Bring on the Easter egg hunts, adorable chocolate bunnies, and beautiful pastel colors because Easter is right around the corner – this Sunday to be exact! This month, we check out the latest Easter events and celebrations taking place in and around the Sacramento area. We also share some fun DIY Easter crafts and delicious brunch recipes that you can make in the comfort of your own home. Finally, we take a look at the local real estate market to see how it’s shaping up for spring. Read on for the full scoop!
Looking for some festive ways to celebrate Easter in Sacramento? Check out our top five picks for Easter egg hunts, bunny sightings, and spring activities – all of which are taking place this weekend!
- Spring EGGstravaganza @ Fairytale Town: (Saturday, April 16 & Sunday, April 17th): Join Fairytale Town for an exciting weekend featuring egg hunts, prizes, spring-themed arts and crafts, and more! Puppet Art Theater Company will also be on hand performing “Bunny Boot Camp” in the Children’s Theater. Tickets are $1 for members and $2 for nonmembers. Showtimes are at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 PM. Plus, visit with Peter Cottontail on the Mother Goose Stage from 10 AM – 3 PM. Professional digital photos will be available to purchase for $5 or take your own for free. Make spring-themed crafts from 10 AM – 3 PM. Learn more here.
- Easter Bunny comes to El Dorado Hills Town Center: (Now until April 17th): Stop by El Dorado Hills Town Center to capture some “egg-cellent” photos with the Easter bunny himself! Charm Photography will have prints, images, and gift items available on-site for purchase. Check out the available packages and schedule your appointment here.
- Easter Egg Express: Saturday train rides (Now – April 16th) at 10 am and 1 pm. Sunday train rides (Now – April 17th) at 10 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm: Celebrate Easter on an unforgettable train ride and visit river-side park and boarding station. Kids will decorate their own Easter Egg bag. There will also be games, an Easter Egg hunt, and other surprises! Relax with your family and friends at one of the picnic tables and enjoy the scenery. There’s so much fun that your little bunny will be hopping with excitement. This 2.5-hour experience is fun for kids of all ages. Each ticket includes a 45-minute train ride. Learn more here.
- Easter Eggstravaganza: (Saturday, April 16th): Join Fair Oaks for the return of a long-standing tradition, Easter Eggstravaganza! Children and their families will have an excellent time with free children’s egg hunts (0-12 years of age), craft station, petting zoo, pictures with the Bunny, and more! Looking for some extra fun? For a nominal fee, enjoy carnival games, inflatables, and an adult egg hunt. Vendors and food trucks will also be on-site! Learn more here.
- Easter Carnival Variety Show: (Saturday, April 16th): Dress up in your finest spring and Easter get-ups for a throwback to a softer, pastel world of carnival fun, games, snacks, and live performances of circus, sideshow, and more at Twin Rivers Cider Company. There will be 18 different types of hard cider on tap and food trucks on-site. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Purchase your tickets here.
Looking to kick off the festivities this spring with some fun Easter crafts? We’ve got you covered with five simple yet adorable ideas that everyone can partake in!
- Golden Easter Eggs: Tired of dunking your eggs in food coloring? Take your Easter egg game to the next level with these gold marbled Easter eggs. Learn how to make them here.
- Easter Wreath: A good first impression starts with the entryway. And what better way to welcome in guests than with a gorgeous and easy-to-make Easter wreath? This simple yet timeless design sets the tone for spring. Learn how to make it here.
- Easter Egg Table Centerpiece: Not only do these stand-up paper eggs make for a beautiful centerpiece, but they’re also quite fun to make! You just need some card stock, a hot glue gun, and pretty ribbons and/or bows to complete this craft! Click here to see a step-by-step tutorial.
- Bunny Planters: Check out these DIY bunny planters! The kids will have fun making them and you can put your green thumb to use. Learn how to make them here.
- Lolli Pop Bunnies: Need a festive treat for the kids table? How about a fun surprise inside of an Easter basket? Try out these DIY lollipop bunnies! Click here to learn how to create them.
Bring on the brunch! From mimosas with a twist to savory frittatas, we’ve put together a list of recipes that will be sure to impress “every-bunny”.
Festive Drinks: Get the party started with bright florals, tart fruits, and delectable flavors in these Easter-inspired cocktails!
- Peep This: This peep-inspired Easter mimosa is sure to be a brunch favorite with pink lemonade, champagne, and assorted peeps. Get the recipe here.
- Spicy Bloody Mary: Every Bloody Mary bar needs a spicy option, and this recipe is the perfect option to fill the spot. Learn how to make this cocktail here.
- Cranberry Cava Cocktail: This simple, two-ingredient cocktail incorporates cranberries to add a fresh, spring-y aura to the drink. Get the list of ingredients here.
- Chocolate Egg Martini: This cocktail takes a grown-up spin on a child’s favorite with sweet vanilla and creamy advocaat. Get the recipe here.
- Ginger Peach Soda Mocktail: This non-alcoholic recipe is a great mocktail for an Easter brunch, or could be punched up with a little vodka or another spirit. Learn how to make it here.
Brunch Bites: These brunch-inspired dishes will take your Easter celebration to the next level.
- Hash Brown Nests with Portobellos and Eggs: With crispy hashbrowns, cheesy eggs, and crumbled bacon, what’s not to love about these hash brown nests?
- Easter Frittata: This Easter Frittata is loaded with feta cheese, asparagus, and eggs that come together perfectly to create a hearty main dish. Pair with a light salad to complete your meal.
- Eggs Benedict Biscuit Cups: Looking for smaller bites? These egg benedict-inspired biscuit cups are great for when you are serving a large crowd.
- Sweet and Savory Crepes: Create a crepe station with these easy-to-make homemade crepes. Add toppings like berries, whipped cream, jellies, veggies, and more!
- Slow Cooker Ham: There are tons of ways to cook ham but making it in your slow cooker might just be the easiest! Plus, it holds in all the moisture from that brown sugar glaze. Get the instructions here.
Desserts: Don’t forget the dessert! Make Easter “eggs-tra” special with these holiday-inspired treats.
- Meyer Lemon Bunny Cookies: Switch up your normal sugar cookies with these lemon zest-infused bunny cookies, which are almost too adorable to eat!
- Bird’s Nest Cookies: These easy chocolate nests are made with chocolate, peanut butter, and chow mein noodles, then finished off with candy eggs. The perfect Easter dessert!
- Marbled Egg Sugar Cookies: Here’s one way to keep your kids busy while they wait for the Easter bunny to arrive. Get the recipe here.
- Chick Cupcakes: Be sure to make extra of these almost too cute to eat chick cupcakes as they very well may “fly” off your table.
- Bunny Oreo Balls: This no-bake dessert is the perfect way to hop into spring! Learn how to make them here.
Wondering how the Sacramento housing market is shaping up for spring? According to The Sacramento Association of Realtors “March ended with 1,366 sales, a 26.2% increase from February (1,082). Compared to one year ago (1,292), the current figure is up 5.7%. The median sales price increased 3% from $540,000 to $556,000. This figure is up 15.6% from March 2021 ($481,000). The Active Listing Inventory increased 18% from February to March, from 890 units to 1,050 units. Compared with March 2021 (918), inventory is up 14.4%. The Months of Inventory remains .8 Months. This figure represents the amount of time (in months) it would take for the current rate of sales to deplete the total active listing inventory. The Median DOM (days on market) remained at 7 and the Average DOM decreased from 17 to 15. “Days on market” represents the days between the initial listing of the home as “active” and the day it goes “pending.” Of the 1,366 sales this month, 89.2% (1,218) were on the market for 30 days or less and 95.5% (1,304) were on the market for 60 days or less.”
So what does this mean? For one, while the market is still very competitive, the active listing inventory is increasing, which will steadily create more opportunities for buyers. And as for sellers, while mortgage rates are climbing, there is still a great demand for houses in the Sacramento market, which is reflected in the steady rise of sales prices.
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