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The Ultimate Guide to Easter Entertaining

The Ultimate Guide to Easter Entertaining


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Everything you need for the perfect Easter weekend

Spring has sprung, the sun is shining, and Easter weekend is fast approaching. The preparation for our favorite chocolate-filled holiday starts now. Easter is the perfect time to gather friends and family for special, spring-inspired meals, and lots of egg-orientated Easter fun. From planning Easter egg hunts, to cooking Easter brunch, to decorating the dining table, this guide will help you get on top of all your entertaining needs for the upcoming holiday weekend so that you can be sure that nothing will be forgotten.

The Ultimate Guide to Easter Entertaining

Spring has sprung, the sun is shining, and Easter weekend is fast approaching. From planning Easter egg hunts, to cooking Easter brunch, to decorating the dining table, this guide will help you get on top of all your entertaining needs for the upcoming holiday weekend so that you can be sure that nothing will be forgotten.

Before Easter: Curious Bunny Place Cards

Before Easter: Decorate Easter Eggs

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Decorating Easter eggs has got to be one of the best Easter traditions. Once the stressful business of blowing out the contents of the eggs is done, let your creative mind run free: Whether you choose to use glitter, metallic pens, ribbons, paints, or sophisticated dyes, your beautiful Easter eggs will look so perfect hanging from your Easter tree. An afternoon spent decorating these eggs a few days before the weekend is sure to get the whole family in a festive Easter mood.

For ways to decorate Easter eggs, click here.

Before Easter: Easter Candy Baskets

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Whatever you do, don’t forget the Easter candy baskets. You won’t have very happy children if their sugar-laden basket is forgotten this Easter. While the baskets don’t have to be huge, make sure they’re filled with the kids’ favorite treats: Easter is not a time to try to strictly control their sugar consumption. If you do want to make sure they’re not eating complete junk, try filling the baskets with dark chocolate eggs and bunnies, and a few of our favorite homemade Easter peeps.

Before Easter: Easter Tree

Christmas shouldn’t be the only holiday that is celebrated with a tree. Decorating your home with an Easter tree is a beautiful way to celebrate the holiday inside your home. For the simplest tree, find some simple bare branches, or even buy some from the local florist, and adorn with hanging chocolate and hand-decorated Easter eggs.

Before Easter: Edible Easter Centerpieces

Why would we want to decorate the table with anything that wasn’t edible? Apart from bunches of fresh flowers dotted around our dining room, these edible Easter centerpieces are literally the sweetest way to decorate our Easter table. They’re lots of fun to make with the kids the day before the big dinner, and everyone will love diving into them when dinner is finished.

For the best Edible Easter Centerpieces ideas, click here.

Before Easter: Spring Flowers

Add some springtime color to your home by filling those empty vases with bright flowers. Bunches of daffodils, tulips, and daisies will add a stunning array of yellow, pink, and white to your home. Just a few bunches of fresh flowers dotted around will make your guests think you’ve spent days preparing for the Easter celebrations.

Good Friday: Hot Cross Buns

Good Friday: Seafood Dinner

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Easter Saturday: Chocolate Cornflake Easter Nests

Easter is the best time to spend a couple of hours in the kitchen baking with the kids. No other holiday is quite as chocolate-oriented as Easter, so it’s best to embrace the inevitable sugar overload and make the most of it. Simple chocolate cornflake Easter nests are such an easy baking project if you have young kids who love spending time with their aprons on, helping you make their favorite sweet treats.

For the Chocolate Cornflake Easter Nests recipe, click here.

Easter Saturday: Easter Bunny Cake

Kids and adults alike will think you’re a genius when you serve up this Easter rabbit cake when the mid-afternoon, post-Easter egg hunt hunger strikes. You don’t need to invest in a fancy cake pan for this recipe. Simply bake two round cakes, and use the first one for the bunny’s face, and the other one to cut into ears and a rather fancy bunny bow tie.

For the Easter Bunny Cake recipe, click here.

Easter Saturday: Peeps Chick Surprise-Inside Cupcakes

Easter Sunday: Asparagus Soldiers With Soft-Boiled Egg Hollandaise

Easter Sunday: Decorate the Easter Table

So much effort has gone into cooking Easter Sunday’s dinner that your feast deserves to be served on an elegantly decorated table. Easter tends to mark the beginning of spring, so it’s definitely time to add some pops of color to your room. Bright linens and colored water glasses immediately elevate the table décor, bringing a splash of sunshine into your home. Sprinkle fluffy Easter chicks, foil-wrapped chocolate eggs, and mini Easter bunnies across the table too for an adorable Easter dining scene.

Easter Sunday: Easter Egg Hunt

Whether the kids are 2 or 10, the annual Easter egg hunt is absolutely necessary. You may need to adapt the rules depending on the participants’ age to keep them interested, but if the hunt is challenging enough they’ll love every moment of it. Try not to make it too competitive: You don’t want any tears from the losing child who ends the hunt with no eggs.

For the Complete Guide to Easter Egg Hunts, click here.

Easter Sunday: Easter Feast Wine Pairings

If you’re cooking a traditional meal this Easter weekend, there will definitely be either a sweetly glazed ham, or an herb-crusted leg of lamb at the center of your dining table. If you’re having a glazed ham, we recommend either a dry riesling — the wine’s hints of sweetness will work perfectly with the glaze — or a boldly flavored South African pinotage if you want to serve a red. A classic roast lamb calls for a classic wine, so why stray away from the traditional French pairing of roast lamb and a bottle of red Bordeaux? There’s definitely a reason the French have been enjoying their Easter lamb alongside this fruity, tannic wine for so many years.

For more information on Easter wine pairings, click here.

Easter Sunday: Easy Blueberry Pancakes

Easter Sunday: Extravagant Goat Cheese Caper Scramble

If you’ve got a hectic Easter morning on your hands, with kids begging to start the Easter egg hunt in the next two minutes, as they rapidly eat their way through their Easter baskets, while you try to get your head around how to roast that rack of lamb for lunch, this recipe is your savior. These extravagant scrambled eggs require almost no attention, and hardly any time, but yield rich, creamy results.

For the Extravagant Goat Cheese Caper Scramble recipe, click here.

Easter Sunday: Fresh Spring Peas With Butter Lettuce and Dill

Easter Sunday: Italian Sweet Ricotta Pie

Easter Sunday: New Potato Salad With Spring Onions

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Easter Sunday: Perfect Easter Ham

Easter Sunday: Pistachio-Crusted Rack of Lamb

Easter Sunday: Rhubarb and Berry Trifle

You’ll be sick of chocolate by the time it comes to dessert on Easter Sunday, but that’s no reason to not serve anything sweet. Our favorite fruity holiday dessert is definitely trifle: It looks so beautiful on your Easter table, and will more than satisfy your sweet tooth.

For the Rhubarb and Berry Trifle recipe, click here.

Easter Sunday: Sautéed Asparagus With Lemon Butter Sauce

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Easter Sunday: Sparkling Champagne Limoncello Cocktail

Easter Sunday: Truffled Grits With Ham

Easter weekend is a good excuse for a really indulgent meal. These creamy, truffled grits are the perfect rich accompaniment to your glazed ham. Yes, this recipe does require you to add even more ham into your meal than was already there, but we’re not going to turn that down on Easter Sunday.

For the Truffled Grits With Ham recipe, click here.

Easter Sunday: White Rabbit Ice Cream Cocktail

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Easter Monday: Use Up That Leftover Candy

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Five minutes is all you need to whip up this creamy fish dish, great served as a dip or starter

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Potato cakes with smoked salmon & cream cheese

Irish potato cakes, or farls, make a delicious base for these smoked salmon, cream cheese and caperberry canapés - simply slice into squares and serve

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Five minutes is all you need to whip up this creamy fish dish, great served as a dip or starter

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Potato cakes with smoked salmon & cream cheese

Irish potato cakes, or farls, make a delicious base for these smoked salmon, cream cheese and caperberry canapés - simply slice into squares and serve

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Five minutes is all you need to whip up this creamy fish dish, great served as a dip or starter

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Five minutes is all you need to whip up this creamy fish dish, great served as a dip or starter

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Five minutes is all you need to whip up this creamy fish dish, great served as a dip or starter

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Potato cakes with smoked salmon & cream cheese

Irish potato cakes, or farls, make a delicious base for these smoked salmon, cream cheese and caperberry canapés - simply slice into squares and serve

Smoked salmon, dill & lemon paté

Five minutes is all you need to whip up this creamy fish dish, great served as a dip or starter

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Make our mini avocado toasts for a healthy canapé to serve at a party. They come with two toppings – a vegetarian quail's egg option and a crabmeat version

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Sweet and savoury finger food recipes to get your party started. These easy canapés are crowd-pleasing bites everyone will love.

Potato cakes with smoked salmon & cream cheese

Irish potato cakes, or farls, make a delicious base for these smoked salmon, cream cheese and caperberry canapés - simply slice into squares and serve

Smoked salmon, dill & lemon paté

Five minutes is all you need to whip up this creamy fish dish, great served as a dip or starter

Mini avo toasts

Make our mini avocado toasts for a healthy canapé to serve at a party. They come with two toppings – a vegetarian quail's egg option and a crabmeat version

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Make these crowd-pleasing hedgehog canapé skewers for a party. With tomato and mozzarella, cheese and pineapple, and prawn and cucumber options, they're perfect for a family gathering


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Sweet and savoury finger food recipes to get your party started. These easy canapés are crowd-pleasing bites everyone will love.

Potato cakes with smoked salmon & cream cheese

Irish potato cakes, or farls, make a delicious base for these smoked salmon, cream cheese and caperberry canapés - simply slice into squares and serve

Smoked salmon, dill & lemon paté

Five minutes is all you need to whip up this creamy fish dish, great served as a dip or starter

Mini avo toasts

Make our mini avocado toasts for a healthy canapé to serve at a party. They come with two toppings – a vegetarian quail's egg option and a crabmeat version

Easy hedgehog canapé skewers

Make these crowd-pleasing hedgehog canapé skewers for a party. With tomato and mozzarella, cheese and pineapple, and prawn and cucumber options, they're perfect for a family gathering


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Sweet and savoury finger food recipes to get your party started. These easy canapés are crowd-pleasing bites everyone will love.

Potato cakes with smoked salmon & cream cheese

Irish potato cakes, or farls, make a delicious base for these smoked salmon, cream cheese and caperberry canapés - simply slice into squares and serve

Smoked salmon, dill & lemon paté

Five minutes is all you need to whip up this creamy fish dish, great served as a dip or starter

Mini avo toasts

Make our mini avocado toasts for a healthy canapé to serve at a party. They come with two toppings – a vegetarian quail's egg option and a crabmeat version

Easy hedgehog canapé skewers

Make these crowd-pleasing hedgehog canapé skewers for a party. With tomato and mozzarella, cheese and pineapple, and prawn and cucumber options, they're perfect for a family gathering



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