Easter is a springtime holiday of the Christian religious faith. Marking the resurrection of Jesus, it is traditionally celebrated as a festive feast that marks the end of Lent (a period of fasting and reflection) and symbolizes renewal. Like Christmas, it has grown beyond its religious roots and taken on a wider secular significance. Many nonreligious people now also look forward to the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunts that have become part of the Easter tradition. Whatever the cause of celebration, an Easter party is a great occasion to gather family and friends and welcome the spring.
For egg hunts or other kid-oriented gatherings, make sure to include your children in the invitation making process and turn it into a fun crafts project. You'll need scissors, colored construction paper (and cardstock, if you choose), glue or gluesticks, colored pens, glitter paint, cotton balls, and anything else you'd like to use to dress up your invitations.
Buy or make an oval pattern (about 4 x 6 inches) to trace and create paper Easter eggs on different colored cardstock or construction paper, and cut out your eggs. Add personalized party information: date, time, location, and any other relevant details. Use markers, or print them on a computer. Then decorate the "eggs" with glitter paint, markers, or more colored construction paper, making each egg a beautiful masterpiece.
Another option is Easter Bunny invitations. Create an Easter Bunny head pattern (about 4 x 6 inches) and trace it onto pink and blue construction paper. Print or write party information on one side. On the other side, decorate the invitation with cotton balls glued to the inside of the ears, and draw eyes, nose and whiskers. You may also glue on plastic "eyes" purchased at a craft store.
Easter celebrations often consist of big meals and gatherings of family and friends to celebrate the religious holiday. Create a more mature invitation for your Easter feast. You'll need scissors, glue or gluestick, colored paper, 4 x 6 inch cardstock, and pens (plain, colored or metallic).
Make a cross pattern (smaller than 4 x 6 inches). Trace the pattern onto colored paper and cut the crosses out. Center each cross on the front of a 4 x 6-inch card. The color combination is up to you - a white card with a beige or silver cross is the most classic. Add a Bible verse under the cross for a religious Easter celebration. Write party information to the back.