Spring-inspired Easter Picnic Ideas
For Christians worldwide, Easter is the most sacred of all holidays. It’s a time to celebrate at church and in the home, welcoming family to join together in fellowship and fun. Easter also marks the advent of spring, a season that celebrates promise and re-birth. It’s the season when flowers bloom, trees bud, and the pleasant weather puts everyone in a good mood.
Picture your annual Easter dinner and you’ll no doubt conjure thoughts of pretty pastel-colored tablecloths and delicate flower arrangements, succulent ham with all the trimmings, colored eggs nestled in “grass”, wonderful spring produce, and light desserts that match the mood of the season.
Chances are that your Easter dinner is usually enjoyed indoors. That’s the norm. So how about breaking traditions a bit this year and taking your meal outside? Whether on your deck, in your backyard, or at the local park, an Easter picnic is a great way to celebrate not only the holiday itself but also the coming of spring.
Easter Picnic Decorations
Just because you’re going outside, it doesn’t mean you have to dispense with the wonderful springtime décor you’re used to putting on your dinner table. Bring along the pretty linen table cover or find a more outdoor-friendly one in pleasant spring colors. Use clay plant pots for centerpieces and fill them with spring flowers or even some colorfully-wrapped chocolate eggs or other Easter candy. Another good idea for centerpieces are those small Easter-themed buckets you can find at the craft or dollar store. You can also fill those with Easter grass and candy and let the kids take them home at the end of the meal. Another idea? Buy small unpainted wooden birdhouses, paint them and decorate them in spring motifs.
If you’re really into decorating, head to the surrounding trees and drape them with white or pastel tulle, extending it from limb to limb. It adds to that light, airy look and serves to create a beautiful backdrop for your picnic.
Easter Picnic Foods
When thinking about the menu for a spring-inspired Easter picnic, it’s logical to want to incorporate the foods that you’ve come to associate with your traditional dinner. That’s okay. Many of those foods translate well to picnic foods and can easily be packed up in your picnic basket for transport to your favorite springtime location.
Bake the ham and bring it along. You can slice it up when you arrive at the picnic site. Just make sure you bring along a cutting board and sharp knife. Sliced pineapple is a great accompaniment to ham or make some yummy pineapple stuffing. (See recipe below) Remember to bring along some carrots (if the Easter Bunny left some behind!), either raw with dip or cooked. And how about a nice green salad featuring the season’s fresh produce? Don’t forget a few different kinds of dressings so your guests have a choice. Colored hard boiled eggs, of course, are a must as well. Set them in tiny plant pots, put the name of each guest on the pot, and use them as place cards that also double as part of the meal.
For dessert, mini fruit tarts are ideal. You can probably find them at the local bakery or supermarket or make them yourself, filling them with berries, kiwi, peaches, and other springtime favorites. Consider other light bites as well, like lemony Madeleine cookies. If there are lots of kids at the picnic, make a “funfetti” cake – they’ll love it! – and decorate it with pink or yellow frosting and lots of flowers.
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