Thanks to Oriental Trading Company for inviting us to review its Easter holiday products.
By Patricia Hall, Fairfax Family Fun
Easter is one of our favorite holidays in our home, and it’s no surprise — my mom says that as a child, it was actually my very favorite holiday, with Christmas in second place. Although we do not have a set plan we stick to each year, we always celebrate in some way, including going to church, hosting or attending a brunch, doing some volunteering, participating in one of our area’s many Easter events, and of course, “hunting” for eggs, whether at home or elsewhere.
This last part is a bit bittersweet for me this year: our nine-year-old son is skeptical of the notion of a giant rabbit who delivers treats, and has dropped hints about it. At this point, I think his belief in the Easter Bunny is questionable, and for all I know he may be playing along just to appease me. In any event, this could very well be our last Easter egg hunt, so I’ve decided to make it count by hosting an Easter egg hunt at home for him and some of his buddies. I want it to be simple but memorable, so again I turned to Oriental Trading for some fun finds. As always, the company’s line of Easter products features basic items such as plastic eggs and candies along with some unique toys and other fun surprises.
First, the eggs: we save and reuse our plastic Easter eggs so we did not need to buy some this year. If I did, I easily could have found regular plastic eggs, some jumbo-sized, others that glow in the dark, and many themed ones already filled with goodies such as toy soldiers, plastic puppies, rubber bracelets, mini plush bunnies, candy, bible stories, and more. And then there were the bunny-filled spaceship carrots. How could I resist? These are adorable!
The fun thing about the “spaceship carrots” ($5/dozen) is that they are dual-purpose: neither the carrots nor the plastic astronaut bunnies inside them have any Easter or religious markings, so they can be used year-round as toys. They also would be great for a space-themed party. Other good standard toys to fill the other eggs with are bouncy balls (on average $5/dozen), which seem to be popular with boys and girls of all ages. Oriental Trading has many different styles, so I picked a mix of bouncy balls with bright stripes, monster trucks, and color blocks; all of these also are good for any time and occasion, or course.
On the flip side, if you DO want to emphasize the meaning of the holiday, Oriental Trading has plenty of products that celebrate the religious significance of the occasion. I wanted to find something simple but meaningful that the kids would like and keep for some time, so it was great to see the “crystal” cross necklaces. The colorful, transparent crosses are made of a lightweight plastic that resembles cut crystal. At less than $7 for four dozen, they are a real bargain that also can be used as gifts for church youth groups, vacation bible school events, crafts, and more.
Of course, no Easter egg hunt is complete without candy, and we always find a good selection on the Oriental Trading website. Chocolates, gummies, mints, jellybeans, taffy, bubblegum, you name it… there are plenty of options, most of which are individually wrapped for safety and convenience. If you have a peanut or tree-nut allergy, you will still have many choices with the candies, and some of the products also include images of the nutrition label online. Now that you know what’s in our Easter baskets, tell us… what will the Easter Bunny be leaving in yours?
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Oriental Trading Company. The author was free to select her own items to facilitate the writing of this post, and the opinions expressed here are her own.