Hopefully these Easter Sunday tips will help you make one of my favorite days of the year one of your favorites too. Thanks to HoneyBaked Ham for sponsoring this post. Although I received compensation and a gift card for my meal, I love HoneyBaked and buy it for Easter every year regardless of this post.
Easter is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I love everything about it – finding my Easter basket in the morning, searching for Easter eggs, eating ham and au gratin potato sandwiches. But most of all, I love singing the song He Is Risen at church every Easter Sunday. It reminds me of the real reason we’re celebrating, a reason that has nothing to do with Easter bunnies or jelly beans or pretty Easter eggs.
In the past few years, I’ve learned quite a few things about Easter and wanted to share some tips for having the perfect Easter Sunday, or at least as close to it as possible. These tips help me to keep Easter Sunday focused on the things I care about most and those don’t include spending hours slicing my own potatoes.
How to Have a Perfect Easter Sunday
#1 – Do as much as you can before Easter Sunday
Like I mentioned above, I try to do as much as possible by Saturday so that I can rest, relax, and just enjoy the day of celebration with my family. I know it doesn’t work for everyone but if you can, try to hide eggs and fill Easter baskets while the kids are in bed, pick out Easter dresses and church clothes for the kids the night before, and do anything else that might stress you out by Saturday night.
#2 – Keep Easter Sunday fun.
Just because Easter is a religious holiday doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun. Moderation in all things. Go to church, learn of Christ, and talk about the resurrection. But also do an Easter egg hunt, make candy place cards, skip the flower vase for a festive tin, add some silly decorations to a cake, and do something special for your kids to help them remember this is a day worth celebrating. I just picked up this chocolate cake at HoneyBaked Ham and added some sprinkles and marshmallow bunnies to it, simple but makes things more memorable.
#3 – Don’t slave over the food.
This is probably one of my most important tips of all. Easter Sunday is a day about connecting with your family and faith, not about slaving all day in the kitchen. Instead of making everything yourself from scratch, order your meal from your local HoneyBaked Ham. Pick it up on FRIDAY (not Saturday) and enjoy a delicious meal without lifting a finger other than to put the food in the oven to heat up. That’s literally it since everything comes already prepared for you. I’ve done this for the past three years, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. In fact, this year my mother-in-law was here a couple of days ago, so we did a faux Easter dinner with her to celebrate and even then I picked up a juicy ham, sweet potato souffle, potatoes au gratin, and rolls from HoneyBaked Ham for our meal. And everything was absolutely delicious, and I didn’t have to actually cook anything.
#4 – Put a little thought into your Easter Sunday table.
This is something that really hit me a couple of years ago when I went to a dinner party with one of my good friends. When we got there, every single seat had a place card, a little gift by it, and other touches to make it seem really special. Easter Sunday is special, so make it feel special by simple touches on your Easter table. Use your good china, drink sparkling cider, put out fresh flowers, and put rolls in a beautiful Easter basket. The perfect Easter Sunday is all about helping your family and guests remember that Easter is a special day and those special touches really can make that difference.
#5 – Give people options.
Okay, don’t scream at the computer screen. I know that Easter is all about the ham, but some people (like my husband) prefer turkey. So use this $5 off $50 coupon from HoneyBaked Ham and buy both. I promise all of the leftovers will get eaten one way or another. In addition to ham and turkey, HoneyBaked Ham has some of the best side options out there. Pick up a couple and give people the option of having anything from sweet potatoes to broccoli rice casserole and even macaroni and cheese. And just like you want to add variety to your table, HoneyBaked Ham options will vary by location. Know your guests and give them what they want so they can have the perfect Easter Sunday too. Contact your local HoneyBaked Ham to see what options they have available then get ordering.
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What is your best tip for preparing for Easter Sunday? Does your family buy HoneyBaked Ham?