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Easter is coming early this year, on Sunday, April 5th. Whether this is your first time hosting an Easter dinner or you’ve done it a million times, it can feel like a lot of work with shopping for food, cleaning for guests, preparing the meal, and more. But, with these simple tips, you can have a stress free holiday.
Keep guest list manageable. Don’t feel like you have to invite everyone. Look at the available seating around the table and in your home and keep your guests to a minimum. I usually stick to our immediate family so that we can all fit around 2 tables. I feel terrible when I invite someone over and there’s not enough room at the table, so that someone has to take their plate to the living room on a tv tray.
Ask guests to bring a dish. Anytime I have a holiday or family get together, my mom and my mother-in-law are always eager to bring a dish or two. Don’t hesitate to ask guests to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert. Then, you only need to concentrate on the main dishes.
Enlist help. When we have Easter dinner, I put everyone in my family to work. Someone sets the table, my mom or Nate will put the salad together, another kid sets out the meal, and so on. Even my youngest, who’s 4, does a great job helping put the plates around the table.
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Have an Easter activity for the kids. While preparing dinner, offer an Easter craft, coloring pages, or even a fun Easter Egg Hunt to keep the kids occupied. Usually when dinner is finished, Nate will have the kids go outside for an egg hunt. It gives me time to clean up and get dessert ready, and I still have time to run outside and see the kids hunting for eggs.
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My biggest tip is to never ever be scared to ask for help! Whoever you are inviting to your party are normally friends and family so they will be eager to help.
I completely agree! These are all great tips and dinner doesn’t have to be too elaborate or crazy. I think everyone enjoys the holidays better when there is less stress and clean-up.
Excellent tips, Stephanie! Our family loves ham…and I love that so much can be done with the leftovers!
I love the part about keeping the guest list manageable – mostly because my Easter dinner is at my grandmother’s house with about 30 people! But everyone brings dishes so that helps out ALOT. Oh and both the adults and kids hunt Easter eggs which is great fun. Great tips!
That honey-baked ham looks SO good! Great list of tips. I like a potluck style holiday dinner, because sometimes you wouldn’t have all the variety if people didn’t bring different things.
Honeybaked Ham is a family favorite over here! We love how easy it makes holidays or any family gathering! Thanks for sharing these ideas, I’m terrible at limiting the guest list but it would make things more manageable!
We usually have family meals potluck. It takes the burden off of one person.
Great tips! We love doing a family potluck- it makes things much more manageable!
I’m hosting Easter this year and these are some helpful tips! Thanks!
Great tips! I love Easter dinner!
We can definitely use these tips! Holidays can get kind of crazy!
This is so helpful! We hosted Thanksgiving last year and I used some of these tricks, and it helped a lot!
It’s just not Easter without ham for me! Every year, my hubby and I spend the day at my best friend’s family home, eating and drinking and laughing, and usually we end up playing Cards Against Humanity or Monopoly after a little nap. It’s like a mini Thanksgiving!
We just decided to host Easter dinner at our house and the first thing I put on my list was a HoneyBaked Ham. I can’t wait!
These are great tips. We will be doing the traditional Easter Taco Bar with carne asada and fajita veggies. I guess some people might miss the ham, but you can put ham in a taco, right?
Thanks for the great tips, putting together a holiday meal can get stressful!
I’m all about keeping parties small, makes them so much better.