Photo credit to Colleen Kennedy

Photo credit to Colleen Kennedy

With just 6 days left until Easter, many of us are planning what to serve or bring to the big dinner, as well as how to decorate and add the extra touches that make our holidays memorable. Colleen of Souffle Bombay and Heather of Real: The Kitchen and Beyond decided to gather 26 bloggers to share some of their Easter Entertaining Ideas with you! From Jelly Bean Trees to a Giant Deviled Egg, we’ve got you covered! To make this even more memorable we have some amazing giveaways as well from John Boos (crafter of incredible cutting boards, butcher blocks and more) , The Spice House (THE online source for incredible spices), Wilton Armetale (maker of both beautiful & finctional serving ware), Divine Chocolates (a fair trade, farmer-owned chocolate company) & The Tree Hut (natural body products that do what they say) for a few lucky readers! Follow along via #AllThingsEaster on social media this week and visit our Pinterest Board “All Things Easter” for more ideas. Now if only we had a magic formula to make all those dishes disappear, Happy Easter!
Pretzel making at Julius Sturgis

Pretzel making at Julius Sturgis

So back to those pretzels… don’t get me wrong… we LOVE Easter Egg Hunts, so much that last year we bounced from one egg hunt to two others in a single afternoon.  And it was worth it with the crafts, snacks and egg hunt not to mention the cutest photo ops.  But after awhile, a parents gotta think “enough with the candy!!” and the Easter Bunny hasn’t even arrived yet.

So here’s where my suggestion comes in…and just so we’re clear, we’re not bagging the whole Easter Egg Hunt thing…but instead supplement with a family tour of a pretzel factory.  Pretzels make for a wonderful alternative to all the sugary candy sweets this season and with it being the food symbol of Lent, it is perfect for all things Easter.  So why are pretzels linked to Easter and Lent?  The pretzel, which ingredients are flour, water and salt, was made to comply with strict Lenten fasting guidelines in Roman times.  The shape of the pretzel is significant too – in that the traditional pretzel shape is formed to represent arms folding in prayer, once again reminding us of the Lent is a time for prayer.

In the Pennsylvania area there are several factories available for touring.

Pretzel Twisting at Auntie Anne's

Pretzel Twisting at Auntie Anne’s

The Intercourse Pretzel Factory offers free tours and a brief hands on opportunity to try your hand at pretzel twisting.  The Synder’s of Hanover factory offers a 30 minute walking tour of their baking facility. And our favorite pretzel spot is the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Litiz, PA close to Lancaster. This was the first commercial pretzel baking establishment in America (1861) and we love the old historic feel of their existing factory, not to mention the hands-on pretzel twisting opportunity.

Making our own pretzels

Making our own pretzels

Pretzels can be fun to make at home too.  Click here for a pretzel recipe on a former article we’ve written.  Or follow our example this year with the Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Kit. You only need nonstick cooking spray, a small amount of flour for dusting and butter…everything else is included in the kit and they turn out amazing!!

We love the Easter season… pastel colors, an airy feel to the house, picnics and egg hunts… and everything pretzels.  Now on to that giveaway and other #AllThingsEaster ideas:
Prize Pack 1: One of you will win this a-mazing Signature Spice Box Set from the Spice House (wait till you try the Vulcan’s Fire Salt!) as well as this incredibly gorgeous John Boos Maple Cutting Board with handles…it has handles! Swoon!

Prize Pack 1

Prize Pack 1

Prize Pack 2: And one of you will win a delicious Bakers Spice Box from The Spice House (the Chicago Sugar will change your life!), this gorgeous set of decadent chocolates from Divine Chocolate (chocolates!!) this beautiful Flutes & Pearls Egg Tray from Wilton Armetale (they have such pretty pieces) and an awesome Tree Hut Duo of Shea Sugar Scrub and Body Lotion – (time to pamper yourself)!

Prize Pack 2

Prize Pack 2

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Ideas for Leftover Easter Eggs

Giant Deviled Egg | Souffle Bombay

Easter Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Easter Breakfast Casserole | How I Pinch A Penny

Lemon Blueberry French Toast Bake with Lemon Mint Cream | O’Boy! Organic

Dutch Baby | The Naughty Mommy

Easter Dinner Recipe Ideas

Scallion & Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes | Musings of a Housewife

Baked Cheesy Broccoli & Rice Casserole | We’re Parents!?

Cheesy Potato Casserole | Coupon Cutting Mom

Easter Dessert Recipe Ideas

Peanut Butter Eggs | Real: The Kitchen & Beyond

Toasted Angel Food Cake Parfait | What the Heck’s a Bonbon?

Easter Lemon Cookies {Allergy Friendly} | Chockababy

Individual Lemon Meringues | Pandora’s Deals

Peeps in the Pond Trifle | Opera Singer in the Kitchen

Rice Krispie Pops/Chocolate Covered Pretzels | A Grande Life

Easter Cocktail Recipe Ideas

Raspberry Beer Float | Teaspoon of Spice

The Peter Cottontail Cocktail | Can’t Google Everything

Bunnytail-tini | Mommy Snapped

Easter Decorating Ideas

Easter Printable | Diapered Daze and Knights

Easter Centerpiece | The Vintage Mom

Jellybean Tree Centerpiece | Look What Mom Found

Easter Gift Ideas

Allergy Friendly Non-Toxic Easter Basket | Mom-Blog    

Naturally Dyed Wooden Easter Eggs | Inspired Family

Sugar Free Easter Basket Ideas | philly fun 4 kids

Easter Fun

5 Easter Activities for Kids | Mama Teaches

Taking Great Easter Photos | Life with Kaishon

Frugal Easter Basket Ideas & Menu

Easter Egg Pass | A Life in Balance
5 Frugal Easter Ideas | The Centsible Life

We would like to give a huge thank you to the companies that made this give away possible. Thank you to John Boos for the beautiful maple cutting board, The Spice House for their spice and baking gift sets, Divine Chocolate for their luxuriously rich Fair Trade Chocolate gift basket, Wilton Armetale for the elegant egg plate, and Tree Hut for the body scrub and lotion.