Host an amazing Easter celebration

Hosting Easter for your family and friends? We've got you covered with tips and tricks from top lifestyle experts.

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Easter is a fun holiday to host at home. With whimsical baby animals, fresh flowers and the feeling of spring in the air, there is plenty of inspiration for putting together a fabulous family-friendly bash. From what to serve to Easter activities, we've got tips to help you throw a great Easter celebration.

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Party prep

The key to hosting a successful Easter celebration is a little advance preparation.

Cheryl Najafi, lifestyle expert and New York Times best-selling author of You’re So Invited: Panic Less, Play More, and Get Your Party On!, is no stranger to the work involved with hosting a gathering.

"It's amazing how much stress you can alleviate with a little pre-planning," she says.

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Take inventory

Do a scan of your tableware and entertaining essentials at least one week before Easter to make sure you have everything you need and have enough time to either buy or borrow any extra items needed. "I like to set the table and prepare the buffet the night before," Najafi says. "Simply pull all of your desired serve ware and their buffet-cards, so all you have to do is transfer the food to its specified receptacle and location on the buffet."
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An egg-cellent idea

Not only does it help to set the table the day before, but also, if you are hosting an early Easter brunch, then you might want to think about playing the Easter bunny the night before too! "Hide those Easter eggs ahead of time!" suggests Najafi. "If you sneak and do it the night before, you don't have to sequester your suspicious children while the adults frantically stash the booty."

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Keep calm and carry on

No one likes a harried host. One of the benefits of doing some pre-planning is that it makes the day-of more enjoyable not just for your guests, but for you too. "As a perpetual hostess I find that it's important to prep food in advance so you aren't standing around in the kitchen while your guests enjoy the egg hunt (or candy eating)," says Kris Schoels of the fabulous Young Married Chic and author of A Taste of Virginia Tech.

Slice and serve

Schoels recommends making food beforehand that can be kept in the fridge overnight and then sliced up for guests with little additional work.

She suggests making things like pork tenderloin, ham biscuits, quiche and salads for entertaining with ease.

Cocktail hour

The kids aren’t the only ones who should get an Easter morning activity. Adults can enjoy brunch favorites like mimosas and Bloody Marys. Plus, Schoels says that if guests are involved in the entertaining aspect, then they are more likely to have a good time (while also giving you an extra hand).

An example of this is a champagne cocktail bar. "Set out different types of champagne and fun items to mix in — like peach nectar, orange juice, strawberries and raspberries," Schoels recommends. "Let your guests create their own and this takes the drink mixing/serving out of your hands."

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suzanne April 02, 2013 | 9:49 AM

i love these tips! i can't wait for next easter to use the decorating tips (but i will keep the tips in mind for my next get together!).

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