Simple and Festive Easter Dinner Recipes

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.

Simple and Festive Easter Dinner Ideas |

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:

Outdoor Easter Table for Easter Dinner

Outdoor Easter Table:

Easter Dinner Table

Simple Brunch Easter Table:

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.

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    1. Aren’t they gorgeous!! They’re made by Williams Sonoma, but unfortunately, they don’t seem to carry them anymore. Occasionally I’ve found them on eBay. The closest pattern they have this year is Floral Meadow but they’re a bit more muted.

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