17 Apr Last-Minute Easter Made Easy
Easter is this Sunday and for those of us last minute planners, we still have enough time to create beautiful memories and a delicious Easter brunch. Break out your family china or silver and peruse our simple, sweet and stunning ideas designed to impress: fresh floral centerpieces, natural egg dyes, Peeps and Patron cocktails, and more to make your spread charming and gorgeous!Bring the outside in! Our gardens, flowers and trees are starting to bloom. So grab the clippers and start collecting flowers from your backyard. Clip some tropical leaves, such as papyrus or banana leaves, and use them in your bouquet. Combine your cuttings with this fun Easter themed vase using colored eggs to make your Easter centerpiece. For instructions, click here.Now for some delicious Easter cocktails. “Peeps & Patron” is an adorable addition to any Easter table setting. This concoction is super simple to make, and only requires a few ingredients! You’ll need Silver Patron, pink grapefruit sparking water, Monin Rose syrup, peeps, and sugar. All you need to do is take your cocktail glass and dip the rim in sugar. Then in another glass, combine 1-1/2 ounce Silver Patron, 1 ounce pink grapefruit sparking water, and ½ ounce Monin Rose syrup. Pour into your cocktail glass (over ice or chilled) and garnish the rim with a peep! It’s that easy!
No Easter is complete without an amazing brunch. How about trying this yummy Brie and Apple Tart?! This elegant appetizer is complete with brie, apples and puff pasty and is sure to have your guests coming back for seconds. To make: simply arrange Brie in single layer on pastry, top with apple, sprinkle with salt and pepper all over apple, bake and finish with a drizzle of honey. Different taste buds? No worries, Good Housekeeping has rounded up some of their best recipes for Easter brunch and dinner, find more here.Lastly, although time is tight, take some time for memories. We love the idea of dying your eggs using natural dyes. Try out these new recipes and find some new hues in the process.First, prepare your dyes. Combine 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a medium pot. Bring it to a boil, add your dye ingredients for yellow, blue, silver, pink, and orange eggs (ingredients specified below), and lower the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool.Strain the dye before adding the eggs. Once strained, add eggs and let soak for at least 30 minutes. For a more vibrant egg, let it soak longer. When it reaches the desired color, remove with tongs and pat dry with paper towels.Yellow EggsAdd 3 tablespoons turmeric to the boiling water. Since turmeric is notorious for staining your skin, you’ll want to wear rubber gloves when handling yellow eggs.Pink EggsAdd 4 cups of chopped beets. If your eggs look more brown than pink at first, don’t worry: They’ll turn into a pretty, pastel shade once dry.Blue EggsAdd 3 cups of chopped red or purple cabbage. For robin’s egg blue, let the eggs soak for 30 minutes. If you want a deeper hue, leave the eggs to soak overnight in the fridge.Orange EggsAdd 4 cups of yellow onion skins. For a brighter orange, leave the eggs to sit in the dye overnight in the fridge.Have fun with your table, relish the details and enjoy your day. These easy, super cute ideas will delight your guests and make your Easter brunch sparkle! Happy Easter!