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Mar 10, 2007 12:00 PM

Easter Party Picnic Menu Ideas

I'm hosting an outdoor afternoon party for easter - our big kid friends and their little kids are invited. We'll be watching the kids hunt eggs and relaxing and drinking and (hopefully) enjoying the nice weather. So far I've come up with the following and need your ideas to help fill in the gaps.

Specialty Drinks:
Raspberry Lemonade (for the little people)
Mojitos (for the big people)

Assorted tea sandwiches: Ham salad, egg salad, cream cheese and chive (I figure the kids will probably make a good meal out of these)
Need a couple of lighter apps here that can sit at room temperature

Main course menu:
Need a meat course here - roasted lamb? A ham?
Tropical fruit salad
Roasted New Potato salad with Watercress (this is dressed lightly with olive oil and mustard - it's not a creamy potato salad)

Coconut cake
Easter Sugar for the kids

All suggestions appreciated!


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  1. That sounds good. What is easter sugar for the kids? Is it sacreligious to have "deviled" eggs for Easter? I don't know about room temperature, though deviled eggs tend to go quickly and I bought a deviled egg cooler which I use more than I thought. An easy salad I make which always gets compliments is a Tuscan bread salad, kind of like a caprese salad with crusty bread. It' very pretty and colorful:

    If you do ham, I think it go well with it. If you do the lamb, maybe a couscous salad w/ pesto, dates. A good appetizer with either that is good at room temperature is layered pesto loaf--it's very colorful, too. I wouldn't have tried it if I had seen the recipe but my friend brought it to a potluck and it was so good.
    12 oz. cream cheese, room temp
    1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, paced in oil, drained, chopped fine
    1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
    generous ½ lb provolone, sliced thin
    ½ cup pesto

    Combine first 3 ingredients. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap extending extra over the sides. Completely cover bottom and sides with a layer of provolone cheese. Place ½ of cream cheese mixture in pan. Smooth to make an even layer. Add ½ pesto. Smooth. Place 2 or 3 slices of provolone flat on top of pesto. Repeat using remaining cream cheese and pesto. Finish with provolone cheese. Pull ends of plastic wrap together and cover tightly. Press down gently to compress.

    Chill overnight or at least 6 hours. To serve, open plastic wrap and invert onto serving tray. Remove plastic. Garnish with basil if desired. Serve with crackers.

    1 Reply
    1. re: chowser

      Thanks, chowser! That pesto loaf looks delicious!

      Easter sugar is just all the candy they'll have with them from their morning basket haul. And I'm sure that I'll provide a little too.

    2. Andie, I just saw this thread and thought I'd add my own suggestion for "appies" for your Easter Soiree.....We love this recipe and I've made it ahead and served at room temp..It does involve marinating LOL..however, it's yummy...really's a link
      Who doesn't like wings?
      There are not HOT by the way...just nicely spiced IMHO

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        1. re: flipkeat

          Oo, sounds perfect! Thanks, flipkeat! And yes, you know how I hate to marinate! :)

          1. re: Andiereid

            LOL I hear you Andie. Also just a tip...on the fruit salad thingi you had listed..I am not sure how you are prepared to serve it...I suggest the following that is always a big's easy and kids and BIG KIDS lol love it..easy plates required lol..Just chunk up lots of fruit, pineapple, melon, strawberries, mango whatever, and marshmallows..on skewers..I use the mid size ones...perhaps a few fun gummy eggs or easter gummies of some kind for the kids..Not having any children myself I always try hard to make them happy...Also, giftiebags with dollar store items tied with balloons go over big at Easter..;) Hope this helps you...

            1. re: flipkeat

              Oh, good suggestion. I don't have kids either, but love it when our friends bring their short people. They'll like that. I'll try not to stuff it with too much sugar, or the parents will have my hide.

        2. If you want to do lamb for a main course, why not substitute that for the chicken in Silver Palate's Chicken Marbella? Easy do-ahead and tastes good at room temp, so very picnic friendly.

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          1. re: weezycom

            I have that cookbook. I'll take a look at it. Good suggestion! Thanks!

          2. in my opinion, it has to be lamb for easter. we always grill a butterflied leg in my family. first marinating it all day in rosemary, garlic, olive oil, etc. it is delicious and you could certainly do it ahead of time, then slice it up and pack it for the picnic...

            1. Just a comment on the tea sandwiches; don't know if you have kids or not, but mine for one wouldn't touch them. Not that I think it matters too much; kids aren't generally into the appetizer thing anyway (unless it involves chips :)). Main courses sound like fine things for kids to have.

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              1. re: DGresh

                Oh, and BTW in my opinion the fruit skewers would be popular with the kids, and don't need candy to be appealing :)