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Easter Essentials

As spring arrives and Easter draws near, it's time to gather with loved ones for a special celebration. Our guide is here to help you make it unforgettable.

From setting a beautiful table to planning a delicious menu, we've got you covered with easy tips and ideas. Whether you're a seasoned host or new to hosting Easter, we'll show you how to create a memorable experience for everyone.

We'll also share ways to include kids, simplify cooking, and add fun touches to your celebration. And don't forget to relax afterward—we've got tips for that too!

With Briscoes, your Easter celebration will be stress-free and enjoyable. Let's make this Easter one to remember together.

Set the scene

As you prepare to host your Easter gathering, creating a welcoming ambiance is key to setting the stage for a memorable celebration. 

Start by selecting elegant tableware and decor that reflects the spirit of the season, incorporating pastel colours, floral patterns, and Easter-themed accents. 

Pay attention to lighting and music to enhance the atmosphere, whether with soft candlelight and gentle melodies indoors or the natural beauty of an outdoor setting. 

Attention to detail, such as personalised place cards and thoughtful touches like fresh flowers or scattered petals, adds an extra layer of charm to your table. Whether indoors or outdoors, the goal is to create a warm and inviting space where guests can come together to enjoy good food, laughter, and the joy of Easter festivities.

Plan the menu

Planning the menu for your Easter celebration is an exciting opportunity to showcase delicious dishes that will delight your guests. 

Start by considering traditional favourites like roasted lamb or glazed ham, complemented by seasonal sides such as roasted vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes, or vibrant spring salads. Incorporate Easter-themed treats like hot cross buns, pastel-coloured deviled eggs, or a festive Easter cake adorned with edible flowers. 

Don't forget to accommodate dietary preferences and restrictions by offering vegetarian or gluten-free options. Make a list of all the ingredients you'll need and plan your cooking schedule to ensure everything is ready on time. 

By thoughtfully crafting a menu that balances tradition with innovation, you'll create a culinary experience that is both memorable and satisfying for all who gather around your Easter table.

Add Easter touches

Incorporate Easter touches throughout your menu to infuse your celebration with festive charm. 

Start by serving appetisers adorned with Easter-themed garnishes like carrot or bunny-shaped crudité platters, or colourful fruit skewers resembling Easter eggs. 

For the main course, consider incorporating seasonal ingredients like asparagus, peas, or baby carrots into your dishes. 

Serve desserts that capture the essence of Easter, such as lemon cupcakes decorated with pastel frosting or a decadent chocolate nest cake filled with mini chocolate eggs. 

Don't forget to add playful touches to your table decor, like napkin holders shaped like Easter bunnies or egg-shaped salt and pepper shakers. 

By infusing every aspect of your celebration with Easter-inspired details, you'll create a whimsical and memorable experience for your guests to enjoy.

Catering to kids

Catering to kids at your Easter gathering ensures that everyone, regardless of age, feels included and engaged in the festivities. Consider setting up a special kids' table with colourful, child-friendly tableware featuring playful designs or Easter motifs. 

Plan age-appropriate activities such as an Easter egg hunt, where children can search for hidden treats throughout the house or yard. Set up a crafting station with supplies for decorating eggs or making Easter-themed crafts like bunny ears or paper baskets. 

For the menu, offer kid-friendly options such as mini sandwiches, fruit kebabs, or bunny-shaped cookies for a fun and delicious dining experience. 

By incorporating these thoughtful touches, you'll create a joyful atmosphere where kids can fully participate in the Easter celebration and make lasting memories with their family and friends.

Easy Easter cooking

Simplify your Easter cooking with easy recipes and time-saving tips that allow you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the celebration with your loved ones. 

Choose recipes that require minimal prep and hands-on time, such as slow-cooker ham or baked dishes that can be assembled in advance and popped into the oven when needed. 

Utilise kitchen appliances like a bread maker for homemade hot cross buns or a slow cooker for quick and tender braised lamb. Consider batch cooking certain dishes or using store-bought shortcuts for convenience without compromising on flavour. 

By planning ahead and opting for hassle-free cooking methods, you can ensure a delicious Easter feast with minimal stress and effort, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the festivities with your guests.

Drinks and nibbles

Welcome your guests to your Easter celebration with a delightful selection of drinks and nibbles that set the tone for a festive gathering. Start by offering a variety of beverages, including refreshing options like sparkling lemonade, fruity mocktails, or a selection of wines and beers for the adults. 

Accompany these with a tempting array of nibbles, such as a cheese platter featuring an assortment of cheeses, crackers, and fresh fruit, or bite-sized appetisers like deviled eggs, mini quiches, or smoked salmon cucumber bites. For a sweet touch, serve Easter-themed treats like chocolate-dipped strawberries, pastel-coloured candies, or homemade Easter cookies. 

Consider adding a special twist to your drinks with decorative garnishes or themed cocktails that reflect the spirit of the holiday. By providing plenty of options to suit every taste, you'll ensure that your guests can sip and snack their way through a delightful Easter celebration filled with delicious flavours and festive cheer. 


After the excitement of your Easter celebration, take some well-deserved time to relax and unwind. Create a cosy retreat with soft bedding, blankets, and cushions where you can kick back and enjoy a moment of tranquillity. 

Treat yourself to some self-care activities like a luxurious foot spa or a soothing massage to relieve any tension and rejuvenate your body and mind. Indulge in your favourite hobbies or activities, whether it's curling up with a good book, watching a movie, or taking a leisurely stroll outdoors to enjoy the beauty of nature. 

Take advantage of the long weekend to recharge and replenish your energy before returning to your daily routine. By prioritising relaxation and self-care, you'll emerge feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever challenges lie ahead with renewed vigour and vitality.

Make Easter easy with Briscoes

Hosting a memorable Easter gathering is about creating special moments with loved ones, enjoying good food, and laughter. As the day winds down, take time to relax and recharge, cherishing the memories made. 

Simplify your Easter preparations with Briscoes. With a wide range of products for your celebration, Briscoes is here to help make your Easter easy and enjoyable.