If this is your first year hosting your family’s Easter dinner or you have been hosting it for years and you want to just get back to basics, this is the guide for you! Making sure you have enough activities for the children and enough food for the adults may seem daunting, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Keep in mind, you don’t have to do everything in our guide to make your Easter great—these are just some of the most common traditions and activities. Here are the basics of a great Easter day and dinner:
Dying Easter eggs is always one of the most fun parts of this holiday, especially for children. There are plenty of kits you can use to do this, which make it very, very easy to quickly make lots of different colors of eggs. They are very inexpensive, including one that is less than $2.00 in our store. If you don’t want to use a kit, there are lots of different ways you can dye your eggs. No matter which method you use, the most important and first step is to hard boil the eggs, especially if there are going to be children involved in the dying process, since the last thing you want to do is have to clean up a smashed, dyed, raw egg. Alternatively, you could always drain the eggs (by poking a hole in the top and bottom of the egg and blowing out the yolk and white), which makes it possible to keep the eggs—but also makes them more fragile. One of the simplest ways to dye Easter eggs without a kit is to use food coloring. Just mix a half cup of very hot water with a teaspoon of vinegar and at least ten drops of food coloring in a cup. The eggs will need to sit in the dye for at least five minutes. If you want to go an even more natural route, things like beets, onions, carrots, and coffee can all be used to dye your eggs. A quick, simple craft that makes very unique looking eggs is to fill a deep plate with shaving cream or whipped cream, drop food coloring onto the shaving cream, and then use a toothpick to swirl the food coloring and shaving cream together. Then, all you have to do is roll the hard boiled eggs in the shaving cream. After rolling, just let them sit in the cream until they have dried out a little bit. Then, rinse them off and you have eggs that look like they’ve been tie-dyed! However you dye your eggs, the kids will definitely have fun seeing the plain white eggs dyed different colors right before their eyes.
The Easter egg hunt is usually the highlight of the day for any and all kids who might be coming to your home for this holiday. Both the Easter eggs and the hiding is relatively easy, especially if there are only very young children joining the hunt. While you might not want to hide those freshly dyed Easter eggs anywhere in or around your home, plastic eggs that you can find at any party supply store, in the Easter decorations section, can be easily filled with candy and won’t start to rot or stink after a few weeks if the kids did not find it. Just fill the eggs with chocolates, candies, and maybe even little prizes, and then hide them around your house. Depending on the ages of the children who will be involved in the hunt, you might really take time to hide those eggs well (for older children), or just kind of set them around, barely in sight (for younger children). It is always useful to note how many eggs you hide so you can be sure that they’ve found them all. If you do not want any leftover, chocolate-filled eggs hiding in your home, a rudimentary map of the yard or house, noting where each egg is hidden, might be a useful precaution to take.
The most traditional main dishes for an Easter meal are roast lamb or a glazed ham. What you ultimately want to make will depend entirely on your family and friends’ tastes, but you can almost never go wrong with a ham. What goes along with the ham is less traditional, though potatoes of some kind, along with rolls or bread, are often seen on an Easter table. Desserts are as easy as cookies or cake (vanilla or white cake can easily be dyed pink, yellow, or green with a few drops of food coloring). The kids will likely have had so much candy they will not be in need of more sugar!
Unlike Halloween or Christmas, only a few people decorate their homes for Easter. If you want to add some more fun and flair to your celebrations, look for Easter decorations in our shop. Alternatively, you can always make some decorations by hand. The dyed eggs, in little eggs stands or set in empty candle pedestals are a great way to display your children’s hard work and make the house look a little more festive. Paper eggs, made from construction paper and decorated with markers, sequins, or bric-a-brac can be hung on walls. A “Happy Easter” sign is always in order and will look great hung on a mantle or over your doorway.
The Bottom Line
Easter should be about spending time with your loved ones—not about stressing out over a meal or perfect table settings or Easter decorations. Pick just one or two activities during the day and simplify your dinner menu, so you aren’t so overwhelmed with tasks that you can’t actually spend time with your family and friends.