Yes, Easter is about cheeping chicks, bouncing bunnies and chocolate Easter eggs, but there’s plenty for the adults to get in on too. Have some stylish fun on Sunday 27th March with our Easter party ideas for grown-ups.
For a modern take on the Easter table, gather your glass: we’re talking apothecary jars, fishbowls, domes and cake stands with which to present colourful snacks like pink jelly beans (‘bunny noses’) and marshmallows (‘bunny tails’).
For a vintage look, opt for porcelain cake stands, jam jars and small silvery pails filled with spring blooms then label your treats with mini blackboards. Drape a line of floral bunting along the wall behind to finish.
Continuing the modern theme, for a wow-factor finish to each place setting, paint eggs in bright colours or half-dip in glitter and add guests’ names in metallic letters – stickers are easiest. Flowers should be presented in one central arrangement of something striking – think a few branches of cherry blossom or pink flowering plum, long stems of daffodil or a riot of crab apple flowers.
It’s all about the blooms for vintage lovers: toss wild flowers into jam jars, tins, mason jars or pretty metal watering cans – we love bluebells or lily of the valley for this – and serve all drinks in floral teacups, Prohibition-style. Scatter tea lights up and down the table if you’re expecting guests to linger.
The chicest way to bring bunnies into our adult Easter is as a motif on invites, menus and place cards – think a metallic paw print, sketchy carrot or rabbit silhouette in black or a pretty pastel shade. Pastel stripes or swishes of watercolour make a simple yet sophisticated backdrop, or go for ditsy florals for a vintage day.
Chocolate on Parade
Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a plentiful supply of chocolate and Easter eggs – so why not make a feature of it? Present Hot Cross Buns stacked on a ceramic cake stand, slip an Egglet into each champagne flute and give Chocolate Bunnies as favours or – the ultimate showstopper – opt for All Our Eggs in One Basket as your buffet table centrepiece.
Brunch. It’s the perfect excuse to eat breakfast for lunch and not feel like a kid doing it – and with eggs the perfect symbol of the occasion, your menu just wrote itself. If yolks aren’t your bag – sorry, basket – though, it’s still easy to theme your Easter food without adding rabbit ears to everything: think Easter chickens, carrots and, of course, chocolate. You can find all the dishes we’ve detailed here in our recipe book, A New Way of Cooking with Chocolate .
If you’re keen on hot food, consider something like Smoked Mackerel, Poached Eggs and Portobello Mushrooms – a cracking start to any brunch. Alternatively, capitalise on the poultry of the season with Roast Yard Bird or Choc au Vin served with White Chocolate Mash and a big, colourful bowl of Roasted Rainbow Vegetable Salad with Puy Lentils and Goats’ Cheese.
If finger food is more your flavour, serve a selection of sandwiches on our sourdough-like Cocoa Nib Cob Loaf, whip up a batch of our Not-so-Scotch Eggs and slice some carrots to dunk in a range of dips like Hummus with Chilli Cocoa-Spiced Walnuts, White Chocolate Horseradish, Chocolate Aioli and Chocolate Balsamic Dipping Sauce. For dessert: chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, our Banana Bread slathered with Chocolate Hazelnut Spread – or a classic carrot cake.
There’s nothing like a carafe or trestle table with glasses of something sparkly to add a little joie de vivre to any occasion – we recommend Prosecco and raspberries to bring delicate colour to a pastel-themed Easter. Too early for alcohol? Serve Cocoa Banana or Cocoa Green Tea Blueberry Smoothies with pastel-striped straws – from mini milk bottles for a dash of nostalgia.
Easter egg hunts aren’t just for kids. If your get-together is more Easter dinner than bunnies-who-brunch, opt for the grown-up version by going dark and handing round flashlights, or hiding each prize with an LED egg à la our Egg Hunt Ideas. In daylight, Easter activities for adults include Guess the Number of Eggs in the Jar (a gorgeous apothecary jar filled with Egglets should do the trick), Pin the Tail on the Easter Bunny, Easter bingo – score one whenever someone says one of your seasonal buzzwords – and, always a favourite: the Easter egg painting competition.
Well, what are you waiting for? Hop to it!