A foolproof guide to a memorable Easter feast
Who said Easter preparation should be a tedious task? Whether planning a grand Easter egg hunt, hosting an intimate soirée or planning a large get-together, there’s no reason why you can’t have fun preparing for it. After all, the biggest achievement this time of year is getting family and friends together – why not make it memorable? For a stress-free gathering that will leave a lasting impression, use our foolproof guide to avoid a restless Easter rush.
Setting the perfect Easter table
To create a sleek and modern Easter table, you can either keep it simple or go all out. Black and matte-coloured plates, complemented with organic-shaped artisanal flatware sets the mood for a simple yet chic table. Embellished silverware can go well with these items, rounding off your table beautifully. If you believe that more is more and want to make a bold statement with your table setting, try adding textures and objects. It’s okay to mix and match patterns on your table with different plates, napkins and glassware for an eclectic yet modern setting.
Don’t forget to add a touch of nature to your tablescape. Fresh flowers and foliage (sustainably sourced or foraged) contained in a cleverly curated collection of vases and vessels makes for an instant wow moment. Alternatively, experiment with fresh vegetables and fruit – their unique shapes, textures and colour offer endless design possibilities (and taste equally as good post-use).
Keeping the family entertained
Make your Easter feast even more memorable with a few fun activities before, during and after dinner. Set up a game of trivia or charades, or try a boardgame to entertain your guests. You could also try a DIY project like decorating Easter eggs or creating a themed centrepiece before dinner. Provide plain eggs and art supplies like paint, glitter, and stickers, and let everyone decorate eggs while enjoying the entrées. This is a fun activity that doubles as an Easter table decoration. At the table, have a mini-Easter egg hunt by hiding small chocolate eggs around the plates or under napkins and decor items.
Raising a glass to the Easter Feast
What’s a feast without some delicious drinks to accompany it? Start with a refreshing cocktail like a fruity spritzer or a classic mimosa. Alternatively, bubbly can be served before dinner as it can pair well with your entrées. For your charcuterie board, consider creamy cheeses, nuts, black and green olives, fruit and figs. Add a fresh and crusty loaf of bread as these items will work well for a champagne pre-party. For the main course, serve a light and crisp white wine or a full-bodied red. And after dinner, indulge in a decadent dessert wine or a warming cognac. Don’t forget to offer some non-alcoholic options too, such as fresh juice, sparkling apple juice or sparkling water.
Sweeten up your family feast-finale
End your Easter feast on a sweet note with some mouth-watering mignardises. Offer a variety of bite-sized treats like macarons, truffles, mini cheesecakes, or fruit tarts. You could also try a fun DIY dessert station where guests can create their very own mini desserts. Don’t forget to pair your mignardises with a delicious coffee or tea to round off the feast.
An Easter send-off
Easter is about cherishing the togetherness of family and friends. Whether you’re laughing over a game, sipping on a cocktail, or enjoying a decadent dessert, do not sweat the small stuff surrounding your Easter efforts. Rather invest your time in creating lasting memories and cherishing the togetherness of family and friends.