Easter basket ideas for the toddler who has it all!
I love Christmas, I do, I just adore Easter. It’s like a huge celebration that encompasses all aspects of life! The sad, the mourning, the joy, and the elation! Life is an emotional roller coaster, and being Catholic, we celebrate the Triduum, which is Holy Thursday (the last supper, washing of the feet, breaking of bread), Good Friday (Jesus’s walk to Golgotha and crucifixion), and Easter Vigil (Jesus’s resurrection) followed with Resurrection Sunday, a day to celebrate the rising and eternal life of our savior! Now that’s a whole lot of celebration, ain’t it? As a child I would relate Triduum to men on the alter having the priest wash their feet, a very somber mass where we can’t talk afterwards because we are in mourning, a really loooooooooooooooooooong mass on Saturday where we read 52 readings and get out of church at midnight, and then pocking Easter eggs with family and brunching on tons of food on Sunday. Now that I’m an adult and understand the history and traditions of our church much better I see the meanings in all of these masses, and appreciate them immensely. Especially the celebration of indulgence on Sunday since our 40 days of Lenten fasting has ended! But if we’re being honest, my childhood memories of Triduum were pretty accurate, it’s just a whole lot deeper than a quiet congregation and a really long service!
Despite the Catholic education I just gave you, this post is about Easter goodies, my latter rantings were intended to make me feel less guilty for laying out an array of pretty material possessions that fill our society’s idea with a false meaning of what Easter is meant to represent. They are pretty. Really pretty. and really fun. And I can’t wait to share them with you. I love the meaning of Easter, I do, but I think that pastel eggs and bathing suit presents, and Cadbury eggs are a great way to celebrate our joy! Consider it our 21st century celebratory measures. Like the breaking of bread. Except its an egg. Covered in chocolate. Filled with creme. Hooray! I’m not one to mock religion. I’m quite religious myself. People just need to loosen up a little. My favorite picture of Jesus is one of him smiling. It’s okay to laugh and smile. Just had to throw that out there…Moving on.
Photos courtesy of Target, Old Navy, H&M, SaSea Decor via Etsy, and Jigsaw Creations via Etsy.
My sister in law and I were
running sprinting our arses through Target after watching Divergent last weekend (they were closing in 3 minutes) and I spotted these eggs on an end row and stopped, took two seconds to drool, and then threw them both in my buggy. They are so cute! I’ll fill them with pistachios since we don’t let her divulge in treats too often plus she doesn’t seem to care for them much. But she does like sprinkles, so I may put some sprinkles in a couple of eggs too. The glitter eggs look delightful in a crystal dish on my counter, so fun and festive!
Hattie has been into puzzles big time, so I found this puzzle shop on Etsy by chance that makes name puzzles. I got two for our favorite twin boys first birthday in the primary colors and they were a hit. Hattie’s puzzle is pastel and feminine, but still so perfect for a toddler! My friend Amanda pointed out that they will be stellar when our kiddos are learning to spell their names. This photo is from the seller’s site, obviously.
We always got brand new bathing suits and flippy floppies in our Easter baskets growing up, so I’ve carried that tradition on, naturally. Hattie’s new suit comes from the H&M store, and is super cute (hers is light blue and white rather than navy and it has ruffles on the chest eek!) our flip flops are actually yellow and white polka dots that I snagged from the $0.99 bin last month, but ones above would be cute too!
Hattie’s fav food of the month other than “seese” (cheese) is olives. I just HAD to get her this shirt when I ran across it. I can totally see her running around while we garden wearing this shirt with some shorts and her Toms. So cute.
Frozen, obviously. (We gave up TV, or more like movies playing throughout the day, as a family for Lent, so believe you me, this movie will be on serious repeat soon).
We’ll be using our basket from last year that we had monogrammed for Hattie to keep all through her Easter basket years.
C’est Tout! (that’s all)
Happy Easter to all of you, what’s in your kiddos baskets?