Are you hosting Easter dinner this weekend? Here are our four ways to make the holiday “egg”stra special!
1. Planning the Meal
If you’re having a big group, it’s always fun to get everyone involved in the cooking by hosting a pot luck. Decide on the main dish; ham, prime rib, smoked salmon… Then ask everybody else to bring a side dish or dessert to share. If you’re having a smaller group, keep it simple with just the main course, vegetable, salad and a yummy dinner roll. For dessert, we’re all for raiding the kid’s Easter baskets but if that’s something you must wait to do til after the kid’s are in bed, carrot cake is a wonderful, make ahead option.
Find out what your guests normally drink. Are they diet coke fans, tea drinkers, or do they prefer something caffeine-free? Taking time to pick up what they like to drink shows you are an extra-thoughtful host. It’s also kind of fun and unexpected to plan one specialty drink to serve. This could be a Bloody Mary bar or orange sherbet mimosa punch!
You don’t need bunnies, chicks and eggs everywhere to make things festive. Focus on these two areas instead:
The front door
Sweep the porch, put out a new welcome mat, add a spring wreath to the door and if you’ve got time to spare, plant some fresh flower pots. These are all relatively inexpensive ways to freshen the porch and get ready to welcome guests.
The kitchen table /island
This is our go-to spot for a cute spring centerpiece, seasonal fruit or candy. Everyone will naturally congregate in this area so it’s the perfect location for some well-placed spring accessories.
Peruse pinterest for cute Easter crafts and set up a table with materials for the project. The kids can get creative while the adults are busy in the kitchen cooking and mingling.
Another easy activity that grownups and kids both can enjoy is a jelly bean tasting. Purchase several different brands of jelly beans. Sweet Tarts, Nerds, Brachs, Jelly Belly, Starburst and Sour Patch all have their version of this popular Easter candy. Put each kind of bean in a clear plastic cup, label each cup with numbers (keeping a master list of the brands) and let guests take a guess at what kind of jelly bean is in each cup.
Last but not least, what would Easter be without an Easter egg hunt? If you don’t already have a tradition involving your egg hunt, you can always start your own. My grandmother always hid a “special egg.” It was a papier-mâché egg that had a $5 bill inside, but any small treasure will do; money, gift cards or movie tickets.
Do you have any Easter traditions? Do tell.