Entertaining at Easter: Two Dinner Menus

I love that Easter is early this year, and we can send March on its way with chocolate eggs, homemade hot cross buns and bouquets of pink tulips.

Honestly, this month has been really tough in our household, with one sickness after another, four ER visits, antibiotics, allergic reactions to those antibiotics, missed school days and more sleepless nights than usual. I’m so ready for April, and spring, and weather warm enough that I can throw open the windows and air the whole place out. Who is with me?

In anticipation of the long weekend ahead, I’m guessing many of you are menu planning and making grocery lists.  Here on the blog we’ve made brunch plans, laid out a few menus for Easter lunch, and now I want to give you two menu suggestions for hosting dinner with friends and family.

Just to be clear, there’s no way am I suggesting that you host all three of these meals, but I do love to provide inspiration for any and all occasions.

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Entertaining at Easter: Two Lunch Menus

Let’s lunch! After months of desk lunches and brown bagging it, Easter long weekend provides an opportunity to plan a get-together with friends over a casual – but elegant – midday meal.

Whether you are hosting the in-laws for an informal ‘do’ or looking to catch up with a gaggle girlfriends, here are two menu ideas that can be adapted for any occasion. The first is planned around a sit-down lunch, where you can set a pretty table and bring out the best dishes.

The second menu is meant to be set out buffet style or passed around on trays for more of a standing and mingling lunch. It also provides some great do-ahead ideas, such as small jars of pretty panna cotta, which can be prepare several days in advance.

Whatever your style, I’m sure you’ll find inspiration in this post for entertaining this spring.

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Entertaining at Easter: A Brunch Menu

The Easter long weekend just might be one of my favourite occasions to entertain and I’ve been hosting a brunch for well over a decade on the spring holiday.

Easter brunch is the perfect opportunity to invite friends and family over and set a pretty table. Clara and I always dye a few eggs for a centrepiece, playing around with real ingredients for natural dyes. I iron my grandmother’s embroidered tablecloth and round up all my floral and pastel dishes. It’s okay if they are mismatched; they still look elegant.

And then there is the menu, which is always so fun to plan, but whether you simply bake a tray of hot cross buns and brew a pot of coffee or go for an elaborate ham & eggs spread, it’s the act of gathering that matters the most.

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Bring in a little Spring for a simple Easter tablescape

When we bought an open concept house with no basement and no garage, we gave up a lot of storage space. Now everything from bike helmets to painting equipment has to be stashed somewhere under our roof, tucked out of sight.

It’s helped us to frequently reassess our material possessions and keeps us in check at garage sales. Maybe we can buy it, but can we realistically store our purchase? Most everything in our house has multipurpose uses and if it doesn’t get used in a season or two, it is given away.

Because of our storage limitations, I don’t own a lot of holiday decorations that only make an appearance once a year. I tend to decorate with customizable objects such as jars and candles, cloth and elements of nature. They can be switched up to suit the season, are easy to come by, and can be re-used throughout the rest of the year.

Today’s simple Easter tablescape is another example of the same.

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A round up of recipes featuring eggs

With Easter just around the corner, I’ve got Eggs on my mind. Although grocery stores make it possible to have eggs all year round, Spring is when eggs are naturally at their nutritional peak, which partly explains why they are featured so prominently on the Easter menu.

If you are looking for a way to use eggs as part of your Easter decor, check out this post on  How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally.

If you are looking to understand why all eggs aren’t created equally and how beneficial it can be to buy local eggs this Spring, check out this post on The Beauty of Farm Fresh Eggs and How to Source Them.

And if you need recipes, to fill up the Easter Menu or to use up all those leftover eggs after your holiday guests hit the road, we’ve got you covered. Here are Eight Great Egg Recipes for Spring that the whole family will enjoy!

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