Easter Entertaining

This Easter weekend, Tim and I will be spending a lot of time with our families and just like every holiday celebration, there is bound to be plenty of delicious food just waiting to be enjoyed.

During my own family holiday dinners, we tend to stick to the more traditional fare. Every once in a while we will try something new and different, but typically we prefer the usual favorites made with simple ingredients.

We enjoy mixing-it-up at get-togethers, summer barbecues, and parties, but there is just something special about long-established holiday dinners that we don’t like to change too much year-to-year. I like knowing all I need to do is close my eyes, take a bite and I can travel through my memories back to Easter at age 6, age 10, age 15, etc. The smells and tastes of food can truly keep holiday traditions alive and it is definitely something we keep in mind every year when we are planning the menu.

Typically we pick one or two items each holiday to experiment with a new recipe, while keeping the rest of the menu items the same. This past Thanksgiving, I made Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts, and a homemade Pumpkin Pecan Pie for my family and a homemade Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie for Tim’s family dinner. A Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie made its appearance for the second year in a row at Christmas. It was quite the hit once again, especially when topped with homemade vanilla ice cream, and may have even become a new permanent menu tradition.

I am still undecided as to what new item to add to Easter dinner this year. However, I sure have been doing some recipe research! In case any of you are still trying to decide what to make or bake this weekend, I have created an Easter Recipe Round-Up filled with links to many varieties and styles of traditional recipes and meals that will freshen up any dinner table this year.

Pinterest Easter



Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe from addapinch.com

Vegetable Side Dishes

Bread / Rolls


Best Carrot Cake

If you are looking for a new tablescape idea for this Easter, how about taking bits and pieces from these gorgeous settings and putting them to use in your own home!

Click on the pictures to be directed to the websites.


Garden Table Setting

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter weekend filled with yummy food, lots of laughs, and an abundance of pure love!

1 Peter 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us

new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…

Talk to Me!

  • What are your plans this weekend? Do you have any Easter celebrations to attend?
  • Do your holiday dinners tend to stay on the traditional side, or does your family and friends like to mix up the menu each year?
  • What is the one meal item you look forward to most during the holidays?
  • What do you plan on making for Easter this year?


  1. We don’t have any major plans this year. We’ll go to church, like we always do, in the morning (provided that I’m feeling OK!). And we have some friends staying with us on Sunday night, as they are traveling from Tennessee to Florida and needed a resting place in between. So we’ll probably all go out to dinner. But we’re not really planning any special events. Now that I think about it, I probably should have put an Easter basket together for my husband. Oops! This pregnancy thing is throwing me off! πŸ˜‰

  2. Unfortunately, with so much traveling coming up, we decided to take this weekend off, so no Easter dinner. But I think I will make an egg dish to enjoy. Happy Easter!

  3. Thanks for including my Honey Butter Dinner Rolls – everything in the round up sounds great, I need to work finishing the plan for what I am making!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      You are very welcome! Thank you for sharing the recipe, they look absolutely delicious! πŸ™‚

  4. I’ll be heading to my boyfriend’s parents’ house this Sunday for my 3rd Easter with them. I’m so excited for some ham! And some polish sausage that his mom makes every year (Bernie is polish). I’m bringing some fun Easter themed cupcakes. Happy Easter, Jana!

  5. I love Easter! I’ve been so busy lately that it’s Saturday, and I have yet to shop for my Easter menu! I will this afternoon, though. I am not a fan of ham, but hubby is, so I will get a small ham and roast a chicken also. πŸ™‚
    And it’s not Easter without Cadbury cream eggs and Cadbury mini eggs!!! πŸ™‚

  6. Those rolls look sooooo good! What can I say, I enjoy the simple thing! πŸ˜‰

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