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Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 8:11 am

Though it might seem like you spend hours in the backyard or trawling the church lawn while hunting for colorful eggs, it’s only a small fraction of the day. Between the egg hunt and Easter dinner, there are still several hours of sunshiny Sunday to fill up. Try some ideas on our top five countdown to prevent the words “I’m bored,” from even crossing your mind.

5. Candies to buy once the post-Easter sales begin.

Pull out the ads and a big marker to circle the best deals at each store. Try not to eat them all at once, though. After Easter, these treats can be hard to find in stores.

Peeps!: Look up “peep jousting” online. You’re welcome.

Jelly beans: Great as a topping for ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Cadbury Creme Eggs: Tuck one inside a cupcake or brownie for a sweet center surprise.

Chocolate rabbits: Try popping them in the freezer so they won’t melt in your hands.

Whoppers Robin Eggs: They’re like malt balls with extra malt. Yum!

Easter after the eggs

4. Movies to pop in for a quiet hour or two.

A few of these aren’t as religious as the holiday might demand, while others chronicle the life of Jesus and his final days.

It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” (1974): The “Peanuts” gang prepare for Easter in their own clumsy ways.

Hop” (2011) : E.B., the Easter Bunny’s teenage son, heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band. In LA, he’s taken in by Fred after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car.

Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade” (1948): A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star.

Jesus Christ Superstar” (1973): Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ’s life, told in an anachronistic manner.

3. Ways to get up and move.

It’s beautiful outside.

Go on a photo walk: Take your smartphone or camera, and walk the neighborhood looking for pretty flowers or quaint porches. Send them to friends or post them online for a cheery spring album.

Borrow a dog: Your friends who are puppy parents might be happy for an afternoon off. Take your four-legged companion to a dog park (bunny ears optional.) Watch him try to make a new friend while you get chummy with the other dog moms and dads.

Head for smooth waters: Go to Lodi Lake to check out the nature trail, skip rocks on the shoreline, or try out a new kayak at the Boathouse. The Turner Road park is open from dawn until dusk.

2. Rules for fantastic photos to remember the day.

Aside from school photos, it’s hard to find time for a studio-quality photo of your family. Improve your own photography game instead.

Props are essential: What’s the difference between a cute candid and a holiday photo worth framing? Adding in a bunny doll, piles of jelly beans or an oversized plastic egg. Simple props get the photo subjects focused on something other than the camera lens. Try carrots or rabbit ears, too.

Timing matters: While you might want to snap every moment of the oh-so-charming egg hunt, that’s not the best moment due to the bright midday sunshine. Instead, take photos of the kids in their Easter finery outside before breakfast or heading to church. They won’t be as squinty, and the pics will have softer light.

1. Splash of last-minute DIY decor for a springtime feel.

Ribbon and cardboard banner: What better way to tell everyone what the party is for? Use a ruler to cut out small rectangles from a cereal box (1 1⁄2 inches by 1 1⁄4 inches), and round off the corners. Write out your message (“Happy Easter” or “Sweet Spring”) with one letter on each square. Then use an embroidery needle to string each letter onto baker’s twine.

Hanky table runner: Upcycle your great-aunt’s floral handkerchiefs by sewing a few into a simple and bright table runner. Lay out five to seven handkerchiefs in a line, and sew them together end to end by hand or on a sewing machine. Smooth it over a tabletop for a quick pop of color.

Mason jar vases: Wrap up jars with rustic fabrics for an instant centerpiece. Take a clean jar and twist a couple feet of brown twine around the middle, tying it snugly. Or cut strips of fabric with pinking shears for a zigzag edge and tie them on as ribbons. Set them together in a cluster or place them solo around the room. Invite your guests to bring flowers from their backyards, or snip a few from your own shrubs.

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