Despite March 2020 feeling like it was 91 days instead of 31, it still feels a little surreal that Easter is already here! With Easter Bunny pictures cancelled, no public egg hunts or church events, and no large family gatherings, this year is certainly unlike the holiday most of us are used to. But, that doesn't mean you can't find ways to still celebrate at home with your loved ones. From activities you can plan, to local spots offering holiday menus, and ways to fill those baskets, here's a list of ways you can make the day feel special.

Easter is about hope, life, love and joy – all things that we should be celebrating now more than ever! 

Easter Activities to Do at Home

Chances are, your Easter is going to look very different this year. Here's a list of activities you can plan for your family to keep the holiday from feeling just EVERY. OTHER. DAY. right now.

  • Decorate Easter eggs. Here’s a link to 9 different ways to decorate them. And if you don’t want to use real eggs, you can pick up plastic ones at just about any grocery store, the dollar store or Target. Then use stickers, or try one of these ideas.

  • Have an Easter egg hunt throughout your home and yard. Here’s a link to some ways you can make the hunt unique.
  • Do an Easter themed scavenger hunt.
  • Make an Easter dessert as a family. These chocolate chip cookies use ingredients you probably always have, just get the pastel M&Ms when do your next “stock up” grocery run.
  • Do an Easter fashion show. Despite staying home, have everyone put together fancy or funny outfits, then show them off to relatives in a virtual fashion show.
  • Do Easter crafts. These no-sew sock bunnies are easy to make, and they’ll be adorable decorations for years to come.

  • Watch a fun Easter-themed movie. The movie Hop is on Netflix.
  • Paint rocks to look like Easter eggs. Go for a walk around your neighborhood and place them in different places for your neighbors to see.
  • Do Easter-themed chalkart outside your house.
  • Have an Easter paint party! Order pre-sketched canvases from local studios like A Taste of Artistry's Paint Studio or Penelope Fox Art Studio.

  • Place glow sticks in Easter eggs (or just use flashlights) to do a nighttime Easter egg hunt for older kids.
  • Color Easter pages to decorate your home or mail to relatives.
  • Use some type of video chat with family at various times throughout the day like during the egg hunt or for the blessing before eating dinner. If you can coordinate a craft ahead of time, kids could even have a virtual craft session with their cousins. Whatever will help you feel more connected during this time of separation.
  • View a live telecast of church services.
  • Do you have a backyard firepit? Make Easter candy s'mores! (A Peeps and a Reese's egg sound like the perfect combo.)

Local Eats for Easter Takeout, Curbside Pick-Up or Delivery

Have you been cooking more than ever lately? In honor of the holiday, take the day off. These Bucks County spots are offering special Easter menus.

Steam Pub

606 2nd Street Pike, Southampton
215-942-6468

Leave the cooking to the pros! Steam Pub is offering a delicious (and budget friendly) 3-course Easter Dinner for just $20. It starts with a Caesar salad served with fresh baked focaccia bread, port cheese spread, roasted peppers and olives. Then pick either ham, mandarin salmon or bruschetta chicken, served with roasted potatoes and string beans. End the meal with your choice of cheesecake or a brownie. Place your order by Friday, April 10. Pick up will be Sunday. You will be given a 1-hour window to pickup from Steam Pub's QuickStop Takeout Store. Steam Pub is a Finalist in multiple categories in the 2020 Happening List.

Blooming Glen Pork & Catering

1248 Route 113, Blooming Glen
215-257-2710

Blooming Glen is our 2020 Happening List Winner for Best Butcher as well as a Happening List Finalist for Best Caterer and Wedding Caterer. They’ve taken to Facebook to assure customers that they will still offer all of their traditional Easter favorites, and they have plenty of hams! View their Easter Menu and a la carte menu. Pickup your order by Saturday, April 11. Visit their Facebook page and look for the post where they’re giving away a honey glazed spiral sliced ham. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 10.

Piccolo Trattoria

32 West Road, Newtown
215-860-4247

1745 South Easton Road, Doylestown
267-485-4000

Piccolo Trattoria is our 2020 Happening List Winner for Catering, as well as a Finalist for Pizza and Italian. So you KNOW their food is delicious! Both locations are open on Easter Sunday for takeour, curbside pickup and delivery. View their special holiday menu below.

Dog and Bull

810 Bristol Pike, Croydon
215-788-2855

Dog and Bull is offering two options for a complete Easter meal. The meal feeds four and includes ham, potatoes, green bean casserole, studding, rolls and coconut cake. The cost is $50. Choose from Take & Bake Pick Up on Saturday or Hot & Ready Pick Up on Sunday between 9 a.m. and noon. They require a $10 deposit. Call to place your order.

Maggio’s

400 2nd Street Pike, Southampton
215-364-4983

Maggio’s is offering  hear and serve Easter dinners that can be picked up or delivered on Saturday, April 11. Order from their a la carte menu with items such as sausage and sage stuffing, potato gratin, turkey breast and ham. Or, get a complete meal for six people priced at $96. Choose from oven roasted turkey with gravy or honey glazed ham with pineapples & maraschino cherries & cranberry relish. Then, choose from two stuffings and three additional side dishes. View the menu and order online here. Or call 215-364-4983.

The Buck Hotel

1200 Buck Road, Feasterville
215-396-2002

To make things easy for your Easter dinner, The Buck Hotel is offering dinner to-go “Family Style” with pickup on Easter between noon and 4 p.m. Pick one entrée (baked salmon, braised short rib, crab cakes or county ham), two side dishes, dinner rolls, salad and cheesecake. The meal serves 6-8 people for $180. Slow roasted prime rib and sliced beef tenderloin for entrees are an additional charge. You can also order items a la carte. All orders must be placed by April 8 at 5 p.m. View the menu here.

Altomonte's

856 N. Easton Road, Doylestown
215-489-8889

Altomonte’s Italian Market & Deli, a family owned and operated shop for over 40 years, is our 2020 Happening List Winner for Supermarket and Finalist for Gourmet Market. For Easter, they’re offering complete meals that serve 4-6 people for $139.99 (plus tax) that include sweet glazed ham, homemade lemon ricotta ravioli with white butter basil sauce, glazed orange carrots, spinach salad, scalloped potatoes, asparagus and ricotta pie. Or, you can order items a la carte. They also have Easter breads, pies, and other tasty treats. View the complete menu here. If you prefer to cook your own meal, you can shop in person during their limited store hours during this time, or you can let them do the shopping for you and opt for curbside pickup. You can shop via the website, call, or send an email. See the Facebook page for more details.

Blue Monkey Catering

1045-45 Bristol Oxford Valley Road, Levittown
215-757-8000
www.bluemonkeycatering.com

Blue Monkey Catering is offering Easter dinner that can be picked up on Saturday, April 11 from noon to 2 p.m. and reheated at home. Choose from entrees including Jack Daniels glazed ham, roasted turkey, Hosin glazed salmon or leg of lamb. Then pick two sides. All meals come with fresh-baked rolls and seeded rye bread with whipped vanilla butter for $35 per person. Call to place your order by Thursday, April 9.

Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar

82 E. Afton Avenue, Yardley
215-493-3800

Yardley Inn is offering a family-style Easter dinner that feeds four. The 3-course meal includes your choice of one of 3 salads or cream of carrot soup, choice of one entree with options including smoked ham, braised lamb shank, roasted chicken, braised short rib and pasta primavera, and an assortment of mini desserts. Pricing and sides varies depending on the entree choice. Read the full menu here. Call to place your order for curbside pickup.

Piazza’s Bakery

20 Penn Valley Road, Levittown
215-547-7266

Piazza’s Bakery recently posted their Easter menu to their Facebook page with pies, cakes, cookies, bread and rolls, pastries and donuts. Visit their Facebook page to view the menu. All orders must be placed by Thursday, April 9. You can opt for curbside pickup on Saturday, April 11 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. or choose delivery.

Lou’s Farm Mart

2450 Bristol Pike, Bensalem
215-639-9979

Lou’s is offering Easter dinner that can be ordered family style ($99.99) or single entrée ($15.99). The dinner includes baked ham off the bone with pineapple glaze, pineapple stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and store baked rolls. Call to place your order, and then choose from curbside pickup or delivery. While you’re at it, you can even have Easter flowers delivered, too! If you prefer to choose your own items for your dinner, Lou’s Farm Market is giving customers several options to make shopping easier and safer during this time. They are opening the doors an hour early, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., specifically for senior citizens. They are also allowing customers to call in orders at 215-639-9979. When you arrive, they will run it out to your car for you. Or, you can have your order delivered between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. These options are in addition to shopping the store in-person.

Carlucci’s Grill

1633 Big Oak Road, Yardley
215-321-9010

Carlucci’s Grill is offering takeout and delivery throughout Easter Weekend, April 10-April 12 from noon to 6 p.m. They are asking that customers place their orders by April 9. To save time, order online. Let everyone pick their favorite entrée with single meals to go. In honor of the holiday, they’re offering specials like traditional baked ham with pineapple sauce, lamb chops with au jus demi glaze, crab cakes, grilled chicken pillard and more. View the menu here.

Tony’s Place Bar & Grille

1297 Greeley Avenue, Ivyland
215-675-7275

Bring home your favorite dishes from Tony’s Place and make the best of this Easter holiday with catering from Tony’s. All orders must be placed by Wednesday, April 8 at 5 p.m. Orders can be picked up Friday, April 10 or Saturday, April 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Choose from Tony’s traditional ham dinner (serves 6-8) for $100, roasted lamb chop dinner (serves 4-6) for $150 or filet mignon dinner (feeds 608) for $150. All of the meals include sides, dinner rolls and a pecan pie. You can also put together your own menu with their a la carte catering options. View the complete menu and pricing here.

The Pineville Tavern

1098 Durham Road, Pineville
215-598-3890

Preorder your pre-cooked Easter Feast from The Pineville Tavern and pick it up either Saturday or Sunday. Meals are sold cold with reheating instructions included. Choose between the Local Honey Roasted Boneless Ham or 12-lb Roasted Turkey w/ pan gravy. Each come with house-made pineapple stuffing, mashed Yukon gold potatoes, haricots vert, deviled eggs, a mixed bread basket, and your choose of flourless chocolate cake, mixed berry pie, or rice pudding. Easter Feasts serve 4 to 6 people (perfect for leftovers if your family is smaller) for $135. Or…you can make your dinner Italian style with the following a la options: Handmade Cheese Ravioli, Mom’s Marinara Sauce, Pop-Pop’s Handmade Meatballs in Sauce, Three Heads Romaine Lettuce. Italian dishes are priced a la carte.

Giovanni’s Pizza

224 N. West End Boulevard, Quakertown
215-538-2120

Giovanni’s has prepared a special Easter menu that is available family-style or individual servings. Place your order by Wednesday, April 8 to pick up on Saturday, April 11 after 1 p.m. Meals are $15 per person. Choose one entrée – oven baked honey ham, grilled chicken or honey mustard salmon. Then choose two sides, a salad and a dessert. Visit their Facebook page to view the full menu.

Easter Basket Help

Do you fill baskets with candy? Toys? Summer clothes and necessities like bathing suits and flip flops? All of those options are sure to bring a smile to your kiddos face. This year, you might want to make an extra effort to put a few things in their basket that will provide some entertainment during your time at home.

Sure, you could probably order a lot of your basket supplies from Target or Amazon, but why not support a small business? (Plus, with so many things sold out and delayed shipping, they might not get here in time!) To make things easy, here are a few local businesses that can help you fill those Easter baskets with goodies you can purchase safely from your home.

Pineapple on Main

123 N. Main Street, Dublin
www.pineappleonmain.com

Pineapple on Main is a 2020 Happening List Finalist for Gift Shop, offering unique home décor and sweet gifts … especially for babies. Send them a private message on Facebook, and they’ll curate a custom Easter basket accommodating and theme or budget. Your order will then be shipped to your home.

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Learning Express Toys of Bucks County

800 Busleton Pike, Richboro
215-953-6800

If you’re looking for more than candy, Learning Express can help! They’re putting together $25 Bunny Buffet Buckets that include a free bucket (purple, blue, green or pink) personalized with your child’s name and $25 worth of toys of your choosing. (You can also purchase items separately.  Visit their Facebook page for lots of ideas, broken down by age. View the selection via Facebook and then email your requests to [email protected]. Your purchases will then be shipped or personally delivered.

Board & Brush

22 East Oakland Avenue, Doylestown
www.facebook.com/boardandbrushdoylestownpa

Board & Brush is offering pre-made personalized Easter Totes. With sweet designs and your choice of name. Get them stuffed with goodies for $35 or get an empty one to fill yourself for $25. Board & Brush will be donating $5 from every order to Doylestown Neighbors United COVID-19 Response. Email your order to [email protected]. They’ll send you an invoice and arrange for either no-contact pickup or delivery if you’re between Newtown and Doylestown.

Evolution Candy

45 East State Street, Doylestown
evolutioncandy.com/

Evolution Candy is a repeat winner in this year’s Happening List earning the top votes for Candy Store. The shop is responding to the times by introducing a take-out window at its store. Call ahead and place your order and then pick it up at the window. You can also order from their website. Worried about filling those Easter baskets? Order online or call the shop to place an order. Free delivery to any Doylestown address or pay for shipping anywhere else. Choose from their pre-made baskets, or fill your own basket with your favorite candy. Click here for Easter suggestions.

Bucks County Brittle & More

534 W. Market Street, Perkasie
buckscountybrittle.com/

Bucks County Brittle is a 2020 Happening List Finalist for Candy Store. You can choose your favorite brittle flavors on the website and have them shipped to your home. Or, visit the Facebook page where they’re posting treats that are available for porch pickup (honor system payment outside). Chocolate covered pretzels, bunnies, marshmallows, and more!

Payton Jewelry

52 East State Street, Doylestown
www.payton.jewelry/

Older girls would love to receive jewelry from Payton Jewelry in their Easter basket. This 2020 Happening List Winner is offering free shipping for a limited time. You can also purchase instant e-gift cards. Shop the website or visit the Facebook page to stay up-to-date on new products and offers.

Ellcie Boutique

1533 Main Street, Warrington
www.facebook.com/shopellcie/

Ellcie, a 2020 Happening List Finalist for Women’s clothing, offers clothes, accessories and more to make your days a little happier. While the store is closed, they’re posting available product on Facebook and Instagram. Items can be shipped or dropped at your doorstep if you live within 5 miles. How about some accessories to go with that Easter outfit? (Or to look cute when she's FaceTiming her friends!)

 

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