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Don’t start stressing but Easter comes early this year. Lucky for you I am sharing five Practical Tips for Planning a Traditional Easter Dinner.
Tip One: Get ready early
Now don’t go rolling your eyes at me. I know what you are thinking.
How am I going prepare a traditional Easter dinner fully dressed without getting messy?
Make your apron your best kitchen friend! Plus making the time to take care of yourself first will ease the stress of hosting.
Think of it this way. You would much rather be caught freshening up than just stepping out of the shower when the first guest rings the doorbell?
Tip Two: Set the table ahead of time
Several days before each dinner party I always set the dining room table. Seeing all the pretty china and crystal laid out makes me happy. Setting the table ahead of time also allows me to create a tablescape to be proud of. Click here to see my tips for thrifty table setting ideas.
Setting the table in advance may give you time to create a few DIY projects like a Moss Covered Easter Basket or this Pottery Barn Inspired Polka Dot Table Runner.
Another huge time saver is to pre-plan what food is going into which dish. Typically I gather all the serving pieces I would like to use then label them with the name of each food from the menu plan. Labeling may seem silly but it is an easy way for others to help you plate up food for the party.
Tip Three: Used tried and true recipes
Hosting a traditional Easter dinner is not the time to experiment on new recipes. That quinoa, acorn squash, and water chestnut casserole may look good on Pinterest but it is better left for another time.
Do not stress yourself out whipping up a new recipe when you have ten people coming to your house for Easter dinner! Instead rely on your tried and true recipes to complete your menu plan.
Tip Four: Self Serve Drink Station
Provide a self serve drink station for your guest allows them to help themselves to which beverage they would like. It is a huge help and time saver to you too!
A kitchen counter is a perfect spot for a drink station. For a traditional Easter dinner I would provide sweet tea, lemonade, and ice water for my guests.
Tip Five: Accept help
Never turn away an offer for help when hosting a dinner party. It makes your guest feel good to contribute and takes the pressure off of you to provide all the food. Whenever we gather as a family each of us brings at least one dish to share. My mother makes a fabulous broccoli salad and my sister-in-law creates wonderful desserts.
Relying on trusted companies like HoneyBaked Ham is another tremendous help. HoneyBaked Ham tastes delicious, is convenient and simple to serve to my family for our Easter dinner. Our family has enjoyed their hams for years as we celebrate Easter and other holidays.
For our traditional Easter dinner I served a mini ham and a roasted turkey breast. Each were incredibly flavorful and delicious.
My children loved the sweet, crunchy glaze on the outside of the HoneyBaked Ham. I loved not having to worry with prepping and cooking a ham by myself.
HoneyBaked Ham has a variety of sides available too. We loved the broccoli rice casserole. It went perfectly with the other dishes our family brought.
Right now HoneyBaked Ham is offering this exclusive, limited-time offer for planning your Easter meal:
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Looking for Easter tablescape inspiration? Click here for Thrifty Table Setting Ideas for Easter!
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