From the guest list to the menu, from the decor to activities for the kids, Easter dinner requires a lot of planning. Here are some tips to help you prepare, especially with COVID restrictions still in place for many families.
Make a Timeline: Think about what you want to offer this Easter. Then list out what items or supplies you need to make that happen. Add dates to your list and rank by priority. For most families, there will be fewer people around the table due to COVID restrictions. Some hosts might want to add more activities than years past to make up for the restrictions and lack of familiar faces. Others may add a special menu item to spread some extra cheer. Regardless, some shopping will need to happen and its best to know what you have to buy and by when.
Manage the Guest List: Depending on what COVID restrictions are in place where you live, there is a chance that you will have to keep your guest list smaller than usual this year. Especially if you have to accomodate family that is considered high-risk by the health department. Pick a number that is comfortable for your household and stick to it. Consider making a basket of goodies to send to family that you are unable to host this year if you are keeping your list manageable.
Select the Decor: What color scheme and aesthetic are you going for? Consider a pastel or a light hue to really hone in on those spring-time vibes. You can use what you already have or buy new decor, all that matters is that you feel good about your choice.
The Table Matters: Use a table centerpiece as the focal point of your decoration, and keep everything else relatively simple. If you want to update your setting, browse Gardner-White’s vast selection of dining sets. Set the table the day before to give yourself more time on Easter Day for other tasks.
Keep Activities Outdoors: Games, like an Easter egg hunt, are best kept outdoors. Designate an adult to supervise if young children will be participating.
Make the Food, and Enjoy Your Meal: Take a look at your planned menu and figure out what you can make the night before and what needs to be prepared on Easter Day. Try to do as much as you can beforehand. For example, marinate and season any meat the night before so you just have to pop it in the over to cook before serving it. Since you will have set your table and decor earlier in the week, all that is left is placing the cooked and heated food on your table and enjoying the meal with your loved ones!