When I was a child in the 1950s, we got dressed up every Easter Sunday and went to my paternal grandparents’ for dinner. Dressing up meant matching Easter dresses for my sister and me, along with bobby socks and patent leather shoes. We wore a dressy little jacket, called a topper, and an Easter hat. We even carried a little purse and wore gloves. My brother wore a suit and tie, and my parents dressed up as well. Dinner was always served later in the day, and the spread consisted of turkey with kielbasa and sauerkraut. As we grew up, got married, and had children of our own, we started going to my parents’ house to celebrate Easter dinner and continue with the tradition.
Now our children are grown with their own children, and we have Easter brunch at my house. We have found that we prefer this over an Easter dinner, because we eat sometime in the late morning, which gives us more time to sit around and socialize. Afterward, we have an Easter egg hunt for the grandchildren. Everyone heads home sometime in the afternoon, and there’s not a mad rush to clean up dinner so everyone can get home to get the kids ready for bed for school on Monday.
This menu works great for a lot of occasions. My son and his wife host a birthday brunch for their son’s birthday with a slightly different menu. We have also done Mother’s Day brunch, or you could do a spring or fall brunch. If you have a lot of people to feed, you can add bacon and sausage to the menu, along with bagels or muffins. And there’s always a pot of coffee on. Enjoy!
Fill these delicious bread baskets with tomatoes, cheese, herbs, and other goodies.
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