As Good Friday approaches I wanted to take a moment to inspire some last minute Easter dinner hosts.
When in doubt, go classic. Fresh white tulips add an elegant ode to spring, complimented by the white crockery and blown glassware. Vintage bunny figurines make the look more playful, as does the large cabbage leaf at each formal place setting.
TIP: You can likely find bunny figurines at your local thrift store. Spray paint them white or metallic to update their look.
These chocolate eggs from Frangipane Pâtisserie in Toronto are sure to offer a decadent surprise for your guests. Velvety chocolate shells, complete with delicate chocolate spring inspired scroll work, envelop an assortment of handmade truffles. These works of art are available in white, milk or dark chocolate. The small size makes a lovely gift for each guest or the larger egg can be doubled as a centrepiece and enjoyed after dinner.
Looking for a more thematic arrangement? I like the use of carrots and tulips in this centrepiece. Consider using different colours of carrots or use parsnips and white blooms for a monochromatic palette.
TIP: Use skinny carrots with foliage attached or the farm house elegance will be lost.
If you prefer a more traditional floral arrangement with an Easter vibe, try wrapping your vase with twigs and pussy willows branches, then fill it with a bountiful mix of spring floral favourites.
TIP: If you can find a penny or two to put in the water it really does keep your tulips perky!
For the Hostess with the Mostest, make floral crowns to get your guests into the spirit of spring.
Modern Mix Up
If you're taste is more contemporary, try adding some glitz to your Easter eggs with geometric sequins, patterns or an all over gilded look.
Or get quirky with these Pantone Easter eggs
Spice Things Up
I love culinary fusion and creating a new twist on an old classic. These Definitive Devilled Eggs by Martha Stewart are just that. Flavours include (from top): Watercress - Horseradish; Roasted Pepper - Thai Chile; Tomato - Pimenton; Olive - Garlic; Smoked Salmon - Radish; Miso - Sriracha; and Avocado - Anchovy - Caviar.
CHEERS TO SPRING
Refresh your guests with an Herbal Lemonade station. Infuse this thirst quenching classic with Lavender, Mint or Rosemary.
TIP: Add a bottle of chilled vodka or champagne to the display for a spiked option.
You can't go wrong with Mimosas for your Easter brunch. For a new twist give your guests the choice of other gourmet juices or syrups.
TIP: Keep calm + set up a Mimosa Bar so guests can create their own mix.
Another refreshing spring time option is a white sangria with your favourite mix of fruits. I'm a fan of peach, strawberry + coconut white sangria!
TIP: Make a pitcher before guests arrive so you can take time to greet each guest.
I hope these Easter inspirations have got you excited for the upcoming weekend. If you're in Muskoka with a couple feet of snow like me I suggest you throw on something colourful to get you in the mood + fingers crossed the sun will be shining!