9 Festive, Fun Ways to Celebrate Easter at Home for a Low-Key Day

Hop to it! Choosing a quiet Easter at home doesn't mean you have to forgo the fun celebration.

A sure sign of spring, Easter is one of the sweetest holidays to celebrate. If other responsibilities have overwhelmed you recently, rather than stressing about a big multi-family brunch or an elaborate dessert spread, consider preparing a small family dinner alongside your usual favorite Easter activities, like church services and family Easter egg hunts.

However, just because you're celebrating at home doesn't mean you can't go all-out for the holiday. Try these kid-friendly at-home activities to commemorate the special day: Make a festive Easter basket, whip up a traditional brunch recipe and of course, don't forget about dyeing Easter eggs.

01 of 09

Make a DIY Easter Basket

completed diy unicorn easter basket
Brie Passano

Why buy when you can DIY a cute homemade basket with your little bunny? From carrot-shaped cones to unicorn-inspired baskets, create a one-of-a-kind Easter basket that you'll treasure year after year.

02 of 09

Cook and Dye Eggs in Your Instant Pot

bowl of pastel dyed eggs in bowl next to instant pot and food coloring
Brie Passano

Save time, stress, and mess by using your trusty Instant Pot to cook and dye a dozen Easter eggs all at once. It takes just 6 minutes, so you can accomplish this on Easter Sunday morning before enjoying your brunch and hot cross buns.

03 of 09

Craft a Spring Peony Wreath

pink and white peony wreath on blue background
Jacob Fox

Whether you hang it indoors or out, this DIY peony wreath will brighten your mood. The simple and short instructions take just one hour, start to finish!

04 of 09

Discover Your New Favorite Easter Dish

Garlic and Pineapple Glazed Ham
Kritsada Panichgul

Don't let Easter brunch steal all of the culinary fun. Start a new tradition for Easter at home with one of these elegant yet easy dinner entreés. Ask each family member to select their top three recipe picks, write them on separate slips of paper, toss them in a bowl, then draw one as the "winner" to prep together.

05 of 09

Try a Family-Friendly Experiment

tie dye rubber glue swirled eggs
Jacob Fox

Channel your inner Bill Nye, grab a pair of rubber gloves, and teach your kiddos how to make showy patterned eggs with baking soda and rubber cement.

Editor's tip: A muffin tin makes it a breeze to corral any potential splatters.

06 of 09

Host an Indoor Egg Hunt

Boy with DIY Easter Eggs
Gretchen Easton

Instead of tucking the decorated eggs behind trees and in tall grassy areas, sneak them under pillows and disguise them on shelves for an indoor Easter at home egg hunt. Just take note of all your hiding places to ensure they've all been discovered before you all dig into your chocolate bunnies! (By the way, adults will adore these grown-up egg hunt alternatives.)

07 of 09

Bake a Festive Dessert

Easter Dirt Cake
Matthew Clark

You're sure to dig at least one of these adorable Easter cakes, pies, bars, and breads. With pastel colors and various flavors (like this tasty Easter Dirt Cake), they'll be a welcome break from the jelly bean extravaganza.

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Make an Easter Egg Fruit Pizza

Easter Egg Fruit Pizza
Matthew Clark

Balance out all of the sugar with a healthy dose of fruit atop this dessert pizza. Kids can use their creativity to help "dye" the egg with fruit stripes. While we suggest starting with store-bought sugar cookie dough to save time, you can certainly use a homemade cookie dough base.

09 of 09

Play Indoor Bunny Games

children holding tin Easter baskets eggs
Douglas Merriam

Inspire your kids to take a break from their iPad or TV and ask them to play a game in real life. These holiday-themed Easter games, races, mazes, and more will keep their brains (and bodies) active during Easter at home.

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