Can you believe Easter is already right around the corner? It’s only a week away. Where has the time gone? It does not feel like we were ringing in 2017 over three months ago and yet, here we are. With that said, today we’re sharing all the details of this year’s Easter brunch. After the fun we had with last year’s brunch, we knew we had to do something fun this year as well.
We have to say, we’re totally in love with all the details and we hope you will be too! If you’ve seen all the sneak peaks we couldn’t resist sharing on our social media, you know we aren’t just saying that!
This year’s brunch was planned with the intention to keep it small and intimate. Think spending Easter morning sharing mimosas or hot coffee with your closest loved ones. With intimacy in mind, we planned the menu first. We bounced SO many ideas around before narrowing down our selections. Some of our ideas included mini pancake skewers and several varieties of breakfast hashes (tofu, sweet potatoes, a combination of the two, you name it). We also considered various fruit displays, coconut bowls, and more. Narrowing down our options was probably the most difficult part. Because we were aiming for something small and intimate, we wanted to minimize the number of options and maximize the flavour.
Ultimately, we went with a sweeter palette and chose to serve homemade pop-tarts, a tower of mini-doughnuts, the cutest finger sandwiches, and a platter of fruits, veggies, crackers, spreads, nuts and seeds. And mimosas, of course. The best part about this menu? It is totally customizable to any dietary requirements you may be facing! Gluten free guests? Choose a GF crust, doughnut recipe, and loaf of bread. Vegan guests? Use a vegan butter in your pastry and almond milk for the pop-tart icing. Guests who want it all? Add in some cheeses to your platter. SO easy!
We want to take a quick sec and talk in more detail about how easy those homemade pop-tarts are. We could share the recipe but honestly, you don’t need it.
Choose your favourite pastry (or buy premade pie crust) and roll it out. Cut into whatever shape you’d like. We chose circles and a couple bunnies using bunny shaped cookie cutters. Place jam or filling on a piece of pastry, place a second slice of pastry on top, and then crimp the edges with a fork. Once baked, whip up a glaze using icing sugar and the milk of your choice. Voila. We added in a touch of vanilla extract and some food colour to our glaze, and topped with sprinkles. These are so easy and so much better than the store bought variety. They’re much less sweet. And the best part? They’re totally customizable. Looking for something even healthier? Try using a berry and chia seed jam for the filling!
And the donut tower! Can we just mention how adorable it is? We styled it with a few flowers and completely swooned over it. We had been itching to create one for some time and was the perfect opportunity!
Lastly the finger sandwiches. We did a classic PB&J as well as a hummus and cucumber option. Both were served on a perfectly soft whole wheat bread. They were a perfect balance to an otherwise sweeter food spread.
Next, let’s talk decor. We’ll be honest – we didn’t plan out our decor very well in advance. We mentioned here and there little items we each had, but we never thoroughly discussed a colour scheme. We think that makes our setup all the more impressive because we both picked out items here and there with the same pinks and yellows in mind. Once we were together and setting up, we saw just how well everything worked out.
For the food display, we draped white linens over our little bar and offset the white with a soft pink backdrop. We used a balloon garland as an accent, as well as a few streamers. We felt this was just the right amount of decor for the food because it brought in pops of colour but also allowed the food to shine on its own. And those balloon garlands! How cute, right? All you need are some balloons and heavy duty wire. We also recommend a balloon pump if you’re using a significant number of balloons. Blow up your balloons and tie around the wire for a perfect focal point! We even accented ours with fresh flowers.
And about that table setting. It is perfectly imperfect and it ended up working out so well. We found the gorgeous floral table cloth and knew we had to have it. To balance out the pattern, we kept everything else simple. Mismatched white dishes and cloth napkins, simple mugs, and adorable water goblets with bumble bee accents. Rather than a big centre piece to overwhelm the table, we kept it simple with a vase full of fake eggs (pink, white and gold, of course) and fresh flowers. We didn’t worry about having absolutely perfect place settings because as we mentioned, our goal was to keep this brunch intimate and cozy. We wanted it to feel fun and inviting and to make our closest friends and family feel welcomed and at home. We thought this tablescape achieved just that!
Everything turned out so well, and we captured so many photos. We couldn’t narrow down our favourites!
Are you hosting Easter this year? If so, we’d love to hear the details!