Good Monday morning, my friends!
Now, with this being Holy Week, I would love to talk about Easter this week ... so my questions today will center on this simple question: How do you celebrate Easter in your home?
I'm a bit under the weather this morning, so let me get right to those questions!
Where do you celebrate the holiday? Do you host a dinner (or brunch)?
What special activities do you look forward to most?
What foods mean Easter to you? Are they connected with fond memories from childhood?
And how about we wander into the next room for a moment, what is your Easter table like? Are there any special dishes or linens you like to use?
I could say a LOT about Easter entertaining but if I may, could I direct you to my Easter archive for a rather thorough look at my family's Easter celebrations. (Party recap posts are scattered throughout the archive.) We host the holiday dinner here at our house every year ... and this will be our first Easter in our new home! I am very excited about this! And this year we are expecting 20 guests for dinner, so we will be spread out, with tables set in the dining room (10) and the sunroom (6, 4 and 4).
(That will seat 24 in all + a high chair!)
At Eastertime, I always look forward to ...
The sleepy smiles on my boys' faces as they find their goody baskets.
A chilly morning egg hunt. Colorful orbs nestled in dull grass.
Our church overflowing with fragrant lillies.
Bright light streaming through stained glass.
White chocolate. :)
Wine glasses sparkling in the sunlight.
Our Lenten cross suddenly filled with fresh flowers on Easter morning.
A long, leisurely day with my family.
We almost always have a baked ham on Easter but I remember my grandmother serving lamb on some years ... with mint jelly ... not my favorite, lol, but a holiday tradition. She also made lots of desserts, but I fondly remember homemade tapioca pudding with freshly whipped cream. She always made this at my "humble" request. :)
Our tables are always set with pretty pastel linens and my cream-colored china, as well as quite often, my mother's blue-and-white china, too. Flowers include lots of sunny daffodils and bright tulips and there are small tealights scattered about. I will have pictures of this year's tables next week I'm sure!
Well my friends, I can't wait to hear about your own Easter highlights and memories! And please know, if you don't celebrate Easter, I'd be thrilled to hear about any other Spring celebrations you enjoy with your family. This is a wonderful season for bringing light and life into our homes ... pussy willows on the windowsill, pebbles and twigs set upon the nature shelf, spring sounds and smells are so lovely at this time of year.
I particularly enjoy my open kitchen window, looking out over my sink as I work on the evening dishes ... listening to the peepers in the woods, seeing all the daffodils popping up through the yard, smelling that fresh air with perhaps a hint of dirt and woodsmoke. After a winter of closed windows and doors, it feels so good to open our homes up again!
So I look forward to hearing from you! But for now I'll say goodbye, and wish you all a bright and blessed day!
See you here again very soon ...