‘Choco­late eggs are favourites’: Mrs Mid­dle­ton cracks Easter!

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WaiTrOse and the other su­per­mar­kets have been crit­i­cised for try­ing to turn easter into christ­mas, with crack­ers and gaudy dec­o­ra­tions for the holi­est week of the year.

But the Duchess of cam­bridge’s fam­ily are do­ing their best to cash in on this dis­mal trend.

Her mother, for­mer air host­ess ca­role Mid­dle­ton, has writ­ten an ar­ti­cle for a chil­dren’s mag­a­zine of­fer­ing a se­ries of ba­nal tips for how to cel­e­brate easter in a bid to boost sales at her mail-or­der party para­pher­na­lia busi­ness.

‘easter is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to en­joy some crafty ac­tiv­i­ties and play­time fun with friends and fam­ily of all ages,’ writes ca­role, in the style of her younger daugh­ter, Pippa, whose an­o­dyne en­ter­tain­ing tips were pub­lished in a widely panned book.

‘ From egg hunts to egg and bal­loon dec­o­rat­ing, bunny- hop races and mask-mak­ing, lit­tle ones will love get­ting in­volved.’

ca­role says: ‘since easter is a spring holiday, make the most of pop­ping pas­tel colours.

‘Dec­o­rate the space with ban­ners, printed cush­ions and sea­sonal flow­ers — and if you’re host­ing your party in the gar­den, hang pa­per bas­kets and bunting from the trees to catch the breeze.’ sagely, she ad­vises read­ers to co-or­di­nate their ta­ble dec­o­ra­tions with ‘themed pa­per plates and cups’.

she says: ‘Fill vases or shred­ded brown pa­per “nests” with mini choco­late eggs or eggs hand-painted in vi­brant colours.’

When it comes to chil­dren’s games, ca­role sug­gests: ‘Tod­dlers will love don­ning their bunny ears and tak­ing part in a sack or egg and spoon race. Give each child a pil­low case or hes­sian sack to hop in — and let them go!’

ca­role re­serves her most fatu­ous ad­vice for what to eat.

‘choco­late bun­nies and eggs are favourites, but you could also mix it up with an ar­ray of sweet treats.

‘Try mini meringues dec­o­rated as chicks, muffins baked in mini ter­ra­cotta flow­er­pots, or hot cross bun cook­ies.’

How­ever did we man­age be­fore the Mid­dle­tons ar­rived at the heart of our pub­lic life?

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