Each year here in the United States, the celebrations of the Easter Holiday tend to take on two distinctly different meanings. In the religious sense, Easter is all about Christ being resurrected from the dead. In the secular sense, however, 2012 Easter is all about the Easter bunny and Easter eggs. Whether you celebrate Easter religiously or secularly, you can benefit from these 10 tips on how you can make your Easter gathering a memorable one for you and your guests.
1. Just like when you’re planning for any kind of party, it’s important that you plan your Easter Sunday gathering weeks in advance. People often tend to make plans for holiday celebrations many months in advance, and the last thing you want to happen is to plan a party and then find out that all of your potential guests are unavailable.
2. Plan your Easter menu ahead of time too. You will find many special deals on foods such as ham and roasts near the Easter holiday. When you plan your menu ahead of time, you will be able to watch out for deals for the food you want. If you’ve got a list of foods you want to serve at your Easter Sunday gathering, you’ll be able to avoid getting frustrated.
3. Give yourself enough time to do your shopping when you are going to host an Easter Sunday gathering. You will not want to be in a grocery store the week before Easter because the entire rest of your town will all be there. If you have some lead-time, then you can avoid the last-minute crowds. When you plan your menu in advance, you can shop early and get all the ingredients you need for the foods you’re serving.
4. If you plan on using dyed eggs as decorations, it’s a good idea to dye them a few days before the gathering. If you don’t, then you might be hosting your party with weird colored fingers.
5. Planning to do an Easter egg hunt for the kids? Think about buying plastic eggs and filling them up with candies and small toys. With these plastic Easter eggs, you won’t have to worry about having the eggs spoil and put out a terrible smell if they don’t get found.
6. Are you going to be feeding a large group of people at your gathering? Save yourself time and frustration by cooking most of the meals the day before. At the least prepare anything the day before which you can. You’ll save yourself time and energy, and even avoid frustrations.
7. If you’ve got a lot of people at your gathering, it’s okay to accept help from them if they offer it. Keep in mind that the party isn’t just for them to enjoy; you should be able to enjoy it too.
8. Keep the children entertained and out of trouble by preparing a few fun activities for them. You can have them doing a few Easter arts and crafts and turn it into a little competition, where you pick the top 3 best crafts and giving prizes.
9. Making Easter baskets? Don’t break the bank. You can get them from dollar stores or thrift stores. These places have many baskets for you to choose from and they aren’t expensive. You can either fill the baskets with goodies and give them to your kids, or you can have the kids decorate the baskets. Fill the baskets with good stuff and then maybe donate them to a homeless shelter or local charity.
10. At Easter, remember the less fortunate. If you have a lot of food left over from the gathering, don’t let them go to waste. Take them to your local food pantry so the homeless can have a good meal.