Easter. The time for family, plenty of food and indulging your sweet tooth with lots of chocolate, and to top it all off, most of us are lucky enough to have a four-day weekend!
As appealing as the traditional Easter Sunday lunch with roast lamb and all of the trimmings can be, along with Easter egg hunts and more, at Avant Life, we dare to be different, so we’ve put together a list of ideas to help you have an alternative day, whilst enjoying time well spent with family and friends.
Make your own Easter eggs
We all love a chocolate Easter egg and there seems to be more selection than ever (hello Hotel Chocolate with this beauty)! But if you’ve got little ones who love to cook and get crafty, it’s easier than ever to make your own versions of supermarket favourites. Plus, it holds off the inevitable sugar rush, if it’s only for a couple of hours!
BBC Good Food has a great step-by-step guide on how to make your own. All you need is a kitchen, a couple of moulds and some good quality chocolate and you’re good to go!
This video from All Recipes is a slightly different take but just as easy to follow.
Get into the garden
With temperatures taking a turn for the better this April, the long weekend is the perfect opportunity to spend time giving your garden some TLC. Earlier this month, we put together some top tips on how to get your garden spring ready that included suggestions of plants, giving the path a scrub and some top accessories to make your garden the perfect hangout spot for spring and summer.
If you’ve got little ones and want to develop their green fingers, Dobbies has a range of tools and accessories especially for children that are perfect to get them started digging, planting and helping.
Spring-themed arts and crafts
If spending time in the garden has your children inspired, the long Easter weekend is the perfect chance to get the arts and crafts out. Daffodil collages can bring the garden inside. You’ll just need scissors, yellow, orange and green card, and some glue and you’re good to go. Here is a simple and easy to follow guide.
Getting into the garden and enjoying the warmer weather is always a highlight of Easter, especially when it falls later in the year. However, it is still spring, and showers can put paid to outdoor plans, so you might need an indoor backup plan.
Here are some top Easter films to get you started:
Hop – starring Russell Brand and Hugh Laurie, the Easter Bunny is preparing to pass the mantle to his son, E.B. However, E.B wants nothing to do with the family business and runs away to Los Angeles where hijinks ensue.
Prince of Egypt – an animated take on the Book of Exodus with a star-studded voice cast, including Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Sandra Bullock, Patrick Stuart, Helen Mirren and more.
Peter Rabbit – any Easter film list wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from the nation’s favourite rabbit. This 2018 take on the classic tale sees James Corden stepping into the role of Peter Rabbit as he goes head-to-head with Mr McGregor.
Time for food
A roast dinner with lamb is the go-to for Sunday lunch on Easter Sunday, however if you’re looking for something a bit different, here are some alternatives that the whole family can enjoy.
A twist on lamb:
Lamb Kleftiko – this Rick Stein take on a Greek classic features peppers, potatoes, tomatoes and garlic alongside a leg of lamb. It’s a slow cooked dish too, giving you even more time to spend enjoying the day with loved ones.
BBQ Lamb Ribs – it’s BBQ but not as you know it. This is southern American BBQ at its finest where it is all about low temperatures and slow cooking so that the meat falls off the bone. Prep the day before for even more flavour.
Lamb kebabs – serve with flatbreads, chips, yoghurt and salad for an authentic Mediterranean experience. Stick it in the centre of the table and watch everyone dive in.
Ham – it’s not just for Christmas. Roast ham is a great alternative to lamb at Easter. This roast glazed ham from Delia Smith is a bit of a showstopper and guaranteed to go down a treat.
Salmon – it’s a spring favourite for a reason. Cooked with lemon, mixed herbs and a splash of white wine, it’s a lighter take on a traditional roast dinner. By cooking entire sides of the fish it’s one to get your guests talking as they tuck in.