With Easter coming this Sunday, I knew I wanted a holiday table with pieces that I can repurpose all spring. This palette is full of soft pastels and neutral basics. After making a run to the local Goodwill, I was able to source items for this palette for $20 and add it to items we had on hand. Inspired by a favorite brunch dish from a cafe back home, we whipped up a seasonal recipe for all of your spring entertaining needs.
Keep reading for all the details after the jump!
We made the anchor point of our table these dyed Easter eggs. To add depth of color and a touch of metallic, we painted eggs with edible gold paint and dyed brown eggs. The colors that came out were beautiful and ones we are sure to repeat in the future. We placed them in a large wooden bowl on the table adding a cool edible centerpiece for guests. The leftovers? We’re planning on making some great cobb salads throughout the upcoming week for lunches.
To make each place setting pop, we added a gold napkin holder and placed one of our dyed easter eggs to the holder. Underneath we added a floral salad plate and teal napkin. The final touch of easter glam? We added our favorite gold silverware and antique rose cut glass teacups. If placecards are your thing, use a white crayon or colored pencil to write each person’s name on the egg at their place setting. Leave the egg in the dye for around 10 minutes, allowing there to be a strong contrast with the wax resist.
For flowers, I opted to make one large visual statement. Using bloomed branches in a variety of colors, we tied in the pastels and neutral tones. Placed in an antique gallon jar they anchor the table, while leaving ample space for serving platters and food. These can be foraged or bought.
How to rock pastels without things looking like an easter egg?
Inspired by Pantone colors of the year, I wanted to play with a pastel palette, but keep things balanced. By pairing pastels (we stuck with rose and teal) with wood, linen, and pops of gold, we restricted and anchored the palette for the table. It remains perfect for adults, but playful enough for the springtime holiday and daytime occasion.
When it comes to cooking for an Easter brunch we love balancing and playing with classic dishes. Most of Americans are used to the idea of diner classics such as steak and eggs or the Southern classic, shrimp and grits. Inspired by one of my favorite dishes at the Gralehaus Cafe, housemade lamb sausage and grits with over easy eggs, we decided to do our own take on this dish, bringing an upscale touch to the Southern tastes. While I didn’t want to go through the process of making homemade lamb sausage patties, I was able to roast a large leg of lamb and use the meat in a variety of ways. This was one of my favorite dishes from the roasted lamb. Finished with cheddar chive grits and an over easy egg, it added the necessary substance to keep you full as you hunt Easter Eggs.
Recipe for Lamb and Cheddar Chive Grits with Over Easy Egg here.
To finish off the menu, I wanted to add some fresh berries and Greek yogurt, with topping options of raw clover honey and ground cinnamon. For drinks, we made fresh squeezed blood orange juice and cups of loose leaf tea with all of the various sugars and milk.
What are some of your favorite things to have at a Easter brunch?
What I already owned (and had on-hand):
Gold Flatware: Threshold, Target
Wooden cutting board: Ikea, similar here
White Plates: Threshold, Target
Linen Table Runner: Crate & Barrel
Antique water glass: Oregon Street Antique Mall
Milk bottle: Michaels
Napkins: World Market
Berry Basket: Anthropologie, past season
Thrifted (for under $20):
All items found at a local Goodwill
Wooden bowl: $3.19
Floral salad plates: $3.57
Teal platter: $4.19
Small pink bowls: $3.57
Rose cut tea cups: $3.57
Total with tax: $19.72