In January of 2012, we had the pleasure to work with one of our favorite clients on his surprise 50th birthday party. The purpose of this blog is not to detail the birthday party. The real story is that at the birthday party, on March 24th, they announced they were getting married on Easter Sunday, April 8th. They looked at me and said “you can do it right?”
Instead of resting on March 25th like I enjoy the day after a big event, our team was back at work. It was decided that this would be a small, intimate affair to be held at their home in Malibu. The day would start with church for those who so chose, followed by Easter brunch. We selected Greenleaf Gourmet Chop Shop to work with us on the various menus for the day. The brunch menu included a variety of quiches, muffin tops, yogurt parfaits, salads, coffees, champagne and strawberry lemonade. I themed the Easter Egg hunt “Alice in Wonderland Meets the Easter Bunny in Malibu”.
My bride Stacey, became the first bride to wear a dress by designer Rami Kashou from Project Runway. Here is a link to Bebe’s blog.
The day was designed around family. Our bride was stunning, and here are a few of our favorite shots.
Here are a few tips on planning a wedding or other event around this beautiful holiday.
1. Be realistic. Many people regardless of their religious beliefs may have plans. Try not to be disappointed if many guests cannot make it.
2. Keep your color palette oriented towards Spring. There are beautiful flowers in season. You don’t have to go crazy on your budget. Peonies, lisianthus, orchids, hydrangea, sweet peas, and many more are readily available!
3. Incorporating a brunch into your day is a great way of offering guests an option to come by early in the day, before they get into family events which often are geared more towards late afternoon.
4. This is a great day to create a children’s table and not have them feel like they are stuck in a corner. You can use pails filled with inexpensive options like daisy’s. I found adorable coloring place mats which I have used along with a favor bag of crayons, small children’s games, Easter bunny ears, and plastic eggs filled with anything you can image! The key to the children’s table is to make it fun, interactive and whimsical. The less structure, the better. And by using a simple spring color palette, you don’t have to worry about boy and girl colors as they all work beautifully together.
5. For this Easter Sunday wedding menu, the fantastic Chef Jon Rollo created this for our clients: Amuse Bouche: Burrata with Crispy Proscuitto and Canteloupe Melon Shooter; Canellini Bean and Vegetable Minestrone; Tuscan Kale Salad with Fresh Tangerine, Almonds, and Dried Berries; Whitefish with Warm Salad of Green Lentils, Asparagus, Shaved Fennel, Watercress, and a Meyer lemon Vinaigrette. Dessert was a variety of cupcakes, macaroons, and more champagne! My point here is twofold. First, keep it light and healthy. Sorry, but I believe the heaviness of ham and potatoes is best to be used on a cold winter day. Second, keep something out at all times for people to munch on, especially if you are planning a daylong event!
This year, we have a wedding at the beautiful Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California. For Easter Sunday, I plan to make blackberry lemon pancakes for my husband and just enjoy the day.
Author Mary Litzsinger, Creative Director for VP Events, is one of southern California’s most prestigious event professionals. Her award winning parties have been featured in numerous magazines including OK!, Los Angeles Weddings, People, and Inside Weddings as well as on television shows such as Access Hollywood, E!, ABC and KNBC.
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