My trick to surviving most holidays is having the big meal of the day in the middle of the day instead of the end. Having your big meal around three in the afternoon is a sanity saver. It allows you time to relax in the evening after the events of the big day as all the cooking and clean up is done well before the evening starts. I also find that on days like Easter, everyone eats a ton of chocolate and has no interest in lunch, but by the time 3 pm rolls around everyone is starving like wolves and supper is still a couple of hours away. It’s always in my best interests to have an early meal ready to keep the troops happy before their blood sugars crash!
That doesn’t mean that you must give up your traditional Easter food at all, it just means that you start everything nice and early in the morning instead of waiting for a while.
A few timesaving tips:
- Prep, prep and prep the day before. Get everything ready that you can beforehand so that you can pop everything into the oven first thing to get it ready for an early dinner.
- Bake, bake and bake the day before! Get those hot cross buns done, get dinner rolls ready, anything that you can bake, do it the day before.
- Keep it simple. A few specially selected menu items that you take your time with are better than a table full of food that is too much for everyone to tackle.
How about a few easy centerpiece ideas as well?
- Potted Daffodils – Easy and child friendly, this can be done days ahead of time!
- Moss Eggs – These are adorable and easy to make!
- Paper Egg Place Cards – These are perfect to get the kids to craft up, saving you the work.
With all that said, here’s a list of my favourite traditional Easter recipes that you can have for your mid-day meal! These recipes right here are all you need for a delicious, simple meal that the entire family will love!
Baked Easter Ham – Always my first choice for the main course for Easter supper!
Potatoes au Gratin – This cheesy classic is a must have!
Hot Cross Buns – These can be made the day before and serving for breakfast or with dinner.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts – Brussels Sprouts are made so much better when you don’t steam them and you roast them instead.
Pineapple Slice – My Grandma’s recipe for this pineapple dessert is best made the day before, making it perfect for an early Easter meal.