It’s personal. It’s classic. It’s the Easter gift of movie theme inside of their basket! Aim high to give the spring holiday a boost by offering a special person a five-star personalized basket of movie goodies and gifts topped with a bow. Here’s how to hit that silver screen lining.
Classic Silver Screen Easter Basket … And Action!
Romancers, dancers, the sleek, and great grandparents around the world, dress that standard empty black or white basket. Do not have one? Paint a basket black or white with lead-free paint and allow drying time. Once dry (24 hours later) add shredded (or thin sliced) silver or gold foiled paper. This paper is usually found in your local tissue paper isle (may require scissors).
Other silver and/or gold items to add to this Easter basket theme can include silver or gold jewelry, a gold foiled Easter Bunny (much like the Oscar), silver wrapped candy (Hershey’s), or gold wrapped chocolate coins. There is a wide market for Easter on the shelves. Time for that Easter item hunt. What else to consider?
Black and white films require black and white background.
Black liquorish and white malt balls, black and white M&M’s, black and white jellybeans, black dyed Easter eggs (with non-colored eggs), lastly, a dark chocolate bunny next to a white chocolate bunny are tasty considerations. Black and white baskets should be that – black and white as the old driven films of the golden age on the silver screen.
What films best fits this Easter basket theme?
Dana Andrews in “Laura” (1944) or “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946), Gene Kelly in “Anchors Aweigh” (1945) or “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), Cary Grant in “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944), Humphrey Bogart in “The Maltese Falcon” (1941), “Casablanca” (1942 with Ingrid Bergman) or “The African Queen” (1951 with Hepburn), and his leading lady such as Bacall in “To Have and Have Not” (1944) or “Key Largo” (1948). Identify the main props such as an umbrella in “Singin’ in the Rain” or “The African Queen” netted hat (bug phobia). Be creative and add items of such that best fits the film.
Tip: Add an autobiography or a book of lusty career details and dramatic twists.
Golden age images are often found on coffee mugs, tee-shirts, hats, and even key chains. Marilyn Monroe is often a good sale. Bogart sayings on mugs and Gene Kelly dancing on shirts have been spotted a time (or ten). Add what you can.
Top the Easter basket with a black and white bow. Simply use two ribbons, one black and one white. Find an old negative and glue paper to one side, fold, sign and attach to the bowed area or the basket handle. Leave it where they could find it and hop away Peter Cottontail.
Other great movies to consider would be “Going My Way” (Bing Crosby), “The Grapes of Wrath” (Henry Fonda), and “My Favorite Wife” (Cary Grant). Or mix tradition with modern by adding “Home Alone” and “Angels with Dirty Faces” (James Gagney and Humphrey Bogart). In the film “Home Alone” Kevin tricks the outside element by using the old “Angels with Filthy Souls” tactic (which most consider inspired by the Cagney and Bogart film. Who knows.
Vintage fear factor?
There’s also Vincent Price – Christopher Lee – Peter Cushing – Peter Lorre – Lon Chaney – Boris Karloff – Hitchcock – Twilight Zone flicks. And then there are those B-rated primitive movies, such as the two-headed man storyline, space invaders on strings (calling all prop cops), and useless bomb shelters in war-related themes.
Note: Movies may have been digitally altered and color enhanced.
Do not rule out tucking an Easter basket with comical black and white films (or takes). Jump start with The Three Stooges, The Little Rascals, Marx Brothers, Red Skelton, Charlie Chaplin, Shirley Temple, Abbott and Costello, and/or Andy Griffith and Don Knotts. A classic tickle.
Tip: Choose a film of their choice, not yours. Fly under their radar when gathering that answer.
Limitless silver screen Easter basket picks!
Ready? Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, John Wayne, Lionel Barrymore, Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Errol Flynn, Loretta Young, Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, (no relation) Andy Rooney, James Stewart, Rex Harrison, Maureen O’Sullivan, Maureen O’hara, Betty Davis, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Barbara Stanwyck, Mae West, Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and so on, and so on then so on. Mary Astor, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Montgomery, Rita Hayworth, (N.C. favorite) Ava Gardner, Laurence Olivier, Carole Lombard, and any movie including Glenn Miller and his orchestra. Eddie Bracken, Fred MacMurray, Lucille Ball, Raymond Massey, we could go on.
Tip: Add a music CD to the basket of the signature song that best fits the movie of choice.
If they like Turner Classic Movies, they will surely like what the Easter Bunny has in store. TCM sells magazines! Just another piece of gold delivered to a silver screen heart.