Easter is right around the corner so it's time to make your meal plans now! Our family attends church services in the morning so I like to plan a meal that I can mostly make ahead and enjoy Easter Sunday. Ordering a prepared ham or similar main dish that you simply pick up the day before is a great way to relieve some stress for the day and allow more time to be spent with your family.
Here are a few of my planning tips for a beautiful and low stress Easter.
About two weeks ahead:
Finalize menu for the day
Order prepared foods (i.e. ham, desserts, etc)
Purchase non-perishable foods, wine, and beverages
Purchase items for kid's Easter baskets
Press linens and clean silver
About one week ahead:
Set the table (if you don't use the table daily)
Set up buffet or make a list of dishes to use
Order perishable groceries to pick up in a few days (if you do online grocery orders)
About 2 days ahead:
Pick up or purchase perishable groceries
Purchase flowers for centerpiece
Pick up prepared food
The day before:
Prep appetizers, casseroles, etc
Prep main dish if not ordering a prepared one
Put casseroles/ side dishes in the oven to cook
Cook or warm up main dish
Make coffee, open wine, and prep other beverages
Enjoy a wonderful meal with your family!
Need some ideas for your menu?
Easter Dinner Sample Menu
Charcuterie board with Deviled Eggs
Baked Ham (or order a prepared one)
Mimosas, Red & White Wine
Easter Brunch Sample Menu
Fresh Fruit (Strawberries, Kiwi, Pineapple, etc)
Mimosas, Champagne, and Wine
Ready to get planning on your Easter menu? Download my FREE Easter menu planner! HERE
What about leftover ham? These are my go-to recipes for using up leftover ham (and getting some veggies in too).
I hope everyone has a beautiful Easter!