Easter, spring colors go hand in hand
By: By ARLEEN M. KAPTUR, The Daily Telegram
Tomorrow is Easter, and you would like to keep it as solemn as you can, but your plans for Sunday require a bit of tweaking here and there. You probably already have your menu well in hand, and you remembered to buy a few extra dozen eggs to color and decorate.
If you are fortunate enough to have heirloom linens handed down to you, then count yourself as blessed. If not, then pastel table cloths are a Spring type back-ground for the dinner you will host. Your best china is polished and so is your stem ware.
Try tying some pastel ribbons around the base of your goblets to lend a hand in bringing the colors of the season to your table. Fill a few champagne glasses with holiday jellybeans and place them on either side of your lamb cake, tulip centerpiece, or daffodil display in the center of your table. You can even have a large Easter basket filled with decorated eggs, and festive breads, bunny sugar cookies and Easter egg cakes.
If you like, you can have a special plastic egg on everyone’s plate just before they eat. Fill it with a lotto ticket for the adults, or share a wish or hope for the season. For the children, a coupon for an ice cream treat or maybe a “check” for a trip to the library, to the park or even to the zoo. Try to forego the candy because the “sweet” side of Easter is well taken care of.
On your side table, you might have an Easter tree (which is just a branch from a tree spray-painted white). Using a needle, make holes in your Easter cookies, and with ribbon through the holes, tie them to the tree. This way, come dessert time, everyone can pick and choose one of their choice.
If you are serving Easter brunch, place a bunny bun on top of a nest of shredded lettuce, finely chopped hard-boiled egg, and a few carrot sticks on a small paper plate. This makes a nice fast pick me up to start off a Sunday filled with family, friends and festivities. Using the colors of Spring in your table decor will give everyone a breather from the dull of winter. It will liven up their spirits and get thoughts of tulips, daffodils, and other flowers in their minds. When your guests are ready to leave, give each a “goodie bag” of a tiny clay flower pot, a seed packet of spring flowers, and wrap it all up with an Easter theme paper napkins and pastel ribbons. Radish seeds, carrot seeds and even lettuce seeds are great examples to give. For the children, a specially decorated Easter egg with their name on it, as well as a bunny cookie, or a hen n’ chick trio of cookies, make a nice “Thank you for coming” send off.
However you prepare and decorate for your Easter festivities, use the colors and tastes of the season, and enjoy all that you do. If you find it fun, then your guests will be relaxed and that is half the battle in hosting a great Easter meal.
Arleen M. Kaptur is a Solon Springs-based writer and observer.