Easter Lunch Menu


ETA: For VeggieGirl, you thought my chocolate egg LAST year was big?! In 2004 my mom’s cousin and her husband brought this HUGE chocolate egg straight from Perugia (I was in Italy at the time and spent Easter in Trieste). It was an amazing Perugina egg. Any of you who have tasted any Perugina chocolates know how amazing it is! The egg was hollow, but man was it insanely huge!!!!!

My friend Alex, loving it:

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An old family relative, breaking it open with her cane!!!!! (I have a really funny video of this. Please note her really cool eyeglasses):

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Once we cracked it open, we put my two little twin cousins in them, one baby in each half! (Yes, I have sparkle eye shadow on. No judgments please!)

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Aren’t they so cute?!?!

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How’s that for a chocolate Easter egg!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

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Back to our original programming…

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Easter 2008… This bunny was very productive!

sabrinaeasterMe attempting to bite into my chocolate egg!

I am just brainstorming a little here.. I want to host Easter lunch at my house since it will be the last holiday that I have my condo! As of June 1st (or maybe earlier) it will be rented! So I will play hostess here one more time…. I am amazed every day at how time has flown. Two years ago today I was touring this condo and fell in love with it. Who knew only 8 weeks after signing (on April 16th) I would meet PhillyBoy?

My Condo:

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Versus my PhillyBoy:

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(Obviously PB won that battle in a landslide victory! 142 days!!!)

Ok, back to the menu! Here’s what I am thinking so far:

Easter Lunch in Rhodey

Appetizers
*Assorted Nuts
*Mezze Plate with artichoke hearts, olives, prosciutto, fresh peppers, sliced cucumber, lebneh, and hummus
*Mini Caprese Pizzas

Entree
*Beef Tenderloin with Rosemary Potatoes
*Lemony Roasted Asparagus
*Farfalle with Basil Pesto (and Sundried Tomatoes?) and Shaved Parmigiano
*Spring Greens with Grapefruit Avocado Salsa (experiment)

Dessert
*Alessandra and Daniela’s Fried Ricotta Balls
*Chocolate Covered Strawberries
*Easter Chocolates (Hopefully from See’s Candies)
*Coffee & Tea

Special Easter Beverage
*Celebrate Life! Pomegranate Spritzers with POM juice

Does it go together or am I just putting together a hodge podge mess here? Thinking up fun, delicious, crowd-pleasing menus is not very easy! What should I change or add?

Some tips for playing hostess well:

1. Plan ahead!

I can’t emphasis this enough. PLAN AHEAD! If you have a good grocery list ready to go and pick up all your pantry items ahead of time, you will be much more relaxed when it comes time to get into action.

2. Prepare as many dishes or parts of dishes ahead of time as possible.

This means washing your veggies, prepping doughs, etc. in advance. For example, I will make the pizza dough on the Friday before Easter. The day before Easter I will shape it into the minis and half bake them. Sunday right before everyone arrives I will pop them in my super hot oven until melty, doughy and delicious, without having the mess of the flour all over the place!

3. Think about what to serve each dish in.

As you saw at my last party, I like to put a little post-it note on each serving dish with what item will go in it. That way when it is time to plate the dishes I don’t have to scramble around looking for trays or remembering what was supposed to go where.

4. Relax, and have fun with it.

It is only one meal. Don’t stress if something is overcooked or if one dish isn’t ready in time. Your guests will be appreciative of a nice home-cooked meal, so just take it easy, don’t be afraid to get creative, and have fun!

Do you like to play hostess? What are your favorite tips?

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26 responses to “Easter Lunch Menu

  1. That looks like a lot of work, but a lot of fun. Great menu!

  2. That chocolate egg is HUUUUGE!!! Love it πŸ˜€

    Wonderful plan and tips!! You’ll be a perfect host, dear Sabrina!!

  3. your condo is so nice! and you and PB are really cute πŸ™‚

  4. That picture of you eating the egg is cute!! It’s HUGE!!

    You will be a great host – nice menu planned πŸ˜‰

  5. rhodeygirltests

    Kirsten- thanks!!!!!

  6. rhodeygirltests

    VG and ksgoodeats- see my updated pics hahahahaha!!!!

  7. Thats a huge egg! Love the menu! I’m playing hostess tomorrow night for a jewlery party haha i never know what to put out for people!

  8. those babies in the eggs are ADORABLE!

    Your condo’s beautiful but you’re right, the man wins πŸ™‚

  9. Looks like a great menu! The condo is so nice!!

  10. Love the giant egg and the opening with the cane! I think your menu sounds fabulous.

  11. Cute little kids! Your condo loks amazing girl! And menu sounds good!

  12. I love your cute condo πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what you do with the new place!

    And THAT EGG! Holy bunny!

  13. Perugina is amazing! I went to Italy when I was 5 and that’s all I can remember!
    Your menu sounds wonderful. I love playing hostess but I always get frazzled.

    Thanks for the tips!

  14. Easter menu sounds delicous, especially the mezza plate! I love an assortment of fun veggies and hummus

  15. ummmmm.. am i invited to Easter dinner?! ; )

  16. Menu sounds DELISH! and those babies in the chocolate egg? Adorable!

  17. Tyler (Raspberry Runner)

    What a great looking menu!!! I noticed a question mark next to the sundried tomatoes….I hope you decide to use to them!!! sundried tomatoes + pesto is one of my favorite combos πŸ™‚

  18. I love that the babies fit in the eggs. Sparkle eyeshadow is awesome.

    I was just thinking … I should in RI around Easter time. Mark will probably come too. Maybe we can meet sooner rather than later!!!

  19. Wow I love the massive chocolate egg! That is SO CUTE with the babies in it hehehe.

    Playing hostess is heaps of fun πŸ™‚

  20. I love the menu! I think thing do go well together. I want the ricotta balls!!! Yum! πŸ™‚
    I’ve only hosted a big party once and I did the things you said: prepped ahead as much as I could, planned the dishes, etc., but it was still crazy busy right at the beginning because I was trying to finish cooking while people wanted me to pour drinks for them, etc. Next time I host a big party, I’ll make sure my husband is in town πŸ™‚
    You sound like a pro! I’m sure the party will be great!!! Oh, lovely condo btw. Too bad you’re leaving but you’ll be with PB so it’s all good πŸ˜€

  21. gina (fitnessista)

    the babies in the chocolate egg pieces are so cute!!!
    the pic of your relative smashing it with her cane cracked me up too
    i love all of your hostess tips- i’m definitely going to do the post-it note thing for the next party i have
    i always make everything i can in advance also– and even freeze some things if i need to
    hope you have a wonderful weekend ❀

  22. that egg is out of control!

    cute pics, too.

    playing hostess was fun back when i had space. our apt in nyc is the size of a matchbox though…

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