Easter is a time when we’re used to getting together with family, but given the current environment we’re in, your Easter plans may have taken a bit of a detour, to say the least. We’d like to share some tips we hope are helpful in planning a virtual Easter, so you can still connect with family and friends whether near or far.
So, turn on your laptop or grab your phone, launch your preferred video conferencing platform, and enjoy spending time with loved ones. On the plus side, now you don’t have to worry about driving from the north side of town to the side south of town to make the family rounds, right?
From fun Easter activities to enjoying a meal, these social-distance-friendly tips will allow you to enjoy a virtual Easter with your loved ones.
Make a Virtual Easter Schedule
First thing’s first! Make a schedule and stick to it, because even though you may not be leaving the house, you want to make sure your at-home Easter is still on track. Depending on how many groups you plan to virtually chat with, your schedule can get surprisingly busy. With all of the activities you can do from brunches to egg hunts, you’ll want to plan out when to gather with each group. In addition to thinking about your schedule, think about their schedule too. For example, if the family has small children, you may want to speak earlier in the day than later. Whether you’re hosting an egg coloring party or an Easter happy hour, you’ll be so glad you kept yourself organized with a timeline.
Enjoy a Meal or Drink Together, Virtually
One of the best ways we bond with our families and friends is by eating together, and on Easter, that’s no different. Since doing so is currently out of the question, enjoying a virtual Easter meal or happy hour is the next best thing. So, hop to it!
To begin the feast, set up your laptop or phone on the kitchen table so everyone has a clear view of you and your food. Make sure you can see everyone else, too! To get festive, brighten up your surrounding area with Easter décor. To really get things hopping, share recipes or play games, such as a round of I Spy with different Easter dishes. Don’t forget to make a meaningful toast or say grace!
Before you know it, you’ll be talking, laughing, and reminiscing. It doesn’t replace in-person quality time, but it’s just as heartwarming.
In case you’re wondering which tools to use to connect, here are some apps and video chats for your virtual gathering:
Throw an Easter Egg Coloring Party
Once you’re connected to your loved ones, clear off some space on the kitchen table and line up your hard-boiled eggs and cups so that they’re visible to everybody. Of course, make sure you can see everyone else’s set-up, too! It’s the closest way to feel like you’re in the same environment.
As for what you’d need to get started, make sure you have paper towels or newspapers. You’ll also need bowls or cups that are deep enough to submerge the eggs, an egg dipper or a slotted spoon, one teaspoon of white vinegar, and liquid food coloring.
Once everyone in your virtual party is prepared, the fun can start! Before you begin, make sure the eggs have cooled and cover your surface with paper towels or newspapers. Then, fill your containers with a mixture of white vinegar and about 20 drops of food coloring. The more food coloring you add, the darker the eggs will be.
And, all together now! Place an egg on a slotted spoon or an egg dipper and dunk, turning occasionally so the whole egg gets color. Keep each egg in the liquid for about five minutes, unless you want a darker hue. It will be so much fun to see how everyone’s eggs come out!
If you’re hosting and want to add a more artistic touch, demonstrate what to draw on the eggs. You can show your loved ones how to create bunnies, flowers, or your own unique design. To make it more fun, make it a contest and select or vote on the best egg.
Go on a Virtual Egg Hunt
You can easily find virtual Easter egg hunts on various websites with a simple internet search. Below are a list of online family-friendly Easter egg hunts your little ones are sure to enjoy.
Of course, you can always set up your webcam to tune into a loved one’s real live egg hunt! You can also use plastic eggs, each with a loving message for your children from your relatives tucked inside.
Create Easter Crafts
From tots and teens to adults and seniors, designing Easter crafts together — in person or virtually — is a creative activity that can bring joy for years to come. So, get your construction paper, crayons, and glue ready because it’s time to get crafty! From drawing an adorable Easter scene to making a fluffy bunny out of paper and cotton balls, you can get festive with your loved ones from anywhere.
Before you begin, make sure you have a clean, safe space to set your laptop and your supplies. From there, it’s all up to your imagination!
For step-by-step Easter crafts, check out Julie’s Corner. Here you can learn how to make a carrot and tulip bouquet and you can also find directions on creating Easter decorations with succulents. If you’d rather color, print out Harry & David’s Easter egg coloring sheets!
Wish Loved Ones a Happy Easter via Video Call
Getting everyone together can be a simple video call away. No matter where your loved ones are, you’ll be able to spend Easter with all of your family. Make the conversation meaningful with engaging questions, like:
- What are you most thankful for?
- What’s your favorite Easter dish?
- What’s your favorite Easter memory?
Don’t forget to take a screen grab on your phone for a family photo!
Attend Virtual Church Services
Thanks to technology, it’s possible to attend church from the comfort of your own home. Check your church’s website to see if it live-streams mass via online platforms such as Zoom, or through a dial-in conference line. At the very least, look for ways to engage in dialogue virtually, including discussions in the form of Facebook groups.
Even If You Can’t Video Chat on Easter, Reach Out to Friends & Family Regardless
If hosting or participating in a virtual Easter is too daunting of a task, reach out with a simple text to say “Happy Easter” (or “Happy Passover”), send an e-card, or mail a card just to let them know you’re thinking about them.
Do you have any virtual Easter ideas to share? Share with us on social!