Top Tips on an Easter Chic(k) Kitchen
The word on the grapevine is that Easter is the new Christmas. With the recent revelation that Easter crackers exist (sales are up 63% from last year), it seems that Easter has been promoted from a simple Sunday roast and chocolate egg-athon, to a full-blown celebration featuring presents and a family feast.
At Stoneham, we relish any opportunity to make the most out of the heart of your home – the kitchen. Easter has been transformed into the celebration of new beginnings with the symbolic use of eggs, chicks and baby animals, providing the perfect inspiration for seasonal kitchen décor. We’ve put together some cracking tips to get you into the spirit of the occasion.
Make the most of the warmer weather by filling your kitchen with fresh, colourful flowers. In a nod to Pantone’s colour of the year – ‘Greenery’ (read our blog here), decorate your shelves and kitchen counters with leafy plants homed in pastel-coloured pots. And if you really want to think outside the box when it comes to foliage display, use carefully cleaned empty eggshells as vases for smaller blooms and stems.
A kitchen island/breakfast bar provides an egg-cellent platform for a felicitous festive display. Make the most of the expanse of space with a seasonal table centrepiece using egg, chick or bunny motifs as inspiration. Fill a serving plate or tray with moss and populate with rabbit figurines, fluffy chicks or eggs prettily patterned in the Ukrainian tradition of “pysanki”.
Whether it’s making glittery eggshell-bunting or spring-time wreaths, the explosion of online creative platforms mean discovering innovative ways to decorate your kitchen is a click away. Check out Pinterest or Etsy for Easter craft and DIY inspiration.
Created and designed for the creation of cuisine, your kitchen is likely to play an integral role in your Easter celebrations. After the scarcity of Lent, Easter Sunday signals the start of a food frenzy and a plethora of delicious dishes to enjoy. ‘Indulgence’ is definitely Easter Sunday’s word of the day.
If tradition dictates the menu in your home, roast lamb & mint sauce is a combination that’s guaranteed to get mouths watering. If you’re after something a little different, this recipe from Jamie Oliver gives this classic a 21st century multi-cultural twist with the addition of an explosion of spices and Asian-inspired flavours.
There’s no doubt, however, that in its modern-day incarnation, Easter was made for those with a sweet tooth. Sugar-enthusiasts and chocoholics, rejoice! Historically, sticky hot cross buns are eaten on Good Friday and superstition decrees that sharing one is meant to cement friendships.
Or, you can try your hand at this more sophisticated Simnel Cake from BBC Good Food; the fruit-studded sponge and layers of marzipan signify Easter in cake form. For picturesque but super-simple edible treats that are easy enough to make with little ones, mini-eggs nests are ideal.