things while practicing #shelterinplace, and that includes holidays. Whether it’s birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays we’d usually spend with family, we have seen so many creative and fun ways to celebrate while at home!

With Easter just around the corner, we want to make sure all who celebrate can still experience the special family time that comes with the holiday. Check out our list of tips for a quarantine friendly Easter below!

    Celebrate with your extended family
    Just because you can’t be with family physically doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holidays together! We have LOVED seeing virtual birthday parties through face time and happy hours through zoom during this time. We can’t wait to see the virtual Easters as well! Make them a success with some of these fun ideas:

    Asparagus-and-Brie-Puff-Pastry-with-Thyme-Honey

    1. Have a cook-off! Even if you can’t eat with your aunt in Colorado or your cousin in Oregon, you can still enjoy trying the same recipes together! Decide on a recipe ahead of time and have all family members cook it. Then, when it’s time to eat you can have a taste test together over a video call! If you're looking for recipe inspiration for your cook-off, we love these asparagus and brie pastry appetizers
      • bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
      • tbsp olive oil
      • Kosher salt and pepper
      • sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
      • oz brie, cut into 8 slices
      • egg, beaten
      • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
      • 1/4 cup honey
      • tbsp salted butter
      • tbsp fresh thyme leaves
      • Preheat the oven to 375° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the pastry sheets out on a floured surface and cut into 8 squares. Place a piece of brie on each square and then add a handful of asparagus tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper. Wrap the pastry up and over the asparagus to enclose and brush each pastry with egg. Transfer to the oven and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, melt together the honey, butter, and thyme in a small saucepan over low heat. Serve the pastries warm, drizzled with thyme honey and crushed red pepper.
        1. Break out the china. Bring out your nice holiday dishes or tablecloth and enjoy your meal over video call with the whole family. This makes the day feel extra special and breaks it up from the day-to-day mundaneness that can come from social distancing.

        Celebrate with your neighborhood.
        Since many of us will not be able to see extended family for the holiday, celebrate with those in closest proximity to you! There are many ways to get your neighborhood involved in the holiday, but here are our favorites: ZoLi-Easter-in-quarantine-covid19-shelter-in-place

        1. Bunny scavenger hunt! Have your neighbors hide a bunny so that it is visible from their front yard. This could be a stuffed animal I the front window, yard decoration, or even a chalk drawing. On Easter, take the family out for a walk and search for bunnies!
        1. Egg art Get your neighborhood involved in the holiday AND let your little ones show off their art skills! Just print out the egg outline below and have the littles decorate with crayons, glitter, stickers… you name it. Then tape it in your front window for neighbors to enjoy. For even more fun, get them to participate and enjoy an art walk to view everyone's creations. Click here to download a printable egg!
          1. Looking for a way to spread the word? Let your neighbors know about these fun Easter activities by emailing this blog, giving them a call, or post on Next Door! This is a great way to reach out to neighbors that you may not have met yet or who are new to your neighborhood.
          Use this as a chance to relax 
          It's easy to get down when we can't see our families on a holiday. To find a silver lining and enjoy your Easter, think of this as a time to relax and appreciate this time that you have with your immediate family. Take a look at a few silver linings below!

          grapefruit rosemary refresher!

          1.  Cooking for less. Spending Easter at home means cooking for fewer than you may be used to on a holiday - which means less dishes and more time to enjoy family and hunt for eggs!
          2. Enjoy some mommy juice! Since you won't be traveling, take this time to relax with a glass of your favorite wine or mixed drink! There are many Easter-themed mixtures on Pinterest if you want to get creative and have a little fun! Here's a few of our favorites:
              • Rosemary Grapefruit Refresher by Happily Eva After
                • 2-3 oz Gin
                • 3 oz Grapefruit juice (even better fresh squeezed)
                • 1 Tablespoon Rosemary Simple Syrup
                • Club Soda
                • Rosemary Sprig, for garnish
                • Combine all ingredients in a shaker, transfer to a glass, garnish with rosemary and enjoy!
              • Alcohol-Free Grapefruit Ginger Mimosas by Simple Cooking
                • 1 grapefruit; plus additional grapefruit for garnish
                • 2 cups of ice 
                • 3 x 12oz cans of ginger soda
                • A handful of fresh basil
                • 1/4 cup basil simple syrup
                • Juice one large grapefruit and fill a pitcher half way with ice. Pour soda, fresh grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Mix well. Garnish with grapefruit slices and fresh basil!
                • To make your own basil simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small pan over medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved, then add 1 cup fresh basil. Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes and strain and discard basil. Place syrup in a glass Tupperware container or squeeze bottle if you have it. Cover and chill for a couple hours. 

            Plan ahead
            Now more than ever it's important to plan ahead! Ordering Easter basket stuffers, scheduling drop off for Easter dinner ingredients... all of these shipments are taking longer to arrive with the influx of orders coming in. 

            Try to order any necessary items for Easter well in advance so you are not forced to run errands in person. Shelter in place as long as possible during this time!




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