The Easter celebration: Tips for your Easter dinner

Here are some ideas to make your table festive and appetizing.

  • To save time, set your dinner table the night before.
  • Set the dinner table with either a festive tablecloth or individual placemats with coordinating cloth napkins which are either neatly folded under the silverware, placed on the dinner plate or tucked in a wine glass.
  • Create visual impact by filling a large vase with flowering branches. Dogwood, cherry, quince or forsythia are beautiful when they are in full bloom.
  • Create a low floral centerpiece so that your guests may see one another across the table. Pastel colored tulips, daffodils are readily available this time of year and look great in one or more glass or crystal containers. For a more relaxed feeling, potted pansies, miniature daffodils or hyacinths may be placed in a decorative basket and covered with Spanish moss.
  • If entertaining in the evening, set the table and the mood with candles.
  • Small decorative shaped canapé cutters can be used to cut butter which is placed on individual bread plates.
  • Many stationary stores can print menus on beautiful festive stationary cards that may be placed at each place setting.
  • For the child in all of us, small individual baskets of jelly beans may be also placed at each place setting for this Easter meal.
  • Set out bowls of nuts or vegetable chips in various strategic places (i.e.-coffee and side tables, on the bar) for your friends to nibble on during cocktails.
  • Have a wonderful meal.
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