Simple and Festive Easter Dinner ideas: The gathering of friends and family around a spring table, heavy with delicious, seasonal offerings will linger in memories for years. We’ve gathered delicious and simple ideas to celebrate Easter, whether that be following church on Sunday morning, or later in the day.
Easter Dinner Menu
There are more than 35 recipe ideas below, but here is an idea of what to serve on Easter.
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 Planning 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.
4 Pro Tips for Hosting Easter Dinner
Here are a few simple hostess tips you can employ before Easter, or anytime you’re entertaining!
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 ranging from ham sandwiches to quiches, pasta, soup, and more.
Erring on the ample side of ham always serves me well!
Easter Dinner Tablescape Ideas
Some beautiful inspirations for the Easter table.
Easter Centerpiece: victoriamag.com
Outdoor Easter Table: victoriamag.com
Simple Brunch Easter Table: my100yearoldhome.com
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.
Roasted Asparagus with Dill Yogurt Sauce is a 5 minute side dish that's crisp, tender, and amazingly delicious with an equally quick and easy sauce that makes this side dish pretty enough to serve for holidays and guests.
“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."
This Paska Ukrainian Easter Bread recipe is a traditional Eastern European bread made especially for the holiday. A delicious, lightly sweetened yeast bread, much like sweet dough, with beautiful Easter symbols and a sweet, tender crumb.
Italian Easter Bread, also known as Pane di Pasqua, is a rich and festive yeasted bread braided and decorated with colorful dyed Easter eggs. It’s utterly delicious and bursting with spring flavors of citrus and vanilla.
“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.”
Pizza Rustica, also known as Italian Easter Pie, is a traditional savory dish enjoyed during the Easter season. This double-crusted pie is packed with a rich, cheesy filling including cured meats, and spring greens. Impressive, utterly delicious, and quite simple to make!
“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.”
Almond Cinnamon Babka Star Bread is an elegant, pull-apart sweet bread, intensely flavored with cinnamon, almonds, and raisins. Soft and tender, and addictive. A perfect holiday bread, like Christmas or Easter, or delicious with morning coffee!
"Positioned alongside this timely arrangement, a whimsical Coconut Nest Cake adds sweet allure to the festive tableau. Buttercream frosting—tinted a familiar robin’s egg blue and decorated with flecks of artfully applied chocolate—emulates the crisp shell of candy eggs, and the tiny speckled treats top a mound of toasted coconut."
This easy Lemon Drizzle Cake is a beautiful recipe, perfect for days when you're craving a decadently tender dessert with abundant lemon flavoring. Or when you're looking for a traditional tea cake you know everyone will love.
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.
It’s spring, and Easter is around the corner. Which means it’s the perfect time to celebrate with Lemon Cut Out Sugar Cookies! They are delicious, buttery, sunny and bright with lemon flavor, and super easy to make in any shape you want.
This Easter Kugelhopf is a German Austrian yeast cake that's much like a golden coffee cake with a rich buttery flavor. Baked in a Kugelhopf pan, or a Bundt pan, it's a special holiday or anytime cake you'll love.
Butter Lemon Tea Cookies are a delightfully simple, sweet and soft wafer-like cookie with a beautiful lemon flavor. All you need is a cup of tea and your afternoon just became a bit brighter. An easy, traditional recipe that keeps or freezes well.