A well thought out menu can really make a soirée seem effortless, regardless of the time of day, theme, or occasion. Instead of trying o make everything yourself (there is really no “knead” to make homemade baguettes!), I think a smart host/ess should always have a few tried-and-true store-bought secrets up their sleeve and at the ready.
I rely on few favorite brands that I have tested and know how to work with as ready-made components to enhance my menus and cut preparation time to a much more manageable proportion of my overall prep time. With certain useful combos, and easy and elegant recipes, I make my guests feel welcomed, special, and most importantly I get to enjoy my own party without being on constant catering duty. I keep flowers simple, the music light and airy, and set the table the night before.
For Easter, I love hosting a casual brunch filled with some homemade things, some store-bought things, and some easily-assembled things. This year, Ryan and I will be spending Easter with his parent’s on their farm. Rather than have a complicated and labor-intensive menu, we decided a brunch would be an easier idea. Because the farm isn’t surrounded by big grocery stores and specialty food markets, I wanted to plan a menu that included things that were easy to make, had that WOW! factor, and could easily be transported from Chicago to Iowa.
Whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope my brunch menu inspires you to host a wonderful soirée (with lots of bubbly!) filled with family and friends! Happy Easter!
Easter Brunch Menu
French Savory Tart with Onions & Gruyere (make ahead)
Simple Green Salad with French Bistro Vinaigrette (make ahead)
Baguette with Salted Butter (store bought)
Chocolate Bunny Platter (store bought)
Fresh Orange Juice (store bought)
Sparkling Water (room temperature)