Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin’ down the bunny trail.
Are you ready?
Whether you’re having a large group of family and friends over for a meal or it’s just a few people, you can entertain them like a pro.
Check out these ideas for a happy, hoppy Easter celebration.
1. Cater to the kids
If children will be at your gathering, make a few special concessions just for them.
Here are some ways you can make the day fun for the young ones.
- Have an Easter egg hunt. The most classic of all Easter traditions, every kid loves to hunt around your yard for eggs filled with coins or chocolate. If the weather is uncooperative, hide the eggs in your home, restricting it to certain areas.
- Kid-size seating. The “kid table” can also be the fun table. Set up a small table, equipped with a fun centerpiece and appropriately-sized plates, cups, and silverware.
- Activities and games. Other than an egg hunt, provide plenty of other activities and games to keep little ones occupied and out of trouble. Think about things like coloring books and crayons, age-appropriate games, books, and other quiet activities.
2. Make your guests feel welcome
People will feel more like they’re intruding than like they’re anticipated guests if they show up and you’re racing around, finishing up last minute tasks.
Everything should be prepared before guests arrive so you’re able to greet them at the door with smiles and hugs.
Offer them a drink as soon as the hellos are exchanged.
It may seem like an insignificant detail, but it will make an impression.
3. Decorate for the day
Adorn your table with Easter and/or spring-themed decorations.
Keep it simple – your guests need plenty of room to eat and they need to be able to see each other and visit without a view obscured by a giant display.
If you decide to forego paper plates for something a little nicer, feel free to mix and match patterns, as long as you stay in the same color family.
4. Assign seats
You don’t have to do this formally with place cards (though you can).
Giving your guests some direction as to where they should sit can take away some of the awkwardness that people may feel if they don’t all know each other.
5. Consider the temperature
Monitor the temperature in your home so that your guests stay comfortable.
Nothing’s worse than trying to enjoy a nice meal when you’re too hot or too cold.
Don’t be afraid to periodically ask if everyone’s warm or cool enough.
6. Be relaxed
The best way to make sure your guests are happy and having fun is for them to see that you’re enjoying yourself.
Make your home guest-friendly
Maybe you feel like your home doesn’t have the features you’d like to be able to entertain.
If hosting friends and family is important to you, consider making some remodeling to make your home more guest-friendly.
You could finish your basement and add a guest room and a bath for overnight guests, build in a kitchen island for buffet-style serving, or even add on to your kitchen or dining room to make more room.
Call your contractor and find out what your options are for making your home the welcoming place you’d like it to be.
For help remodeling your home, contact your local experts VKB Kitchen and Bath.