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Easter ideas

When Easter falls late in April, it can be a distinctly autumnal event. But this year it’s come around relatively early and, if we’re lucky, this wonderful Indian summer will still be with us. While we might not have daffodils and ducklings around to signify new life, as long as we still have sunshine, Easter is an ideal time to get together with family and friends before the short days and long nights of winter see us all snuggled up at home.

Colorful macaroons and Easter eggs


There are lots of ways to enjoy eating together at holiday time. Try a dress-up high tea – the type they serve in smart hotels. Decorate your food using Easter themes and present the goodies on elegant tiered tea plates. Serve with Earl Gray tea – or even a flute of bubbly.

Easter garland


Decorate your house with this gorgeous multi-coloured garland, $19.95 from Parnell Agencies.

Easter chicks


ChildFund’s “Gifts that Grow” range includes a brood of 15 chicks you can buy for just $57. It will enable a family in the developing world to produce, consume or sell up to 3600 eggs each year. It really is a gift that keeps on giving.

Easter chocolate cake


It’s easy to encourage your kids’ creativity in the kitchen. Cute little nests can be made using chocolate curls in cupcake cases, but if your young ones aren’t old enough to be let loose with knives, cornflakes covered with melted chocolate will do the trick. And a sumptuous chocolate cake will take on a new dimension with the addition of chocolate eggs.

Easter Bunny ornament


Hop to French Country Collections for one of their adorable white ceramic rabbits. Extra large (30cmH) with Easter egg basket $69.

About Louise Richardson

Louise Richardson planned to work at New Zealand Woman’s Weekly from an early age and having achieved that career pinnacle, she’s stayed put for 18 years – nearly a quarter of the magazine’s 80 year history. She never gets bored because no two days are ever the same, and she gets to work with her real-life passions, decorating, travel and fashion.

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