It’s here! Today is the Spring solstice and Easter is just around the corner. Normally Spring is quite mild in the UK, but it’s still freezing, more snow is forecast and it’s all we Brits are talking about. But the Spring Solstice is here, and I couldn’t be happier about welcoming a new season. I thought I’d share a quick post about how we are celebrating at home. I have been in deep exhaustion; the culmination of months of really poor sleep. So my prep has been relatively minimal. I have been doing small things here and there, when I think of them
As a family we celebrate each solstice/equinox. For our agnostic family, they mean more to us than the traditional Easter and Christmas celebrations, although we do celebrate those too. Any excuse for a celebration, really! The solstices/equinoxes come at the quarter points in the year so they act as useful points to review yearly plans. Marking the solstices and equinoxes also help us plan activities (marmalade making, strawberry picking, etc) and we use it as a prompt to change toys and books around for the kids. I also love styling my home for each season too.
Spring styling ideas for you
I am a big proponent of doing what you can with what you have. A bunch of supermarket daffs on the kitchen table is truly enough to bring instant Spring joy to your home. Some other ideas below
Spring decorating ideas.
- I am forever banging on about decluttering but that's because it feels great, for most people is a constant work, and because Spring is the perfect time for a house overhaul. I still haven’t got round to it but hoping to start once I get a bit more sleep!
- Wreathes are not just for Christmas! I made a wreath with my friend Jess and used blossom branches, fritillary, and hellebores.
- Put flowering bulbs in vintage pots.
- Bring flowering branches indoors. I had some magnolia branches in the lounge a few weeks ago too and they were glorious! I accidentally forced them so they opened in February and brought so much joy to my home!
- Put any heavy blankets and sheepskins etc in storage. Shop around your home and put out cushions in lighter colours on your sofa’s. It’s amazing how different things can feel just by swapping things around, not a penny need be spent!
Spring celebration ideas for kiddo’s.
We set up a little Spring celebration for Frankie-Rose too (Auden is still a bit young but I’ll give him some stuff to play with!), heres what we do.
- We rotate our books seasonally. Today I put away all our winter books and a few that haven’t been picked up in a while. I wrapped up our Spring books in a piece of ribbon.
- I will often give her one or two other small gifts too. Sometimes an item of clothing she needs, or something I’ve found in a charity shop (like the bunnies pictured).
- We write a list of all the activities we will do in Spring. First we decorate a large piece of paper then we begin writing down what we would like to do. I’ll add any scheduled day trips, or visits from family, half term activities etc.
- We set up a Spring scene. Frankie-Rose took it upon herself to set up her own Spring scene on one of her book shelves. It includes fresh Spring flowers, a book, some little flower fairies, and any other nature finds we come across. It also includes her prized make up bag, a princess book and some crackers.
- We go outside! I mean, we try to go outside every day, but its especially lovely in Spring. A few years ago, illustrator Emilie Maguin designed some nature bingo’s for me but they haven’t been available to download for a while. I have now rectified that. See end of post. These are lovely aids for an Easter day trip.
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So thats our Spring at home. I would love to know how you celebrate too.