Baskets Bunnies and Peeps

About the Easter Basket

The Easter basket tradition is tied to the German tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Oschter Haws” or “Osterhase.”  Children made nests for the hare to lay its colorful eggs and left carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all of his hopping.  Over time, the fabled rabbit’s deliveries on Easter morning included chocolate and other kinds of candies and gifts.  Eventually decorated baskets replaced nests. 

Easter Candy Facts

1.  Easter is the second best-selling candy holiday after Halloween in the US. 

2.  Chocolate eggs associated with Easter date back to 19th century Europe.

3.  The jelly bean became associated with Easter in the 1930’s (the origins reportedly date to a Biblical-era treat called a Turkish Delight).

4.  Over 16 billion jelly beans are made in the US each year for Easter.

5.  For the past decade, marshmallow Peeps have been the top-selling non-chocolate Easter confection.  The company was founded by Russian immigrant Sam Born in 1923. 

Easter Baskets

Easter Baskets are a lot like goody bags, they can be as creatively decorated as you can imagine and done in great style on a minimal budget.  Easter is a great time to have a little fun making unique one of a kind baskets for the special people in you life.  They make great hostess gifts and beautiful centerpieces.  Kids can’t wait to dive into their baskets looking for treats and special gifts brought by the Easter Bunny.   I couldn’t resist showing you these two very different and creative options from Martha Stewart.com.  These are certainly not the Easter Baskets I remember!  

Here are a few good themes:  Books, crafts, bejeweled eggs, botanical, organic, fair trade, color themed, chocolate or even a multi-colored Peeps and bunnies theme.  The possibilities are endless!

Harry's Bunny Easter Gift Basket                       

Harry and David  Easter Basket                        

HAPPY EASTER!

References:

http://www.history.com/content/easter/easter-symbols

http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/best-easter-baskets?lnc=0406b0be557ee010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&rsc=lpg_crafts&lpgStart=1&currentslide=12&currentChapter=1#ms-global-breadcrumbs

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