Easter this year is going to be very different for all of us, no long-weekend trips or visits from the Easter Bunny (or is there??)—but hey, don't let that ruin the fun, there are plenty of ways that you can celebrate Easter together as a bubble whilst having a laugh at the same time. After all, we are all quarantine kings and queens now, so we got this.
From virtual vacays to baking extravaganzas and online music festivals, here’s how to spend your long weekend in lockdown.
9AM GET ZEN
You might be ready and raring to work up a sweat with a run or an online HIIT class, but before you get to that, take 10 (or 30, if you can hack it) for a little meditation session to start your weekend right. Take a minute to stop, breathe and remember all the things you’ve got to be grateful for; you’ll forget about those cancelled plans in no time. If you want to take it a step further, physically write down three things you're grateful for, it’s a sure-fire way to boost your mood.
9.30AM SWEAT IT OUT
Now that you’ve tended to your mental well-being, it’s time to get physical. Get some vitamin D with a run or a long walk, or take to your lounge room for a yoga sesh or a killer YouTube workout. Once you’re done, treat yourself to a killer breakfast and get ready to channel your inner Nigella.
11AM BAKE UP A STORM
Even if you’re not usually much of a baker, we’re willing to bet you’ve at least thought about it since lockdown hit. Considering you’ve got nothing but time this weekend, why not try your hand at recreating this epic Easter cake, have a crack at making the perfect batch of Hot Cross Buns, or check out all our recipes for more ideas.
3PM DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE
It’d be easy to sit on the couch and get the Netflix binge started, but if you start now, will you ever stop? We know that by the end of the weekend we’re all going to be in food and sugar comas, so today is the day to tick one of those iso jobs off your list. Tackle your wardrobe, your pantry or your photo roll (or one of these ideas) and feel good about sliding into cocktail hour.
6PM EGGSPRESSO MARTINI COCKTAIL HOUR
Round up your mates (on Zoom, of course) and have a crack at making this epic eggspresso martini for a mighty fine night of quarantine. All you need is a nice big Easter egg and a few basic ingredients to make the espresso martini but if worse comes to worst, we reckon a good glug of red wine in an Easter egg would go down pretty well too.
7PM Virtual pub quiz with your pals
Continue the fun and put your minds to work at a virtual pub quiz. If you’re up for the challenge, why not create your own pub quiz. Add some pizzazz and whip out the old Microsoft Powerpoint to create a kickass quiz using a new slide for each round. The internet is your oyster, include anything you like—video or picture rounds are always a laugh.
9AM TAKE A VIRTUAL VAYCAY
You went to bed early and you’ve already been up for hours doing a bit of meditation and practising gratitude, right? So now it’s time to settle in on the couch for a virtual vacay to the US of A. Hit Yosemite National Park, Salt Lake City or the Museum of Modern Art plus plenty more, all minus the jetlag.
11AM BRUNCH TIME
Your real-life brunch might have been cancelled, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it at home. Organise the virtual brunch, send your mates the link and pour yourself a mimosa. While it might not be the same as seeing them in person, you won’t have to cater to anyone’s weird dietary requirements (or share your hot cross buns), so count your blessings.
3PM GET YOUR BINGE ON
If you had one mimosa too many at brunch, never fear—there’s no need to be productive today. Now is the perfect opportunity to binge-watch that Netflix series that you’ve been wanting to watch for a while. Get your comfeys on, curl up on the couch and press play. Before you know it you’ll be 8 episodes in and the afternoon is almost over. Here’s an idea—create a blanket fort, snuggle up inside and stick on a good flick. We’ve got you covered with the 15 of the best movies you need to check out on Netflix right now—so kick back and butter up that popcorn.
5:00-10:00pm party it up at a facebook live festival
Bored in isolation? Absolutely no problem—Electric Kiwi have got your Saturday nights sorted. Party it up with 10 awesome artists, who are all bringing a live performance to you, from their house to yours. It's just like a real-life festival, except no one cares about your outfit, so dance the night away in your jim jams if you like or go all out and dust off that festival gear. It's the perfect excuse to whip out those sparkles and paint on that glitter. The acts will be going live on Facebook from their pages, check out the times here.
7:30PM Online Silent Disco
Let's make the most of this Lockdown time! Plug in your headphones and let out your inner diva with an online silent disco—a 20-25min virtual interactive music and dance session that will keep you moving and grooving, using the trusty Zoom. Get those endorphins pumping through your body and let's get immersed into our new reality together. It's not quite a night on the town, but it's certainly better than wallowing in self-pity.
10AM EASTER EGG HUNT
If you find the teddy bear hunt entertaining, then you’re going to love this Easter special. Take part in this fun Easter egg hunt—simply draw your own Easter egg, colour it in and decorate it and pop it in your window this weekend to give young ones (who are we kidding, and adults) something to look forward to. It's a great way to interact with one another while keeping within the 2M distance rule. Everyone can play their part—even Jacinda approves! Don’t forget to share them on social using the hashtag #NZEggHunt and you may even get a cheeky share from Jacinda.
12PM FAMILY LUNCH
It wouldn’t be Easter Sunday without a roast lamb with the family, so set up that virtual party; you’re surely getting good at it by now. If your parents still haven’t quite mastered the art of the virtual catch up, remember to give them a little one-on-one love and teach them before the party starts.
4PM STRETCH YOUR LEGS
If you didn’t have to search very far to find your Easter hunt goodies, it’s time to get moving. Whether you head outside for a stroll, try an online yoga class or opt for a sweat-inducing HIIT workout, we promise you won’t regret this once the endorphins kick in.
7PM GAMES NIGHT
Get to know your roomies a little better—hit the tunes, pour yourself a glass and play a cheeky game of truth or dare. Not into truth or dare? Crack out your board games, puzzles or a pack of cards; it’s time to get competitive.
10AM TAKE A VIRTUAL CLASS
It’s day four of the long weekend and you’re likely getting a bit antsy, so it’s time to try something new. Lucky for you, there are plenty of online classes to be done and after exercising your brain, it's time to move onto your body with an epic home workout from top local gyms.
3PM TRY YOUR HAND AT PICKLING
It’s the end of the weekend and we’re willing to bet there are a few vegetables at the back of your fridge that are looking a bit worse for wear. You probably know you can pickle cucumbers and cabbage, but in all honesty, you can pickle just about anything. Here's some yummy pickle recipes to try out.
6PM TREAT YOURSELF
Treat yo’ self to a relaxing DIY spa night. We’ve all got old unused Christmas gift sets hidden in the cupboard, filled with bath salts, shower gels and moisturisers, so now is the perfect time to make use of them. Bath bombs at the ready—run yourself a bath, pop on that face mask, play some relaxing tunes and let your troubles fade away as you sink into the abyss. Light a candle, slow down, recharge and reset.
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