Easter is less than one week away. We say it often, I know, but where is the time going? It feels like we were just sharing the story of Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. If the holiday feels like it snuck up on you, there’s no need to panic.

Most of us have a lot going on. So while we want to make these holidays special and memorable, we also want to be able to relax and have fun and not be so exhausted that we can’t enjoy the day with those we love the most. We’ve got some ideas to make this Easter easy-peasy, whether you’re hosting a large crowd or celebrating with your immediate family

Host an Easter brunch.
Brunch is a great meal to serve anytime, but we especially think it’s a great idea for a holiday gathering. Perhaps the best part of brunch is the meal is easy to plan because it can be a combination of breakfast and lunch. We’d suggest a breakfast food, a meat (bacon? Sausage? Ham? All of the above?), a coffee cake or some fresh pastries, fruit, and a vegetable or salad of some sort. You can serve fresh orange juice, hot coffee, mimosas and Bloody Mary’s and everyone will be satisfied. If you have guests coming, it’s really easy to divide out what you need them to bring.

Set a simple, pretty table.
Simple is often best and when it comes to your table, this is the way to go. Whether you’ll be eating at the kitchen table or in the dining room, you can make it feel holiday special with a few touches. We recommend using a natural color palette – think white, green, pale pink and tan. Use a white tablecloth or placemats to make it feel special but not stuffy. Pick up a bouquet or two of fresh flowers- we recommend pretty pale pink peonies or white hydrangeas – arrange in a white pitcher or glass vase and you’ve got your centerpiece. Tie a piece of jute string around cloth napkins. Write guests names on pastel plastic Easter eggs for place cards if you’d like to do assigned seats. Depending on your mood, you use your pretty China for the occasion or pick up some durable paper plates. Keeping it simple, pretty and fresh makes it feel like a holiday, but makes it easy, not stressful.

Pick a theme for Easter baskets.
A theme for Easter baskets saves time and makes it easier to shop. Plus, with spring in full swing and summer coming up, you can give kids things they want and need. A win-win! Need a few ideas? Give a basket for outdoor play. Depending on the age of the recipient, fill it with age-appropriate outdoor activities like bubbles, jump ropes, a baseball and glove, rocket balloons, or a soccer ball. A gardening basket can be fun for the little ones if you fill it with kid-sized garden gloves, small gardening tools, a watering can and a packet of seeds. Another fun, easy idea is to make a pool basket. Include a swimsuit or swim trunks, beach towel, a pair of flip-flops and sunglasses or goggles and you’re all set. And if you’re going to be a guest somewhere this Easter, take the host a basket. Fill it with a bag of gourmet coffee, a set of Easter hand towels and a dozen Easter sugar cookies from Ashley’s. Done!

Place your order with Ashley’s.
Is your table incomplete without some Hot Cross Buns? Do you need a fresh coffee cake to serve alongside your quiche? Are sweet rolls a must with your holiday ham? Give us a call and place your order so we can have your favorite bakery items ready to go when you need to pick them up. As always, we’re so happy to have a place at your table to help you celebrate life deliciously.
Happy Easter!