Bridget Jones and her infamous bunny costume. Image source imgfave.com/
Soon to turn 25, with two degrees under my belt and a 'proper career' job I diligently work at 9-5, five days a week, I consider myself officially inducted into the world of adulthood. With the realisation that cooking proper meals is hideously boring and laundry never ends comes the excitement of setting about the task of Being An Adult - an exciting, sometimes disappointing world which includes wine with dinner, owning sensible shoes and not eating Mars Bars for breakfast. Part of me would rather be eighteen again.
The point is this: when Easter came around last year, I was torn between a desire to stuff my face with chocolate, like the teenager I still am inside, and the idea that I ought to sip something expensive while having half an ounce of sugar because even though I'm on a diet I can be "a bit naughty, just this once." Because that's what real adults do.
For all the twenty-somethings (and above) out there experiencing similar conflict, I present to you A Guide to Easter for Adults.
Easter egg hunts are definitely still allowed, but you can now upgrade your chocies from Coles bulk-buy to something more fancy. Haigh's Chocolates sell all kinds of Easter delights - and whenever you buy something, they give you a free taste tester. You know the calories don't count when you're just tasting.
If you want a more elegant chocolate theme, try dark-chocolate-coated strawberries served with almonds and chambord. Easter is about rebirth and new life, so you can also serve floral tea or candied violets. Go for a light, fresh main such as couscous salad.
Decorating the table for Easter 2013. Those jars of smarties sure disappeared quickly!
Hosting a dinner party means you can still spike the punch and dance the night away - after you've downed a few glasses of the actually-decent wine you can now afford.
If you're a guest, bring fresh or chocolate flowers - you can safely assume there will be enough chocolate available that you don't have to show up with a kilo of it yourself.
Sticking with the idea of light and fresh, go with pale colours for Easter. Unfortunately the Melbourne Autumn is volatile so you'll still need stockings or a hat and coat, but don't let some rain drag down the celebratory mood.
Throw caution to the wind and your diet out the window, don your bunny ears, turn the music up and enjoy Easter like the kid you know you still are.