I have already mentioned that one way we make Easter special is by having meal traditions. Our Easter menu is special and delicious, but very simple. We like to share our main Easter meal with various church people each year who, like us, do not have family in the area. It helps make the holiday a little more festive and special. As you can see, most of the day's meals are started the night before or Sunday morning, so there is very little for me to do at dinner time. This is especially nice when we come home from church with guests. Everyone is usually very hungry at this point and it's nice just to have the normal last minute preparations to do before we can eat. Having the meal virtually ready when we come home also makes appetizers unnecessary.
I try to make the table look festive with a cheery tablecloth and china that I have all set before we leave for church. Have I mentioned that I like to get up early on Easter Sunday to make everything go smoothly? I actually really love the morning prep, but I will admit that if I don't start the evening prep early enough I get rather tired at night. I much prefer the early morning over the evening. You can adjust to what works for you. Maybe you are a night owl and can accomplish more than I can at night. I like to pace myself throughout the day before so I don't have too much to do in the late evening.
Below is this year's plan which is basically my normal menu plan, but I may throw in a last minute dish that catches my eye between now and next Sunday. But I have learned more is not always better. There is only so much food we can all eat and I can overwhelm myself instead of enjoy the special holiday if I try to do too much.
- egg casserole (prepared the day before and ready to be baked)
- resurrection rolls (started the night before)
- fruit salad (made the day before)
- boneless ham, potatoes, and carrots cooked in the crockpot and seasoned with a generous amount of pepper
- deviled eggs (made the day before)
- caesar salad (all prepped the day before and ready to assemble)
- easy whole wheat dinner rolls (made the day before)
- Desserts brought by guests
- Leftovers from the day