I have no problems with jellybeans and Peeps. There’s nothing finer than a plump, yellow Peep (gotta be yellow) dipped in hot fudge and eaten while hovering over the fondue pot. However, some occasions call for a more sophisticated approach. Here are my thoughts on how to make the perfect Easter hostess gift for grown-ups. Use it as a springboard for your own ideas.
Line a pretty basket with a crisp, new tea towel. Fill the basket with:
• Homemade Focaccia. Click here for my recipe for Rosemary-Sage Focaccia with Caramelized Onions. Again, just use this as a springboard. For the one in the photo I simply pressed out a wad of storebought pizza dough and topped it with olive oil, caramelized onions, black olives, fresh rosemary and sea salt.
• Bottle of wine. Yes, this wine was chosen solely for the fact the there are ducks on the label. However, turns out it’s a pretty good wine. It’s a 2009 Maxwell Creek Sauvignon Blanc from a small winery in the Napa Valley. It’s fruity and crisp with a long, smooth finish that pairs nicely with the focaccia. Here’s one place to find it.
• Craft store bird nest filled with malted milk robin eggs. Here’s one place to find a bird nest.
• Vintage paper mache egg container filled with individually wrapped chocolate truffles or, OK, jelly beans! Here’s one source for the containers.
• Brown speckled artificial eggs. Here’s one place to find the eggs.
Tie on a pretty ribbon, add a card and you’re good to go! Happy Easter!
The very affordable "Daisy Doozy" (below) is just one of our many Easter gift basket ideas. Click here to see them all!