Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Beginner's Guide to Easter Dinner

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All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

On Easter Sunday, I will be hosting my first ever holiday dinner. To say I'm a bit overwhelmed by the idea is a huge understatement. After attending church Sunday, we will host dinner for my brother-in-law and his family, making our dinner party a party of 8. Seeing as this is my first Easter dinner to prepare, I've decided to make the most of it and really go out! I want to be sure to do it right so that it's one that we can look back on fondly. Because I can't be the only one hosting a holiday party for the first time this season, I thought I'd share my check-list with you in hopes that it helps you along the way.

Stephanie's Check List for a Fool Proof Easter Dinner 
1. Send the invite for your party 2-3 weeks beforehand. You want to give your family and friends plenty of time to RSVP. My go to way to send invites is to use Evite. I've been using the online company for birthdays, holiday parties, thank you notes and just because notes since discovering the site in 2013. Evite has everything you are looking for -- free and premium options that you can personalize with your own photos and designs. Invites are sent directly to your guest via their email address. Evite's user-friendly site also allows you to see who has RSVP, making the next steps in your party planning easier. Here is a few of my favorites from their Easter collection.


2. Once you have our finally head count, it's time to plan your meal. For 8-10 people it's safe to say that you will need the following items for your dinner party: 5-8 pounds of ham (with extra for leftovers), 2 appetizers, 1 salad, 2 starchy sides, 2 veggie sides, 2 desserts and 4 bottles of wine. If you are uncertain as to what to make for the dinner, visit Pinterest or ask for suggestions from those that have hosted family dinners in previous years. There are plenty of ideas and options out there if you do a bit of research. 

3. Have fun with your decorations. I love decorating for the holidays so I tend to go overboard a bit. Decorating for each holiday doesn't have to break the bank, either. I find most of my decor at Hobby Lobby, Kirkland's and Target. In addition to decorating, I'll add fresh flowers to our dining room table along with our entry table. I love the flowers that available this time of year. Calla Lilly and Lilacs are my favorite.

4. Plan games or crafts for your littlest guests. Connor is the baby of the family but at almost 3 1/2 he loves playing games or putting together a craft with his grandparents, uncles and cousins. Because cooking and hosting takes a lot of energy, think small when it comes to entertainment. A simple Easter egg hunt is always a hit or you can do this easy fingerprint cross activity. If a hunt and craft aren't enough, try playing board games. A little bit of friendly competition is always fun in our household.  

Opening up our home and hosting parties is something that I love doing. Being able to share the holiday with our family in our home is something that I've been wanting to do for a while. 

What are you Easter plans? Are you hosting or visiting family for the holiday? However you are spending it, I wish you a Happy Easter! 

A little Easter through back to last year. I can't believe how big he is now compared to just a year ago.

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