Here at Elegantini we are aware that the kids break up for Easter at the end of this week, so we wanted to help with our blog to have the best cracking Easter ever!!
What makes Easter for you? We all have different ideas what to do with our long bank holiday weekend, don’t spend it doing the gardening, DIY and housekeeping, get the professionals to do that and enjoy the weekend. Here at Elegantini, we have come up with our top things which make our Easter. Let’s get everyone together and have fun.
Easter is not Easter without the eggs, more and more children are milk and lactose intolerant now and cannot join in the fun having shop brought eggs. Shop brought are lovely, but making your own would be so much fun and with the love and care taken to make them, no one in the family would resist them. If the weather is not looking too good through the holidays, this could be a good afternoon spent keeping the kids happy by making your own. Lots of shops now sell the moulds and they are easily brought online but check out John Lewis as they have the perfect kit to help make your own eggs.
Easter Eggs do not always have to be about chocolate. I think traditional blown eggs that have been decorated make the perfect table decoration for the Easter weekend. Sometimes blowing an egg can be a tricky business, you can go to any local craft shop and buy eggs that can be decorated. These can then be kept for years to come and become a family favourite every year.
Easter Egg Hunts
Once you have created your eggs, or brought them, then it’s time to get hunting. This is time when all the family come together, young and old to join in the hunt. Around Kent there are plenty of events where you can go to organised events for egg hunting, but I think the best are in your own back garden with the family. The Easter bunny can be quite mischievous trying to hide those eggs.
Simnel Cake vs Hot Cross Bun
The Simnel cake has been part of Easter for many year, it is reported to date back to before Tudor times. It may not be as popular as hot cross buns, but we think it would not be Easter without a simnel cake, it’s the same as Christmas without Christmas pudding. The fruit cake is decorated with 11 toasted marzipan balls. This is to represent the 11 disciples without Judas, sometime a larger ball is placed in the centre to represent Jesus.
Hot cross buns are a must on Good Friday, this spiced sweet bun made with raisins and marked with a cross on the top is best served warm with melted butter. Traditionally the buns were served to mark the end of Lent with the cross to show the death of Christ on Good Friday. Now we can enjoy them all year round in the shops, but we always have to have hot cross buns ready for Good Friday tea any welcome visitors.
Easter always makes you think of lambs and new life, there are now lots of farms in Kent that open their gates to the public at this time of year to see the new born lambs. It is worth checking out local newspapers for farms near you to see the lambs. Some allow feeding the lambs, which is such a treat and can be a great afternoon out.
Easter for most of us is about a large Easter lunch, it is a lovely time of year with the days getting longer and the blossom on the trees. Now is the time to get all your family and friends together around the table and enjoy a Sunday roast. It will not be long before the roast is ditched for the BBQ. It seems such a long time since Christmas when we traditionally all come together, so with Easter being less formal, it is lovely to create a country garden feel to the table decorations with daffodil’s and spring flowers from the garden to add colour to the table.
If you would like to have more time to spend on things you love and not the chores, at Elegantini we pride ourselves on traditional housekeeping. If you would like to know more, please call today on 01304 447228 for a free no obligation quotation and personal housekeeping plan.