Easter at home
Easter. Normally, there’s no better time to catch up with friends and family, enjoy an indulgent meal and take stock of the little things that make you happy. You may have to rethink your plans this year, so it’s okay if your celebrations are low key. If you do want to fully embrace the occasion, however, we’re sharing our ideas on creating a beautiful Easter table, activities you can organise over the long weekend and some of our favourite Easter presents.
What’s on the menu?
Easter is the ideal opportunity to flex your culinary muscles (or order from a restaurant, if you need a break from the kitchen). Plan a special Easter Sunday extravaganza for one, two or however many are in your household. Dive into your well-thumbed recipe books for inspiration (though you may have to be flexible due to the current situation) or venture online for simple recipes that you can make using the ingredients you have in.
What’s on your table?
Once the menu is confirmed, fetch your finest wine (or mix up your favourite concoction), dress your table to impress and – if you’re feeling artistic – make placecard settings (even if you just require one with your own name).
For a sense of occasion, use your best crockery, barware, table linen, glassware and cutlery. Accessorise with bunches of spring flowers in pretty, pastel shades (think daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths), or go all out with a tree, complete with egg decorations. Some companies (such as Bloom & Wild) deliver blooms packaged to fit through a letterbox, or, consider crafting a seasonal faux flower arrangement.
If you are dining later in the day, then candles (real or LED) are a must; they bring beauty, create ambience and instantly transform the dynamic of a room – essential if your table has been doubling as a workspace recently and you need a break from your nine to five.
You may also want to dress up specially for the event or opt for cosy, casual attire – the choice is yours.
What’s your weekend looking like?
Although Easter is synonymous with good food and company, the entire holiday isn’t spent at the table. If you’ve been avoiding the many tasks on your to-do list, now’s the time to accomplish them. Painting your garden furniture – check; having a well-needed wardrobe clear-out – check; hanging your prints and pictures – done. What if you have finished all of your chores? Well, in that case, you have four glorious days to embark on a film marathon, challenge someone to an epic game of Monopoly (either online or in-person), take up a hobby or listen to a new podcast. There’s no time like the present to try yoga, baking, mindful colouring, crochet or any other activity that has an equally soothing effect.
Spend your downtime calling or Skyping your family and friends. Depending on your pastimes and interests, you could host a virtual draw-along, an Easter-themed quiz or even a karaoke night. Virtual potlucks are also popular, as they offer a glimpse at the creations everyone else has been cooking up.
What’s on their wishlist?
If you’re feeling generous (or the urge to treat yourself strikes), why not stock up on a few unique Easter gifts? Would your friends and family appreciate some new tableware? A vase for their Easter blooms? Or perhaps something to brighten their scheme? Alternatively, if you have children – or very enthusiastic flatmates – consider buying a few small chocolate eggs and organising a treasure hunt in your house or garden (weather permitting, of course).