Casual and Easy Easter Dinner Ideas
Honey-baked ham, roast leg of lamb, Easter bread… Traditional Easter dishes sound wonderful, if we could only overcome the hurdle of learning to prep and cook them. The reality is, many Easter recipes are complex and time-consuming. It’s not easy to pull off a feast and please a crowd. Reality check. What crowd? We are having just a handful of peeps over, and they are the usual suspects — family members and close friends. It’s just a get-together like any other. We pulled off Super Bowl Sunday without a hitch. Can’t we just serve the usual kinds of delicious food? Yes and yes! From salmon to burgers to pizza-quesadillas, here are 13 easy dinners you can make in under 30 minutes.
If you prefer to be talking and laughing with your guests than holed up in a hot kitchen by yourself, you may want to consider a crockpot meal. The beauty of slow-cooker recipes is that you can prep and chop way ahead of time, dump everything in the crockpot, set the timer, then let it be. It does its thing while you do yours, and hours later you’ve got a scratch-made meal ready for your guests. The crockpot is also great for serving up food buffet style. It keeps the meal warm while folks can circulate and serve themselves. From chowders to soups to chili and carne asada, here are 12 crockpot recipes that would be perfect for a casual Easter gathering (some of them are even vegetarian).
Over at Spoon University, they specialize in rounding up simple recipes and food hacks that make cooking easy peasy, like this prosciutto and arugula pizza. It’s the kind of simple meal that looks more sophisticated than it is to make. Begin with some pre-made dough from Trader Joe’s — a priceless hack that will give a simple pizza an artisan look. Add flavorful ingredients like prosciutto and parmesan cheese straight from the deli, a few grape tomato slices, then top with arugula when it’s fresh out of the oven. Simply delicious.
Do you have a quickie recipe for a casual Easter gathering? Tag us on Instagram @britandco.
(Photo via Andrea Kang/Spoon University)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)