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.

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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