Become the talk of the neighbourhood with these hosting tips!
Having family and friends over for a delicious meal is the perfect way to celebrate Easter. But when you’re the host, there is a lot to organize and consider leading up to the main event. Whether you’re planning an Easter brunch or a full-blown dinner get-together, we’ve got you covered. These tips will help you feel more organized and make the occasion memorable and stress-free!
Prep Ahead of Time
Every pro-host knows that organization is the key to success when it comes to inviting people into your home to celebrate a special occasion. Leaving food prep, decorating, music selection and cooking to the day of can cause quite the stir. Last minute requests always seem to come up so providing yourself with enough time to accommodate is important. Luckily, there are many things you can prep ahead of time, such as salad dressings, cleaning and cutting vegetables, table settings and even desserts such as these Easter Egg Cake Bites. Even the kids will enjoy making these the Saturday before, and you’ll want their decorating expertise too!
Plan for More
Although your guests have already RSVP’d, don’t rule out unexpected visitors. It’s better to have leftovers than to be stuck spreading meals out over more people than you planned for! Start when you’re grocery shopping. Add a few pounds to the ham or turkey you’re planning to cook. Our favourite glazed ham recipe serves 18, so feeding surprise guests won’t be a challenge.
Don't Forget the Basics
Sometimes we get so caught up in the big event and main course that we forget about the small but important details. A few days leading up to your event, make sure you’re stocked with ice, sparkling and still water, milk and sugar for coffee, and all other small items that compliment a great meal.
Be sure to have options for guests with allergies or dietary preferences. Even if you know your guests well, their preferences may have changed or they may have new dietary needs. Accommodating everyone is much easier with products like Club House gluten-free gravies and gluten-free flour. Cooking and baking up dietary appropriate alternatives is sure to win you Easter host of the year.
Think Outside the Box
Anticipate your guests’ needs ahead of time. If you know there will be children, make sure you have child-friendly versions of sides and appetizers. Planning a fun activity that kids can do while the adults are enjoying their meal is a great stress-relief for guests and keeps kids happy. We love using craft paper as a tablecloth at the kids table – just add crayons! Don’t forget to set the mood for the evening with a playlist that guests can comfortably talk over and lasts throughout the main meal.
Now you’re ready to take on your favourite Easter meal and become a pro host. Best of luck and have a great long weekend!