Entertaining for the holidays can often be overwhelming, and Easter is no exception. But with a little ahead planning (and knowing this year’s top trends), you can organise a celebration that everyone will be bragging about.
Mary Ann Lum, Senior Event Stylist from Staging Connections, gives us her top tips for the ultimate Easter get together.
“The best way to plan is to start with a list, this way you won’t stray or miss anything,” says Mary Ann. So grab a pen and put all your ideas on paper. Including everything from the menu, table decorations, gift ideas, and any other tid bits.
GETTING THE RIGHT STYLE
The best way to impress your guests is to choose a style you love, so keep an eye out for any style ideas that are standing out.
“For a simple but fun look use white linens as a start and choose two or three of your favorite bright colours - use yellow as it’s the seasons colour,” says Mary Ann. “Crockery and food in these colours will brighten your table and it will look like you knew what you were doing.”
Toy-like trinkets and handmade centerpieces are also making a comeback. Not only is it a great way to stay on trend, it’s an opportunity to showcase your personality. And most importantly, don’t forget the overall ambience. “Lots of candles and jovial music will set the perfect scene at any time of day,” Mary Ann says.
SKIP LUNCH… DO BRUNCH!
So many of us can get caught up with other family commitments, and it’s hard to get everyone in the one place on Easter Sunday. So to ensure everyone is together, why not skip the traditional lunch and do brunch instead?
“Brunch is a great idea, but remember to prep well for it as it’s an early start,” Mary Anne warns. Save yourself the last minute panic, and do all the cooking and prepping the day before.
Of course, no Easter is complete without a traditional hot cross bun recipe.
REKINDLE THE CHILD WITHIN
“This is a great time to try any activity you used to enjoy as a child, both you and your guest will enjoy it,” says Mary Ann.
The good old Easter egg hunt is always a hit with the kids, but that’s not to say all the fun is reserved for them. Organise a separate hunt for the adults, substituting chocolate for little gifts.
“The Easter egg hunt doesn’t just have to be eggs,” says Mary Ann. “Use other gifts to enhance the anticipation of the chase.”