We don’t know about you, but it feels super weird to be at home for the long Easter weekend. Probably like you have, we’ve had to cancel trips to see family and friends, and we’re left wondering what to do instead.
But you know what, just because we’re social distancing, it doesn’t mean that Easter has to be boring. So, here are 20 uplifting things you can do at home over the long weekend that are a bit more exciting than binge-watching that latest Netflix series.
1. Make your own Easter Egg Hunt. An Easter Egg hunt doesn’t have to be just for kids. I mean, who doesn’t like going on a treasure hunt with chocolate or a treat at the end?! Be adventurous and make some tricky clues and signs to make it even more competitive. Take inspiration from our kit here.
2. Watch a live stream theatre production. The National Theatre is showing their most popular productions online for free. So, sit back and enjoy a classic show with a drink of your choice (tea or a prosecco will do). Find out what’s showing this weekend here.
3. Join an online craft workshop. Getting crafty is not only a brilliant distraction from everything going on in the world right now, but it is also wonderfully therapeutic to make something with your hands, and you can display it in your home afterwards! Isabelle who runs TwoMe is offering weekly online workshops in macramé. You can find out more and book here.
4. Write a letter to a loved one. Although we can’t see our friends and families and we are so lucky to be able to still connect with them online, nothing beats the sentiment of a written letter. Having a handwritten note arrive through your letterbox mean so much right now. It doesn’t need to be lengthy; our Notecard Sets are the perfect size for a little note. Pop it in the post and they will appreciate the thought and effort so much.
5. Be a quiz master. Get your thinking cap on and make an engaging quiz. Invite your friends and family to take part virtually! Try to be as imaginative as you can be with your questions and come up with some exciting rounds including famous quotes (even better if you are quoting your participants!), sounds like and movies.
6. Have a fancy picnic. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, make the most of it and set up camp for a fancy garden picnic! If not bring the sunshine in and make a picnic indoors. All you need is a rug, some crockery and some finger food.
7. Collect memories into a photo album. Now is a really good time to go through ALL those photos on your phone, and curate them into your own photo album. If, like us, you want to do it the classic way, check out our range of personalised photo albums, which we can deliver to your door. In years to come, you’ll be so glad you can flick through and reminisce.
8. Have a laugh and ‘go’ to a comedy club. Laughter is absolutely needed right now. Some of the most popular comedy stores are offering online live shows including the Stand in Liverpool. Join them this Saturday 11th April for a night of pure comedy with some of the UK’s biggest comedians. Read all about it here.
9. Get creative with your Easter Sunday meal. Whether you are religious or not, Easter Sunday is a special day representing rebirth and new beginnings. Embrace all that it means and set up something a bit different for lunch or dinner. Maybe, decorate your table and add little details like place settings, flowers, and Easter decor to delight your household members. A little bit of imagination can go a long way right now!
10. Decorate Easter eggs. If you need some decor for your Easter table, look no further. Painting Easter eggs is definitely not just for kids. We’ve pulled together our own tutorial on how to decorate your own eggs. Read the step-by-step guide here.
11. Compete in a household bake-off. Using the ingredients you have in your cupboard, make a showstopper cake and get your household members to score your bake! There will be an extra point if it’s an Easter theme, obviously.
12. Get cultural. Fancy a change of scenery? You can visit some of the most well-known museums around the world and let the art do the talking. Museums such as the Tate are offering virtual tours of their latest exhibitions including the Andy Warhol display. Find out more here.
13. Make a list of things you’re grateful for. When this whole thing started, at the end of each day, we asked the team to say one thing they were grateful for. We found this super helpful in keeping us all hopeful and weirdly in bonding as a team. So why not try thinking of things you are grateful for each day and noting them down. Whether you’re thankful for your isolation partner or appreciative of the new blooms in your garden, it’s a lovely reminder of what matters and helps to keep us positive. Any notebook will do, or if you want to get a bit fancy you can find our Gratitude Journal here.
14. Partake in some art therapy. Take this time to pick up a pencil and start drawing. Drawing can help with anxiety, especially when we all feel like we’ve lost control. Being able to draw shapes and silhouettes that you didn’t think you could, can just help. Brixton Life Drawing is offering online life drawing classes via zoom every Tuesday. What makes it great is that its ‘pay what can’, making it available for everyone and it’s (obviously!!) BYOB. What a perfect night, a glass of prosecco in one hand and a pencil on the other! Find out more on their Instagram here.
15. Do a random act of kindness. More than ever kindness is needed everywhere, so why not do something that would make someone’s day. Small things go a long way at the moment, so whether it’s putting a rainbow on your window, checking in on your neighbour or donating to your local foodbank online, think about what you could do to brighten someone’s day this weekend.
16. Have a games night. Let’s be honest, we all have a jigsaw puzzle, or board game stacked away somewhere, but when was the last time you got them out? Plan an ultimate games night in and get competitive! Even the classics like Pictionary, charades and hangman are both nostalgic and a lot of fun.
17.Virtual Artisan Market. Supporting small businesses is really important right now, especially those that rely heavily on their stores and markets being open. ‘A South London Makers Market’ has come up with a virtual shopping experience in the comfort of your own home. Join them on their next online market on the 12th April, have a browse and discover some amazing makers and artisans in one place. Even if you can’t buy anything, this is a great way to show some support and also get to know some small businesses.
18. Host a virtual dinner party. Have you done it yet? We are all using Zoom for work, but you can also log on and use it for a dinner party with your family or friends. Make it fancy and dress up, or just hang out together and have a few glasses of your favourite tipple, because why on earth not?!
19. Hold your own Easter Olympics. The 2020 Olympics may be cancelled, but don’t let this stop you from doing your own sports day this weekend. Opt for the classic egg and spoon race, bunny sack race, pin the tail on the bunny and Easter charades! If you have kids, they will love this.
20. Give yourself permission to just switch off for a bit. It’s really tough at the moment. Whether you suddenly have a lot of spare time or are juggling working from home with a toddler hanging off you, we all need to look after ourselves. Reset and go offline for a couple of hours. Have a bath or read a book. Do something just for you that doesn’t involve anything digital and stop putting so much pressure on yourself.
This list has definitely made us excited for Easter! Let us know if it inspired you and you try any of the suggestions by leaving a comment below or tagging us on Instagram. And if you’ve found a good activity to do whilst social distancing at home – or you run a business with useful resources – do pass it on and we might bring you even more ideas in a future blog post. In the meantime, happy Easter!