Traditionally celebrated after 40 days of Lent, Easter is the perfect time to indulge and get together with family and friends. After all, a feast is best enjoyed with company, and with Easter typically falling on a long weekend, we can't think of a better way to celebrate than good food, wine and plenty of chocolate.
Whether you're planning an after-church lunch or a non-denominational gathering, here are a few tips for entertaining for the Easter holidays:
Though Easter falls into autumn for us here in the Southern Hemisphere, don't hesitate to use pastel-coloured plateware for your table setting. Royal Doulton's 1815 collection is a beautiful and elegant range that comes in soft pastel hues in solids or prints.
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Two dishes you can't go wrong with for Easter lunch are lamb or fish. Try the Barbecued Beetroot Salad, served with or without lamb cutlets if you have vegetarian friends coming over; or the deceptively easy to make Salmon with Tahini Dressing — here's how to make both dishes. (Both recipes are from the Delicious Feel Good Food cookbook.)
For drinks, serve your guests a glass of rosé to start — we recommend the Tasmanian Janz Sparkling Rosé, followed by a sweet dessert wine like De Bortoli's Noble One Botrytis Semillon for after lunch. Heading to someone else's place for lunch? A bottle of sparkling wine, like the Grant Burge Helene Grand Cuvée, will be sure to go down a treat.
Easter is not complete without chocolates in their all their foil-wrapped, bunny and egg-shaped forms. Scatter mini eggs across the lunch table for small pops of colour or hide little chocolate bunnies in the garden for a fun Easter hunt for the kids. Shop our buyer's picks of the best of our Easter chocolates.