When I was growing up we always celebrated Easter with a big Easter lunch, church, activities (hello egg rolling) and, of course, Easter eggs. It’s so lovely to see that people get even more into it now and that decorating your house for Easter is now a thing too. Any excuse to decorate and I’m all over it!
We have really gotten into the Easter spirit this week with the help of our lovely friends at HEMA, who asked us to choose some activities and decorating bits to add to our Easter fun. For those new to the brand, HEMA is an iconic Dutch lifestyle retailer which has been creating high quality, expertly-designed and affordable products since 1926 and has recently launched several stores in the UK. HEMA always has a special place in my heart because I grew up in Holland and could often be found in HEMA buying their stationery for school and nail polish. When I heard they had come to the UK, I was delighted! They are in short the ultimate one-shop-stop for affordable everyday essentials including décor, interiors, beauty, stationery, food and fashion.
I picked up a few bits to help with some Easter activity ideas I had. First up were some stamps (£2.50) for Little I to make cards for her friends. She had lots of fun choosing the type of stamp she wanted to use and then the colour. I also picked up some gift bags (£1.50), stickers (£1) and chocolate eggs (£3.50) for her to fill her little bags as treats as well.
Next we decided to do some egg painting – I mean it is Easter after all, there had to be some egg decorating in there somewhere. These little kits (£1.50) were a huge help to try and get the kids to paint all sides of the egg. I’m not going to lie, L tried to paint for about 15 seconds and then spent the rest of the time either trying to eat the egg or throw it on the floor/at his sister, but Little I had lots of fun trying to paint her egg lots of different colours. And dodging the launch attempts from her brother.
Little I decided she wanted to wear her bunny ear hair clips (£2) from HEMA for our activities because ‘she is best friends with the Easter bunny and he is coming to see her play football this week’ – I love what three year olds come out with! She then had fun with her Grannie playing this Easter memory game (£4). Little I is almost four so she is really getting into games these days, especially ones that involve learning and using cognitive skills.
All the activities and excitement meant that these two little beans were more than ready for their little Easter lunch at lunchtime. I set them up a fun table with these decorative items from HEMA. How cute is the table cloth (£4)?! I tried to buy items that matched and that had a fun, childlike theme. There was another set I loved but I decided it was too grown up, as much as I wanted to buy it! I popped up a couple of decorations around their table to add to the Easter atmosphere. How cute is the banner (£2) and wooden rabbit (£3)? These will be staying up right through the Easter holidays for sure!
I also really love the mini crackers (£3.50), Easter cocktail sticks (£1) and stand (£2.50). They are such lovely little items. Such pretty colours and they just make the table that bit more special, and more of an occasion, than just a normal lunch.
They had a mini Easter afternoon tea with sandwiches, breadsticks, dip, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, chopped up hot cross buns and half an Easter cupcake each – yum!
We had a super fun Easter morning and lunch together. I love my days off with these two.
You can check out the HEMA Easter range here. SO many lovely little bits and at such great prices.
Let me know if you pick anything up!
*This post is in collaboration with HEMA.