Nothing celebrates the prospect of a long, leisurely summer better than a party. This Easter, invite the grownups over to share in the fun while the kids are hunting for Easter eggs. A weekend brunch is one of the easiest meals to throw together for guests. You can stick with breakfast fare, like a fluffy quiche, or move on to lunch nibbles like pinwheel sandwiches and a mouthwateringly fresh green salad. With spring knocking on the door, design your table with lighter, gentler colors in mind.
If the griller at your house wants to christen his equipment for the season, brats and burgers are a spring and summer classic that never go out of style. This year, try prepping your dessert on the grill, too. It'll be fun and make for easier kitchen cleanup.
Prepare a pitcher of sun tea and spread some snack-filled baskets around the house. If you aren't grilling and have a chocolate fountain left over from Christmas, give it a multi-season treatment with an accompaniment of fruits, marshmallows and cookies -- out on the deck where all the action is. The kids will love it, and the resulting mess will be a photo-op worth buying a camera for.