Okay, okay, everyone may still be recovering from "Springing Forward" (except our friends in Hawaii and Arizona), but, y'all, it's time to party! SPRING HAS SPRUNG.
The daffodils are blooming, the frogs are croaking, the birds are everywhere and going bananas, and our days are finally longer than our nights, thanks to the joyful Spring Equinox on March 20th.
So let's hop to it and welcome spring—the vegan way! What do we mean "the vegan way?" Well, egg-coloring… not vegan… Peeps… also not vegan (so sorry if we're the bearer of bad news—they use pig-derived gelatin).
Never fear! Here are 6 all-ages, vegan ways to kick off the spring season
1. Egg-free Egg Decorating
Just because we don't want to mess with real eggs doesn't mean we don't want to celebrate them! Eggs are beautiful signs of life, and important cultural symbols of hope, rebirth, and renewal. So let's celebrate all those coming baby chicks by decorating vegan eggs.
Get out your paints, tissue paper, and plastic-free glitter! It's time for decorating.
Some of our faves:
DIY Paper Eggs 12 pc. $8.99
These are a two-for-one—decorate first, hide second for a plastic-free egg-hunt for all ages. (Really, have you tried an adult hunt? Highly recommend.)
Ceramic Eggs 12 pc. $16.99
Excellent for displaying year after year.
Wood Eggs 12 pc. $9.79
Also for enduring décor, but less fragile.
Wood Eggs with Lids (Trinket Boxes) 12 pc. $12.99
Just the cutest little trinket boxes ever.
2. Tie-Dye Vegan Marshmallows
Reinventing egg-dying and Peeps all in one activity: Tie-Dye Marshmallows.
Grab yourself some vegan marshmallows, a kit of plant-based food coloring, and hop to it!
- Put a couple drops of coloring in cups of water.
- Dunk, dip, and dab your marshmallows to your heart's content. (Just don't leave your marshmallows in the water too long or they'll start to disintegrate.)
- Dry marshmallows for a few hours, until no longer wet and sticky.
- Om nom nom nom your spring snack.
3. Plant Seeds or a Garden
Not only is now the pragmatic time for planting (thanks, Farmer's Almanac), but gardening can also be a beautiful ritual. Sow your new seeds with intentions for the new year (spring being the symbolic rebirth of nature), and sing and talk to your plants as you tend to them.
4. Reconnect with Friends and Nature with a Bonfire
We like to say that there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices, but let's face it—we do tend to get together less during the cold, dark (and wet) winter months.
To celebrate spring, get your pals together for a (safe) outdoor fire. If it moves you, write down your dreams for the coming seasons and burn them in the flames.
5. Spring Cleaning
Okay, okay, hear us out. It's called "Spring Cleaning" for a reason—spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, and when we clean out the old, we joyfully make room for the new. Make room for all those intentions you sowed in the garden and burned in the fire.
6. Vegan Chocolate Bunnies and Candy
Thought we forgot about chocolate bunnies, didn't you?
Dairy-free chocolate and vegan candy for egg-hunts, baskets, and joy, generally.
LindtUSA Dark Chocolate Gold Bunny (maybe vegan by accident, but we'll take it!)
Annie's Homegrown Organic Chocolate Bunny Grahams (so cute to hide in Easter Eggs!)
Happy Springtime, Lovelies!