A Welcome Spring Celebration (+ Easter Basket Prep)

We had a little celebration of spring on Friday, the Vernal Equinox. When the girls came home from school, they were welcomed with fresh flowers (from our garden & yard!) and some favorite spring decorations. The spring books, a clear nature table, and baskets of plastic eggs awaited them. (My gals still love to play "egg hunt" - they take turns hiding and finding plastic eggs around the house.)
Our snack was simple, and all straight from Trader Joe's this year. It was a busy week, and homemade treats were forgone for colorful, sweet goodies (I love that TJ's uses fruit & vegetable based coloring). We had strawberry lemonade, chocolate sunflower seed drops, carrot cake cookie sandwiches, and gourmet jelly beans. It was a sugar-bomb of a party, followed by lots of outdoor play to burn it off! Later in the weekend, we planted the girls Easter baskets with wheatgrass seed - it's become a tradition to have real grass in their baskets. Here are last year's on Easter morning:
Need ideas for your baskets? Last year, ours included: Surf Sweets jelly beans, Eden dried fruit pocket snacks, Wild Friends chocolate coconut peanut butter packets, Glee Gum, Endangered Species Bug Bites, and Aura Cacia Cheering Foam Bath (all these came from our local natural foods store). Also: honey sticks, Play-Doh eggs, a votive candle, markers, wind up toys from Magic Cabin, Lindt chocolate bunnies, a book, and plastic bird water whistles.

Feel free to share basket filler ideas in the comments below!

xoxo - Liz

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