The Easter weekend is a much coveted one in Cayman – a four-day weekend when locals take to the coastal areas to go camping and head to one of the many brunches on the island. This year, it runs from April 14-17.
You will have seen the signs of Easter popping up throughout the supermarkets in the form of pastel-hued treats, baskets and a huge selection of chocolate Easter eggs. Now is the time to buy them before they’re all gone, like the Easter Bunny.
As usual, the major resorts are planning special Easter brunches with extras beyond their usual Sunday fare. Expect The Ritz-Carlton, Kimpton, Marriott and the Westin to sell out pretty quickly. There are also some restaurants that will offer brunch, such as Blue Cilantro, LUCA, Agua and Tukka in East End, and speaking of East End, maybe a staycation at the Wyndham Reef or Morritt’s Tortuga Club is in order. Both resorts offer brunch in a laid back atmosphere.
All of the above being said, it might be nice to host a brunch yourself. If you have a lawn or even lots of hiding places in your home, you could have an Easter egg hunt for the kids.
The nice thing about keeping it at home is that you’re not tied to a particular schedule and you can add personal touches.
Here are some ideas for hosting a brunch at home:
Prepare a game plan
Developing a checklist will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed with to-do’s. Once you know how many people will be attending the brunch, start planning the menu, gather recipes and make a grocery list. Take inventory of your cooking supplies, serving dishes and tableware. While cleaning the house, identify what decorations are needed.
Picture the scene the night before
Figure out how to serve the food, decide where to put the drinks, gather extra seating and put all the plates, cups, cutlery and napkins on the table. Also, don’t forget the mugs or cocktail glasses if you plan to serve coffee or mimosas. While it might seem obvious, these little details can easily be overlooked. Last-minute jobs are bound to happen, so conquering the planned details ahead of time will help keep you sane.
Create a menu full of make-ahead recipes
From drinks to dessert, make sure your menu allows you to spend more times with friends and family and less time in the kitchen. Sure, everyone loves a good omelet, but you’re not a short order cook. Instead, opt for low-maintenance recipes that can be prepared the night before and popped in the oven the next morning. You can never go wrong with classic egg-based dishes such as quiche, strata and casserole. If your culinary skills aren’t up for the task of cooking for a crowd, don’t be afraid to choose store-bought or catered dishes. This will help alleviate any unnecessary stress and allow you to enjoy the event.
Ditch the pile of dirty dishes in favor of disposable tableware
Instead of standing over the sink cleaning, spend the extra time relaxing. Try a line of products that offer the total solution for your tableware needs, including a variety of plate and cup sizes and a serve and store container of cutlery. All the dishes can be tossed once people are done eating, keeping post-brunch cleanup to a minimum. There’s nothing worse than eating your fill and enjoying a brunch, only to be faced with a pile of dishes when the last person has left.
Set the table in style
Make sure your brunch is as stylish as it is tasty. For a “hare-raising” reaction from your friends and family, fold paper napkins into the shape of bunnies and display in the center of each plate.
A bunny napkin fold can also double as a place setting card. Simply write the name of the guest on one of the bunny ears. It’s a pretty and practical way to add personality to the table.