I just love Easter – it’s usually the sign of warmer weather to come, beautiful new flowers, and thoughts of entertaining outside with friends and family. With that in mind I thought I’d share some ideas for a family brunch and egg hunt, that you can easily host yourself.
Set the Scene:
- With new flowers blooming and the grass filling in, this is the time to set up tables outside. Don’t be afraid to move some of your indoor furniture, like a buffet or dining chairs, to the outdoors – it creates a very cozy atmosphere.
- Set the table with things you already have. My favorite investment is simple white plates that you can use for every occasion. If you don’t have a tablecloth in the right color or size, you can use a solid colored sheet to cover the table with, then layer on a runner of fabric that’s been cut right off the bolt. For a finished look you can simply turn the edges under and iron them in place.
- For a pretty seasonal centerpiece, using bird cages or houses is a great idea. With wire cages you can place small flower arrangements, bird’s nests from the craft store, or even candy eggs inside, for an interesting touch.
- Sending guests home with a small favor is always a sweet way to say “thank you for coming.” Favors can be simple and inexpensive when you purchase flower seed packets for about $1 each from stores like Target. Dress them up by adding printed tags, panels of fabric, and/or coordinating ribbon to the packaging.
What About the Kids:
Don’t forget to create something special for the kids too. An Easter egg hunt is an obvious choice that the little ones will love, but what if you have kids who are a little bit older and sophisticated?
Savvy Sassy Suggests: An Easter Treasure Hunt! This will give them more of a challenge and engage them mentally as well as physically. Just write out clues and hide them ahead of time, and either place a treat at each clue, or have one larger prize at the end.
Finally, you don’t need to make yourself crazy trying to prep the entire meal alone. It is perfectly okay to allow guests to bring a dish to include. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea for the hostess to supply drinks, the main entrée (like a ham or brunch casserole), and an appetizer or dessert option if necessary. This leaves room for side dishes or dessert to be contributed by the guests.
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