5 Tips for Hosting an Easter Day Brunch

Hosting an Easter brunch is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday. Brunch time gives your guests a chance to spend the morning hunting for Easter eggs and spending time with their family before visiting your home for the meal. And a brunch menu provides the best combination of savory and sweet dishes to satisfy all of your guests. But hosting an Easter brunch will require a little planning and preparation. These five simple tips will help you host an amazing Easter brunch:

1. Make sure you have enough space

Since it’s likely that you’ll be hosting more guests than usual, make sure you have enough seating and space for everyone. If you don’t have enough chairs, consider renting or borrowing some extra folding chairs or benches. You could even create a more casual dining experience by setting up some picnic tables outside (just make sure to check the weather forecast so you know how many people you’ll be able to accommodate outside).

2. Plan some kid-friendly activities

Easter is all about fun for kids, so make sure you plan some activities that are suitable for all ages. You can hide plastic eggs around your backyard and send your younger guests on an egg hunt while they wait for the rest of your guests to arrive.

3. Plan the menu

Avoid making overly complicated recipes or dishes with a lot of ingredients. You want to spend time with your family and guests, not in the kitchen. A brunch menu is best when you have a few dishes that are easy to make and easy to eat. It’s important to plan the menu for your Easter brunch in advance. This will ensure that you have all of the ingredients and supplies you need, and avoid any last-minute trips to the store. It’s also smart to plan a menu that includes both sweet and savory dishes, so that all of your guests will be able to find something they like. And don’t forget coffee, tea, juice, and water!

4. Decorate

It’s fun to decorate your home for Easter, but it can also be stressful if you try to do it right before guests arrive. Set aside some time in advance of your brunch to set up decorations around your home. You can make or buy decorations in advance so that they’re ready when you need them. And make sure you put away any non-holiday clutter before decorating! Easter is all about eggs, rabbits, bunnies and spring flowers blooming everywhere. So decorate your home with a few flowers around the room for some color and add some Easter-themed table decorations for a festive touch.

5. Set the table

Setting the table ahead of time will ensure that everything is ready when your guests arrive. Place name cards at each spot so that people know where to sit. And consider using spring flowers as a centerpiece for an extra touch of seasonal beauty! Bonus Tip: Create an atmosphere of fun: The environment in which people eat can have just as much impact on their experience as the food itself.

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Welcome Warmly

As we quickly approach the “grand finale” of the Holiday Season, we are sharing some favorite ideas for preparing a warm welcome for your guests this holiday.

First Impressions

What is more welcoming than a beautifully adorned front entry? Simple or over the top, creating an entry that celebrates the season is the perfect way to welcome guests to your home. There are a few key elements that we love to incorporate to welcome guests warmly.

A festive wreath and greens is a must. We chose to keep things au naturel with one of our Eucalyptus wreaths, created during our Seasonal Wreath Workshop Event in November, for the front door.

A bench for guests to set down their belongings as they enter or sit down to take off their shoes is always a nice addition to an entry. We grouped a rustic live edge bench with a potted tree trimmed with a blend of dried fruits for an organic look, matching the entry wreath.

Lanterns are always a classic look. Whether indoors or out, lanterns can house luminaries or seasonal décor, such as ornaments or large bells. We love the battery operated candles that can be placed on a timer for a no fuss cozy welcoming glow.

An entry rug is important all year round, but especially during heavy traffic times like the holidays. An outdoor rug helps keep messy weather from entering your home while one in the foyer provides a cozy feeling as soon as guests enter.

With these few staple items, the possibilities are endless for adapting your look to be rustic, modern, or vintage to suite your holiday style.

Cozy Quarters

If you are expecting guests who will be staying in your home during the holidays, a cozy, private place for them is essential for creating a comfortable experience. Most of these items can be done well before their arrival; a good cleaning of the room and make the bed with fresh sheets. Display a set of bath linens for each guest and extra blankets are key comfort items. We like to include a bit of holiday cheer in the room. A small tree, wreath, or seasonal greens in a vase are simple additions that will enhance the spirit of the season.

The day of arrival prep should be a breeze by just adding a few finishing touches. Place a carafe of water on the bedside table, light a scented candle, and set the lighting to help your guest settle in.

Set the Table

Meals are one of the highlights of any gathering. Earlier this month we shared what we have planned for our holiday table styling and advised on the importance of pre-planning your menu and styling ahead. Having a game plan ensures that you have all the ingredients, serving pieces, and décor ready to go.

Stock Up

Stocking up is important for all aspects during the holidays. We all think about amassing groceries for meals and gifts for loved ones, but there are a few other equally important places that need to be considered when preparing to host guests.

Guest Bathroom

One of the most thoughtful things you can do for your guests is make sure that anything they may need during their stay is well stocked. Essentials like toilet paper, q-tips, bath products and towels should be in clear view or easy to find. There is nothing worse than being a guest and having to search for a necessity. We have all forgotten items when traveling so it’s always nice to be prepared and have extra items like a toothbrush, toothpaste, pain relievers, razors, and fascial wipes on hand as well. Dress the guest bathroom with fresh hand and bath towels, a bit of seasonal décor, and a collection of hand soap and lotion near the sink.

Bar

Knowing your guests is a big part of stocking your bar for success. If you happen to know your guest’s beverage of choice be sure that you have everything on hand. Along with the the contents of the cocktail, make sure you have any tools needed to create them; including a shaker, blender, and proper barware for serving in.

If you have a regularly stocked bar, then you should be set for anything. If you aren’t sure what to have on hand for your guests, consider creating a festive signature cocktail for the gathering. This will keep things simple and festive. Fill in with staples like bottles of wine and your basic liquors (rum, bourbon, vodka, and tequila should cover most of your bases). Be sure to have some common accoutrements on hand will ensure you have something for anyone ; tonic water/club soda, limes, and cola to accommodate classic cocktails. . We also like to have something sweet on hand like a Baileys or Irish Cream. Served straight or add a splash to coffee for an after dinner treat with dessert or hanging out by the fire!

Always grab extra ice, double whatever you think you will need!

Regardless of whether you have guests stopping by for a drink or coming to stay for several days, it is well worth every effort you make to create a warm welcome. We hope you have a very Happy Holiday and are sending warm wishes for the New Year!

Sourcing

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Give Thoughtfully

So much of this season is about giving, thankfulness, and good tidings and we believe it can all be done beautifully. Continuing our four-part mini-series we are hoping to inspire you to give thoughtfully throughout the season. To find the perfect gift for those special people on your list, we have compiled some of our favorite gift ideas from the Mercantile to help you this holiday season.

Gift Guide

1. Sphere Glass Vase

This unique Green Glass Sphere Vase is beautiful with either one simple flower or a small grouping of sprigs, tie with a ribbon and it is ready to gift. Also, see our post on using this a place setting and a guest gift at your holiday gathering.

2. Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before you Die

Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before you Die by Chris Santella, is the perfect gift for the lover of hoppy beverages. This book is sure to inspire them to explore their favorite libation well beyond their neighborhood pub.

3. Arwen Brass Picture Frames

How lovely is it to be surrounded by the faces and places you love most! It’s the perfect time to give the gift of a favorite memory displayed in a beautiful frame. We love these modern brass floating style frames, available in 4×6, 5×7, and 6×6.

4. The Soapstone Board Collection

Our Soapstone Serving Board Collection is a beautiful gift for the entertainer! This set includes a 10×14 natural soapstone board, chalk for noting the details of you charcuterie offering and the board oil to ensure that this will be a piece that is used for years to come.

5. The Clean Up Collection

The Clean Up Collection, is a great gift for anyone on your list. This set features a bar of Fer A Cheval Genuine Marseille Soap, a pot & pan brush, and a natural olive wood soap dish.

6. Table and Kitchen Linens

Whether used everyday or on special occasions, every home should have a beautiful set of linens. Check out our selection of kitchen and table linens. Pair our linens with beautiful serving pieces to create a custom gift set.

7. Hand-crafted Wooden Serving Bowl & Serving Set

This gorgeous wooden serving bowl and serving set is hand crafted in the United States. Use to accessories your kitchen or for serving for a true farm-to-table story.

8. The Bar Collection

This collection is a bartender’s best friend including essential bar tools that will help prepare any cocktail. The Bar Collection is a classic styled set featuring wooden handled barware & glass decanter with mango wood stopper.

9. The Bath Collection

Give the gift of pampering to a deserving friend this season. Our Soothing Lavender Bath Collection features all American made products including a lavender lotion, wash and lavender vanilla candle.

10. The Kitchen Collection

Our Kitchen Collection set includes a pair of natural French linen oven mitts, a linen half apron/kitchen towel, and one of our signature T&C Mercantile amber + cardamom scented candles. Sets are packaged and wrapped beautifully in a linen bag tied with a bow and accented with dried lavender.

11. Brass & Glass Display Box

This brass & glass display box is a treasure for favorite items. Give this sweet piece to the person who loves beautiful items in their home. It adds a touch of nostalgia and a vintage feel to a bedroom, living room, kitchen, or office. Place simple décor pieces inside for a great way to display favorite jewelry pieces.

12. The Holiday Scent Collection

Celebrate the scents of the season with our own holiday scented candles paired with a beautiful vintage style glass jar of matchsticks to create a gift set sure to please. Available in Evergreen Woods and Cranberry Woods scents.

Wrapped with Care

We love gifts that are as thoughtfully packaged as they are tailored to the recipient. Each of our pre-designed gift sets are beautifully wrapped and ready to gift. We are happy to gift wrap any purchase and offer custom gift set creations, both in store and virtually.

Shop our full collection of pre-designed gift sets and gift ideas from the Mercantile. We are open 7 days a week from 10-5pm and Thursdays,10-8pm. Shop online anytime for Holiday, Gifts, Home Accessories, and more.

If you are looking to create the perfect custom gift set for that special someone, contact us at 732-345-1441 or via email at [email protected] and ask how we can help.

A Place for Everyone

5 easy steps to create the perfect gift for your guests that doubles as a beautiful way to assign seating at your table.

GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

STEP 1

GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

  • VASE
  • RIBBON
  • TWINE
  • GIFT TAG
  • SEASONAL SPRIGS
  • PEN/MARKER

Step 2

CREATE PERSONALIZED TAGS

We like the added personal touch of hand writing each guest’s name. Hand stamping or stenciling the names would also be a lovely option.

CREATE PERSONALIZED TAGS
FASTEN TAG TO VASE

Step 3

FASTEN TAG TO VASE

A simple household twine or string can be used to string the gift tag to the vase. We prefer to attach the card before the ribbon to create a more tidy finished look, but you could attach the tag on the ribbon if you prefer and jump right to step 5!

Step 4

TIE ON RIBBON

We chose a crimson velvet ribbon in a simple knot and left the ends long for a modern yet dramatic look.

TIE ON RIBBON
ADD GREENS

Step 5

ADD GREENS

Pop a few springs of fresh or dried greens into the vase.

*T&C favorites include eucalyptus, holly, and rosemary.

Place on your table for the perfect place seating and guest gift this season!

Shop the look!

STRING TIDY WITH SCISSORS
GREEN SPHERE CLASS VASE
HOLIDAY GIFT TAG SET

Holiday Table – Gather Beautifully

Ask any designer and we bet they would say they have a soft spot for holiday decorating. Whether you are a professional designer or just love to be surrounded by beauty, decorating for this time of year is the perfect way to catch the holiday spirit!

Once the tree is trimmed and the stockings are hung, it is time to for enjoy this magical time of year. For us, this season is best celebrated through giving and being surrounded by loved ones. One of the many ways to honor the spirit of the season are through gatherings and meals. This year’s holiday table is a modern classic, complete with rich greens, crisp linens, metals, and simple styling.

Start with a Vision

Setting a table is an important way to set the stage for the entire meal. Like in designing homes, we find that starting with a vision will help pull together the smaller details more naturally. For our fall table, we channeled earth tones and more rustic elements. When we envisioned our holiday gathering, we opted for a more polished and formal setting. We chose to stick with a traditional holiday color palette. Layers of green are offset with touches of rich crimson and a few pops of bold red. Adding elements of metal offer a welcome shine and allure to finish the look.

Ambiance is Everything

Ambiance is always important when designing a welcoming space. We wanted the table décor to be uncomplicated, yet stunningly classic. To create this look, we chose a natural garland and assorted candles. A visual display of the season’s true spirit we placed olive branches, symbolic of peace and friendship, in a simple glass vase for the centerpiece.

A mix of taper and pillar style candles adorn pewter candle sticks and fluted glass hurricanes presenting the perfect glow to the table.

The abundance of strung lights that seem to blanket everything this time of year offer a cozy luminosity. We love the idea of finding tasteful ways to incorporate this seasonal staple into the lighting for your meal. If your dining space will accommodate it, set up a tree decorated to align with the styling in your tablespace. If space is limited, consider using small planted or faux trees placed on a side table or clustered nearby.

Plan and Display Ahead

Plan your menu ahead and take time to consider how and where it will be displayed and served. Knowing how you are going to serve everything ahead of time makes for an easier execution when the time comes. This also means you can stay more present during the event, knowing that each course is ready to go.

Dessert does not have to wait until the end. Showcase sweet treats beautifully displayed, on a side table or buffet for a deliciously festive addition to the décor. Setting these goodies up early will give guests a tempting peak at what is to come.

No Detail is too Small

Unique touches like adorning the chairs are a detail that will go along way. We love using these sweet mistletoe wreaths to continue the layering of greens throughout the space.

We love adding personal touches to the table for our guests. This stunning, yet simple place setting is easy to create with just a few materials and doubles as a beautiful gift for your guest to take home. They are sure to remember your special gathering every time they use this beautiful orb style vase.

Cheers!

From our home to yours, we hope that you have a happy and healthy holiday season and wish you a Happy New Year!

Love the Look?

Shop our T&C Mercantile holiday table and décor online or visit us in our Red Bank shop. We are open from 10-5 everyday, Thursday is our late shopping night, open till 8pm.