Easter is a major festival of the Christian church year, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus on the third day after his Crucifixion. In the United States, Easter Sunday is not a public holiday. This year it falls on Sunday, April 21. There are hollow chocolate bunnies, baskets of candy and model chicks on sale, along with greeting cards and special events and programs at parks and tourist attractions on this day.
Read on to find out interesting ideas on how to spend your Easter weekend best in 2019, places to go for Easter, and check several tips on where to find the best Easter shopping deals.
Easter Baskets and How to Save on Pre-Easter Promotion Period?
Easter 2019 is almost here. If you have not shopped for Easter yet, read some great ideas before running to the nearest supermarkets to spend your monthly budget just yet. We’ve got some great ideas on how to save during Easter shopping.
Today, baskets of all shapes, sizes and colors are available at craft stores. You can fill them with plastic or paper grass and top with an abundant selection of Easter bunny gifts that you know the gift recipient will be pleased with. Or you can buy premade Easter baskets (there are ones for any taste and budget) and have them delivered to you. It couldn’t be easier.
However, there is no reason to buy a new basket every year. It makes sense to create Easter baskets in a way that is frugal and budget friendly. Think about personalizing your Easter baskets with your children’s names and reusing them for years to come. It will save your money and become a fun family tradition.
Easter is a great time to invite close friends and relatives to your home and exchange presents. Furthermore, a lot of retailers are offloading different Easter supplies with up to 70% off discounts. So, filling Easter baskets doesn’t have to empty your purse. Buying candies, food, apparel, gifts, etc. during sales can help you narrow down the costs of Easter.
However, before buying any gifts online, it makes sense to read reviews about a particular e-retailer on popular consumer advocacy websites like Pissed Consumer. Otherwise, you may come across a problem like the author of the following From You Flowers review. He/she decided to send an Easter bouquet to 3 friends and 1 birthday bouquet to be delivered in a month, but remained disappointed with their order:
“...The first Easter bouquet arrived with the wrong vase. It was totally ugly and plain. The second Easter bouquet arrived with the correct vase but the wrong flowers. The third Easter bouquet arrived and the flowers were totally dead! The fourth bouquet was delivered on Easter INSTEAD OF HER BIRTHDAY...”
Do not forget about coupons. Easter is coming and there are many great coupons to save on treats, chocolate bunnies, and eggs. Cut Easter candy coupons out or print them online. Do not lose the opportunity to stack them with a store coupon or sale. With a little patience, you will be able to score free candies this year.
Visit dollar stores since they usually offer a wide range of Easter-themed supplies, toys, and more. And shop ahead. Easter merchandise will go with substantial discounts on Monday following the holiday. Surely, this won’t help you this year, but you’ll be pleased to have it on Easter 2020.
Where to Go to Find Top 8 Easter Shopping Deals in 2019?
Easter Sunday is still a couple of weeks away, but retailers and wholesalers know that people are making plans for Easter shopping. As a result, there are already plenty of stores pulling out their attractive discounts to entice consumers to do some shopping in the run-up to the spring holiday. It is high time to think of Easter sales and savings this holiday season.
1. Amazon Specials
This year Amazon offers Easter baskets starting from $5, as well as 50% discount on Easter clothing until just before the Easter weekend.
2. Walmart Easter Specials
This year, Walmart is conducting a promotional Easter Made Easy campaign. All buyers can get delivery or pick up on everything as well as free shipping on orders $35+. Moreover, you can save money with Easter goodies through the company Every Day Low Prices option. There are also discounts on a broad range of products including electronics, furniture, foodstuffs, apparel, etc.
3. Harry and David Specials
The retailer is running a number of interesting specials this year. For example, if you order a fruit basket before April 17, 2019, you will get $15 off a minimum $99 purchase, $30 off a minimum $149 purchase, and $50 off a minimum $199 purchase. You can visit the company’s official website for the promo code.
4. Michael’s Specials
Michael’s is offering up to 40% off Easter items, like Easter egg hunt baskets, Easter craft kits, decorations, packaging, etc. through April 4 from 6 to 10 pm. The retailer will also let all buyers take 15% off their regular price purchases using 30EASTER1517 code through April 15.
5. Macy’s Specials
The company offers up to 50% off on Easter dresses till the middle of April. Available options include a lot of floral prints and pastels. However, if you want to take advantage of this deal, you should check the Macy’s website in the weeks leading up to Easter since the retailer offers limited-time promo codes as well as flash Easter sales.
6. Target Specials
The store is offering $5 off such Easter goodies as sweets, baskets and decoration when you spend $25 and more on Easter basket building. Buyers can also expect up to BOGO 50% off toy brands, board games and dresses through April 15.
7. American Eagle Outfitters Specials
The retailer is offering up to 50% off clearance items through April 17.
8. Gap Specials
The clothing retailer is offering up to 50% on almost all apparel. In addition, there is an extra 20% off regular purchases through April 14.
Top 7 Activities to Engage in for Easter Weekend in 2019?
Are you on the hunt for special Easter weekend activities? Here are several things to do on Easter Sunday that you will find interesting for sure! Cities all over the United States host Easter celebrations with Easter egg hunt, marshmallow peeps, and Cadbury cream eggs abound.
1. Easter Sunday at a Church Service and at Home
Easter Sunday is a very important day for Christians in the United States. They celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Many churches hold special services on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
If you want to visit a church on Easter, you’d rather go to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC, the National Cathedral in Washington, DC or St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans being most famous for their Easter celebrations.
At home, you can prepare a tasty dinner and invite your friends and relatives. Special dishes for Easter springtime are baked the ham, potato, and vegetables. Another most demanding recipe is a hot cross bun. Actually, there are many interesting traditional Easter customs in the United States you can participate in.
Many people decorate Easter eggs with paint or dyes. It is also common to organize Easter egg hunts. Parents hide eggs throughout their homes and gardens. And children search for them on Easter morning.
We can’t talk about Easter in the United States without mentioning the Easter Bunny. The rabbit is a symbol of rebirth. The Easter Bunny brings baskets with traditional Easter treats (chocolate bunnies and candies) for children.
2. White House Easter Egg Roll
An Easter Monday annual egg-rolling race is hosted on the White House lawn. The event is open for children up to 13 years old and their families. For the egg roll race, kids should push eggs with spoons through the grass. This tradition dates back to 1878.
This year the White House invites families to enjoy live entertainment, story time with celebrities, games and the traditional Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are required. They are distributed on a free of charge basis via an online lottery system.
All participants of this major event will have to go through security screening. Typically, more than 35,000 people visit this event annually. Attend the festivities with your children, roll eggs down the hill and swing by some of the nation’s landmarks and blooming cherry blossoms.
3. Easter Vacation at Walt Disney World
The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL gathers lots of tourists in April. Warm weather and interesting theme park Easter break activities attract people from the United States and the whole world.
You can surprise your family with the magic of the holiday-themed parades, Easter egg hunts, arts, and crafts. The resort offers a lot of things to do for Easter including Easter egg hunt, Easter Bunny Meet and Greet in the Magic Kingdom, Spring Trolley Show, special parades and games. There are also Easter church services at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on Easter Sunday.
The Epcot Egg-stravaganza Egg hunt takes place during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Large Easter eggs themed after Disney characters are hidden throughout the World Showcase.
All visitors can purchase special Easter egg hunt maps from Disney traders for about $6 with special stickers to mark each egg discovery. At the end of the entertainment, you can return your map to Disney Traders and take part in an egg scramble to pick up your prize!
4. Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival
The annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival take place on 5th Avenue in New York City on Easter Sunday. This amazing tradition goes back to the mid-1800s. Here you will see that imagination has no limits. The parade participants in really weird and creative costumes go down 5th Avenue that is closed for transport. But this event is all about bonnets.
You will be surprised how inventive they could be: with live birds, tons of flowers, carrots, eggs, etc. Made out of bird cages, boxes, flower pots, etc. they could be huge or little, but, no doubt, creative. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the best place for prime viewing. If you are seeking for new impressions, New York is the right place to visit on Easter.
5. The Maku’s Flower Show
The 44th annual Maku’s Flower Show takes place at Maku’s Herald Square at 151 W 34TH ST, Garment District, NYC. A floral-filled exhibition lasts from March 25 through April 8, 2018 (during regular store hours). Store arrangements are decorated to fit a particular theme.
This year it is “Once Upon a Springtime”. You will see a lot of plays and storybook scenes including The Enchanted Forest, The Meadows Bridge, The Fairy Godmother’s Cottage Garden and The Knights Quarters. The Flower Show is free. It is a good place to go for Easter and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of floral spectacular blossoming beauty. This event is also held in San Francisco and Chicago.
6. San Francisco Union Street Easter Parade and Spring Celebration
While looking for places to go for Easter, do not miss San Francisco. A lot of interesting activities are scheduled for Easter in the city this year. One of the best events in San Francisco is the Union Street Easter Parade and Spring Celebration. It offers great food, music, an Easter Bonnet Decoration Contest, and lots of games and activities for the whole family.
Kids will enjoy getting photos with the Easter Bunny, playing at the petting zoo, and taking a pony ride. The Easter Parade starts at 2 p.m. The whole thing takes places between Gough and Fillmore Streets on Union with an excellent selection of restaurants that will offer their best dishes to attendees.
But be smart when choosing a place to eat. With so much choice, it can be difficult to make the right call. Take a little time before your trip to check out options and read reviews on your potential dining spots. Reading user reviews can give an idea of which places to choose or, on the contrary, to avoid.
Look at the review below. A Pissed Consumer user shared his/her experience about visiting Mellow Mushroom. His/her Easter weekend plans were completely spoilt:
“...My 28 year old son and I had the chicken teryaki hoagie. About 4-5 hours later we were each experiencing stomach cramps then began vomiting and diarrhea. He recovered within about 24 hours. I on the other hand was in bed 4 1/2 days...depleted...the doctor prescribed an anti- nauseous medicine.
I finally made it to the living room on the 5th day. My daughter had flown in for the Easter weekend. After picking her up at the airport we ate at Mellow Mushroom. Needless to say our weekend plans were spoiled...no visiting...no Easter dinner...no pictures together. We're not together that often so i feel cheated...”
7. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Cincinnati is one of the most popular places to visit for Easter weekend. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden has an Easter Celebration the day before Easter. It features a number of interesting activities for children, including animal Easter egg hunt, various crafts, and arts.
You can also hop onto the Easter Bunny Express, a train that is run by the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad where kids can visit the Easter Bunny, take part in the traditional Easter egg hunt, and get an interesting present.
Easter Sunday is one of the most festive events among Christians worldwide. This special holiday is not only about eating treats, going Easter shopping and dying eggs. It’s about heartwarming celebration in the family circle. Easter is almost here! Be sure you are ready for this wonderful holiday of hope, light, and kindness!
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