Simple and Festive Easter Dinner ideas: Following church on Sunday morning, there isn’t a better or more festive way to celebrate Easter than with a feast.
The gathering of friends and family around a spring table, heavy with delicious, seasonal offerings will linger in memories for years.
We’ve gathered beautiful dishes to give you some Simple and Festive Easter Dinner Ideas.
Easter Dinner Menu
Smoked Salmon Crostini with Fennel
Caesar Salad Wonton Cups
Asparagus Gruyere Tart
A Spring Pea Salad with Radishes and Goat Cheese
Spring Pea Salad
Hot Cross Buns
Ham with Lemon Honey Glaze
Honey Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots
Fruited Rice Pilaf
Scalloped Potatoes with Leeks
Spring Pound Cake Cupcakes
Lemon Pudding Cakes
Recipes for these Easter Dinner ideas are linked at the bottom of this post.
But before we get to the recipes, be sure and read easy pro tips for a great Easter dinner as well as how much ham to plan per person for Easter.
Tips for Easter Dinner
Easter signals spring. And we’ve all been anticipating this warmer, longer, most wonderful season all winter.
Easter dinner is a perfect way to celebrate that transition.
Yet hosting any dinner can bring a little stress. Here are some pro tips that help.
Here are 4 Pro Tips for Hosting Easter Dinner
Address the Stress:
Any entertaining can be stressful. Holiday entertaining is more so. Think back to previous dinners and make note of what went right and what went awry. I mean, literally, makes notes for this year, and years to come. Rethink any pitfalls so you can address them prior to Easter. For instance, did you run out of side dishes, did children attend that you weren’t planning on, did you have a gluten-free guest?
Potlucks are Perfect:
Guests are usually happy and excited to bring dishes to Easter Dinner. Write your menu ahead of time, and be specific when guests offer to bring dishes. That way you won’t end up with 3 green beans casseroles.
Set the Table Ahead:
A beautiful tablecloth goes a long way toward a stunning Easter dinner table. Then begin to layer dishes for individual settings. And don’t forget the serving pieces. Professional caterers will often use sticky notes on serving pieces to assign specific dishes to specific serving pieces. That’s a brilliant tip. Leave as little to the last minute as possible.
Plan for the Kids:
Children make Easter so much fun. Plan extra kid-friendly goodies and snacks. And if possible, set up their own table with whimsical and fun Easter elements like Easter eggs, chicks, etc.
How Much Ham Per Person for Easter Dinner
I like to plan about 1/2 pound per person for a bone-in ham. For a boneless ham, which weighs less, I plan on 1/3 pound per person.
It’s hard to estimate how much ham guests will eat, but having leftover ham is always a good thing! So many delicious leftover ideas that range from ham sandwiches to quiches, pasta, soup and more.
Erring on the ample side of ham always serves me well!
Simple and Festive Easter Dinner Recipes and Ideas
Simple and Festive Easter Dinner ideas: Following church on Sunday morning, there isn't a better or more festive way to celebrate Easter than with a feast.
“When winter is finally over and the farmers’ markets are bursting with spring produce, celebrate by making this seasonal salad, which features two different types of peas as well as pea shoots, the delicate leaves and tendril that grow from the vines of a pea plant. Tender pea shoots won’t last long in the fridge, so serve them within a few days of purchase.”
"While exact origins of hot cross buns are unclear, it is generally agreed they go back to a 12th-century Anglican monk. Who baked sweet buns for the poor on Good Friday, and etched a cross in each bun to celebrate the Easter holiday."
“Studded with cloves, this whole ham makes a beautiful centerpiece for a large Easter gathering. Since ham is quite rich, an accompanying glaze that offers bracing acidity—such as this one containing lemon juice, honey and shallots—makes a great counterpoint.”
“Thinly sliced potatoes and leeks soak up a mixture of milk, cream and broth in this recipe, an easy-to-assemble but luxurious accompaniment to a ham or other roast meats. If you have a mandoline, it’s useful for quickly slicing the potatoes into uniform slices.”
Mini Lemon Pudding Cakes are a refreshing, melt-in-your-mouth, lemony dream. Simple and quick to make, this dessert magically forms two layers when baked. A light and airy cake on top with a lemon pudding custard on the bottom.