With Easter on the horizon, it’s time to start planning and plotting out that yearly Easter Dinner. Your mobile home isn’t just a haven for yourself, it’s a wonderful opportunity to share your blessings with others from time to time. And Easter is well known for being a time of sharing a meal around the dinner table with family and friends.
Whether you’re having a few or a large crew expected around the dinner table, these tips are going to help keep things simple and enjoyable.
Hosting can be fun. And you can take the frazzled stress out of it by planning and organizing your grand Easter dinner ahead of time.
Planning and organizing Easter dinner in your mobile home
So where does one begin? Well, let’s start with the basics.
Whatever you do, don’t procrastinate. Be proactive in setting a date and narrowing down the number of guests you’ll have at your Easter dinner table. Make your to-do lists now rather than later. Wouldn’t it be awful to assume you have enough chairs set aside only to find the day of that you’re short a few?
Collect key facts
And let’s talk about some key facts you’ll need to gather before you start making your lists. Are there any special needs or dietary needs you may wish to consider with your guests? How many people can you expect around the dinner table? Gather confirmations on who’s coming so you can plan your meal accordingly.
Lists for everything
A list for everything is a must! Make a list for cleaning, a list for things you need (cooler, chairs, background music), a list for decorations — and let’s not forget! A shopping list for your Easter dinner meal!
Your dinner can be as complicated, traditional, simple, or modern as you wish. If you’re lacking for Easter dinner recipe ideas, the internet has a slew of ideas at your fingertips.
So we mentioned recipes above. That goes hand in hand with your determined dinner style. Will you be serving it as a sit-down dinner or will you go buffet style? If you’re going buffet style, do you have a place to set up the “buffet”?
Think about the kids
For those who will be having guests with children over, it would be a good idea to create a little play station off in the corner. Depending on the ages of the children, you could have coloring books set up with crayons and other toys the littles would enjoy.
Plan your tableware
Tablecloth or no tablecloth? Fancy utensils or plastic utensils? There’s no right or wrong way to approach this — it’s all contingent on your style. Cloth napkins or paper napkins? Set aside what you can in advance to avoid a frantic and frenzied search the day of the dinner.
Time everything according to the plan
You can do your shopping in batches for those dry items or things that keep well over time — or even those hard-to-find meats — buy them a week in advance. You could buy it all in one fell swoop but if you don’t have enough storage space or want to break it up a bit, you can break up your shopping trip into two trips.
Hosting guests overnight?
If your guests are coming from out of town, don’t forget to factor that into plans. Think about an easy breakfast in the morning of your Easter dinner. You can have bagels, cereal and oatmeal set up for your guests to enjoy.
For lunch, you could set up a make-your-own sandwich station and a basket full of chips. Keep it simple. You have dinner ahead of you and you need to keep things stress-free.
Should your guests be arriving the evening before, don’t be shy about ordering a delivery of pizza for dinner that night. Remember — Easter dinner is on the horizon so you want to think practically. Especially if you’re not a seasoned Easter dinner chef. This will help cut back on the overwhelming factor.
Straighten up the house the day before
The day before your Easter dinner is prime time to do some final touches on making the place look clean and organized.
On Easter Day, it’s time to put your planning and organizing to the test. Get the coffee going and start dishing out items on your to-do list to your family members. Roll up your sleeves and get cooking. As dinner is being made, turn up the music and pour yourself some wine. You’ve earned it! Enjoy some good conversation with your guests and bask in the goodness of new life.
For some decorations to fit the Easter aesthetic, check out our list of cute Easter decorations for your mobile home.