Holiday Preparations – Easter Ideas

With Easter right around the corner, holiday preparations are in full swing. Whether you will be hosting Easter brunch or dinner in your home or attending the holiday gathering as a guest and are bringing something to share for the meal, many of us are scouring the internet for great ideas.

I’ve put together a Pinterest board with some gems that have caught my attention. Pinterest is such a great tool, I use it all the time. There are so many great menu ideas, brunch, entree dinner options, side dishes and beautiful desserts. I also found many beautiful decorating ideas and table settings.

Easter Pinterst Board copy If you’ll be cooking anything from Olga’s Flavor Factory, please tag me if you’ll be posting pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, so I can see all the hard work you lovely people are creating:).

Here are a few of my favorite menu ideas from recipes that I’ve shared on this blog in the past.

Brunch:

Breakfast Strudels Breakfast Strudels-1-19

Breakfast Casserole

IMG_9829 (550x367) Pear and Cheese Coffeecake Cheese Coffeecake with Pears (500x334)

Dinner Entrees:

Glazed Holiday Ham IMG_0918 (550x367)

Cheesy Baked Salmon Cheesy Baked Salmon-1-11

Porcupine Meatballs 

Porcupine Meatballs With a Cream Sauce

Porcupine Meatballs With a Cream Sauce

Roasted Pork Loin With Potatoes and Butternut Squash Roasted Pork Loin With Potatoes and Butternut Squash-1-53

Side Dishes:

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes 2 (550x367) Parmesan Potatoes

Parmesan Potatoes-1-8 Mimoza – Layered Tuna Salad

IMG_1114 (550x361) Chicken and Cheese Roulade

Cheesy Chicken Roulade

Cheesy Chicken Roulade

Orange Braised Carrots and Parsnips IMG_9901 (550x367)

Dessert:

Cream Puff Rosette Pastries

Cream Puff Pastries With Whipped Cream and Berries

Strawberry Mousse Cake

Strawberry Mousse Cake (2) Raspberry “Piece of Cake” Cake Raspberry Piece of Cake Cake (550x353)

Three Cheese No-Bake Cheesecake   Three Cheese Cheesecake With Peaches

Decorating:

Tulips are one of my favorite flowers and I think they are perfect for Easter decorating.

Pink Tulips

I’ve found so many other cute ideas – table settings, centerpieces and Easter themed crafts, as well as many ideas of how to decorate or color Easter eggs.

As a Christian, Easter is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. May you all have a beautiful Easter Sunday and God bless you.

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Comments

  1. Valentin Goncharenko says

    Awesome suggestions Olga!
    Vitaliya and I will be making the individual lemon poppy seed cakes for the family get together on Sunday!!!

  2. Vitaliya says

    I love following you on Pinterest! Thanks for the suggestions! Valik and I changed our minds and craving the donuts you posted not too long ago, so we will be making those for the family Easter dinner:) thanks for all your wonderful recipes! Blessings!

  3. pat soltis says

    Hello, Olga,

    I haven’t posted a comment here for a while. I hope that you, your husband, and your children (how many?) are well and happy.

    My family is restricted to me, my two sisters, and my brother. We’re all in our late fifties or early-to-mid sixties (I’m the eldest, and I’m creeping up on sixty-four). We’re all divorced, and none of us ever had any children.

    We all got together yesterday to cook together and enjoy the results.

    – My sister Susan contributed some wonderful, big sea scallops, several cheeses, crackers, and baguette;
    – My sister Kathleen contributed homemade pound cake with blueberry sauce;
    – My brother Daniel contributed the devilled hard-boiled eggs, two bottles of honest – to – God French Chablis, and several bottles of India Pale Ale — Kathleen prefers beer over wine;
    – I contributed cauliflower puree (to go under the scallops); a salad of Belgian endives with a dressing made of walnuts, walnut oil, orange juice, sherry vinegar, and diced Comte cheese; and an extra bottle of good California chardonnay.

    Don’t worry — we didn’t drink all of that wine, although we did taste all of it.

    That’s more or less typical of the way that we celebrate big holidays. I know that this one wasn’t a typical Easter — no ham, no lamb — but we had a good time.

    I hope that you and your family are having a wonderful Easter!

    Best,

    Pat

    • says

      Hi Pat!
      It’s great hearing from you again.
      It sounds like you and your family had a lovely Easter. It really doesn’t matter if you make the traditional, expected foods, as long as you all enjoy the food, right?
      Your menu sounds delicious and unique. I love it:).

      • pat soltis says

        Olga,

        My ex-wife’s family background is Carpatho-Ruthenian/Ukrainian/Polish. When we were married we would sometimes make what she remembers as “Russian” Easter. Ham with red horseradish (which my dad’s family — Slovak and Hungarian — also did). The dish that I remember most fondly is a sweet one. She called it “paskha”, which I know means, simply, “Easter”. She would cream together cottage cheese and unsalted butter with sugar and candied fruit. Then she would wrap the mixture in cheese cloth, press it into a mold with a hole in the bottom (usually a clay flower pot), and let it drain for a day or two. Un-mold, un-wrap, and serve, cut into wedges.

        Have you ever heard of anything like this? Do you know where I might find a recipe? I know that there’s a significant part of Ukraine between Belarus and what used to be Ruthenia.

        She also makes her grandmother’s bread, which is very similar to Jewish challah.

        One thing that I learned from my ex was an appreciation of traditional Russian Orthodox choral music. She has a good soprano singing voice.

        OK, enough.

        Best regards,

        Pat

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