The Ultimate Guide to Hosting an Unforgettable Easter Brunch

Traditional Easter brunch

Easter is a time of renewal, rebirth, and celebration. Gathering with loved ones for a special Easter brunch is a cherished tradition, and adding unique bakery delights can truly elevate the experience. From the décor to the menu, every detail contributes to creating lasting memories.

Here’s your ultimate guide to hosting an Easter brunch that will enchant your guests and tantalize their taste buds!

Planning Your Easter Brunch

Creating the perfect atmosphere is essential for any Easter celebration. Consider decorating your surroundings with fresh spring flowers and pastel-colored ornaments to achieve this. When sending out invitations, get creative and choose between digital e-vites with Easter motifs or handmade paper invitations that reflect the joy and warmth of the occasion.

Crafting the Perfect Brunch Menu

Starters and Appetizers

Start your meal with light appetizers like fresh fruit salads or mini quiches. Serve them with crunchy, almond-rich biscotti for added sophistication and a satisfying crunch. 

Main Dishes

For main dishes, think outside the traditional brunch box. Elevate your Easter brunch with a sweet potica breakfast strata, blending traditional potica with creamy custard and fresh berries. This make-ahead dish combines the nutty sweetness of potica with the richness of custard, finished with a golden-brown crust. For a festive and indulgent centerpiece, serve it warm, dusted with powdered sugar!

Side Dishes

Side dishes should complement your mains; consider a vibrant wild rice salad brimming with spring vegetables to add color and texture to your spread.


Desserts are a great way to impress your guests. Consider offering a variety of sweet pastries alongside a fruit cake that has the perfect balance of sweetness and a hint of liquor. You could even set up a DIY dessert bar, where guests can add their own toppings, such as sauces and sprinkles, giving them a personalized experience.


No brunch is complete without a selection of beverages. Create Easter-themed cocktails and mocktails, along with a coffee and tea station. Biscotti makes the perfect companion to a well-brewed cup of coffee or a soothing tea, offering a delightful end to the meal.

Adding Personal Touches

Personalize your brunch with DIY Easter egg decorating stations and personalized place settings. These thoughtful details not only add to the festive atmosphere but also make each guest feel special.

Entertainment and Activities

Set the mood for your Easter gathering with spring-inspired tunes and interactive games. Arrange your space to accommodate both dining and activities for a lively and inclusive environment.

As you plan your unforgettable Easter brunch, consider the unique and authentic offerings from the Italian Bakery of Virginia in Minnesota. With our commitment to quality and authenticity, our world-famous potica, biscotti, fruit cake, and other delectable pastries can bring a touch of tradition and exceptional taste to your Easter celebration.

All our goods can be shipped directly to your door for your convenience! Please fill out our contact form online or call (218)741-7218 with any questions regarding the ordering process.

Fruit Cake: Where Did it Come from and Why is it a Holiday Tradition?

There’s no doubt about it—fruit cake is a staple of the holiday season. While it has spent centuries being the butt of countless jokes and often gets a bad rap, we here at Italian Bakery of Virginia still love it – and so do millions of people around the world. No matter which side of the spectrum you fall on, chances are you’re likely to find fruit cake adorning the dessert table of at least one holiday party this year.

So, what’s the history behind this love-it-or-hate it dessert and how did it become a holiday staple? Let’s take a closer look.

The origins of fruit cake

Christmas Fruit Cake

Let’s start from the beginning. Fruit cake dates all the way back to ancient Rome, when mashed barley, pomegranate seeds, raisins, and pine nuts were combined to make a dessert called satura. Valued for its long shelf life, Roman soldiers often brought the treat with them to battle. Later in the Middle Ages, spices, honey, and dried fruit were added, aiding in its growing popularity amongst crusaders. Over time, ingredients from European colonies were added, including sugar, candied fruit from the Middle East, various spices, and liquor, giving us a version of the treat that is most similar to the fruit cake we see today.

A brief ban

Because of the introduction of candied fruit, and of course, the abundant use of sugar for preservation, fruit cake became such a “sinfully rich” treat that it was briefly banned in Europe in the early 1700s. Fortunately, the ban was later lifted and fruit cake became a popular treat during celebrations throughout Europe and a must-have addition to a proper Victorian tea spread.

Synonymous with the holiday season

It is believed that one of the main reasons why fruit cake became associated with the holidays was that during the 18th and 19th century the cost of the ingredients was too expensive for most households to afford. Considered an indulgence, fruit cake was thus reserved for special occasions and holidays. As time went on, others began to credit Truman Capote’s 1956 short story, “A Christmas Memory,” which became most interesting when the older woman in the narrative looked out her window and exclaimed that it was “fruit cake weather.”

Ordering Fruit Cake from Italian Bakery of Virginia

Regardless of whether fruit cake is a must-have addition to your own annual holiday spread or you’re simply curious about this seasonal commodity, Italian Bakery of Virginia ships fruit cake all over the world. Our delicious Italian fruit cake blends candied fruits, crunchy nuts, and a hint of liquor to create a homemade holiday treat the whole family will enjoy. Order online today to have one delivered straight to your home!