We're continuing our Easter series today with some tips and tricks for hosting the perfect family Easter celebration. In case you missed it, we revealed our swoon-worthy 2018 Dishie Easter Tablescape here.
Gah, I'm still so over the moon about it!
Today, I wanted to focus on hosting family for Easter and things you can do to make it stylish & effortless (yes, that's a thing!).
FIRST - Set the table the day (or days) before.
If you have littles, shoot for the night before. Get flowers on the table before too - even your grocery story set will last one night, if not longer. Unless you're serving a plated meal, I recommend setting up a buffet station in your kitchen, so your table stays pretty and not overcrowded with food.
SECOND - Give your guests a way to help when they arrive.
Family situations can sometimes be awkward, so be gracious and put idle hands to work. Being intentional in this way can change the entire mood of your party, and can be super helpful to you. Save EASY food/setting items for the guests that inevitably walk through the door and HAVE to do something (to avoid talking to Aunt So-So - you know who you are!). Easy, and helpful, tasks for guests can be something like:
- making (or mixing) a salad
- pre-filling everyone's glasses with water
- filling salt & pepper shakers
- warming (and watching) items in the oven
THIRD - Set a schedule.
I know it's happened to you before. You spend a lot of time planning XYZ family activity, but then everyone gets into a long-winded discussion about that crazy cousin on Mom's side, and *whoops* you're out of time and wasted it on chisme. It doesn't have to be that way!
Mind you, there's a good balance between inflexible & pushy and intentional & guiding, but create an agenda for your guests, communicate it clearly, and hold them to it! Everyone will be super grateful to know just what to expect, and it keeps a lot of other variable time sucks at bay.
Example: Let's say you have family coming over for Easter brunch and a kid's egg hunt. When guests walk in the door have them help with last minute food prep and greet them by saying something like "Hey y'all, we're fixin' to get brunch on the table right now, and then we'll enjoy a nice Easter egg hunt after!" You'll be sure to have lots of young volunteers waiting to clear the table (YES!) and an excited, and informed, group of guests - easy peasy!
LASTLY - Easter doesn't have to be one of those holidays that's about gifts.
I love focusing this holiday on family, food, and faith! However, I get it - Easter baskets are so fun, and nostalgic. I always get my little Levi a fun Easter basket for our Annual Family Egg Hunt, and Grandma gets him a fun gift-filled Easter gift basket. If you have a large family, or you're celebrating with extended relatives, gift-giving at that level can be difficult. However, we teamed up with Nicole of Expressions Gift Boutique to create the most perfect family-themed Easter basket!
The idea here is that instead of giving each kid a little basket filled with tchotchkes and candy, you gift your entire family (and guests) a larger, more intentional basket filled with gifts for everyone. I'm imagining families lounging around post-Easter brunch, decked out in their Sunday best, opening this fun basket together and enjoying all the pieces! Puzzles, chocolates, garden kits - what a dream!
It also works as an AMAZING hostess gift, if you are attending Easter and not hosting it. The possibilities are endless, and it just goes to show, hosting doesn't have to be hard or stressful if you are intentional and have a plan.
So Happy Easter, y'all! Wishing you the best time of celebration with you and yours!
He is Risen - Allelu!
Custom Peter Rabbit Artwork by Paige at Two Peas Designs
Gift Basket designed by Nicole at Expressions Gift Boutique
All Photography by Yamilette Arana Photography