When Easter falls late in April, it can be a distinctly autumnal event. But this year it’s come around relatively early and, if we’re lucky, this wonderful Indian summer will still be with us. While we might not have daffodils and ducklings around to signify new life, as long as we still have sunshine, Easter is an ideal time to get together with family and friends before the short days and long nights of winter see us all snuggled up at home.
There are lots of ways to enjoy eating together at holiday time. Try a dress-up high tea – the type they serve in smart hotels. Decorate your food using Easter themes and present the goodies on elegant tiered tea plates. Serve with Earl Gray tea – or even a flute of bubbly.
Decorate your house with this gorgeous multi-coloured garland, $19.95 from Parnell Agencies.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
ChildFund’s “Gifts that Grow” range includes a brood of 15 chicks you can buy for just $57. It will enable a family in the developing world to produce, consume or sell up to 3600 eggs each year. It really is a gift that keeps on giving.
It’s easy to encourage your kids’ creativity in the kitchen. Cute little nests can be made using chocolate curls in cupcake cases, but if your young ones aren’t old enough to be let loose with knives, cornflakes covered with melted chocolate will do the trick. And a sumptuous chocolate cake will take on a new dimension with the addition of chocolate eggs.
JUMP TO IT
Hop to French Country Collections for one of their adorable white ceramic rabbits. Extra large (30cmH) with Easter egg basket $69.