PLAN THE DAY
Easter morning is typically jam-packed with activities, so you need to make sure your brunch fits seamlessly with your family and friends’ other plans. Talk with your loved ones to create a morning schedule. Do you plan to attend religious services, and if so, at what time? Do you hope to hunt for Easter eggs at sunrise or in the afternoon? A 10:30-11 a.m. start time is usually a safe bet, since it will allow people to attend services and work up a hearty appetite.
INVITE FAMILY & FRIENDS
Give some thought to how many people you want in your house on Easter morning. Make your life a little easier by sending an online invitation — many classy options are now available — rather than snail mail that can take up to two weeks. Preparing food and beverages for your family is more than enough work, but you can certainly extend your guest list to include friends. Just keep in mind that most people consider Easter a family-oriented holiday, so friends may have plans with their own families.
CREATE YOUR MENU
Once you have RSVPs for your brunch, sit down and create a menu and grocery list. Your life will be much easier if you choose several menu items that you can make ahead and reheat for brunch, since you don’t want to feel rushed on Easter morning. You could also consider having your brunch catered as well.
PLAN SOME FUN FOR THE KIDS
Even a delightful brunch will only delight the kids for a max of 30 minutes, unfortunately. Make sure you’ve prepared a few activities to keep the children occupied while you and your guests share a few mimosas. Save a few hard-boiled eggs for the kids to decorate on Easter morning or plan an Easter Egg Hunt.
PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE
Once you’ve bought the groceries, pre-prepare your menu items and set aside craft supplies, it’s time to decorate. Bring out your nice china, silverware and cloth napkins, and put placards at each table setting. Place fresh Easter lilies or tulips on your table as a centerpiece. It’s also a great idea to place bowls of assorted fresh fruit on the table (although you won’t want to set them out until Easter morning).
With a little planning, it’s possible to wake up on Easter morning and partake in the festivities with your family instead of slaving away in the kitchen. All that’s left is to enjoy the fruits of your labor.