For the first time in as long as I can remember, we did NOT go out to eat for Easter. And it was wonderful!
Instead, Alan and I hosted our family for Easter brunch at our house – and not only did it save $65-100/person (and there were 14 of us!!), but it allowed us to serve the most delicious food…and eat at a reasonable time of day.
And no matter how much I spent on decorations (around $20), or food ($150), it still was less than going out to eat…with just as beautiful of an environment as a fancy resort. (And trying to book 14 people for Easter brunch at a fancy resort is tricky too, because they don’t usually have room until weird times like 3pm….Who eats at 3pm??)
Set up & clean up were a breeze because I enlisted the kids and made them help out. Even my daughter’s boyfriend, Ferdinando from Italy, helped out (I’m liking him more and more – and he was already pretty great to begin with). They had to find the eggs hidden in the backyard first though….and no matter how mature your kids are, they still love hunting for Easter eggs!
My son made the bunny napkins. And my artistic daughter designed and decorated the charcuterie board.
Some of the highlights:
Sugar-free Protein Fruit Tart
Used a yogurt with 28g of protein and 0% fat
Mixed with xylitol and a few drops of Madagascar vanilla extract for sweetness
Topped with fresh fruit
Charcuterie / Veggie Board
(yes, I realize traditional charcuterie boards are meat and cheese boards….but I wanted to improve the healthiness of the traditional charcuterie boards – because you can find inspiration everywhere – and use those ideas to IMPROVE things for your family)
Salami (which was the one thing that wasn’t eaten)
Homemade Ranch dip
(using the same 28g protein & 0% fat yogurt) mixed with ranch seasonings
Homemade bread (doesn’t hurt our tummies or make us bloated like processed bread does)