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When I think of Easter day celebrations of the past, my initial thoughts are not of the big extended family type. You know the ones with the extra long tables, white tablecloths and a meal of ham, endless casseroles and pies. This is not to say I don’t love those kind, Mom and Grandma and extended family, just to be clear. They are just not at the forefront of my mind. :)
What actually plays over and over is sitting around the pull-out table in the kitchen of my childhood home with my immediate family. The east-facing windows poured in sunlight while we made and a ate brunch-type meal. Omelets, a sweet roll of some kind, fruit and juice. There was never enough room on the table for everything but I loved it. It was simple and low-key and for some reason, it’s what I remember most. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together some ideas so you too can have a simple and low-key Easter celebration that still looks good.
Muted Color Scheme Setting
I’m on a muted palette kick lately; the neutrals and subtle colors really peak my interest. After getting a couple of farm egg cartons from my dad (which I love. Aren’t they beautiful?!?), I decided they had to be a part of my set. To continue the soft look, I dug out my silver silverware set, neutral napkins with a hint of lace and white plates. For your gathering, think about using white or glass pieces or sets with just a hint of color. I’m not even certain a tablecloth or place mats are necessary. Clean, clear and unadorned is beautiful. On this table, the food and drink will add the color. I adore both of these dinner plate sets. The curved silhouette of the blue plate and the subtle details on the ecru plate are ideal for this table. And this vintage pitcher I love. I had one just like it and when it broke, I was so sad.
Because of the long winter we’ve endured, I’ve found myself purchasing more cut flowers than in other years. I just need the living-ness of them. An Easter brunch is a perfect setting for spring stems. Tulips, lilies, even pussy willow branches would be lovely atop the table. Additionally, I used the farm eggs as a centerpiece because the tones are sublime. Whether they are blown out or hard-boiled is up to you. Use this lacy vase set to hold the springy stems. This glass bowl with subtle texture fits on this table and the egg tray would be so helpful in serving.
And finally, the clincher to having a deliciously simple brunch is, of course, the food. Prep as much as you can in advance, the day or night before, so the day of can be about eating together, everyone at the same time. For omelets, chop the add-ins the day, prep the breakfast casseroles the night, even put beverages in the pitchers. Make the day-of work as easy as you can. It makes a big difference in the feel.
Here are a few this heart of mine recipes perfect for a brunch:
Almond Coffee Cake
Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Sausage, Egg & Biscuit Casserole
I do love a table to varying heights. This lovely cake stand would hold a coffee cake or sweet rolls beautifully. A three-tiered tray would definitely help serve food without taking up much space.
In the end, it’s not what the event looked like, it’s about the feelings it evoked. So keep it simple so stress and the pressure of grandure are eliminated. Eat and be together. Happy Easter!
For your own Easter brunch, these are just for you.
Glass bowl | Egg Tray
Cake Stand | Three-tier Stand | Doile Vase Set
Dinner Plate | Vintage Pitcher | Dinner Plate