I love Easter – the days are longer, flowers are blooming, and the kids are all excited to decorate Easter eggs and play outside while they search for them.
This year Easter is creeping up pretty quickly (as every holiday this year has!) and I’m actually planning a little ahead for this one! The kid’s Easter baskets are already done (I’ll share them on here tomorrow) and I’ve made a list for what we will be eating for Easter dinner. I’m all about tradition for holiday meals, so naturally that means we’ll have a ham dinner with all of the trimmings! Preparing for a big dinner or gathering can get stressful at times (I speak from experience here!) so I wanted to share a few tips that can help you make Easter Dinner easier – thus making it more memorable and less stressful.
Easter Dinner Tips:
1. Plan your meal ahead of time, and figure out how many people you will be feeding. Write down what you’d like to make as well as a shopping list.
2. Keep some cooking simple, by not cooking it all. I used to have to make everything; it was like I was a glutton for over-achiever punishment. I still make most of our meals, but sometimes I’ll let the pro’s do some of the work: HoneyBaked. Their hams are literally all ready to go – all you have to do is warm them and serve them! The HoneyBaked Ham Company also carries a variety of side dishes that you can purchase and your guests and family will seriously never know the difference!
3. Set the table in advance – and use what you have. I am always a fan of a gorgeous tablescape, but I know personally my family is going to be looking at the food, not the fancy china. It is okay to mis-match dishes if need be, and you can even stack different sized plates on each other to dress up the table a bit. Make sure you have fun pops of color like flowers or candles – don’t worry about buying stuff though, get creative and use what you’ve got!
4. Pass the buck on – or make it a potluck. Once again, I used to be horrible with delegating. Friends or family would ask if they could bring something and I would always tell them not to worry about it.
Don’t be me.
The more food the merrier – and it’s always fun to taste new dishes.
Ask them what they’d like to bring, or give them two choices of side dishes and let them decide which one they’d like to make.
5. Send food home so you don’t have to deal with it. Buy some Tupperware and let guests pile up on leftovers so you’re not left packaging up food half of the night. That is, of course if it’s not all devoured during dinner.
Right now you can save $5 off of $50 or more at Honeybaked – just in time to help you make dinner easier!
Have any other Easter dinner tips to share? Comment below!