When little plastic eggs go on sale and pastel pinks, blues and yellows begin to drape the decorations in your neighborhood and local stores…you know what that means! Spring has sprung, and cookouts, egg hunts and Easter meals are in full swing!
While the cold winter days are officially behind you, it’s now the perfect time to sit back and enjoy the coming season. But wait…you just got a call that the Easter meal is at your house this year.
WHAT?! Well, don’t panic! We’ve got you covered. We’ll give you a fool proof Easter dinner checklist that’ll help you cover all the major steps and still leave some time for that well-earned relaxation.
Step 1: Plan It Out
The first thing you want to do is make a plan. Ask yourself these questions and you’ll be well on your way to a smooth-sailing event.
- What time is the meal? Brunch, lunch or dinner?
- Is it going to be a formal event or a casual get together?
- What kind of menu is appropriate for your event type?
- Is it a potluck? If so, who’s bringing what?
- What recipes are you going to use? A well-loved family recipe? Your favorite food blogger? Do a little digging. This is the fun part!
Next? Make an all-encompassing grocery list. This list should be as detailed as possible! You’ll want to make sure you’ve stocked up on the basics like butter, flour, eggs and milk. If you’re on a time crunch, this thorough, easy-to-follow list will allow you to get in and out of the grocery store madness ASAP!
Once you have this this information set, then you’re on the right track for step 2.
Step 2: Start Cooking
Ah, yes. Cooking Easter dinner is the most important part, but also the most time consuming. To ensure your meal is the best it can be and served at an appropriate time, you’ll need to follow a few simple steps.
- Separate your ingredients by the dishes they belong to. (i.e. Set aside the flour, butter, milk and eggs it’ll take to make your famous homemade biscuits.)
- Set aside the flour, butter, milk and eggs it’ll take to make your famous homemade biscuits.
- Pair the cooking platter with its ingredients for the dish prior to cooking time to prevent a frantic search for the right size pan or tray.
- Cook dishes with similar temperatures at the same time. Make sure to use your energy efficient appliances!
- Pick one place to store the completed dishes, like the dining room table. This will help you keep enough room on your countertops and kitchen island for the dishes that still need to be finished.
- Stick to recipes that you have cooked before, so you don’t run the risk of rookie mistakes.
Cooking your meal is without a doubt the most important aspect of the whole event, but make sure to leave plenty of room to let the family and kids get involved and have some fun with it!
Step 3: Serving Time
Although cooking may be the most important time of your whole event, serving it up and seeing those hungry eyes widen is when it really pays off! So how can you ensure your display is up to par with the cute and trendy party arrangements?
- Keep a central theme. By keeping things like color arrangements and figurine décor minimal, your event will remain sophisticated yet fun.
- If possible, make it an indoor-outdoor event. The fresh spring air sets the perfect mood for a lovely party (and keeps the full-energy kiddos running around in the yard instead of your living room!)
- Don’t forget the egg hunt! No matter the age of your party members, there’s nothing like a good ol’ fashion egg hunt to bring out the inner child in us all.
Being the designated Easter party host can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! By following these time saving steps, you’ll be on your way to a party that’s hard to beat! Just watch out when Thanksgiving rolls around, they might call on you again!
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