Learn how to build an overflowing Easter dessert grazing board. The gorgeous candy tones will add a whimsical feel to your table while the mixture of breads, cakes and lollies will enchant adults and children alike.
Where to begin
- A serving board or tray with handles is a great starting point, especially if you plan on transporting the platter elsewhere (we used this).
- Use an array of serving bowls in different sizes and space them out across your board, using them as markers to plan out what goes where.
- We chose serving pieces from the Salisbury & Co Classic White range for a bit of interest and to contain some smaller items as well as an additional Salisbury & Co mango wood tapas bowl.
What’s on our Easter Dessert Grazing Board
Home baked goods like cupcakes, macarons, biscuits and brownies are a great addition to store bought treats. Next time you bake, we recommend making extra cupcakes and freezing them before they are iced so you always have some on hand for this very occasion.
Easter treats & lolly list:
- Rainbow coloured macarons
- Chocolate eggs and bunnies
- An assortment of wafers
- Iced finger buns, pink & white
- An assortment of mini eggs
- Fruity hot cross buns
- Marshmallow twists
- Sprinkle cookies
- Easter cupcakes
- Raspberry lamingtons
- Simple Hot Cross Bun Loaf – Bread Maker Recipe
- Easter Baking: Cupcakes & Love Heart Cookies
- Mini Vegan Carrot Cakes for Easter
- Chocolate Macaron Recipe for Beginners
Getting a good photo
After you’ve gone to the trouble of constructing your stunning Easter dessert grazing board, you’ll surely want to capture your creation to share with loved ones, but how do you take a tasteful shot that doesn’t look completely amateur or cast in darkness?
We asked our resident stylist and production coordinator, Jo-Anne Pabst for some insider tips and tricks.
Styling and presentation:
- When adding lollies and cakes to the board, try not to make it look too neat. In the image above you’ll notice that the hot cross buns are centred and horizontal while the white rectangular platter is vertical; mixing angles adds dimension.
- If you’re hoping to take the shot from directly above, use white space so you can crop the image and resize it depending on where you plan on uploading the image.
- Add some texture and warmth to your board by using a mixture of serving bowls in crisp white and warm wood – but stick to two materials to let the colour of the food pop.
- Go one step further by borrowing a pair of hands to add movement and playfulness.
- Greenery is your friend. Depending on what you hope to achieve from the image, making use of a beautifully set table with plants and napery will create a full and bountiful shot.
Taking the photo:
- To find a good lighting source, take your board over to a window but avoid placing it directly in the sun. Bright sunlight often causes darker shadows and is usually the reason people see a projection of themselves in the frame. Shooting in the morning or late afternoon is best.
- Some shadows are better than no shadows at all. You don’t want your image to look flat and lifeless. If you have bad lighting, bend down and take the image side-on to add volume.
Share your creations with us! We’d love to see how you get on so post and comment below letting us know!