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The weather outside is gorgeous and this year we have decided to celebrate Easter outdoors with an Easter brunch picnic at the park. I just love picnics and eating al fresco and having a picnic for Easter is perfect as we can combine our brunch with a family Easter egg hunt. If you are also considering having a Easter here are some tips and menu ideas.
Start off by thinking ahead about where you want to have your picnic. Parks are ideal but make sure that you choose a spot that has shade and that is close to amenities like bathrooms and maybe even a playground for the kids. Prepare as much in advance as possible and include a picnic basket (we love our Picnic Time® Newbury Picnic Basket for Four that we got at JCPenney), one or two picnic blankets or foldable chairs so you have a place to sit and a cooler or ice packs to keep everything cool.
It’s also a great idea to choose a theme for your picnic. Easter is a very important time for us and we love to bring our culture into the Easter celebration. We chose to have a Latino inspired Easter brunch picnic incorporation traditions along with favorite Latino foods for a family celebration that will be meaningful and memorable.
Easter Brunch Picnic Activities For Kids
Easter Egg Scavenger hunt: It’s Easter and a traditional egg hunt can be a fun activity and perfect for that Easter picnic brunch at the park. To make it more interesting you can create an Easter egg scavenger hunt. Let the kids know that the Easter bunny has left them some clues to find those eggs and get creative making some maps or lists of fun clues for them to look for the eggs. This works best for older kids who can do this independently but also for younger kids if you help them out.
Cascarones: Cascarones are brightly painted eggshells filled with confetti. Back in Guatemala cascarones where used during carnival but here in the United States many people have fun with cascarones for Easter. The idea is to break a cascarón on someone’s head; many say that good fortune falls on the person who has a cascarón cracked on his head and this is a sign of affection. I remember running around with my cousins and friends, cracking cascarones on each other’s heads and confetti everywhere. It’s a fun tradition that I love sharing with my kids and we love making the cascarones together as much as we love chasing each other and smashing them on each other’s head. A tip from a cascarón veteran; crack the cascarones by putting them on their side on someone’s head as trying to crack an egg on someone’s head on its pointed end is not only difficult but can also hurt.
Latino Inspired Easter Brunch Recipe Ideas
When it comes to planning a picnic menu the trick is to prepare items that can travel well and that are easy to eat and, ideally, don’t require cutlery. Here are some picnic recipe ideas that are easy to make and are filled with sabor Latino.
- Baked lamb empanadas Chilenas
- Totilla Española with chorizo
- Avocado and mango rice salad
- Bacon and mango yogurt potato salad
- Guatemalan empanadas de manjar de leche
- Tres leches carrot cake in a jar
- Mango and coconut arroz con leche
Easter Brunch Picnic Wardrobe Ideas
Now is the time to make some additions to the family’s spring wardrobe. You want fun spring colors and prints like flowers that will be cheerful, yet you need to make sure that the outfits work well for a relaxed morning out in the park. Although you can opt for a spring dress wearing a nice top paired with bermudas or even jeans works well too. I headed to JCPenney and choose fun spring outfits for our Easter picnic brunch. For myself I picked a flowing cold shoulder top with flower print, capri jeans and open toed shoes. For my daughter I chose a smoked top with pink flower print and white Bermuda shorts and for my son a short sleeved striped tee, white shorts and fedora hat. These comfortable spring looks are perfect for a picnic and for running around hunting those yummy Easter Eggs or having fun breaking some cascarones. A spring picnic is also a great occasion for wearing hats; they are not only a great idea when you are outdoors and need some protection from the sun but they also make any outfit look more stylish and beautiful. I just love hats!
With a little planning your Latino inspired Easter brunch picnic is sure to be a success! Enjoy!