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Ask Coryanne: What is Better for Easter, a Late Brunch or Early Dinner?

Easter is a time for family and friends to come together, enjoy each other's company and celebrate the holiday and beautiful spring season.

But for your Easter celebration, should you host an Easter brunch or dinner? Whatever time you decide to gather your guests together depends on what you want to serve, when you want people over and how long you want them to stay. 

Our kitchen living expert Coryanne Ettiene weighs the pros and cons of hosting an Easter brunch, and hosting an Easter dinner. Take a look at the arguments for both, and let us know what you are planning for your Easter celebration! 


Why You Should have an Easter Brunch

There is something so utterly relaxed about brunch that puts everyone at ease. Be it the endless variety of sweet and savory dishes that can be served, or the fact that every child in attendance will find something they will eagerly devour. Brunch is family friendly, cross-generational and practically dictates the kind of casual entertaining that makes family entertaining a delight.

But with brunch comes the trap of finding the right balance between breakfast and lunch dishes, serving too many casserole dishes and knowing how much alcohol to serve. To find the right balance, I start with a fruit salad, serve a variety of sweet and savory muffins, and build the main course around a self serve buffet with a variety of eggs, meats and waffles with all the trimmings to satisfy both sweet and savory tastes.



Offering a light bubbling cocktail, such as one of our Beautiful Spring Bellinis, to start and then coffee as the meal unfolds is a great way to keep the mood light but festive.


Why You Should Have an Easter Dinner

For many, Easter is a formal occasion that warrants a more tailored dinning experience where guests are dressed for the occasion and the carving of the spring roast sets the mood for the meal. An Easter dinner is steeped in tradition, and embraces beautifully pressed table linens that showcase heirloom place settings.

Unlike brunch, seating arrangements are key to a family friendly setting, careful consideration on who sits where ensures that multiple generations can celebrate together without too many distractions. With a dinner comes the mapping out of a family menu that even the youngest of guests will enjoy, so serving up plenty of sides is key to hosting a successful family dinner.


Serve up delicious sides, such as this Greek-Style Cous Cous.


Serving a bottle of sparkling wine and sparkling apple cider is a great way to extend the celebration to the younger generation and a simple solution to pairing wine with your meal, leaving you more time to enjoy the dinner with your family.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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