3 Tips For a Fun & Easy Easter 2017 That Everyone Will Enjoy (even YOU)!

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“I’m not looking forward to Easter 2017,” I hope no one is saying this week.  New life, Spring weather, happy colors everywhere, awesome candy, and for us Christians, the celebration of the risen Savior is a lot to get excited over.  Even though it’s a wonderful time of year, women get spun up with all there is to do in the days leading up to Easter weekend.  I’m right there with you!  Here are hacks to help create a meaningful but easy Easter weekend …..

It's a wonderful time of year: new life blooming outside, Spring weather ... Here are her 3 Hacks for a meaningful but easy Easter 2017 weekend!!!

In our home, our focus is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ because, without that, we would have no hope.  I keep the bunnies and such to a minimum but have a tiny bit of fun with some of it.  I also love the traditional, big Sunday lunch, and surprising my crew with baskets containing a few of their favorite things (even Superman!).

By keeping the following three hacks on point, we can keep it simple, make it meaningful and stress-free.

1. Focus

Each year, I like to find some type of devotional, short story, or bible study for our family to read through during the week of Easter.  In reality, it ends up being just a short one-day or two-day reading together, but it’s better than nothing.  When the kids were little, I read short books like The Parable of the LilyBenjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggsand The Easter Story for Children by Max Lucado.

Now that I don’t have littles anymore (sniff sniff), I seek out the latest Max Lucado devotional for the week of Easter.  This is amazing to keep our focus on the reason for this season.  A big part of Easter weekend that I adore is gathering with my church family for a wonderful day of worship.  I am so thankful for the gift that God has given to all of us.  I highly recommend that you drag your family to a bible-believing church as well — you’ll be so glad you made the effort!

2.  Family 

The second way to have a fun, easy, and stress-free Easter 2017 is to enjoy some low-key time with immediate family and friends and church family as well.  For me, I’m inviting just a few for Easter Sunday weekend to spend time and enjoy Sunday lunch.  We have fun outside on our land, have a wonderful lunch, and take fun family photos.

It's a wonderful time of year: new life blooming outside, Spring weather ... Here are her 3 Hacks for a meaningful but easy Easter 2017 weekend!!!

A collage of several years of family photos!


3. Simple Menu & Decor

The main way we can keep Easter weekend without stress is to plan a super simple lunch or dinner or … (GASP!) … go out to a restaurant with family and friends for Sunday lunch.  I enjoy cooking the Easter spread these days but if it helps you to enjoy the day more, there is no shame in letting someone else serve you that day.  We have a new Cracker Barrel in our area, and it is tempting to head there this Sunday!

If you haven’t already, pull out just one decoration or two for a few rooms in your house to bring a little Easter color cheer.  I simply created a dining room table centerpiece, sat a couple decorations in the living room and kitchen, and called it Spring!  You’ll be surprised how learning how to simplify life and add coziness to your home with decor like you see below will brighten your mood and put a little spring in your step (ha!).

He is Risen box

Spring Bunny Tabletopper
Happy Easter Linen Pillow Case
I told you that my plan was simple!  I’ve learned in my older age that us girls tend to over-complicate things when it really isn’t necessary.  Enjoy Easter 2017 with your people and kick the stress and overplanning to the curb this year.  😉

I’d love to hear about YOUR Easter 2017 plans!

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  1. April 10, 2017 / 10:24 am

    These are great tips! We are going to church and then spending time with family at my moms. I’m excited!

  2. Cathleen
    April 10, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Thank you for this. I really needed a reminder to slow down, and keep it all in perspective.

  3. April 10, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    Yes, keep it simple! And focused on the right things. Love this post!

  4. April 10, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    Love these ideas and that you keep it simple with the focus on what Easter is really about! He has risen! ??

  5. April 11, 2017 / 12:51 am

    It is so important to keep things low key enough that you can be fully present for what matters. I am still trying to figure out how to make Easter special for my girls but I will be keeping your tips in mind.

  6. April 11, 2017 / 1:32 am

    I completely agree with focus! Just as at Christmastime, our Savior Jesus Christ truly is the reason for the Easter season! We’ve taught our children the symbolism behind the hollow Easter eggs and the tomb and resurrection. So we still have the “fun stuff”, but we try to keep our focus on the Savior.

  7. April 11, 2017 / 8:27 am

    I 100% agree on the ideas of remembering the reason for the season, simplicity and focusing on family. Great post!

  8. April 11, 2017 / 8:37 am

    We are going to a childrens prayer service on Saturday so we can focus on the important part of easter before all the eggs and chocolates! I am SUPER Stressing about what to make on Sunday though… I should just relax.

  9. April 11, 2017 / 10:17 am

    Yes to the second one, family! It’s so important and no matter what time of the year and what holiday it is, it is a must to spend it with family! xx

  10. April 11, 2017 / 10:36 am

    These are wonderful tips and a great way to remember the reason for Easter. Our morning starts out early with 7:30 Mass. then on to breakfast.

  11. April 11, 2017 / 10:37 am

    I love simple decor – just touches are enough for me! I also love using spring decor with just a couple of Easter things thrown in so I can leave it up longer. 😉

  12. April 11, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    I love these tips! They are so spot on for my family as well. This year we will be spending time with my mom’s side of the family all weekend and enjoying some great food and friends! 🙂 Happy Easter!!

  13. April 11, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    These are such helpful tips!! Happy Easter!

  14. April 11, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    I love this post! We often lose our perspective and forget why we are celebrating holidays. These are great tips. Happy Easter!

  15. Lauren
    April 11, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    I love the idea of a simple menu! It leads to way more time with family and an opportunity to enjoy hopefully nice weather!

  16. April 11, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Easter is one of my favorite times of year. Thank you for this post and the encouragement to stay focused on what really matters.

  17. April 11, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    great tips! i’m so excited for easter this year. my whole family is flying in for a visit!

  18. April 11, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    These are some great tips, this Easter we are planning on going to a friend house and have Easter gathering over.

  19. Sue Tanya Mchorgh
    April 12, 2017 / 8:45 am

    Thank you for this. I really needed a reminder. Have a good one.

  20. April 12, 2017 / 11:11 am

    Thanks for these tips on de-stressing and simplifying our celebrations at Easter. It’s all about focusing on Christ anyway, right? I’d love it if you’d add your link to my linkup back at Messy Marriage, my friend. And so glad to meet you! Sounds as if you have a lot of “guru” knowledge that we all can benefit from! 😉

  21. April 25, 2017 / 2:00 am

    Thank you for your post. I agree with you that in every occasion we spend time with family is the best thing

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