It’s been two years since we’ve properly hosted an Easter, so I wanted to make it really special this year! Today, I’m sharing my Easter Weekend Recap, including all of my tablescape details, recipes and food menu!
Check out the details of my Easter Weekend Recap below!
EASTER TABLESCAPE AND CENTERPIECE
First things first, I like to start with a beautiful tablescape theme! I opted for Spring vibes with this cute metallic bunny print tablecloth, rattan chargers and chambray napkins. I loved the white and blue vibes with a pop of natural wood tones for a homey and chic look. Tulips were the focal point of my centerpiece because they always make me think of Spring and Easter. I got lucky and my local grocery store had a huge selection of flowers, including Tulips in tons of colors! To fill these two circular vases, I bought five bouquets of Tulips in a variety of colors, including white, yellow, pink and purple for a bright, cheerful and really simple Spring floral centerpiece!
EASTER BREAKFAST RECIPE
If you are looking for a cute and easy Easter morning breakfast recipe, these “Cinna Bunnies” are the perfect choice! I just popped open a can of the Annie’s Organic Cinnamon Rolls and carefully re-shaped them to look like bunny ears! Then just bake them and drizzle icing as you normally would. Voila! The cutest Easter breakfast treat!
SPECIAL EASTER APPETIZER
When planning a holiday meal from start to finish, the appetizers are always an important part of any menu. So many people actually like appetizers better than the meal itself and it’s usually the first thing they eat. Aside from the usual charcuterie board, I wanted to do a few more special appetizers. First, I had bruschetta spread on crostini bread, topped with goat cheese and balsamic glaze. That ended up being a real hit and every single crostini went! I also wanted to do something more festive.
Since there were no kids at Easter this year, thus no Easter egg hunt or egg coloring, I decided to make these really cute “carrot” pastries from scratch! They look really high-end, but are actually super easy to make! First, roll out a sheet of crescent dough and cut into thin strips. Then, top with prosciutto, cheese (I used Manchego) and 3-4 asparagus spears. Then roll the dough down over the filling until the dough looks like the shape of a carrot. Repeat for each strip. You can make these the day before, just refrigerate over night and pop into the oven at 425 for 12-15 minutes!
BRAISED SHORT RIBS OVER MUSHROOM RISOTTO
This is quickly becoming one of our favorite holiday recipes! We’ve made this dish for Easter before and also for Valentine’s Day earlier this year. It’s actually really easy and always a favorite among our guests!
Braised Short Ribs
Sear short ribs on the stove for 2-3 minutes
Cut up carrots, onions and any other veges you want to add to the crockpot
Pour Beef Stock into the crockpot and add braised short ribs, vegetables and seasoning, including salt, pepper, garlic powder and any others
Cook in crockpot for 6-8 hours or until the meat is falling off the bone!
Serving Size: 2lbs of meat per person
Drizzle olive oil in a pan over medium heat
Cook mushrooms through, remove from pan and set aside
Drizzle more olive oil in pan over low heat (optional: add butter)
Measure out 2 cups of Arborio rice and pour into pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until rice is transparent
Heat 3 cups of mushroom/chicken stock over low heat
Slowly pour heated stock into pan with rice, in 1/4 cup increments over the course of 30 minutes
Each time the liquid evaporates, add more and stir occasionally
The amount of time and stock is dependent upon how quickly the rice cooks (check frequently)
Serving Size: Serves 8-9 people
STRAWBERRY LEMONADE MIMOSA
If you are looking for a simple, refreshing Spring drink, this Strawberry Lemonade Mimosa will do the trick! It’s actually really easy to make and it looks so beautiful!
Puree 4-6 strawberries in a food processor
Scoop pureed strawberries into your glasses (I used these coupe glasses)
Pour in 1 part lemonade and 1 part champagne or prosecco (I used Prosecco Rose)
Garnish with a strawberry or lemon wedge
I realized I didn’t take any pictures of dessert, but I made simple fan favorites, including the Simple Mills Almond Flour Chocolate Chip cookies and some Lemon cupcakes with Lemon frosting! I then filled in with chocolates, pastries and a cheesecake!
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter, Passover or weekend! All of the recipes I made are really easy and are perfect for lots of different occasions! If you make any of these, send me a picture or let me know in the comments below!