Easter. A time to spend time with family and friends. And a cracking time to gather around a table and eat some really good food. So with that in mind, I thought I’d share with you my simple Easter table and a rundown on how we are celebrating Easter this year.
I put quite a lot of effort into Easter. Unlike Christmas, when I’m lucky to get through dinner without passing out (shopkeeper holiday exhaustion!), Easter has more public holidays (yay!) and as it’s not normally as frantic as the holiday season. Which essentially lets me get a little more creative with things, and I enjoy it a hell of a lot more. This year, we’ve split up our holiday, and having our family gathering a few days earlier. With my (and my sister’s) husband both rostered on night shift over the Easter long weekend, we decided this year to have long, lazy lunch a few days before. The egg hunt will be on Easter Sunday as usual with a small family breakfast after.
Our Easter gathering is generally quite informal. We all bring a dish or two to share, which makes it the perfect time to test drive recipes on unsuspecting family members or even just make something you haven’t tried before.
This year my Easter table is centered around a lemon and coconut Easter themed cake and a simple, garden vibe. I’ve laid the table with a classic, white linen tablecloth and decorated with branches of silver dollar eucalyptus and vases of baby’s breath.
I’ve teamed my flint Le Creuset dinner plates with the most charming, floral bunny salad plates from Williams Sonoma to tie in with my bunny cake and pastel coloured Laguiole flatware. Simple, festive and not over the top.
You’ll also spot, just resting in between everything on the table, is the most delightful bunnies from Pottery Barn. I have them everywhere this year. Just popping up all around the house. Being the Pottery Barn addict that I am, of course there was going to be something in there from my favourite store!
Wine, Champagne, Cider. We bring it all to the table. This year, we’re also adding a cocktail to the mix. Being Autumn here is Australia, my cocktails at the moments are all featuring apples of pears. I’m always trying new cocktail recipes from all over and at the moment I’m just loving this Apple & Gin concoction by No Spoon Necessary Also just dying to make this Apple Thyme cocktail by Waiting on Martha.
A relatively, laidback approach is everyone contributing a dish to the meal. In our crew, there’s a roasted suckling pig by one family, a cheesy potato gratin by another and I’m in charge of the salads. So I’ve whipped up a really quick ceasar salad with cos lettuce, homemade croutons, local cured ham, soft boiled eggs, avocado and freshly grated parmesan. I tend to find most premade ceasar salad dressings quite heavy in flavour, so I cut mine with a little mayonnaise to make it more family friendly.
I’ve also made this Broccolini with crispy chickpeas and charred lemon salad by Hetty McKinnon (pictured above). If you’re not a Hetty McKinnon salad fangirl yet, I’m telling you now, run don’t walk to your local bookstore and pick up one of her cookbooks. You can thank me later.
And just because it’s a long lunch, and no doubt someone will tell me they are hungry later on, I’ve made a pot of my butternut pumpkin & chipotle soup and for supper. I’ll be sharing the recipe for this one later in the week, but it was a perfect end to our long lunch and a great way to celebrate Easter.