Anyone who’s been following a while knows that I love a little bit of magic! And one of my greatest loves is to watch the kids’ faces light up when that magic is brought to life. Whether they have just received a pint-sized letter from the fairies, or whether they wake up to a trail of cotton tails on Easter Sunday, it is such a joy to weave delight in to the rituals of our life.
And I love to hear ideas from my friends on how they add delight to their family celebrations in order to create lasting memories. Today I’m offering a couple of mindful ideas for celebrating Easter but I am equally looking forward to hearing your favourite ideas for marking a special occasion! Please go ahead and share your thoughts in the comments below.
1. Surprise and delight!
The last couple of years the kids and I have made coloured eggs with hand-drawn illustrations. This year I was inspired by coloured, empty eggs full of little surprises inside. This is the post that gave me my inspiration and egg dying instructions. My daughter and I had a lovely time mixing colours and dying the eggs and – to be honest – I was thrilled to discover that they were in fact easy to make! My delights inside were goji berries covered in dark chocolate as well as mini Easter eggs made by The Carob Kitchen.
If you are interested in this idea, you may also like these cute origami easter bunnies that are also perfect for holding small delights!
2. A practice of gratitude
I have written about the magical powers of an attitude of gratitude and I think that a family meal is the perfect opportunity to practice it. At each setting I placed a small sheet and pencil and in the middle of the table was an empty jar. The idea is that each person has an opportunity to consciously acknowledge what they are grateful for – it need only be one or two things / people. You either share your thoughts, like a prayer before your meal, or you simply place them in the jar. Such a simple exercise adds more joy to relationships and cultivates an attitude of gratitude.
3. Conscious chocolate
Of course, Easter would not be Easter (for little and big kids alike) without a celebration of chocolate. It goes without saying that the important things to consider are volume and quality!
Over the years we have certainly pared back our chocolate egg giving and receiving. But what gives me such delight is making chocolate with the kids who like to develop their own, unique concoctions. In fact, the kitchen has been booked by the kids for chocolate making this weekend and I’m excited to see what this year brings!
Our basic chocolate recipe is the foundation for most of our chocolate egg creations and is what I used for the eggs adorning the exceptional Raw Berry Cheesecake (original recipe by Sweet Kabocha) featured in this post.
Some of my other favourite chocolate recipes are this Chocolate fudge & goji berry slice and this Chocolate avocado mousse (although, if you are in Perth you will have to wait until avocados are back in season!). There is also a whole board of nourishing chocolate recipe ideas in my online compendium of recipes.
What are the rituals that make your Easter delightful? Have you made a decision to become more conscious about the quantity and quality of chocolate that makes your Easter? How have you done it?
Food and photographic styling by Thalina Lindquist and Anita Fredericks with chief taste-testers, Saskia and Zach!