entertaining :: first time hosting easter

It’s now our Easter tradition several years running to host brunch at our home after a neighborhood egg hunt – and Easter is a holiday that can be a great first to host. Filled with meaning and tradition, Easter is the perfect first gathering for newlyweds, where the table can be filled with simple blooms, festive plates and napkins, and carry a feeling of fancy-meets-comfort. Our kind of celebration.

If you’re hosting your first Easter, we recommend a few tried-and-true methods for bringing a special day to life effortlessly, allowing you to focus on the elements most important to you:

Mix store bought with homemade recipes – some of our go-to Easter recipes are prosciutto deviled eggs, citrus-glazed ham, asparagus and goat cheese tart, salmon and sea salt mousse with dill and, naturally, a delicious punch and tasty desserts. Some store-bought items can be fruit platters or cheese boards, pies, and even sides like scalloped potatoes or a springtime pea and risotto dish – items like these can come from the deli section and make things easier by eliminating steps for you. Just present them in simple white dishware or silver and the dishes will immediately feel elevated.

Good glassware is worth registering or investing in – it will help your table top, no matter how formal or casual, feel elegant and especially nice for your guests (and yourselves!). These Schott Zweisel Audrey wine goblets are our hands-down favorite and must-haves! We highly recommend having a dozen in your entertaining cabinet.

Invite neighbors or family and friends to bring a favorite dish – this is a fun part of entertaining! We love giving an open invite to bring a favorite dish as we know your crowd also loves to cook and bake. Some friends who maybe aren’t agile in the kitchen can bring a pre-mixed cocktail or something store-bought. It’s the thought that counts and it’s fun to have involvement.

Our new favorite napkins are these floral bunny napkins – available online or in store for quick pick up before the holiday!

 

Set the table the day before – we are big believers in doing as much prep work for our weddings and parties as possible. Cleaning the house comes first, then food prep two days prior, leaving dressing a welcome table and dining table for the day before. We get as much set on the table as we can, leaving the finishing touches like flowers and any day-of food prep or baking for the holiday.

Stop by the Saturday market for flowers – spring is the perfect time to scoop up tulips, viburnum, and lilacs from local growers, and the farmers market can be an excellent place to pick them up in ready-to place bunches. Don’t have an elaborate vase collection? Using pretty glassware will do the trick!

Darling as ever, this tall sitting Easter bunny is filled with brown speckled eggs, perfect for a classic tabletop! Pick one up in store and he’ll be the perfect addition to your table, especially when accented with a silk ribbon!

These adorable Essex Bunnies are the perfect table top accent and will be going into Ava’s room as bookends after the holiday!

Photos: Katie Parra Photography for Valley & Company Events

Will you be hosting your first Easter this year? What will your table top look like?

 

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