Easter is one of our favourite times of the year (besides Christmas of course!) because of the traditions that we have made with our family in the heart of our home. To us, Easter means being thankful for all that we have, enjoying the company of our friends and family, and of course delighting in the food and colours that fill our table.
It can feel overwhelming to host Easter dinner because there is so much that needs to be done! From cooking the food, cleaning the house and decorating the table, it can be difficult to figure out how to mix in both the traditional and modern when it comes to all things Easter. Should I only cook my family’s tried and true traditional recipes, or can I introduce something new?
Before you begin stressing out, here are a few things that you can do to ensure your Easter dinner is perfect.
Let Your Guests Get Hands On
It’s hard to manage cooking the food, serving drinks and entertaining guests so help yourself out by setting up a drink station. Include your single serve coffee machine, pods, cream and sugar, tea, pop, water, wine, punch and don’t forget glasses and mugs!
Bring Spring In, with a beautiful table setting
images c/o: Wrendale and Le Creuset, we carry all products in store at Heart of the Home, in Edmonton
April is always a tricky time of year because we are left wondering if we’ll have a beautiful spring day, or if we’re going to have a snow storm. Either way, you can ensure that spring fills your home through florals and bright colours. Jillian Harris says to layer everything when it comes to setting your table. “From plates, to bowls, to napkins, to cutlery, candles, flowers...layer, layer, layer!”
Put a Twist on Your Favourite Recipes
We usually eat the same recipes every single Easter, and while we love them, we’re ready to put a spin on the traditional and try something new and fresh! For example, this year we are going for a fresh take on an old favourite: Devilled Eggs!
We’re giving these fancy devilled eggs filled with smoked fish and beetroot aioli a try! Plus they’ll look gorgeous on our colourful table!
Introduce a New Tradition
Again, I love traditions and I love the ones that I have with my family, but this year it feels like the perfect time to introduce a few new ones!
While dinner is being cooked, do a fun DIY project like dying and decorating eggs. Because eggs represent rebirth and life, many people like to give them away as gifts during the spring since the season is associated with growth! Encourage your family members to exchange their finished projects with one another.
Have an egg hunt. This may seem like something only the kids will enjoy but you can definitely put an adult spin on the classic holiday game. Fill the plastic eggs with mini bottles of alcohol, money, lip balm or any other small item you can find!
Host an Easter Potluck. There is nothing wrong with asking for a little or even a lot of help when it comes to hosting a holiday dinner. In the weeks prior to the big day, set up a spreadsheet and ask your guests to fill it out with the item that they are choosing to bring. This will make your life a heck of a lot easier!
Give a Gift
As a token of appreciation for those who attended your dinner, it’s always nice to send your guests home with a small gift! It can be a small Easter basket full of chocolate, a cute mug with all of the necessary mug cake ingredients, a candle or anything else you can think of!
What's the only thing better than spreading cheer by giving gifts to the ones you love? Buying all those gifts and staying on budget. From stocking stuffers to one-of-a-kind items we’ve curated a small collection of items all under $45.00 that will please everyone from the novice baker, to the life-long chef. Be sure to stop by the store where we have helped make holiday shopping easy for you, by organizing some of our favourite gifts into themed shelves perfect for all price-points and budgets!
These are only the highlights:
Chirpy Top Wine Pourer
These bird shaped wine pourers will "chirp" as you pour from your bottle of wine. As the liquid passes through the whistle inside the bird, a delightful chirping sound is produced. They're a must have at any party, or make great gifts!
Paddywax White Flowers three wick candle
The Paddywax signature soy wax candles are hand poured into a 13-ounce gilded glass. Each candle can be upcycled into a luxe flower vase when the soy wax runs out!
Christmas Time Home Fragrance Diffuser
Change the ambiance of a room in an instant with the lusciously fragrant Christmas Time Home Fragrance Diffuser; Comes with eight reeds and an elegant glass decanter
Gurglepot (Assorted colours)
These whimsical 42 oz gurgling pots are a unique gift for hostesses, weddings or teachers! When you tip their stoneware bodies, they make a glugging sound just like a gurgling fish. They are the inspired creation of Matt Ellison, who during a wedding celebration in a small village in Southern France found these fish-shaped water pitchers to be his saving grace. Speaking no French, he ended up drinking more water than wine so that he could fill the silent room with "gurgling" and unite the table with smiles.
Mudpie Lime & Salt Rimmer Platter
This party-perfect Lime & Salt Rimmer Set includes a specially designed ceramic plate with a “Hit me with your best salt” well for salt rimming, and a wide rim stamped with “Squeeze me baby one more lime” to showcase your freshly cut citrus. Also included is one vintage-styled fork stamped with “Give me a wedgie”. The pair come beautifully tied with rustic twine
The Slate Platter with Handles is perfect for serving your favourite antipasti, appetizers, cookies or desserts. Use chalk to write the various food types.
Le Cresuet Candy & Nut Bowls
These limited edition Candy and Nut Bowls are great for entertaining and are ready to gift in festive packaging. A great stocking stuffer or host gift for the Holiday season, these small bowls are a colourful addition to any gathering!
Soothe Your St Patrick’s Day Hangover
We’ve all been there before, sipping green beer after green beer, hoping the luck of the Irish will be on our side in the morning and we don’t have a hangover. We’ve learned over the years that when it comes to St. Paddy’s Day you must pace yourself and make sure to mix in a water, but the older we get the harder it is to avoid that green beer hangover. Thanks to your friends at Heart of the Home we’ve got everything you need to make sure March 18 isn’t a complete write off of a day, because we all know that a Sunday well spent brings a week of content.
Eat A Full Breakfast
Easy Peasy Green Smoothie
*Smoothie is best served cold. Use frozen fruit or ice to achieve cold temperature.
Not in to trying a green smoothie? Make a banana and honey milkshake instead!
dRINK A hot Cup of Tea
Hydrate inside and Out
We all know that hydration is key when it comes to combating a hangover. Rehydrate by drinking 8 glasses of water. Looking to add a fresh flavour to your water? Try tossing in cucumbers and lemons or limes.
Not only do we need to make sure we are hydrating the inside of your body, we also need to take care of the outside. We always find that our skin is extremely dry after an evening of heavy drinking. We combat that by moisturizing with our favourite Brompton and Langley Luxurious Hand and Body Cream.
Do as the Irish Do
If none of these hangover cures sound good to you, do as the Irish do and cure it with the hair of the dog. What does this mean? It means sitting back down at a bar stool and having one last beer – Guinness to be exact.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
1. Fred and Friends, Hangover Mug | 2. Tealish, Chill Out Loose Leaf Herbal Tea | 3. Tealish Pineapple Tea Pincer | 4. Wrendale Designs, Candle | 5. Brompton & Langley Hand and Body Cream