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I bought these beautiful felt Easter baskets for a belated Easter party I held for my granddaughters' and other children in the family, I was away over Easter so the party was held the following Sunday which was nice as it gave the children something to look forward to once the excitement of Easter had passed.
I paid £1.99 for two baskets, one of each design, and was extremely pleased with my purchase as the quality of them is superb.
The body of the bucket is large enough to comfortably hold six to eight Creme Egg sized eggs, which was perfect for the Easter egg hunt we had arranged and for once the weather was on my side allowing me to hide the eggs in the garden.
It's completely made of felt which has been stiffened so that the bucket holds its shape with the base and handle being very stiff making it easy for children (and adults!) to hold the bucket without it folding in on itself, which is a concern I had had when I bought them as they looked terribly flimsy in the packet.
I needn't have worried though as the baskets are stronger than they look, even when filled with chocolate eggs they retained their shape and didn't sag or start pulling down under the weight.
The children loved the gorgeous chick and Easter bunny designs on the baskets, originally I was going to keep the baskets for next year but in the end I let the kiddies take them home as they loved them so much that it would have been unkind to take them off them at the end of the day.
The decorations are also made of felt and have been designed to look as sweet and fun as possible, my personal favourite was the rabbit but the chick was lovely too. There are also felt Easter eggs dotted around the outside of the basket which is a lovely touch and as the designs are firmly stuck to the basket there are no worries about them coming loose and spoiling the look.
I love the pastel colours used to make these baskets, the rabbit one in particular is very bright and colourful and appealed to the children a little more than the basket featuring the chick. Luckily there were older children at the party and they didn't really care which basket they had so they had the chick ones while the little ones all seemed to choose the rabbit. Apart from my four year old nephew who was in a churlish mood and decided he would rather use a Sainsbury's carrier bag that is, although he quickly changed his mind when he saw how silly he looked!
Being felt it was easy to write the childrens names along the tops of the basket, I had ensured that each child had their fair share of eggs whether they had found them or not but I still named each basket in an attempt to avoid squabbles and full blown fights - another nod to my nightmare of a nephew!
These are excellent Easter baskets, I know it's too late for this year now but definitely look out for them if you decide to hold a party next year. Mine came from my local greetings card shop and currently they are selling the excess stock at half price so certainly look around now for a bargain. Even at the price I paid I think they are extremely good value because they are so well made and look fantastic.