Three Unexpected Easter Meals

Surprise family and friends this Easter with these creative themed parties and spring-inspired recipes.

Whether your Easter festivities are spent visiting and cooking with relatives, gathering the family together for a Sunday feast, or hosting the neighborhood for a backyard Easter egg hunt, this year think about swapping the menu out for something fresh. Instead of the classic glazed ham and primary colored eggs, shake things up with a themed party that proves you can update the bunny décor and still ring in the arrival of spring.

Global-Inspired Easter Party

Instead of the traditional Easter Sunday menu, get inventive by taking inspiration from global cuisines. Start out with Greek-inspired Grape Leaves with Bulgur and Mint, serve a Moroccan Lamb and Fennel Tagine for the main dish, and finish the meal with an Italian favorite, Tiramisu Cups. Decorate with vintage maps, globes, and travel photographs.

Keep up the global theme for the Easter egg hunt, and fill plastic eggs with items such as mini flags, magnets, or mini globes. When the eggs have been all collected the children will also have a fun keepsake to take home.

Roaring 20’s Easter Brunch

For a more grown-up affair, take a page from Gatsby’s book and plan a snazzy jazz-themed fete. To set the mood, decorate your space with plenty of candles, white flowers, and silver accent pieces, and prepare a playlist of jazz classics. Offer guests Champagne cocktails and Mint Juleps on arrival to get into the swing of things.

For the menu, include classic dishes from the Golden Era that are easy to prepare in advance, allowing you to enjoy the party with your guests: Deviled Eggs, Salmon Mousse, and Stuffed Mushrooms.

Spring Has Sprung Menu

If you prefer to focus on the feast, try a menu that highlights the changing season and farmer’s market produce. Start with an appetizer like an Asparagus Tart; serve Salmon with Cucumber Relish as your main dish; and finish the meal with refreshing Strawberry and Rhubarb Parfaits.

For décor, play up the farmer’s market vibe by going shabby chic. Fill mason jars with wildflowers such as Lavender, Yarrow, and Queen Anne’s Lace; use twine as napkin ties; and fill wicker baskets with extra refreshments. For a parting treat, send your guests home with DIY infused oils or dried herbs.