If you've decided that , this year , vast expenditure on glittery cardboard boxes with measly inferior Easter eggs inside is to be avoided , then I have a couple of suggestions . From a 1937 children's magazine, it's true , but quick and easy .
Decorating hardboiled eggs is always an option ..... and gives you a tasty breakfast and present in one .
Zonneschijn kindly gives you a few decorating tips if you're stuck for ideas
Alternatively you can present cheaper eggs in natty baskets cut from cardboard ......
Or there's the , admittedly non-animal-welfare option ..... find a small fluffy kitten and present it to your child in a pretty ( re-usable ) cardboard egg . This cannot , unfortunately , cannot be repeated year after year , and has the added disadvantage of the hidden costs involved in feeding a rapidly growing cat for 15 or so years .
Easter lunch can also be a festive , but economical , meal if you prepare Boiled Rabbit with Parsley Sauce and follow it with Chocolate Mould and Custard ( recipes in Newne's Household Encyclopaedia , published 1931 ) .
I feel I owe a debt of gratitude to Millie , in writing this post . She is currently to be found caring for Rachel in her usual competent manner on Slow Lane Life .... see Blog List on the right .