Invitations are given in person or by telephone one week or ten days before Easter, the time set about half an hour to an hour after church. The exact time depends on how long any clerical guests may be delayed by their duties following the service and how much time the hostess may need after church to complete the brunch preparation.
Decoration of the table and dining room for this party will be light and refreshing if spring flowers such as mixed bouquets of daffodils. jonquils, or tulips, and freesia are placed around the room and on the table. If you own a handsome pottery tureen in the rooster, setting hen, rabbit, duck, or recumbent lamb design, this is the time to use it as a centerpiece. Fill the tureen with assortments of candy Easter eggs, large and small, to be nibbled at the end of brunch, or wrap the candies in bright pliofilm or foil and tie in little packages for favors. Or, for the centerpiece, fill a pretty basket with home-colored Easter eggs, decorate the basket with a toy rabbit and a big bow of pink or yellow ribbon. Table linen in yellow and white, and china in the same colors or other spring tones are just right for this table.
Since this is the first meal of the day for some of the guests, they will want their coffee with the main course. A second pot should be made to serve later with coffee cake. A delicious, freshly baked coffee cake or one bought from a fine pastry shop makes a conversation-piece finale, while guests linger over their coffee.