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Are you hosting Easter brunch with family or gathering friends for a sophisticated dinner party to celebrate an additional hour of sunlight? This guide can be adapted to either setting with minor changes in the menu and decor.
Garden Party Menu
One of my favorite places to find recipe inspiration is the Food Network website. The following slideshow-format articles are an excellent place to start when building a menu from scratch: Recipes for Spring Entertaining, Easter Brunch Recipes, and Our Best Easter Recipes.
These are my favorites from the Spring and Easter collections, listed by meal and category.
Snacks and Sweets
If your garden party is more “graze-as-you-go” than formal, seated meal, create a colorful snack spread.
Jellybeans stored in Weck jars are decorative, efficient, and tasty.
Use egg cartons to display chocolate eggs or mini cupcakes.
Incorporate pastel-colored candy into sweet treats like Rice Crispy treats and caramel popcorn.
You likely have not considered lollipops while menu planning, but hear me out! These lollipops from Aborella Organics feature herb, flower, and fruit flavors like Strawberry and Basil, Peach and Marigold, and Lemon and Thyme. The sticks are biodegradable and intended to be planted. Each flavor contains a different species of seed with simple instructions for planting after the treat has been consumed. Delight your guests with an individually wrapped, gourmet lollipop at each place setting at the table.
Foods that are less sweet but equally grazable and springy include deviled eggs and sweet pea dip (see recipe link above).
For those of you who may not be familiar, a shrub is a fruit- and vinegar-based syrup. Shrubs can be used in alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, such as club soda or vodka spritzes. Terra Luna Herbals makes several flavors of shrubs with herbs from their garden in Philadelphia. I can think of no better drink for a garden party than one with a splash of Grapefruit and Rosemary Shrub!
When it’s time for coffee or tea, impress your guests with the most fitting flower-shaped sugar cubes. The variety pack includes white, amber, and dark cane sugar cubes.
A hostess with a sweet tooth would appreciate this honey flight.
Of course, a bottle of rosé is always welcome at a garden party, and there are plenty of wineries to visit in the Greater Philadelphia area. Did I mention all of these products are from Philadelphia-area retailers? Local finds with the convenience of online shopping are the best!
Mother Nature is always first on a garden party guest list.
Does this all sound great, but you’re looking for information on setting a location and guest list and choosing décor? Click over to Part 1 of the Garden Party Guide series.
What recipes are you bookmarking? Share your party planning tips, questions, and feedback in the comments. Then send me an invite to your next garden party!