Easter {Pasqua} Preparations

Pasqua, {Easter Sunday} is just over a week away and our preparations have already started. We have activities all weekend that start on Saturday with brunch and an Easter Egg Hunt {which even the older kids enjoy even if they don’t admit it} and maybe even a visit from the Easter Bunny ; ) Our entire family gets together after church on Easter Sunday for a beautiful meal to celebrate. Although, our dinner menu hasn’t been finalized, it will include a traditional Lamb dish as our centerpiece, most likely a Roasted Leg of Lamb {pictured above}

I’m one of those people that LOVE special occasion meals. It gives me a chance to take the ordinary and hopefully make it extraordinary. I love making it an event. Planning everything from the menu, to the decorations {yes although I don’t go all Sandra Lee and table scape everything I do like things to be beautiful} But I also like them to be effortless so that I can actually enjoy myself too. So I look to my tips and tricks arsenal to help me out.

Pepperidge Farm has challenged me to share some of my tips to help families enjoy an elevated experience when they get together for a special occasion meal. I’ll be sharing my tips in a follow-up post, just in time for Easter Sunday.

But in the meantime, I want to hear from YOU! I want to hear your best and brightest tips of how you take your meals from ordinary to extraordinary!

Do you pull the fine linens from the bottom drawer and dust them off? Do you polish the silver pieces? Do you prepare a secret family recipe? Do you make a grand centerpiece? Dimmi Tutto!…Please share your special occasion tips in the comments.


Disclaimer: Pepperidge Farm provided me with a stipend for time and materials invested in the Pepperidge Farm Stone Baked Artisan Rolls Tip Challenge. However, my opinions are my own, always have been, always will be ; )




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    To me, Easter is all about the food. I pull out my Easter bunny napkins and special china and silver, but in the end it’s all about the traditional meal. I don’t eat meat, but my grandma prepares the roast chicken, gravy and stuffing, and I prepare the vegetables, and dessert (which must be chocolate)!

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    In French Easter is P?ques. Pretty close to the word pasqua, I guess. The lamb above would be great for Easter Sunday or any day. Tis a beautiful holiday we’re heading into.

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    The lamb looks delicious. That’s what we traditionally had on Easter growing up, but my inlaws aren’t lamb eaters so I haven’t had it in a while :(

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    Lisa /

    Hi Paula:
    Haven’t checked in with you for awhile..wanted to say “beautiful” post…hope all is well with you and you are still contemplating the book? Thanks again for all you do to keep up wonderfully fed!
    Hugs, Lisa

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    marilyn /

    Looking forward to a wonderful Easter. Daughter is having her 2nd baby and we are looking forward to that being their first day out traveling. We will be having Ham, Au gratin potatoes, salads, quiche, deviled egss,wonderful desserts and much more. We will have a childrens egg hunt. Hoping for good weather.Got out all my bunnies and decorations!!!!

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    What a gorgeous lamb roast. I like to pull out all the stops for holiday meals

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    Since Easter has been left fully in my hands, which I’m happy to day, I’ll be cooking up a storm again this year. I hope to not have to start til Saturday (more time to get the house ready!) Already made the pierogi and they’re happily sleeping in the freezer. So the hard part’s over! :)

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    lisa /

    Most of the time I’m lucky to get a proper table set, so on Holidays or special ocassions I like to use my good china and nice linens or my plain white with fun and funky linens. I’m not too much for centerpieces bc the food is always the centerpiece for us!


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