Easter Inspiration: Inexpensive and creative ideas for infant and toddler Easter baskets, Easter breakfast table decor, and Easter food.

Easter Inspiration

Spreading a little Easter cheer with you today!

We’ve been spending quiet Easters at home the past 6 or 7 years and we LOVE hanging out in our jammies all day. Growing up, Easter was a very formal holiday for my family: dresses, hats, suits, fancy shoes.

But as adults, we’re just not into all of that.

Anyway! I thought I’d share some Easter inspiration with you in the form of what our Easters look like now with a toddler in the house.

Riley’s 1st Easter Basket (from 2018)

Obviously, we weren’t putting candy in a basket for an 9 month old last year so I went with some fun toys and things she need last spring, all buttoned-up in a pretty basket.

Infant Easter Basket Ideas

The ideas listed below are great suggestions for an infant's Easter basket. No candy, just fun, useful, and tested items that our 9 month old received for Easter.
Natural Sabrina Easter Baskets

Natural Sabrina Easter Baskets

Photo Credit: www.potterybarnkids.com

I chose a basket that will be hers to use every year rather than buying new ones each year. This one was just perfect. Classic, simple, and exactly my style!

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Preppy Eyelet Easter Basket Liners

Preppy Eyelet Easter Basket Liners

Photo Credit: www.potterybarnkids.com

We added the adorable monogrammed liner because it was just too sweet to pass up.

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Melissa & Doug Farm Friends Hand Puppets

Melissa & Doug Farm Friends Hand Puppets

Photo Credit: www.amazon.com

Riley was LOVING the imaginary play toys at school/daycare at 8/9 months so I thought these would be fun for home. At 21 months, she still plays with them frequently and we have a blast making farm animal sounds together!

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Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, Green/Blue, 7 Ounce, 2 Count

Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, Green/Blue, 7 Ounce, 2 Count

Photo Credit: www.amazon.com

Riley received a different set of sippy cups in her 2018 Easter basket but I didn't love them enough to recommend them to you. The Munchkin 360 cups are the only cups she's used for almost a year and I'll never buy a different kind of sippy cup ever again. Pros: No spills, soft on her developing gums and teeth, easy to hold, cup works at all drinking angles (upside down), daycare labels stick really well through MANY dishwasher cycles. Cons: cups leak a little when dropped on hard floors.

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Twosie in My Onesie Funny Baby Poop Humor Romper Bodysuit

Twosie in My Onesie Funny Baby Poop Humor Romper Bodysuit

Photo Credit: www.amazon.com

The onesie we added to Riley's 2018 Easter basket is no longer available at Target but any novelty onesie or t-shirt is a super cute non-candy idea for an Easter basket! This is one she wore A LOT last summer (daddy dresses her in the mornings - can you tell?). Amazon has a TON of these fun onesies available.

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Set of 6 Nesting Decoupage Easter Eggs

Set of 6 Nesting Decoupage Easter Eggs

Photo Credit: www.amazon.com

The set of nesting eggs we included in Riley's 2018 basket is no longer available on the Pottery Barn Kids site. But this set is a close second and it's almost exactly the same set I have from my childhood (a family heirloom). The set is a little pricey but if you're into vintage holiday decor, this is the set for you.

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My First Easter Bib

My First Easter Bib

Photo Credit: target.com

Carter's always makes the cutest bibs and I couldn't resist the 1st Easter bib. This is the 2019 version (2018 was very similar).

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ezpz Mini Mat - One-piece silicone placemat + plate (Lime)

ezpz Mini Mat - One-piece silicone placemat + plate (Lime)

Photo Credit: www.amazon.com

The suction plate we included in Riley's 2018 Easter basket was a flop and it didn't work so I'm not going to recommend it. This ezpz mat is what we ended up purchasing and we love it. It's dishwasher safe on the bottom rack, comes in a bunch of fun colors, and really suctions to non-porous surfaces as it was made to do.

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Toddler Easter Basket Ideas

This year with Riley closing in on 2 years old, it’s becoming even more fun to fill her Easter basket! We’re still not giving her candy (at least not that I know of lol) so I’ve been scouting around for fun stuff over the past few weeks.

Here’s a list of fun stuff we’re adding to our toddler’s Easter basket this year:

Easter Inspiration

Easter Breakfast Table Inspiration

While I do adore the cute Peter Rabbit place settings I see everywhere these days, a simple color scheme works just as well. The turquoise plates you see here are some of my most favorite ever but unfortunately, they’re no longer available at Anthropologie. They were made to match the latte bowls and I’m so sad I can’t add to my current set any longer.

Easter Inspiration

However, there are lots of fun and similarly colored plates out there that could work for an Easter table or a spring brunch. And what I love about not using Easter-themed plates with rabbits on them is that you can use these other plates all year long.

The plates in the top left of the photo above are from Pottery Barn and the ones in the bottom right are from West Elm.

The mug is my absolute favorite coffee mug and the enamelware pitcher is similar to the one I’ve had for years.

 

Easter Inspiration

Simple flowers are always a sweet and refreshing touch for a springtime table. I regularly pick up bunches of various flowers from Trader Joe’s. They’re cheap and I love that I can easily mix-and-match the small bouquets they sell.

Dulce de Leche Overnight Cinnamon RollsEaster Food Inspiration

Breakfast

Without fail, our favorite Easter breakfast consists of egg salad on toasted and buttered English muffins (usually store-bought but homemade English muffins are delicious if you have some extra time!), fruit salad, and cinnamon rolls.

We both grew up on popped-can cinnamon rolls with drippy frosting but since perfecting my overnight cinnamon rolls a few years ago, it’s really difficult to go back to store-bought varieties. (If you’re short on time, these 1-hour cinnamon rolls made in a cast iron skillet are a fantastic alternative to the overnight version.)

Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

Brunch

If we were to host an Easter brunch with a bunch of people, here’s what I would be serving while making sure there was enough toddler-friendly food for Riley to eat:

NY-Style Crumb Cake

Dinner

We tend to go fairly low-key for dinner on Easter since it’s just our little family. However, we always always always, eat kielbasa and deviled eggs as an appetizer the afternoon since we don’t eat lunch.

For dinner, we also always make pierogi. It’s a Polish tradition that Kyle loves to keep going. We have made pierogi in the past and it’s A LOT of work for 2 people so now we buy it locally along with the local-made kielbasa.

In years past, we’ve made filet mignon and scallops proven├žal as our main course with roasted carrots, and either herbed new potatoes or an easy batch of parmesan smashed potatoes.

I’ve been thinking about making a baked ham this year and I’m excited to go in a different direction for the main course! We’ll see!

French Lemon Strawberry Jam Yogurt Cake

Dessert

As you can expect, dessert is my favorite course of any meal. I love making dessert, eating dessert, and serving it to family and friends to enjoy. My strawberry jam French yogurt cake (above) made its first appearance a couple Easters ago and it was a giant hit! So so so easy to make too, since it’s only a 1 layer cake that’s split in half and filled with strawberry jam and whipped cream.

Tall and Creamy Classic New York Cheesecake

Cheesecake is ALWAYS a favorite dessert in my family. My tall & creamy cheesecake is a classic New York cheesecake that rivals any of the best cheesecakes in New York City. Trust me – I’ve tried them! It’s the creamiest cheesecake I’ve ever eaten and it’s absolutely delicious topped with strawberry sauce, salted caramel sauce, or hot fudge.

Cream Puffs with Pastry Cream

If you really want to get fancy, make these cream puffs filled with pastry cream. They’re surprisingly easy to make yet they make a huge statement on any dessert table. The whole recipe can be made in advance and assembled before your guests arrive for dinner (my recipe includes lots of tips for this!)

We hope you have a fantastic Easter filled with lots of memories and great food!

we love to see what you make!

tag what you make with #smellslikehomeblog on Instagram and follow along with me in my New England kitchen!

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  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    April 15, 2019 at 10:04 PM

    We’ve found since having James that we enjoy holidays so much more at home too!!! Love all these suggestions!

    • Tara
      April 17, 2019 at 9:40 PM

      Thanks, Kayle! Yes, the holidays at home with a little one are SO much easier and more enjoyable! Happy Easter to you and your family!

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