The 2019 Essential Easter Entertaining Primer

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The 2019 Essential Easter Entertaining Primer

Timeless advice always rings true when planning lovely gatherings. Easter marks a time where growth & renewal are at the forefront so naturally a seasonally sound menu should lead the way. Over the next few weeks, drop by daily for valuable pointers & delicious recipes that will help make Easter lunch lovely & engaging. Look for a selection of on-point produce that may be used for a variety to recipes from appetizers & desserts to beautiful, simple breads that update the traditional rolls generally expected in the spring. With a few effortless techniques & a versatile formula that may be prepared in advance, you will stun family for certain. Learn how to create a flower arrangement in minutes, prepare fresh from the garden side dishes filled with modern updatesclassic dishes that can be pulled from the refrigerator directly after church & finished quickly with a few easy pointers. Learn some new secrets to planning your most memorable Easter lunch & create a foundation of family traditions that can easily be integrated into your busy lifestyle.

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How To Properly Plan Lovely Easter Celebrations

Many entertaining tasks must be taken care of early in order for any event to run smoothly. Begin planning your table & the menu well in advance, then create a timeline.

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Easter gatherings need not be complicated however it is an occasion where your best china, glassware & special entertaining pieces should be shared with the ones you care for the most. Follow these pointers to plan a special lunch. 

No. 1

The Tabletop Style

Begin with a foundation of white plates & showcase the fresh green growth from the outdoors on your table. Linens at each place setting are a simple way to thread the hue & the look together. Always purchase an extra one to use for lining the bread basket to keep the design cohesive. An accent plate in your fine china pattern can be layered through the table, if desired. Next, set the tone with either a casual centerpiece of brightly dyed Easter eggs & cookies or showcase a glass vase of freshly cut tulips, azalea or oakleaf hydrangea as the focal point.

The Heirloom Silver

Accessorize each place setting with your fine heirloom silver as it deserves a seat around beautifully set tables. Begin making preparations to properly clean the beloved pieces if you have not already done so. Look to The Essential Spring Entertaining Party Primer: How To Polish Silver for pointers to have it gleam. You will find valuable tips for buffing & storing the pieces until it is time to set the table. Beyond traditional place settings, choose a few key serving utensils to highlight during the festivities. Several large serving spoons will be needed to portion side dishes while demitasse spoons can be used for sauces, vinaigrettes & appetizers. Different patterns add charm so do not hesitate mix & match the pieces for variety.

No. 2

The Beverages

Iced tea is always appropriate to offer guests for Easter lunch. If unsweetened tea will be served, be certain that traditional tea spoons are available, if needed. Fresh lemon slices can be added to pitchers for a pretty, practical garnish or perched on glass rims at each place setting when family style meals are planned. If sweetened ice tea is a favorite, prepare it up to a day in advance. 

How To Make Classic Sweetened Iced Tea

Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a 3-quart saucepan over High heat. Remove from the heat & add 3 family-size tea bags. Steep for 8 minutes. Remove the tea bags & stir in 2/3 cup sugar until dissolved. Stir in 4 cups of ice. Pour the concentrated tea mixture into a 1-gallon pitcher & stir in 2 cups of cold water. Transfer to a pretty glass pitcher. Serve the tea over ice with lemon slices in goblet or tall glass. Makes about 8 cups.

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The Provisions

Once the menu has been set, pull plates, platters & bowls for serving. Label the pieces with the foods that will be reserved for them & set them aside.

The Savory

Prepare as much of the food ahead of time as possible. Rolls can be baked & frozen several weeks in advance then placed in the refrigerator to thaw overnight before rewarming. Vinaigrettes can be prepared up to 4 days before gatherings so that transferring them into serving bowls is all that is necessary come meal time while main dish entrees should be left for cooking that day. Transfer as many dishes to serving platters before heading to church so that items can be placed directly onto set tables once you return home. 

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Many baked goods can be prepared in advance. Cookies can be iced & decorated several days ahead of time as can bar cookies. Cut the bars in advance & arrange them on the serving platter you wish to use up to a day ahead. Bake specialty cake layers up to two weeks in advance. Wrap them well in plastic & foil then freeze them. Remove the layers from the freezer 30 minutes before you wish to finish them & reserve time for frosting & garnishing the cakes the day before the gathering.

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