Easy Easter Dinner Tips

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There is nothing more fun than planning a family gathering, especially when a great holiday like Easter is just around the corner. Easter dinner was a big deal at our house when I was growing up. It was a lot of fun, but a lot of work went into pulling it off. This year, with a little planning ahead, you can turn your Easter dinner into a really special affair that won’t have you slaving over a stove for hours. Here are some easy Easter dinner tips that will help you to have a fabulous family gathering.

I love adding pretty flowers like these Gerbers Daisies to my table.

Plan Ahead

The most important step to an easy Easter dinner preparation is planning ahead. Is Cousin Jamie still a vegetarian? Did they like the recipes last year? What recipes do you find easier to make? Planning ahead can really help things go smoothly when you’re the one hosting the dinner. 

The Importance of the RSVP

If you have your guests RSVP to your Easter gathering, it will make preparation of dishes and sides much easier. You’ll also know exactly how many places to set at the table the night before so you do not have to worry about that while the dinner preparations are underway.

Get Out of the Kitchen

Is turkey or ham on your menu? Let’s face it, cooking a whole turkey takes forever which takes time away from enjoying your guests. This is where a place like HoneyBaked Ham comes in handy. Instead of spending so much time in the kitchen, pre-order your ham and turkey from HoneyBaked Ham. Since their products are all pre-cooked, all you’ll have to do is throw them in the oven to reheat. Their smoked turkey breast is to die for!

HoneyBaked Ham and Turkey Breast

Chill Out

Cold sides should be prepared ahead of time so that they have time to chill in the fridge. If you make them the night before, everything will have time to set properly and will generally have a much nicer flavor the day after. You can also make your own dressings for salad ahead of time so long as they are sealed in air-tight containers in the refrigerator. Pre-chopping and washing fresh vegetables used for salads is another crucial step to do ahead so that you can spend less tme in the kitchen.

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Warm Up

Warm sides including vegetables have a few shortcuts you can use. If vegetables are to be steamed, do that ahead of time and let them relax in the refrigerator. For soups, frozen vegetables work just as well as fresh, but generally require less prep work than the fresh alternative. If you prefer fresh vegetables, cook them ahead of time and store appropriately so that you will not have to worry as much about taking the time to cook them during your Easter morning.

The Real Main Course

Desserts are nearly always the favorite during the holidays. Not only are they usually the most fun to eat, most can also usually be prepared well ahead of time. If you plan on having cookies, they can be baked a few days in advance. Perhaps you might want to fancy up your table with a trifle. By pre-making the cake and layering the dessert the night before, you will be saving plenty of time to spend with friends and family.

Blig plate of HoneyBaked ham, turkey and mac and cheese

With these tips in mind, you can be prepared for your own quick and easy Easter dinner featuring a delicious HoneyBaked Ham or turkey breast among other treats for the holiday.

What’s on your Easter menu?

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About the author


Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 13-year old boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at dianenassy@gmail.com


  • These are great tips..I have actually never hosted Easter dinner! So these are all very useful tips. Easter is so early this year and it is helpful to get a head start on preparing 🙂

  • I actually love just either eating out or buying meals for the holidays. We already eat a lot of home cooked meals. So this is extra nice to just purchase it. Thanks for sharing your great tips too!

  • The last few holidays my mom and sister have been been ordering the main food and making the sides and desserts so no one person is burdened with all of the hard work.

Easy Easter Dinner Tips

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