Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Spring fever is officially upon us, or maybe it has been for a while now, but either way we are so ready to hop into a new season!  See what I did there?  Even though it's not going to be Spring until over a month from now, it's definitely feeling Spring-y in my mind.  And with Spring comes Easter!  While Ellie will only be eleven months old, and I'm not so sure my visions of elaborate Easter egg hunts will happen this year, I'm still feeling excited for the next major holiday on the calendar.  I've been planning Ellie's first Easter basket for quite some time now (in case you couldn't tell by the weekly references to basket ideas on here), so I thought I'd share some of the things I've come up with so far!

tights // bloomers // flower headband // hair clip // plastic eggs // tulle bow // pear toy // crayons // ballerina bunny // piggy paint // teething bracelet // the runaway bunny book

Something to read, something to wear, something to play with, and of course something to eat are all on my Easter basket checklist.  First off, I had no idea they made crayons for one year olds!  I'm fairly certain Ellie will just try to eat them, but since they're egg shaped I just can't resist the festiveness. ;)  I plan to fill some plastic eggs with puffs because those are her favorite snacks and she doesn't really eat too many other things that I could put in them at this point.  A cute stuffed bunny seems like a necessity for a first Easter basket.  I mentioned that I ordered a sweet handmade one a couple weeks ago, but I love that ballerina as well as this one from Anthro (my favorite place to buy stuffed animals!).   I also think things like sidewalk chalk, bubbles + Spring-y outdoor activities, a sippy cup + bibs are good ideas.  You know I don't think you can go wrong with a new pair of jammies either!  I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Easter basket ideas and will be adding more things as I find them, so feel free to check it out.  If you have a boy, I think there are "boy versions" of a lot of these items, so I hope this is still a little helpful. It's been a bit challenging to find things to put in Ellie's basket that won't add up to a small fortune.  I really don't want it to be too over the top, but want to include a few nice things she'd enjoy or a actually need... any recommendations you have are welcome!

If you wanted to include a little DIY project, I "made" this a blanket for Ellie before she was born and think it would be a cute addition to your babe's basket.  All you need is a blanket of your choice (I used a plain white swaddle), some pompom trim, and either a hot glue gun or a sewing machine.  I glued small sections of trim (a few inches) at a time, and pressed it down as I went along the edge so it would hold better.  Repeat for as many layers as you'd like and you're good to go! I think it would look nice rolled up with a little ribbon (or headband?!) holding it together.  A super easy and cute way to include something homemade that they can have as a keepsake.  Just be careful not to burn yourself a few hundred times while putting your blanket together.  My glue gun and I have a love-hate relationship. ;)

In terms of the actual basket, I like the idea of getting a simple one and making it our own.  Adding some pompom trim (yes, I'm obsessed) and felt flowers are a couple things I have thought of.  I'd also love to add something to personalize it with her name or initial on it - how cute would something like this mini name bunting be strung on the basket?! Of course, the contents alone might be pretty enough to dress it up! Regardless of what I end up doing with it, I hope that it's something she can use for years to come. :)

I'm eagerly anticipating our first stroll through what I know will be Target's over-the-top cute Easter aisles and can't wait to get some shopping done.  Also, is it too early to color eggs?! ;)  So excited to celebrate with my bunny babe this year!

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