Tall Mom tiny baby: Easter Planning: Menu, A Disney Junior Easter Basket And A New Game

Easter Planning: Menu, A Disney Junior Easter Basket And A New Game

Friday, March 13, 2015

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I have heard birds singing songs outside of my window for a week straight. This has truly been music to my ears. I was afraid that the snow would never start to melt, and that we were entering a Game of Thrones-like multi-year winter. One of the surest signs of spring, in addition to the singing birds, are all of the Easter decorations that I see being hung on houses and Easter basket supplies at local stores.

Last Easterwas the first Easter that we were able to celebrate as a family of three, and even though my son (then just a year old) didn't fully understand Easter, he still had a blast playing with items in his Easter basket.
Because Rhys is now a toddler, we are going to have an even more exciting Easter!  I'm talking Easter egg decorating, Easter egg hunts, and a super fun Disney Junior Easter Basket filled with treats and toys with his favorite characters - Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

I just love the colors of Easter, the bright pastels, the pictures of little animals, and the memories I have from Easter with my own family. There was always so much laughter, delicious food, and incredibly fun Easter egg hunts. Even though my tiny family isn't really religious, I truly enjoy this holiday because it is about new life, and sharing love.

Tall Dad and I have decided to adopt some of our own traditions now that we have our own family.  Our Easter baskets for the kid(s) will be filled with goodies, books, as well as a few new toys. I decided to do my Easter basket shopping early, so that I could scoop up some of Rhys' favorite items. My local Walmart has a HUGE section dedicated to Easter, and is chock full of Disney Junior toys, baskets, and candy.
If your child is a fan of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Sofia the First, or any other Disney Junior shows - then you'll want to check out their wide assortment of Easter goodies.
I also found a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Easter book at Walmart - called Hoppy Clubhouse Easter!
There are a ton of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Disney Junior related items throughout the entire store. Rhys can't get enough of these characters, and I thought these wooden magnets would be a perfect addition to his Disney Junior Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed Easter Basket. 
These Disney Junior Eggs are filled with character shaped candies like little Mickey and Minnie!
Another tradition I am going to start up with our tiny family is decorating Easter eggs. Since Rhys' fine motor skills aren't necessarily on par with working with real egg shells, I've decided that we can decorate fake eggs for now.
I found these great plastic eggs at Walmart that can be dyed and decorated just like real hard boiled eggs. Plus, we can decorate them now and use them around the house without having to worry about egg smell! (I got this idea from this incredibly blog, My Sister's Suitcase. If you have a child who loves Elsa and Anna, you'll want to see the Easter basket they created - here)
We have already begun decorating some with stickers and some fun stamp sets. I love watching him be creative at such a young age!
On Easter morning, if the snow has melted by then (please send warm thoughts to us in the North East!) I'm really looking forward to having an outdoor Easter egg hunt. If all else fails, we can have one inside of our new home. Rhys and I are already practicing hiding and finding Easter eggs in our family room.

Tall Dad was chuckling at me because we were "practicing for Easter," but to Rhys - it's a game - and he doesn't care that it's not yet Easter morning.
Plus, he's going to be great at finding the eggs by the time Easter really rolls around.
I'm even thinking about taking him to a local public Easter Egg hunt. There are several in our state this year, including one at Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, and Westerly Rhode Island. Who knows, if the weather is nice, we might even organize our own with friends in a local park and let our little ones run around finding the brightly colored treasures!

We are planning on serving a special tiny family Easter breakfast - including bunny shaped pancakes, or these bunny shaped pancakes - I just can't decide! Later on, we will then be having family over for Easter dinner. I honestly have no idea what we will serve, aside from a layered fruit salad in my trifle dish.  I'm a huge fruit salad fan - and so is the rest of my family. Easy Easter meal suggestions would GREATLY be appreciated!

Overall, I'm incredibly excited for Spring and Easter to arrive. I think the preparing early, and shopping for decorations and Easter Basket supplies has really gotten me into a great mood. 
I'm excited to take Rhys to have his picture taken with the Easter Bunny, to see him hunt for eggs with friends, and to see his face when he gets to dive into his Disney Junior Easter Basket .
Maybe this burst of enthusiasm and energy is an extra blessing - because in a month from now I will be well into my eighth month of pregnancy, and I may not have the energy to be creative and shop!  Who knows :)

Okay, seriously friends, I need EASY Easter dinner recommendations! Please leave some in the comments below! You're lifesavers!


Talk soon friends,

23 comments:

  1. Awe, so adorable! I love making themed baskets for my girls each Easter - they love getting them. Such great ideas to put in them!

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    1. I'm enjoying this tradition already and it's only my first year doing it :) I think I might take pictures each year of the basket goodies to see how they evolve each year

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  2. How adorable is he? I made a FROZEN basket for my daughter and need to make a car/truck one for my son ;)

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    1. Aw thank you! He melts my heart :)

      My little guy loves cars and trucks too! They are some of the few words he says

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  3. He is so darn cute, and loving that basket! Walmart does have an awesome Easter section!

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  4. This is so cute! I love the Minni pail- Addie will LOVE to get that IN her Easter basket for the summer!

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  5. This is going to be fun. THIS is the age when holidays get really fun.

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  6. I just LOVE the Disney inspired Easter. my kids are huge Disney fans, OK I am as well, and I think they would love to find so much Disney items in their Easter basket.

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  7. I am old fashioned and tend to go with the ham and potatoes every year. I love your Easter baskets... so cute.

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  8. I have to first say, AWE!! Your photos are too cute! :)
    I love all of the Disney Easter stuff. I want to get some of these items for my 4 year old little boy.

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  9. I used to have so much fun doing all the cool things at Easter with my kids. Now that they are teenagers they are not into decorating. The time goes so fast. I like to make a cottage roll for Easter dinner.

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  10. I love those Disney Jr Easter eggs. My kids would have been all over those.

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  11. I've been trying to come up with ideas for my son's Easter basket and these are great. He loves Mickey Mouse so I'm going to have to check these out.

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  12. I love making Easter baskets for my daughters. It's fun to get all the stuff together and make some great baskets for them. I love the Easter eggs with the stickers. Those are really nice!

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  13. This is so cute! My daughter would absolutely love getting one of these!

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  14. I'm so excited for Easter - my girls love dying and hunting for eggs. Great basket suggestions too. We also like to put small toys inside and even some new spring outfits... we do have 4 girls after all, hehe.

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  15. What a cute little kiddo you have! Love all the assortment of Easter goodies!

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  16. I have to say that Easter is one of my favorite holidays with the kids. I enjoy putting baskets together every year.

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  17. He's adorable. Easter does get more exciting at that age. :)

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  18. What a cutie! He looks like he's having so much fun! I love those eggs, too! How fun.

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  19. My daughter would love this, she loves Mickey Mouse. She is 22 months and just learned how to say his name !

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  20. My daughter loves Mickey! She would absolutely love this!

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  21. I love the idea of practicing for Easter, and I love little Rhys! OH my gosh he's so precious. He looks like an adult man in a toddler's body! I just wanna hug him! Enough about him, thank goodness for Walamrt and all their Disney Easter goodness! #client

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