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Easter brunch ideas

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The long weekend is fast approaching but it's not too late to throw together a festive celebration the whole family will enjoy.

Easter brunch ideas

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Decorating your home will add a sense of occasion to your Easter weekend. An over-the-top Christmas style effort isn't necessary to make Easter a charming occasion. Nor will you need to go to great expense, you can even contain the decorations to just the dining room or outside dining area for your brunch.

Start by choosing a colour scheme. Pastels make for a pretty table and are bang on trend right now. Think soft pinks, sky blue, mint and pale lemon. Decorating at Easter has traditionally had a floral focus - reflecting Spring time in the Northern Hemisphere - we may not have the Spring flowers readily available but there are still some gorgeous Autumn options right now. Claire Rabbitt from chic Sydney florist Flourish, says, "For Easter we are loving cut little bunches of yellow and white daisies for the table. Bunches of locally grown field roses in gelato coloured tones are another favourite and the fragrance is just stunning."

You can use items you already own such as candles, vases and mismatched crockery when setting your table for brunch. For a more extravagant centre piece a faux bird cage with flowers, candles and painted eggs inside will make an impact. Bunting is a cute decorating idea that look fabulous strung in trees or along the fence in your garden. If you don't have an outdoor area you can string bunting above the dining table or along the walls. The little garlands of flags made from either fabric or paper are easy to make, so you can customise it with prints and colours you like. If you're not the arts and crafts type, bunting is widely available to purchase in party stores and online.

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Easter brunch

Some decorating ideas to spruce up an Easter brunch 

The most enticing decoration you can use is chocolate. With so many varieties of nicely wrapped eggs in colourful foils and chocolate bunnies, chicks and bilbies available, pile the eggs in abundance in baskets and place the characters along the centre of the table. It will literally look good enough to eat - which is exactly what you will do!

One a penny, two a penny... no Easter brunch is complete without warm, fluffy, buttered hot cross buns. But rather than pick up a dozen at the supermarket it's best to go t a bakery where they put their own twist on flavours like rum and raisin or buns glazed with frankincense.

Too late for breakfast, too early for lunch, brunch joins both meals together into a mid morning feast that should keep you full until dinner. Fitting in with the Easter egg theme, serve eggs benedict for the adults - with either ham or salmon depending on your preference. And the kids will love dippy eggs and soldiers. For the health conscious a fruit platter always looks and tastes delicious and you can also serve yogurt, fruit and muesli trifle in individual glasses - just assemble in layers. Fresh OJ is always a winner and if you're feeling a little bit fancy, a champagne brunch for the adult guests. And don't forget you have the chocolate eggs and bunnies for dessert!

For a day the kids will always remember have them don their Easter bonnet, give them baskets and arrange an Easter egg hunt - sure to be the highlight of their day!

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