Easter morning is one of my favorite mornings of the year. As with many people around the world, the day holds deep, spiritual significance for our family, and it always seems fitting to welcome the morning outdoors with the sunrise, singing birds, rustling trees, and of course brunch. The Springtime here naturally reflects the resurrection song, and it is the perfect backdrop for a celebratory Easter Brunch.
I am not a very formal person, but I do love good food, presented in a beautiful and casual manner, enjoyed with people I love. Today, I’m partnering with Williams Sonoma to introduce a few pieces of their Spring Garden collection and also share a simple brunch menu for Easter, one that is easy enough for the children to help prepare, but with just enough sophistication for the adults to enjoy, too. I’ve mentioned this before, but simple doesn’t equate to easy. Simple is more a reference to the spirit and process of the meal. Every homemade meal requires preparation and work, but as with many things, many hands lightens the effort. Involve those children!
I tried to piece together a brunch menu that felt approachable, yet still special. As a mother, I’ve learned preparation is key to simplifying meals, especially larger, more intentional ones. Many of these dishes that can be prepped or baked in advance, leaving only the last baking or setting of the table for the morning of the brunch. They are also simple enough for children of all ages to participate in helping prepare. For those wondering, I added a little note in each section of ways to include children in the process. The recipes, for the most part, are intuitive, and the details follow the planning section below. I hope this helps make a beautiful brunch feel more approachable in your own home.
Spring Vegetable Egg Casserole
Lemon Bunny Cakelettes + Petit Fours
Rose + Orange Blossom Mimosas
Blood Orange Italian Soda
TWO WEEKS BEFORE
Size (friends and family, small or large)?
Style (casual, formal)?
Menu. Write a list of family favorites to begin. If friends are joining, consider a potluck style meal.
Location. Inside or outside? At a friend’s house or yours?
Send invites or make phone calls to invite the people on your list.
Order any special accoutrements for the meal (bakeware, place settings, or specialty foods)
CHILDREN: Paint or hand-write invites.
ONE WEEK BEFORE
Write out your grocery list.
Double-check you have all of your materials, table details, and tools.
TWO DAYS BEFORE
Double-check with guests who are bringing food.
Grocery shop and pick up a few special blooms for the table.
CHILDREN: Help trim and arrange flowers. Write name tags (if using). Make sure all the linens are clean and accounted for.
ONE DAY BEFORE
Bake cakelettes and petits fours in the morning, and set aside to cool.
Prepare the Spring Vegetable Egg Casserole. Do not bake. Cover and set aside in the fridge overnight.
Set the croissants on the baking tray to rise overnight.
Slice and store radishes.
Wash, pat dry, and mix berries.
If you have a single oven, bake the potatoes now, refrigerate overnight, and quickly reheat before brunch.
If you are eating indoors, set the table the night before.
If you are eating outdoors, neatly stack the place settings in baskets or tidy piles to quickly set up in the morning.
Set aside a few small baskets with treats for the kids, like these, the night before.
CHILDREN: Help make the cakelettes and chop vegetables. Wash and pat dry potatoes and berries. Wipe down the table and chairs to prepare for the morning.
Turn on music or open the windows, if the weather permits.
Get dressed, make coffee, and watch the sunrise together.
Share a moment of gratitude.
Bake the croissants, potatoes, and egg casserole, timing the casserole to finish around the time you want to eat. It should take less than an hour with a double-oven. If you are baking all three with a single oven, allow up to 90 minutes.
Set the table.
Dust the cakelettes with powdered sugar.
Mix and pour drinks.
CHILDREN: Help set the table. Get dressed. Serve or pour non-alcoholic drinks. Set food on the table.
Have you tried these before? So delicious. My sister first introduced me a few months ago, and they’re the quickest little appetizer. She takes it up a notch with fresh bread. Mmm. Wash and slice fresh radishes. Swipe a bit of softened unsalted butter on the top. Add sea salt.
I have a family of potato-lovers, so they are always a welcome edition to any special meal. Wash 2 pounds of butter potatoes. Toss them in extra virgin olive oil. Generously sprinkle with sea salt and freshly chopped rosemary. Bake in the oven at 425F until done, approximately 35-40 minutes.
Rinse and pat dry your choice of berries. I used raspberries, blackberries, and sliced strawberries.
LEMON BUNNY CAKELETTES + PETITS FOURS
These mini-bunny cakelettes were my favorite part of the meal. Aren’t they cute? I used this mix to help save a bit of time and it was wonderful! Think: moist lemon pound cake. One box filled both the mini-bunny cakelet pan and the petits fours pan, and they carry the mix gluten free, too. Wink.
Croissants are my pastry weakness, and these are my absolute favorite pre-made croissants––the next best thing to having a French baker in your kitchen. The chocolate are spectacular, too.
Lightly rub butter over the surface of your casserole dish. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté a few minutes until translucent. Add a bit more oil (if necessary), and stir in the garlic, carrots, asparagus, broccolini. Sauté for about 10 minutes, then add the tomatoes and mushrooms. Sauté for another few minutes. Pour half the veggie mixture into the casserole dish, layering half the goat cheese on top. Repeat. Whisk the eggs and milk together in a bowl, adding salt and pepper to taste. Pour the egg mixture over the top of the vegetables. Cover and put in the fridge overnight or bake straight away. Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes. It is done when the knife (or toothpick) is clean. Serve immediately.
This post is sponsored by Williams Sonoma, a company our family has loved for years. All thoughts and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that help keep this space afloat.