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Easter weekend: Five ways to celebrate Easter while social distancing

Posted onPosted on 8th Apr

The long Easter weekend begins this Friday, but with the nation social distancing from family and friends outside of their immediate household, it could be easy to let the occasion slip by.

However, there are many ways to have an amazing Easter with your friends and family even while social distancing without letting those all-important traditions fall by the wayside. Below, shares top tips on how to celebrate the Easter weekend with your loved ones, without leaving your home:

1.Take time to cook (and eat) together

The highlight of many people’s Easter weekend is the big Sunday lunch and you don’t have to miss out just because you can’t leave your home. Share recipes for what you’re planning to cook with your friends and family beforehand, to make sure you all have the same ingredients on the day. You could even assign courses to different family members if you wanted to – although you won’t be able to eat everyone’s offering!

On the day, arrange a time to video call so you can virtually make the dishes together. This is a great way to chat and feel connected to loved ones as if you’re all cooking and making something special together. There are many apps you can use to do this, including Zoom, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Houseparty and FaceTime (if you all have Apple devices).

Don’t forget to arrange a time for a video call at the dinner table too, so you can sit down, have a chat and eat your meal together as a family.

2.Take part in an Easter craft competition

To really get into the Easter festivities, you could arrange a table centrepiece competition with your friends and family. There are plenty of tutorials for Easter centrepieces online that use things you’ll have laying around the house, and it’s a welcome bit of fun for everyone to enjoy.

One person should act as the judge and taskmaster, sharing the table centrepiece tutorial beforehand and judging everybody’s attempts via a video call or picture submissions to determine who is the most successful. You could even present the winner with a virtual prize, such as a gift card.

This is a great way to have some fun with your loved ones and make something perfect for your Easter dining table.

3.Create a playlist to listen to music together

To really feel like you’re sitting down to have lunch with your loved ones, why not create a playlist for everyone to listen to at the same time? You can easily create a playlist on Spotify or Apple Music, and then share this with your family and friends so you can all listen together while you’re cooking or having lunch.

To make things a little more interesting, you could create a public playlist and assign each person certain letters of the alphabet, to add artists beginning with that letter. Alternatively, create a playlist theme, such as Easter or springtime, and see who can add the most songs to the playlist that fit the theme you chose.

4.Play online games

After you’ve eaten your lunch, what could be better than playing a game? Although you won’t be able to sit down and play a board game together as you would usually, there are lots of virtual game apps that allow you to still enjoy fun and games with your loved ones.

Try Kahoot! for a virtual quiz suitable for all the family. Each person can select a quiz category that they want everyone to play, or you can make it extra personal by creating a round specifically about your friends and family.

For something with more of a competitive edge, download Mario Kart Tour on iOs or Android to race as your favourite Mario characters with your friends and family. Fancy something more grown-up? The online version of Cards against Humanity is now available to download – just make sure there are no children present!

5.Watch a movie together

If you fancy something more chilled on your Easter weekend, why not cosy up and watch a film with your loved ones? Thanks to apps such as Netflix Party, you can now sit and watch Netflix films together virtually – just download the extension on Google Chrome, invite your loved ones to watch a film and you’re good to go. You can even talk via a chat box while watching the film so you can discuss and share your thoughts as you watch, so it’s a great way to stay connected to your friends and family.

Owner of, Tom Obbard, says: “Social distancing when you live away from your friends and family can be a huge struggle, especially during celebrations such as Easter when you would usually be around your loved ones. But we shouldn’t let this spoil any Easter traditions and instead, we should try to adapt our plans to make sure we still feel connected with our loved ones.

“Setting up collaborative challenges, sharing recipes and engaging in a family quiz are great ways to keep spirits high and create memories you won’t forget. Why not use this time to start new traditions from the comfort of your own homes and celebrate the Easter weekend in style.”

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