Easter countdown

Easter holidays: The countdown to Easter

Your 10-day prep list for the brightest, loveliest Easter holiday celebration you’ve ever shared with friends and family.


With the luxury of not one but two bank holidays added to the regular weekend, Easter is, for many of us, the first time since Christmas that we get to spend quality family time together. It’s all about long lazy brunches, a relaxed Sunday lunch – and best of all an excuse to dash around on a chocolate hunt with the kids.
So shake off the last of the winter blues and plan an Easter to remember, with our top tips.

10 days to go
Don’t waste a single day! Sit down with a coffee and map out the coming few days, planning in things to do with the family. We’ve got some inspired Easter ideas for trails all over the country in our feature 5 brilliant weekend walks. Or you could make the most of the extended time off together with our Family time fun weekend projects.

9 days to go
Enlist the help of the kids to create decorations for your Easter weekend gathering. Make bunting by cutting out large egg-shaped ovals in coloured card for the kids to draw patterns on, then attaching them to a length of pretty string or gift-wrapping ribbon. Younger children can still join in, using their fingerpainting skills. Find tips in our Good clean arts and crafts article.

8 days to go
Plan your Easter egg hunt. You could just hide some chocolate eggs around the garden, but children of all ages love a bit of a challenge so it’s worth coming up with a hunt that lasts a little longer, especially for adults and older kids. How about trying one of our Easter egg hunt ideas? Get your recipes together now too, so you’ve got time to shop around for good supermarket offers. And don’t forget – not all prizes need to be sugary! Little erasers, pens, stickers, balloons and small toys make great ‘treasure’ too.

7 days to go
On the Sunday before Easter, why not spend a little extra time making special gifts for everyone you’re going to see? Try our feature on how to Make your own Easter eggs.

6 days to go
Depending on how many people you’ve got coming for Easter Sunday lunch, finalise your menu now to make sure you’ve got time to do your grocery shopping. Check out our delicious Easter dinner recipes.

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5 days to go
This Easter why not make your own hot cross buns? They’re not as hard as they look and you can get the rest of the family to join in. In our Easter recipes feature you’ll find a hot cross bun recipe along with easy-to-follow instructions for making simnel cake and chocolate nests.

4 days to go
Keep the kids entertained and have some family time. For most children, the Easter weekend falls in the middle of the school holiday, so check out our Five tips for a cheap day out. PLUS, for 2015, don’t forget that the Wednesday before Easter is April 1 – here are some mischievous ideas for April Fool’s Fun.

3 days to go
Once it’s here, you don’t want to waste the long weekend doing all the usual Saturday home chores, so get any urgent laundry out of the way today. If you can, get the Easter food shopping done too – with the extra days at home, you’ll probably need more in your cupboards than usual. Our Family dinner planner takes the hassle out of planning what to make and when to make it.

Good Friday!
Time to serve up your homemade hot cross buns. Perfect for a late breakfast or in the afternoon with coffee. If the kids are getting restless and can’t wait for Sunday’s hunts and treats, keep them busy with our Easter crafts for children, including the lovely Easter tradition of decorating boiled egg shells.

1 day to go
Two days into your weekend and you’ve still got two more days off after this one! Relax, let everyone have a lie-in then get everyone round the table for a late breakfast with our Weekend brunch recipes. Double check you’ve got all your treasure hunt clues and prizes sorted.

Easter Sunday!
Once your guests have arrived, serve fizzy mocktails to get the party atmosphere going – try a lemonade- or ginger ale-based fruity punch as the treasure hunt gets under way. One of the lovely things about Easter Sunday is that it’s more relaxed than Christmas Day; ask your guests to help prep the veg with you – chatting in the kitchen is a lovely way to spend your extra day off. And don’t forget there’s Bank Holiday Monday still to come. To keep the good times going, we’ve put together 5 ways to max your bank holiday downtime.

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