Hoppy Easter! Our Easter celebrations this year spanned across different traditions, starting with a Catholic / Protestant Easter and culminating in Easter for Greek Orthodox. We always welcome opportunities to host dinner parties, and for Greek Orthodox Easter, we invited friends over to indulge in traditional Greek dishes and sip on exquisite Greek wines. We are excited to share our delightful Easter for Greek Orthodox with you.
Discovering the Significance and Celebrations of Easter for Greek Orthodox
Greek-ing out this Easter. Easter for Greek Orthodox is typically observed after the Catholic Easter, as Orthodox churches follow the Julian calendar to determine the date of this holiday. In contrast, most western countries rely on the Gregorian calendar. Although it’s rare, there are instances where the dates coincide, and both churches celebrate Easter simultaneously.
Set the Mood for Easter for Greek Orthodox with the Right Color Palette
There’s no time to feel blue in Santorini. Our 2017 trip to Santorini inspired the color palette for Easter for Greek Orthodox. From the stunning ocean views to the vibrant hues of the local flora, the island’s beauty left an indelible impression on us. We drew inspiration from our time in Santorini and we wanted to evoke the island’s serene blues and whites, which reminded us of the Greek flag.
We complemented those colors with pops of fuchsia, reminiscent of the magenta bougainvillea flowers we saw everywhere in Santorini.
Elevate Your Easter for Greek Orthodox Celebration with a Stunning Tablescape
Don’t worry, be hoppy this Greek Easter. The crisp white linens served as a blank canvas for the blue and fuchsia accents. We incorporated the colors through the glassware, napkins, and floral arrangements. We added a metallic blue fringe curtain and silver Greek Easter balloons to make our tablescape 3-dimensional. Greek wines served as additional table decor, along with white votive candles. Although chocolate, bunnies and pastels are a major part of Catholic Easter, you can forget about them for Orthodox Easter.
An egg-ceptional Easter. Designing custom menus for Easter for Greek Orthodox is a great way to add a personalized touch to your celebrations. We wanted to make our guests feel special, so we decided to print menus for our Easter dinner party. Each menu was carefully crafted to include the traditional Greek dishes we would be serving, as well as the wine pairings.
Must Have Menus is a fantastic online tool that we used to design and print our menus. Their website offers a variety of customizable templates, fonts, and designs to help you create beautiful and unique menus and add an elegant touch to our table settings.
Raise a Glass to the Festivities: Wines That Are Perfect for Your Easter for Greek Orthodox Celebrations
Grape things are ahead this Easter with Greek wine. You can’t have a festive celebration without Greek wines that complement the traditional Easter for Greek Orthodox dishes. We took this one step further by organizing a Greek wine tasting with white wine, rose and red wine.
Don’t wine about Easter, enjoy a glass of Greek wine instead. We started with Moraitis Sillogi. This dry white wine is a blend of two native Greek grape varieties, Malagousia and Assyrtiko, which create a refreshing and crisp flavor with hints of lemon and lime. It pairs well with the appetizers for Easter for Greek Orthodox.
Greek wine is vine-tastic for Easter celebrations. Next we moved to the Akakies Rosé wine. This wine is made from the Xinomavro grape, which is one of the most important grape varieties in Greece. It has a bright pink color and a fresh fruity flavor with a hint of cherry and strawberry. This wine pairs well with grilled vegetables, seafood, and light pasta dishes, making it a versatile option for your Easter for Greek Orthodox celebrations.
Get grapeful this Easter with a glass of Greek wine. We ended with the Mitos Ariadne. This red wine is made from the Agiorgitiko grape, which is one of the most famous red grape varieties in Greece. It has a deep ruby color and a full-bodied flavor with a hint of spice and blackberry. This wine pairs well with lamb dishes, roasted meats, and stews, making it a perfect choice for the mains served at Easter for Greek Orthodox.
Greek wine is the hoppiest way to celebrate Easter. These three wines are all fantastic options to complement your Easter for Greek Orthodox dishes. They are all made from native Greek grape varieties and have unique flavor profiles that will enhance the taste of your meal. During the wine tasting, we encouraged our guests to share their thoughts and opinions on each wine.
Easter just got bottle up with these Greek wine options. Discuss the flavors, aromas, and textures of the wines and how they paired with the Easter for Greek Orthodox dishes. This is a wonderful way to learn more about Greek wines and to appreciate their unique qualities.
Savor the Flavors of Easter for Greek Orthodox: Delicious Recipes for Your Celebration
Lettuce give thanks for this delicious Greek Easter feast. We created a Greek Easter menu, fit for Greek gods, that would satisfy everyone’s taste buds. To start off the meal, we served passed hors d’oeuvres as guests arrived since it’s expected that not everyone will show up at the same time for a seated dinner. The filo bites and spanakopita were perfect bite-sized options that were easy to eat while mingling.
The filo is phyllo-mena! We also served a Greek filo spiral as hors d’oeuvres. The spiral was pre-made and all we had to do was heat it up and serve it to our guests, making it an easy and convenient option for a large dinner party. The flavors of the spiral, filled with spinach, feta, and phyllo dough, complemented the other Greek appetizers and set the tone for the rest of the meal. Our guests raved about the delicious flavors and the fact that it required minimal effort on our part.
This Mezze platter is the whole tzatziki. Once all the guests arrived, we sat down for the appetizers: a Mezze platter and Greek lemon soup. The Mezze platter allowed guests to sample a variety of dips and salads. Putting together the Mezze platter was a breeze and didn’t require much prep work. We started by grabbing a large platter and a few ramekins to hold the dips. We filled the ramekins with homemade hummus, tzatziki, baba ghanoush, and roasted red pepper dips, providing guests with a wide range of flavors to choose from. To add a bit of texture and flavor, we included canned artichokes on the platter.
Feta watch out, this Greek Easter app is irresistible. For the salad portion of the platter, we went with a classic tabouli and a Mediterranean and Feta Salad. The tabouli was easy to prepare ahead of time and added a refreshing flavor to the platter. We bought the Mediterranean and Feta Salads, but you could also make it. To make the Feta Salad, we combined feta cheese, cucumber, tomatoes, and red onion with a simple vinaigrette dressing. Finally, we filled the edges of the platter with sliced pita bread, allowing guests to scoop up the dips and salads as they pleased.
The tangy flavor of Greek lemon soup is the zest. We served a traditional Greek lemon soup, Avgolemono, as the appetizer for our Easter for Greek Orthodox dinner party. This soup is made with chicken broth, orzo pasta, lemon juice, and eggs. It has a creamy texture and a tangy flavor.
Easter baskets and lamb chops – it’s all Greek to me! For the mains, we served Greek lamb chops that were marinated overnight in a blend of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. The lamb chops were grilled to perfection and served with a side grilled veggies and Greek salad. The combination of tender, juicy lamb chops with the salad and veggies made for a delicious and satisfying main course that was sure to please any meat lover.
This Greek salad is feta than all the others. As a classic Greek dish, we couldn’t host an Easter for Greek Orthodox dinner party without a fresh and flavorful Greek salad. We prepared a simple yet delicious salad featuring ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and tangy feta cheese. The juicy and tender lamb paired perfectly with the fresh and crisp flavors of the salad. The acidity of the lemon dressing helped to cut through the richness of the lamb, while the saltiness of the feta cheese complemented the meaty flavor. The Greek salad added a burst of bright and refreshing flavors to our Easter for Greek Orthodox.
Eat, drink and Briam happy. We also served the lamb chops and Greek salad with Briam, a traditional Greek dish made with roasted vegetables. We roasted a medley of eggplant, zucchini, red bell peppers, tomatoes, and onions in the oven until they were tender and caramelized. We then seasoned the vegetables with olive oil, garlic, oregano, and salt, and served them alongside the lamb chops and salad. The flavors of the Briam complemented the lamb perfectly and added a healthy dose of veggies to the meal. Plus, the bright colors of the roasted vegetables made for a beautiful presentation on the plate. Overall, the combination of lamb chops, Greek salad, and Briam made for a well-rounded and satisfying Easter meal.
You’re the apple of my baklava! Dessert was the perfect ending to our Greek Orthodox Easter dinner, and we couldn’t have been happier with the selection of assorted Greek pastries. These delicate and bite-sized treats were the perfect way to round out the meal, and while they may be small, they certainly pack a punch when it comes to sweetness. Our dear friends Kashif and Michelle, who have an excellent taste in desserts, picked up the pastries from a Greek bakery in Queens. We were blown away by the array of flavors and textures in each pastry, from the light and flaky phyllo dough to the sweet and nutty filling of baklava.
Eggs-treme fun awaits you this Greek Easter. Our first Easter for Greek Orthodox was a wonderful experience filled with traditional Greek dishes, beautiful decorations, and delicious Greek wines. From the passed hors d’oeuvres to the assortment of Greek pastries for dessert, every course was a delicious representation of Greek cuisine. It was a memorable evening shared with great friends, good food, and a lot of laughter. We are already looking forward to celebrating Easter for Greek Orthodox again next year and incorporating new ideas to make it an even more unforgettable celebration. You can shop our Amazon Easter for Greek Orthodox here.
My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because then you get stuff cheaper.Amy Sedaris
- 8 oz Hummus
- 8 oz Tzatziki
- 8 oz Baba Ghanoush
- 8 oz Roasted Red Pepper dip
- 1 Can of Artichokes
- 2 Bags of Pita Bread
- 2 Cups Mediterranean or Feta Salad
- 2 Cans Grapes Leaves
- Start with a large platter and several ramekins
- Fill the ramekins with hummus, tzatziki, baba ghanoush, and/or roasted red pepper dips.
- Add canned artichokes
- Place 1 cup of tabouli
- Add grape leaves
- Scatter 2 cups of Mediterranean or Feta Salad
- Fill the edges with sliced pita bread