Who else is egg-cited for Easter? We have lots of hoppin’ ideas for an Easter dinner party in 2021. We love any excuse to host a dinner party. With Covid-19, we limited our dinners over the past year to family only or small outdoor gatherings with a few friends. We spent Easter Sunday in Staten Island with our parents. We created an Easter cheeseboard and dined on delicious homemade Indian food for Easter dinner. It was the perfect way to celebrate Easter with our immigrant parents. We are excited to share our Easter dinner party with you.
How to Host an Easter Dinner Party at Home?
Some years, we celebrate Easter twice with a traditional Easter with our family and a Greek Easter with our friends. This year, Greek / Orthodox Easter is May 2nd, so you can use some of these Easter ideas next month. We recommend potluck style that way you can focus on the decorations and some of the food. It can be quite daunting to host, decorate and cook everything.
How to Style an Easter Dinner Party Tablescape?
We wanted to create an ear-resistible Easter dinner party tablescape. No bunny compares to it. We decorated the table with blue spring linens from Williams Sonoma. Our floral centerpiece featured an assortment of crisp white flowers including daisies, lilies and baby’s breath.
Each place setting from our Easter dinner party featured floral china, water glass, red white glass, white wine glass and an Easter themed sugar cookie from Mother Mousse.
How to Make a Cheese Board for Easter Dinner Party?
Every holiday celebration deserves a festive cheese board. Don’t ever feel intimated to make a cheese board. With our tips, you’ll be a pro in no time. The key to a good cheese board is to make it full and colorful with lots of texture. If your party is small, use a small wooden board or serving plate. It’s better to refill it vs. using a board that’s too big and sparse. Lately, we have been making our grazing boards with chocolate and cheese (Valentine’s Day and St. Paddy’s Day).
For this Easter dinner party cheese board, you’ll need holiday candy, cheese, crackers, fruit, bread and nuts. We used a Lindt chocolate bunny and chocolate carrots. Now for the cheese. You’ll want to mix up type, texture, color and flavor profile. We selected Brie, herbed goat cheese and Munster. We sliced the Brie cheese wheel into triangles, crumbled the goat cheese, and cut the Munster into a rectangle. Variety is key. Always add the cheeses first to the board. Next fill in with crackers and fresh bread. We placed strawberry jam in a bunny measuring cup. Next add the Lindt and Cadbury mini egg chocolates, jellybeans, fruit and nuts. The most important part is have fun while putting the Easter dinner party cheese board together!
What Foods to Serve for an Easter Dinner Party?
Our parents prepared the main course for our Easter dinner party, a Hyderabadi style Chicken Biryani with homemade raita. The word Biriyani is derived from the Persian word birinj, which means rice. Biryani is a flavorful, savory rice dish made with Indian spices, meat, eggs and vegetables. What’s not to love about Chicken Biryani? Succulent chunks of chicken and a rich array of spices. This dish is made with garam masala, ginger garlic paste, serrano peppers and cilantro. We don’t eat rice very often, but that rule goes out the window when Chicken Biryani is on the menu. Our Irish brother-in-law, Brian even made Chicken Biriyani for Christmas dinner last year.
We served the Chicken Biryani with fresh raita made with yogurt, red onion, cucumbers, mint, cilantro and a pinch of salt. Since we were out in Deer Valley for four months, we missed our mom’s home cooking. This meal was perfect for our Easter dinner party.
What Dessert to Serve at an Easter Dinner Party?
For dessert, we ordered cookies from our favorite bakery in New York City, Mother Mousse. This bakery is located in Staten Island and is our go to place whenever we don’t bake from scratch.
Baking sugar cookies is more fun when we have our little twinterns, Dylan and Keira around. Since they were in Texas for the holiday, we decided to head over to Mother Mousse for our Easter treats. Plus, ours never come out as good as Mother Mousse’s cookies. Seriously how adorable are these cookies?
What Wine to Serve at an Easter Dinner Party?
Easter went from super to sip-erb, real quick. Easter dinner isn’t just about the food! It’s also about the wine. We served a 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Pinot Noir from Trinitas Cellars. We were on cloud wine. We originally partnered with Trinitas last year on a wine tasting at home. The pale Sauvignon Blanc has notes of Meyer lemon and lychee and flavors of grapefruit and white peach. This white wine paired nicely with our cheese board.
Spicy Indian food pairs nicely with Pinot Noir, Riesling and sometimes even a Rosé. We paired the Chicken Biriyani with the Pinot Noir.
This elegant, balanced Pinot Noir has aromatics of red cherry and cranberry.
Hope you have an egg-ceptional Easter this year! If you missed Easter, try the cheese board idea out for Greek Easter next month.
Every Easter, at one household or another, I find a battle begins and the conversation of how to ‘properly eat’ a chocolate bunny.Hilary Farr