Despite March 2020 feeling like it was 91 days instead of 31, it still feels a little surreal that Easter is already here! With Easter Bunny pictures cancelled, no public egg hunts or church events, and no large family gatherings, this year is certainly unlike the holiday most of us are used to. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to still celebrate at home with your loved ones. From activities you can plan, to local spots offering holiday menus, and ways to fill those baskets, here’s a list of ways you can make the day feel special.
Easter is about hope, life, love and joy – all things that we should be celebrating now more than ever!
Easter Activities to Do at Home
Chances are, your Easter is going to look very different this year. Here’s a list of activities you can plan for your family to keep the holiday from feeling just EVERY. OTHER. DAY. right now.
- Decorate Easter eggs. Here’s a link to 9 different ways to decorate them. And if you don’t want to use real eggs, you can pick up plastic ones at just about any grocery store, the dollar store or Target. Then use stickers, or try one of these ideas.
- Have an Easter egg hunt throughout your home and yard. Here’s a link to some ways you can make the hunt unique.
- Do an Easter themed scavenger hunt.
- Make an Easter dessert as a family. These chocolate chip cookies use ingredients you probably always have, just get the pastel M&Ms when do your next “stock up” grocery run. Or, support a small business by ordering an Easter Cake Kit from Collegeville Italian Bakery (a 2020 Happening List Finalist in multiple categories). The $24.99 kit includes a vanilla egg-shaped cake, several colors of icing, 3 chocolate cupcakes, 3 vanilla cupcakes and 2 containers of pastel sprinkles. That way, you can skip the baking and get right to the fun part – decorating! Get more details here.
- Do an Easter fashion show. Despite staying home, have everyone put together fancy or funny outfits, then show them off to relatives in a virtual fashion show.
- Do Easter crafts. These no-sew sock bunnies are easy to make, and they’ll be adorable decorations for years to come.
- Watch a fun Easter-themed movie. The movie Hop is on Netflix.
- Paint rocks to look like Easter eggs. Go for a walk around your neighborhood and place them in different places for your neighbors to see.
- Do Easter-themed chalkart outside your house.
- Place glow sticks in Easter eggs (or just use flashlights) to do a nighttime Easter egg hunt for older kids.
- Color Easter pages to decorate your home or mail to relatives.
- Use some type of video chat with family at various times throughout the day like during the egg hunt or for the blessing before eating dinner. If you can coordinate a craft ahead of time, kids could even have a virtual craft session with their cousins. Whatever will help you feel more connected during this time of separation.
- View a live telecast of church services.
- Do you have a backyard firepit? Make Easter candy s’mores! (A Peeps and a Reese’s egg sound like the perfect combo.)
Local Eats for Easter Takeout, Curbside Pick-Up or Delivery
Have you been cooking more than ever lately? In honor of the holiday, take the day off. These Montgomery County spots are offering special Easter menus.
Capt’n Chucky’s Crabcakes Co.
1920 County Line Road, Huntingdon Valley
If your family loves seafood, be sure to check our Capt’n Chucky’s, our 2020 Montco Happening List Winner for Best Seafood Market. They’re accepting pre-orders for Easter. Favorites includes crab cakes, shrimp, shrimp & wasabi roll-ups, crab critters, lobster tails, soups and more. Plus, they have limited quanities of Stock’s Easter egg pound cakes! Place your order now for curbside pickup.
William Penn Inn
1017 Dekalb Pike, Gwynedd
William Penn Inn is a 2020 Happening List Finalist for Most Romantic and Best Brunch, so you’ll want to visit when places reopen. In the mean time, they’re offering takeout Easter Dinner. Call to order by noon on April 9. Then pick up on Easter Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here to view the special menu featuring a selection of salads, sides, desserts, and entrees such as braised lamb chuck roast, apple & hickory smoked ham, chicken marsala and Maryland crabcakes. Pricing varies depending on entree choice.
Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches
137 E. High Street, Pottstown
Grumpy’s is a 2020 Happening List Finalist for Sandwiches, but they serve more than just delicious hand-helds. For Easter, they’re offering a la carte meats, sides and desserts. Dishes are priced per person with a 2-person minimum. Choose from favorites such as baked ham, roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and roasted sweet potatoes. Plus sweet treats including blueberry cobbler, chocolate chip break pudding and cakes. View the menu here. Orders can be picked up or delivered on Saturday, April 11 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The Farmer’s Daughter at Normandy Farm
1401 Morris Road, Blue Bell
The Farmer’s Daughter is offering holiday favorites such as lamb, turkey, ham, poached salmon, New York strip steak and lasagna. Each entree serves up to 4 people and include your choice of 1 salad, 3 sides, 1 dessert and Chef’s choice of cookies. You can also add on extras like soup, additional entrees, sides and desserts, and kids’ meals. View the menu here. Place your order online by April 8. Pick up is Sunday, April 12 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Farmer’s Daughter is a 2020 Montco Happening List Finalist for Brunch, so be sure to check it out when they reopen.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
1220 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales
Firebords is helping you enjoy their prime rib at home for the holiday. Their Easter Feast serves 4 for $150. It includes lobster spinach queso, BLT salad, uncooked seasoned prime rib (48 oz) with au jus & horseradish sauce, parmesan mashed potatoes, broccoli and cheddar casserole, and double chocolate chip bread puddling with salted caramel sauces. You can also order just the seasoned prime rib (48 oz) with au jus & horseradish sauce for $75. Meals will be uncooked at time of pickup and will include easy cooking instructions to get your meal on the table in 3 hours or less. Order at this link by April 8 to pickup either Saturday, April 11 between noon and 5 p.m. or Sunday, April 12 between 8 a.m. and noon.
8 W. Butler Avenue, Ambler
While many restaurants are offering family-style catering, Bridgets’ Easter menu is individual entrees. Each person can choose filet, lamb or turkey, a salad, two sides and a dessert. Meals are $35 for filet or lamb and $30 for turkey. View the menu here. Place your order by 3 p.m. on April 10. If you prefer to get your meal delivered instead of pickup, a 20% gratuity will be added which will go to Bridgets unemployed workers.
Piero’s Italian Restaurant
3500 Reading Way, Huntingdon Valley
Piero’s is known for its Easter Brunch, where they often host upwards of 500 guests. This year, they’ll be preparing takout catering meals instead. The Easter Menu is a 3-course dinner that can be ordered as individual meals ($29.99) or family-style to feed 6 ($149.99). Choose a salad or antipasta, an entree (baked ham, meat lasagna or veggie lasagna), two sides and a dessert. View the menu here. Pickup will be on Easter Sunday.
Easter Basket Help
Do you fill baskets with candy? Toys? Summer clothes and necessities like bathing suits and flip flops? All of those options are sure to bring a smile to your kiddos face. This year, you might want to make an extra effort to put a few things in their basket that will provide some entertainment during your time at home.
Sure, you could probably order a lot of your basket supplies from Target or Amazon, but why not support a small business? (Plus, with so many things sold out and delayed shipping, they might not get here in time!) To make things easy, here are a few local businesses that can help you fill those Easter baskets with goodies you can purchase safely from your home.
Sweet Ashley’s Fine Handmade Chocolate
Limerick Square Shopping Center, 70 Buckwalter Road, Royersford
Sweet Ashley’s is our 2020 Montco Happening List Winner for Candy, so of course they have tons of sweet treats for Easter baskets. (Chocolate covered peanut butter eggs, coconut eggs, and crisp eggs are favorites.) Order online and choose delivery or no-contact pickup.
2634 Morris Road, Lansdale
This 2020 Montco Happening List Finalist has been providing quality chocolate to Montgomery County for over 75 years! The store is still open, so you can come shop for Easter candy in person. Or, if you prefer, you can place your order over the phone and swing by for carside pickup. Visit their Facebook page for some photos and posts about what they’re offering – including a video of the store.
Learning Express Toys of Collegeville
Learning Express Toys is our 2020 Montco Happening List Winner for Children’s Boutique. While the store is closed right now, they’re offering delivery within 7 miles of the store. Shop online for favorites like Easter Squishmallows, puzzles, LEGO, crafts, books, stickers, candy and more. Or, use this link to fill our a personal shopper request. Answer a few questions, and they’ll send you a pre-filled cart that you can modify and have delivered.
Ardmore’s pucciManuli is a 2020 Montco Happening List Finalist for Children’s Boutique, specializing in finely crafted gifts for children of all ages. You can shop their collections online and have them delivered, or arrange for curbside pickup. (They’ll even arrange the basket for you if you like.) Checkout their Facebook page for ideas.