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Are you in charge or helping with the Easter dinner this year? If so, here are some tips in helping you plan the holiday menu.

Easter Appetizers Plan for each guest to have 4-6 appetizers. Also, provide a variety of hot and cold, savory and sweet, light and heavy appetizers.

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Easter Sides: Plan to have 3-4 different sides for 6 or fewer guests. Add another side dish for every 5 more guests.

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Main Course: Plan to serve 6 ounces per person if you are serving one main dish. If you have more than one main course plan for 8 oz total per person.

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Dessert: Plan to have at least 2 dessert choices for every 10 guests. I always have at least one chocolate dessert and one fruit based dessert.

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Setting up a dessert table: The dessert table design should be just as pleasing to look at as the desserts are to eat.

  • Use a backdrop: drape curtains/fabric, balloons, a window with a view, even a plain wall can make colors pop.
  • Incorporate height with tiered cake stands. You can also add height by placing bowls and platters on some type of solid base.
  • Flowers are always a nice accent to a dessert table


  • Many desserts can be MADE AHEAD OF TIME, and leftovers can often be kept in the freezer. See  the individual posts for more details.
  • Desserts are a very easy item to delegate when guests ask what they can bring.

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What is a good time to serve brunch? Brunch usually starts between 9 and 10 am. Once you get to 11am you can skip the “br” and just serve lunch.

Prep ahead of time: Unlike hosting a dinner, brunch means that you don’t have all day to prepare. Getting things done ahead of time will make the morning go more smoothly.

  • Get your grocery shopping done early. Not only will you beat the crowds, but you don’t risk the store being out of a needed item.
  • Clean the house!
  • Decorate and set up tables the night before.
  • Prep any food items the day before.

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Once you have your main dish selected you can start planning sides, but with so many options, how do you do it?

  • Use seasonal ingredients they’re often fresh and cost effective. 
  • Complete the meal using at least one of each of the following vegetables, starch and salad.
  • Include sides that can be made or prepped ahead of time.
  • Mix in new and unique with tried and true. Once you have the traditional starch, veggie and salad recipes picked out go ahead and add something new. 
  • For 6 or fewer guests have 3-4 different sides, then add one more side for every 5 guests. 

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