So a few more days, and the Easter festivities will be upon us…
Easter egg hunts, families heading off to church in their Sunday best and large family meals where we all gather around the dinner table.
But, if you are the one who is in charge this year – and by “in charge”, I mean you are the one making the main meal – then this is the post for you!
We can start by adding a few decorative touches to the table, because we all know that a pretty place setting always makes you feel special…which, in turn, somehow makes the food taste better. Add some fresh flowers, some cute bunny displays and some colourful linens and you have a table that is so beautiful, you won’t even notice if you’ve missed a few things. The trick to tablescaping, is to keep things simple and keep colours relatively easy on the eye. Go with greens and yellows (think lots of green leafy touches and yellow tulips or daffodils like this table), or purple and pinks (make use of some pink and purple jelly beans and peeps in cute bowls as well as bright pink Gerbera daisies like you can see in this post) or just stick with neutral earth tones by implementing some burlap like this, forced branches in lieu of flowers and lots of brown and beige coloured linens like this.
And, when it comes to cooking your Easter feast, it’s not as big a deal as you might think. Sometimes, it’s just about doing what you know (and by “what you know”, I mean “cook what you’re good at”).
For example, when we think about Easter, the traditional main dishes are ham or lamb. But, even though cooking a big hunk of meat is relatively easy, sometimes, breaking it down into small pieces (literally) is easier to get your head around.
Like these Rosemary skewered lamb kebabs are an interesting take on a traditional leg of lamb. It is easier to style (here we placed them on a bed of chives, mimicking spring grass) as well as easier for your guests to serve themselves!
And, instead of mashed potatoes, why not try these cute potato stacks? When you go to the link, you can also see an alternative to make them into roses too…so pretty!!
If you would like to try your hand at a roast (especially a lean cut), wrap it in some bacon and you will never over cook it (and it will stay moist!!).
And if fish is an important component to your Easter table (or if you are having you dinner on Good Friday, which is always a meatless meal), you can whip this shrimp with linguine in a flash.
And look how cute these carrot cake truffles are? You can use my carrot cake recipe to make these…just crumble the baked cake, add the cream cheese icing to the crumbled mixture, roll it into balls and drizzle with cream cheese icing).
You can make these cute orange and green chocolate “carrots”…(just melt coloured chocolate melts, place the melted mixture in strong ziploc bags, snip the ends and squeeze out the shapes onto parchment)…once they’re cooled, you can add them to some treat jars…
…like these with a few carrot cake truffles and some Easter chocolates, they are a great giveaway to the kids in your family!!
Or you can make my carrot cake recipe into a layer cake, frost it with my cream cheese icing recipe and either top with the chocolate carrots above or try your hand at these marzipan carrots!!
These s’mores packages for the kids in your life are really cute (you can find the template on Pinterest here)…
And, if you feel like you’ve been consuming too much chocolate, these cute carrot and cucumber tulips are a great addition to any veggie platter!!
And finally, these Nutella bunny buns, with a cold glass of milk (with an easy swap to make them into savoury buns that will fill your bread basket), will end the day with smiles all around.
And if you want to see how this all played out on the Marilyn Denis Show, click here for a video clip of the segment!
Happy Easter to all of you celebrating this year. And here is to a fantastic beginning to spring!!