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Easter in Singapore

Easter Party Table with appropriate pastel coloured confectionsEaster celebrations started early, with an Easter party and egg hunt last Sunday full of whooping children and sugary goodness.

Mini carrot cake cupcakes with pastel buttercream and sprinkles from Plain Vanilla Bakery Pastel Coloured Easter Almond M&Ms

So the plethora of chicks, eggs, bunnies, and pastel colours signifies spring and stuff huh, i commented about a month ago, but was corrected by an Irishman who claimed that they were meant to signify the new life that accompanies the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

Plastic Easter eggs in baskets awaiting Easter egg huntHmmm but then what could be the significance of the egg hunt? In any event, no one was going to let arguments about the pagan origins of Easter get in the way of an event worth celebrating (regardless of the exact date that Jesus did actually rise again).

Rainbow cake from Jacqui Co. with rainbow sprinkles and homemade bunting

(one of the usually too-cool-for-school boys almost fell over in excitement upon sighting this rainbow cake)

I’d think that Easter is far more worth celebrating than Christmas – the death and resurrection of Jesus more than his birth (although technically, he had to be born to die etc). His resurrection is a bit like a rainbow, because both signify certain of God’s promises, though Jesus’ resurrection gives actual proof that God has been faithful.

The historical fact of Jesus’ resurrection demonstrates, inter alia:

1. that God had been faithful to his promises in the Old Testament to send his suffering servant and divine king to the world to save us – when he was alive, Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. The Jewish leaders then persuaded the authorities to have him crucified for claiming to be equal to God. Unfortunately, they failed to consider that it isn’t heresy if the accused is actually divine. Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God proves also that he was/is who he claimed to be (Romans 1:4), because Isaiah has told us that this person would have no stately form or majesty that we should look upon him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to him. He would be despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face (Isaiah 53:1-3) and Psalm 16:10 has said that this awaited person would not be abandoned to Hades nor would he see decay (Psalm 16:10);

2. that God had been faithful to his promises in the Old Testament to save us from eternal death, the consequence of our constant rebellion against him. Jesus had said that his death would pay for our sins so that God’s wrath would pass over us (Romans 5:9), just as God’s judgement passed over the Israelites in Egypt, so that we can be reconciled to God and enjoy eternal life with him instead of gnashing our teeth for all eternity. But if Christ had not been raised, our faith in these promises is futile; we are still in our sins. (1 Corinthians 15:17). Death first came into the world as a consequence of the first man/woman’s rebellion against God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). So if Jesus had just died, period, then he would have been just as deserving of death as any of us. However, Jesus was sinless, therefore, it was impossible for death to have any hold on him (Acts 2:23-24), thereby proving that our faith in God’s promises and Jesus’ claims is grounded in reality.

Hot Cross Buns from MilkbarWhat all this means is that there will come a day when everyone who has ever lived will be raised from the dead:

“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2).

“Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; those who did the good deeds, to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment” (John 5:28-29).

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. . . . And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:13, 15).

Therefore, to understand Easter as the celebration of the end of the Lenten period of fasting and deprivation is somewhat erroneous. The fact that Jesus rose again from the dead is simultaneously (1) the greatest warning that there will be a judgement day for all at some point in the future; and (2) the most wonderful comfort that his promise that whoever trusts in God’s Son will not perish at this certain future judgement, but will have eternal life.

*the mother of one of these children said he enjoyed the concept of fake money and a shop so much he requested this to be included in the party for his 7th birthday. Would want to understand why he found this so enjoyable!

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Sources and Resources for Easter Partying and Egg Hunting in Singapore

Was pleased to observe that an Easter party and egg hunt is quite do-able even on a rather tight budget.

Decorations

Cloth, People's Park Complex Cloth, People's Park Complex
Bunny Cloth, Spotlight, Plaza Singapura

Cloth for bunting or other purposes from Spotlight (air-conditioned comfort) or People’s Park Complex (more choices, some chaos).

Easter Pipe Cleaner Ducks and Chicks, Spotlight, Plaza Singapura Easter Hoppers, Spotlight, Plaza Singapura

Pipe cleaner ducks and chicks, Easter hoppers also at Spotlight.

Crepe Garlands, Spotlight, Plaza Singapura Bunny Slippers and Bath Accessories, Spotlight, Plaza Singapura

Though not specific to Easter, Spotlight has crepe garlands and bunny, rabbit-referencing items.

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Fake grass, Daiso Plastic grass, Daiso

Paper lanterns, plastic and rattan baskets, string, plastic flowers and grass from Daiso.

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Puffed Rice in Carrot Packaging, Daiso

More general chick and bunny items too at Daiso – socks, plastic cutlery, correction tape, and puffed rice in a carrot-shaped packet.

AZ Gift & Trading Easter goods, AZ Gift & Trading

Heartlink Trading Easter goods, Heartlink Trading
Easter eggs, Heartlink Trading Egg decorating kit, Easter eggs, Heartlink Trading
Chicks & Rabbits, Heartlink Trading Bunny ears, Heartlink Trading
Easter Eggs, Heartlink Trading Easter eggs, Heartlink Trading
P&G Party & Gifts Easter egg decorating, P&G Party & Gifts
Easter eggs, P&G Party & Gifts Pinatas, P&G Party & Gifts
Ribbons, P&G Party & Gifts Balloons, P&G Party & Gifts
Bunny ears, P&G Party & Gifts

The Middle Road partyware shops that used to be at The Concourse stock loads of these, including piñatas (seen in some Easter parties). Three of them (P&G Party and Gifts, Heartlink Trading, and AZ Gift & Trading) are right next to each other.

SKP is worth a look as well, though its products are more functional than aesthetic.

Egg Decorating Kits and Aids

Easter Egg Decorating Kit, Spotlight, Plaza Singapura

Egg decorating stencils at Spotlight.

Egg Decorating Kits, Cold Storage
Egg decorating kits, Cold Storage.

Easter goods, AZ Gift & Trading

Egg decorating kits at The Middle Road party shops.

Easter Egg Hunt Baskets

Easter Bamboo Baskets, Spotlight, Plaza Singapura Easter Egg Baskets, Spotlight, Plaza Singapura
Easter Egg Baskets, Spotlight, Plaza Singapura

Bamboo, felt?, and plastic ones at Spotlight with Easter-themed decorative details,

Rattan baskets, Daiso Rattan and bamboo baskets, Victoria Street Wholesale Market

bamboo or rattan ones at Daiso or Victoria Wholesale Market. There is also a shop along Arab Street that has a good variety of baskets but they are rather dear and aren’t quite suited for little hands.

Tableware

Cutlery, napkins, table cloth. Spotlight, Plaza Singapura Cutlery, napkins, table cloth. Spotlight, Plaza Singapura
Cutlery, napkins, table cloth. Spotlight, Plaza Singapura Pink Cups, Spotlight, Plaza Singapura

Cutlery, plates, bowls, tablecloths (plastic, paper as the case may be) in pastel and spring colours at Spotlight (great discounts on these sometimes that offer the same items at 50-90% discounts to real party shops like Party City).

Middle Road partyware shops have themed ware with relevant visuals.

SKP, People's Park ComplexSKP definitely, with its many branches islandwide, but you may not find appropriate colours.

Plastic ware, Victoria Street Wholesale MarketThere are some plastic ware shops at Victoria Street Wholesale Market too.

Plastic Egg Shells for Easter Egg Hunt

Easter goods, Heartlink Trading Easter eggs, Heartlink Trading
Easter eggs, Heartlink Trading

The Middle Road partyware shops stock some discounted ones (smeared paint but otherwise serviceable, best deal was 36 normal-sized ones for S$10) and some in requisite pastels.

Shredded Paper, Spotlight, Plaza Singapura
Easter Bunny Hats, Egg Hunt Shells, Spotlight, Plaza Singapura

You also find a small selection at Spotlight, together with plastic Easter-themed baskets and shredded paper for grass nests (Spotlight “VIP” members get discounts on some items),

Plastic Easter Eggs, Cold Storage
Easter egg hunt baskets, Cold Storage Easter Grass, Cold Storage

and at Cold Storage supermarket, together with brightly-coloured baskets, and shredded paper for nests.

Chocolate Easter Eggs and Bunnies and Friends
Almost every supermarket and hypermarket (Cold Storage, NTUC, Carrefour, Meidi-ya, Giant) have an Easter chocolate, confection, and accessories section:

Easter goods, Cold Storage Golden Eggs, Zero Gravity, Hard to Find Eggs, Cold Storage
Hershey's Eggs, Cold Storage Easter goods, Cold Storage
Peeps and other Easter confections, Cold Storage, 112 Katong
Cold Storage – not all branches are alike and some branches had good 50-70% discounts on multi-coloured fruity mini marshmellows and Peeps.

Easter goods at Meidiya Supermarket Easter goods at Meidiya Supermarket
Easter goods at Meidiya Supermarket Easter goods at Meidiya Supermarket

Meidi-ya Supermarket

Lindt Bunny Chocolate, Carrefour
Carrefour, Plaza Singapura

Bunny chocolate, Marks & Spencers Mini Hot Cross Buns, Marks & Spencers
Easter chocolate eggs, Marks & Spencers Easter Chocolate, Marks & Spencers
Easter Chocolate, Marks & Spencers

Marks & Spencers

Kinder Joy chocolate eggsKinder Surprise or Kinder Joy eggs with toys inside can be found almost everywhere but were cheapest, of all places, at Watsons and Guardian Pharmacy…presumably because their customers weren’t snapping them up.

Easter Egg Fillers

Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's Miniature Bars, Wonka's Laffy Taffy, Sheaves of Bunny MoneyHershey’s Kisses fit well, as do mini-sized Hershey’s and Mr. Goodmans bars.

ABC Cheapest Store in Singapore Sweets at ABC Cheapest Store in Singapore

You can get these at supermarkets or on discount from budget shops like Radha Exports‘ ABC Bargain Centre and Valudollar outlets.

There are many ways to conduct an egg hunt. Since safe space is a limited resource in Singapore, there may need to be some variation to the plain vanilla run-search-grab. Perhaps having different coloured eggs for different age groups to ensure everyone gets something, or dividing the kids up so that each group can only go for odd or even-numbered eggs etc. I went with staggering start-times and putting bunny money in the eggs together with the chocolates.

Bunny money to be hidden in plastic Easter eggs for the Easter egg huntBunny money – free download from Rosemary Wells. (Got a bit sidetracked here because there was some discussion about money supply, prices of goods, inflation, monetary policy, distribution of wealth.)

This meant the kids could use the bunny money to purchase what they wanted from the Bunny Shoppe (so there would be less waste) and get larger goodies as well, including:

Tai Sing
Model Cars, Tai Sing Model Cars, Tai Sing
Model Motorcycles, Tai Sing Stikfas, Tai Sing

discounted Stikfas and model cars from toy wholesaler, Tai Sing;

Hot Wheels, Glow-in-the-dark Dinosaurs and Stars, Zuru‘s Crazy Headz Rocket Shotz and Roomarangs, Bubbles, Playdough from the sale at Toys’r’Us, Miffy stickers and pouches from Daiso and Nanairo, another Japanese S$2 shop in the basement of Liang Court;

Themes plasters for Easter egg huntcolourful plasters from various pharmacies (divi-ed up into little packets for more mileage);

Red Accessories for the Bunny Shopperather nice necklaces and bangles in solid colours from a crazy S$1 clearance sale at SIX Accessories, Vivocity.

Party Food

Mini carrot cake cupcakes with pastel buttercream and sprinkles from Plain Vanilla Bakery

Plain Vanilla Bakery (facebook, 34A Lorong Mambong, Holland Village) does good mini cupcakes, and they tinted the buttercream on their moist carrot ones pretty pastels. All Good Things Bakery (facebook, 7 Rodyk Street, Watermark at Robertson Quay) does minis as well.

Rainbow cake from Jacqui Co. with rainbow sprinkles and homemade buntingJacqui Co. (facebook, 231 Jalan Kayu) baked this tender-crumbed rainbow cake, with the right gradation of colours. Sprinkled some millions (or thousands) for added effect.

Baby pink and purple cake bunting, made from cheap origami paper Clove Hitch to secure cake bunting to satay stick flag poles

Also stuck in some bunting made from the origami paper Daiso sells in packs of 330. Affixed to two satay stick flag poles with clove hitches.

Hot Cross Buns from MilkbarMilkbar (facebook) does hot cross buns. Sandra handcuts orange peels and boils them together with granny smith apples and lemon pieces to create the candied fruit for the buns, adds dried sultanas soaked in rum until they plump up, and washes the baked buns with an apple and spice glaze. Cedele also offers hot cross buns in the following flavours: classic, apple and cinnamon, and sun-dried tomato and cheese wholewheat. Supplemented with a platter of mini ones from Marks & Spencers (half price as they neared their expiry dates). They all needed a bit of a toast before consumption.

Excellent Homemade Cream SconesLovely homemade cream scones from the kitchen of good bakers and cooks.

Annie's Gluten-free Gingersnaps and Cocoa & Vanilla Bunny Cookies Annie's Organic Pretzels in Rabbit shapes

Annie’s Homegrown, with its bunny-shaped products, rather fits the theme too.

Cookie Cutters
Easter Decorations, Spotlight, Plaza SingapuraBunny, chick, egg shaped cookie cutters can be obtained from Lemon Zest (43 Jalan Merah Saga, Holland Village) or, again, Spotlight.

Easter Chocolate and Candy Moulds

Bunny chocolate mould, Spotlight, Plaza Singapura Easter Egg Decorating Kit, Spotlight, Plaza Singapura

Lemon Zest, Shermay’s Cooking School, Phoon Huat, and Spotlight

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  1. April 2, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Hey I love these photos, its great to see how they do easter in different places. we have been getting really exited about easter too. you might enjoy our special easter hot cross bun post, recipe included! http://teaandsympathynewyork.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/easter-hot-cross-buns-british-superstition/
    enjoy.x

  2. Gwen
    April 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

    love this post!

  3. lisa
    April 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    THANKS!!
    must have been so much work to assemble.
    how did you manage to do this?

  4. Janelle
    March 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Thank you so much. This is just what I need to organize the Easter party this year

  5. Belle
    March 31, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    This is an excellent article. I borrowed several ideas for our first Easter party this year.

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