Give Spring Feasts a Personal Touch
Add new traditions to old to create memorable Easter and Passover meals
Sprinkle a trail of colorful flowers or jelly beans down the center of the table for a festive note
Gathering family and friends for a grand Easter Sunday feast or Seder Night dinner for Passover are cherished springtime rituals. Cooking the traditional dishes that honor each occasion is also a beloved part of the holidays--but it's possible to add some surprises to give these delicious meals your own stamp.
Update your Easter menu
Of course, you can always serve Easter ham as the main course for your Sunday feast. If that's not the family favorite, make one or two changes to update your menu while keeping the dishes everyone loves.
Add contemporary style to Seder menus
Passover rituals are indelibly interwoven with the Seder dinner, but you can still give the traditional menu a makeover.
Set the table in your own style
Inviting guests to a beautifully set table adds a graceful note to every spring gathering. Choose from the tips here to create your own special table.
Judith H. Dern is an independent writer based in Seattle who loves the rituals associated with cooking for holiday meals.