How to host your best-ever spring luncheon


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Sure, Easter may seem like they’re just for kids, what with the crafts and coloring Easter eggs. But adults can, and should, enjoy celebrating this holiday, too. Here are a few items you can bring together to make a special luncheon for friends and family.


Table settings

A bright, colorful idea for a centerpiece can also be playful and whimsical when you use the season’s favorite candies mixed with flowers. This idea from Taste of Home is simple to put together — choose two vases, one that sits inside the other, and fill the space between the two with jelly beans on the bottom, then layers of peeps. Add flowers into the smaller, middle vase with a little water. You can choose blooms that match the color of the candy for a monochromatic look, or mix and match for a rainbow of springtime hues.


Place cards

Leave it to Martha (Stewart, as if you didn’t know) to come up with a fun and useful idea for place cards at your Easter lunch. Create bookmarks with your guests’ names on them (you can use colorful scrapbook paper or even paint swatches from a home improvement store) by punching a hole in a rectangular-shaped piece of paper and tying a ribbon through. 



Fun finger foods

While this may be a party for the adults, it doesn’t mean the kids get to have all the fun! Try these tasty carrot-shaped crescent rolls that hold egg or chicken salad from Hungry Happenings (you can choose to forget the food coloring, to make it a bit easier!), or create Taste of Home’s carrot-shaped cheese spread with butterfly-shaped crackers for a little spring playfulness. Stock Pilings Moms also had a great idea to dye the egg whites of hard-boiled eggs to create pastel-colored deviled eggs.  If you like hot peppers, those too can be really great finger foods.