Easter is coming up quickly so I thought I’d give you my five best Easter tips to help you get dinner on the table quickly and easily, so you have time for egg hunts and hanging out with the family instead of sweating in the kitchen.

Easter Dinner Ideas: 5 Tips For a Great Holiday

5.Look for decor pieces around the house that can be used for Easter decorations. Take a burlap bag and add fresh or fabric flowers, attach a sticker or paper applique and pin it to the wall with a hidden thumbtack. Or fill a birdcage with paper gift wrapping filler and ceramic eggs. Even embellish a vase with a decorative ribbon held it place with repositionable glue so it can be removed easily after the event. Fill in with birds, flowers, and any other spring or Easter themed item you may own.

4. Pull out your good linens, but if you have sloppy eaters, layer inexpensive fabric napkins over the good crochet tablecloth where they’re likely to spill. Layering colors and textures add interest, and only you need to know they’re there for a bit of protection from the drips and spills that are likely to happen.

3.Add height and interest to your Easter buffet table by placing upturned bowls as a base or using other decorative objects like a crate to create a more appealing look.

2.Let others help. If a guest offers to bring a dish, let them. This is particularly useful if they are someone who has a special diet like me. I’m a vegetarian, and if I bring a dish, I know there’s at least one thing I’ll be able to eat.

1.Don’t sweat dinner. It’s okay to purchase a premade dinner to serve. There are plenty of options including complete meals from specialty stores or instant sides at your local grocery.  Letting someone else do the cooking means you get to spend time with your guests instead of being isolated in the kitchen.

 

 

Having a heat-n-eat dinner means I have more time for putting together a little Easter decor and time to enjoy family, and that means I'm less frustrated and frazzled, and that's better for everyone.
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Having a heat-n-eat dinner means I have more time for putting together a little Easter decor and time to enjoy family, and that means I’m less frustrated and frazzled, and that’s better for everyone. Check around your house for items you can use for decor – it’s surprising what you probably already have on hand!

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Add fun touches like bunnies created from printed paper and tied with ribbon. I cut this out with my Silhouette Portrait electronic cutter

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Embellish a vase with ribbon – using repositionable glue makes it easy to remove after the event

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Fill a burlap bag with fresh or silk flowers and embellish with a removable sticker and hang with a hidden thumbtack for instant Easter decor.

An upturned faux farm crate highlights the dessert
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An upturned faux farm crate highlights the dessert. Made to be reused after the holiday as a storage container, the letters are peel-off vinyl.

Turn inexpensive frames into table talkers by removing the glass, painting the face with chalkboard paint, and using chalk pens to label the dishes so vegetarians and those with allergies know what's safe for them to eat.
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Turn inexpensive frames into table talkers by removing the glass, painting the face with chalkboard paint, and using chalkpens to label the dishes so vegetarians and those with allergies know what’s safe for them to eat.

Do you have an Easter tip to share? I’d love to hear it!