SmartyGirls and SmartyFellas don’t mind celebrating holidays in unconventional ways. Instead of creating traditional Easter baskets, imagine hosting an egg hunt for adults or creating a scavenger hunt that will delight as much as an Easter Egg Hunt Game. Go beyond using an Eggdar for a virtual Easter Egg Hunt and do something in the real world with your own creativity. Borrow an idea such as filling plastic eggs with plantable flower seeds!
|Photo Credit: Bottles Painted Like Easter Eggs Adult Easter Egg Hunt via Pinterest Sarah Powell|
How will you compile your list of items to find for the Spring Scavenger Hunt? Do you know all the small businesses in your downtown?
What if your list included getting to know two new neighbors who are business owners since today, Good Friday, is also Mom and Pop Store Day as well as Lemon Chiffon Cake Day!
|Photo Credit: Lemon Chiffon Cake via Pinterest Emily Weece|
These are two independent businesses on the Peninsula: El Corazon Gallery and the private nonprofit Peninsula Humane Society retail store.
|Photo Credit: SmartyGirlEntertainment El Corazon Gallery Store Manager Lydia Pina|
I asked Store Manager Lydia Pina of Burlingame’s El Corazon Gallery about some of her favorite things.
Lydia likes whimsical items and her collection began in her childhood when her family introduced her to fleamarkets. If you have trouble picturing this, think of HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip” to learn more. In the back of her boutique, her bookshelf displays artifacts with personal significance that are not for sale.
For example, Lydia showcases a marionette, lots of Nightmare before Christmas items, cat toys, and vintage pendants from her grandmother. Her family owns a second shop at 4889 Mission Street in San Francisco with a showroom of large furniture. Her dad puts her in charge of selecting decor made by local artists.
|Photo Credit: El Corazon Gallery Wall Art Inspired by Tim Burton|
Her quiet white chihuahua sits on a wooden rocking chair next to furnishings painted in loud, festive colors such as magenta, orange and green.
If the mention of chihuahua reminds you of a friend who likes animals but lives in an apartment that does not allow pets, consider a donation to the Peninsula Humane Society this holiday weekend. The retail store at the Tom and Annette PHS site sells magnets, t-shirts, hoodies, and chewtoys that benefit the animals in the shelter.
|Photo Credit: Squeaker Stuffed Chew Toys for Dogs PHS|
If you are bent on making use of the pastel foil chocolate you see in grocery stores, consider filling a non-traditional Spring Basket with calavera sculptures, colorful Papel Picado ricepaper folkart decorations, and the peanut-butter chocolate treats.
Create an alternate Easter basket for someone with a pet. How about Spring Care Package of yogurt dog treats tinted in Peeps hues? Comment below on how you rewarded adults who participated in the Egg Hunt that you created.