Easter Basket Treats

 

3. Give your baskets a color theme. This can be fun, especially if you have a lot of baskets to fill. For example, cover a basket with pink silk rosebuds and tie with pink grosgrain ribbon. Line the basket with pink Easter grass and fill with pink jelly beans, pink fondant-coated bon bons, chocolate rabbits covered in pink foil and any other Easter candies with a pink theme. If this basket is going to a little girl, try adding pink hair ornaments, a pink stuffed bunny or other pink toys to round out the basket. Yellow, green, robin's-egg blue and purple baskets are other great colors, or use the recipient's favorite color.

4. Use an alternative "basket" to fill with gifts instead of the traditional wicker. For adults, fill an Italian pottery biscotti jar with Easter grass and stuff with Italian cookies and chocolates. Or give a beautiful ceramic pasta or salad bowl filled with Easter grass and treats. Little boys will love waking up Easter morning to find a big yellow dump truck with the bed filled with Easter grass and candy. New purses, backpacks or any container that strikes your fancy can become a dual-purpose gift and "basket" to fill with Easter goodies.

5. Baskets can be filled with more than just candy. Gardeners will love a basket filled with spring bulbs and other gardening supplies. Fill a basket with exotic fruits instead of candy, for a healthy surprise. If there is a gourmand on your gift list, fill a small basket with luxurious Belgian chocolates, quail eggs for hard boiling or poaching, French jams or other delicious treats they are sure to enjoy. Children and adults alike will love a basket filled with fun or luxurious bath products, and there is a mind-boggling assortment of decorative soaps, bath gels, oils, salts and scrubs available to satisfy any taste.

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