We love to celebrate holidays and seasons and big events here at StoneGable! What could be better than celebrating the resurrection of our Savior? Easter is a favorite time for our family and friends to gather! How blessed we are to worship together, be surprised by an Easter Basket and share Easter dinner! I’m starting early to plan an Easter Dinner so I’m not stressed or hurried at the last minute. Here’s an easy to do, work ahead checklist to make Easter day all about family and fun!
Here’s an Easter Dinner checklist that will help you start early, get things done little by little, and enjoy Easter dinner with those you love! And lots and lots of pictures that might give you some Easter inspiration and ideas for your table!
START 2 WEEKS BEFORE …
Start early and plan, plan, plan!!!! The more you can get down on paper the more organized you will be!
PLAN AN MENU
Decide NOW what you are having for dinner! Write it all down and collect recipes you need all in one place!
Here’s our Easter 2016 Menu:
- Charcuterie Board
- Honey Baked Spiral Ham
- Aunt Sue’s Mac And Cheese
- Roast Asparagus
- Baby Greens, Strawberries, Slivered Almonds with a Champagne Vinaigrette
- Deviled Eggs
- Bunny Bread
- Glazed Lemon Zucchini Bread
- Chocolate Bunnies
- Champagne, Mint Water, Coffee
WRITE A GROCERY LIST
Write down EVERYTHING you will need to cook your fabulous Easter meal! I’ve been using Evernote on my smart phone. I can collect my recipes and write a grocery checklist. Easy peasy!
ORDER ANY FOOD YOU ARE SERVING
We are having a Honey Baked Spiral Ham. I’ll order that well in advance and pick it up the day two days before Easter! Order it early and check it off the list!
KNOW WHO’S COMING TO DINNER
Make sure of every person coming to dinner! Call, text, email or evite. Just make sure to do this so you don’t forget! Ask friends and family earlier rather than later and get a commitment. It’s so much easier to plan a big meal when you have a firm count!
KNOW WHO’S BRINGING WHAT
If your feast is a collaborative effort, know exactly who is bringing what… and write it all down!
PLAN A TABLE
When you have a good idea of how many people will be coming to Easter dinner begin to visualize your table. Is it going to be a sit down dinner or a buffet? Are you thinking formal or casual? China, everyday plates or paper? Will you need more than one table? Planning a table is so so much less stressful when done way in advance! Spend some time brainstorming about what you can use! Be creative.
BUY EASTER BASKET CONTENTS
If you are putting together Easter baskets get the contents of the baskets ahead! Do it now! Don’t forget some pretty filler like straw or crinkled paper. And buy some fun chocolate bunnies!
I think this year we are going to draw names and put an Easter basket together for one special person. Sound fun, doesn’t it?
BUY TABLE FAVORS
I love to have something festive and fun and personal at each place setting.
I think I’ll buy fun initial mugs for each person at our table and fill them with chocolates! YUM!
ONE WEEK BEFORE
Now it’s time to put our Easter plans into action!
IRON TABLE LINENS
This is my least favorite job!!! So I’ll do this first!
SHOP FOR EVERYTHING BUT NON PERISHABLES
Early the week before I make a huge grocery shopping trip. Get everything you can but the perishable things that won’t keep. Use your list from the week before! Don’t forget the jellybeans!
BUY ANY WINE, BEER ETC.
Stock up on any drinks you will need. We serve champagne at Easter, so Bobby will do a Champagne run!
Cook a little each day! I’ll make the Glazed Lemon Zucchini Bread and freeze it early in the week. I can make almost everything ahead. I love a yummy and easy menu!
SET THE TABLE
Set the table and enjoy how pretty it make your dining room!
GET OUT SERVING DISHES
Know what serving dishes you will use for everything. Don’t forget the serving utensils too!
DYE EASTER EGGS
Hard boil eggs and dye them! How fun is that!!!!! Put a big bowl of colorful eggs on your table Easter morning and let everyone choose the egg they like best!
PUT TOGETHER EASTER BASKETS
Put together any Easter baskets you are giving and hide them away from sneaky eyes until Easter morning!
KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO WEAR
Don’t forget about yourself! Plan something pretty and comfortable to wear. Make sure everything is clean and ready to go! How about getting a manicure or pedicure?
PICK UP ANY ORDERED FOOD
If you are like me and order something make sure to pick it up!!!!
THE DAY BEFORE EASTER
It’s crunch time!!!! And if you have been planning away you are in great shape!!! Good for you!
SHOP PERISHABLE ITEMS
Now get those perishable items. Remember to pick up an extra bag of ice too!
GET FLOWERS AND ARRANGE THEM FOR THE TABLE
While you are out and about get some gorgeous flowers for a pretty centerpiece! This year I’ll be looking for lots of white tulips!
TEXT PEOLE WHO ARE BRINGING SOMETHING TO THE DINNER WITH A GENTLE REMINDER
Send a sweet and gentle reminder to the kind folks that are bringing food.
It might look something like …
“Hi Sue! We are so excited to see you tomorrow. And you know how we love your Mac and Cheese. YUM! So nice of you to offer to bring it to dinner! You are a sweetheart! Hugs, Yvonne”
Go over the area of your home that will be used to entertain. Don’t get crazy!!!! Just a little swish and swipe!
The big day has arrived!!!!
PUT OUT EASTER BASKETS
Get up a little early and have those amazing Easter Baskets hidden and ready for each recipient!
COOK LAST MINUTE FOODS
Enlist help and cook up those last minute recipes!
ASK SOMEONE TO SAY GRACE
It’s such an nice gesture to ask a guest (before dinner of course so you don’t put then on the spot) to say “grace”.
RELAX AND EXJOY THIS SPECIAL TIME!
If something is not perfect, OH WELL! Now is the time to let everything roll off your back and enjoy those you love, your great food and pretty table! Have fun and be grateful!
I hope this checklist will help you be more organized and enjoy Easter dinner with your family and friends! And I hope the images have given you lots of ideas for your Easter table!