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When I was preggos with Devin, my coworker told me about her mom who would always set their dinner table to match the current holiday and the St. Patrick's day tablecloth she would put out every year. She spoke about this memory so fondly. I thought it was so sweet that she was able to remember the details so vividly. I told her that I was totally stealing the idea once Devin was old enough to understand. LOL. Sure enough, I've done this a few times now so Easter would not be an exception.
As usual, I hit up The Dollar Store, Hobby Lobby and my fave place ever - the dollar bins at Target. I started early so I was able to find a lot cute Easter goodies. I was already planning on baking for Easter so I just made some extras for me, the hubby and Devin to share - tiramisu, strawberry mousse cheesecake, Oreo truffles, coconut macaroons and chewy coconut cookies.
Although I don't love the idea of getting the kiddos a gift just because it's a holiday (they have enough toys as it is), I still wanted to get them something to open. Most pre-made gift baskets are full of candy and toys that would most likely be thrown out after a few uses. So, for Devin, I bought a few treats that could easily be packed in his backpack + a Disney Cars book (which was already sitting in my Amazon cart). For Kelsey, since she really has no clue what's going on (ha), I just stuffed her bag with a few onesies and a teether - things I would've bought for her anyway. Pretty easy and something they'll actually use/eat.
Behind the scenes:
So the reveal didn't go exactly as planned. I set almost everything up the night before then I closed off the room. In the morning, I told Devin to not go in to the playroom and that he needed to "wait for mommy." As I was giving Kelsey a bath, Devin walks into the the bathroom with the book in hand, happily shows me his new Cars book and says "Mommy, I found a book!" Oh, my sweet Devin. LOL.
He loved his book though, maybe a bit too much. It's a book of all the Disney Car characters. Since he can't read yet, he's constantly asking us the name of each car that's pictured and now he's telling us which cars he doesn't own but wants to buy with "daddy's money"... what have I gotten us in to?