Emily shared her go-to Easter Sunday preparation plan and menu on episode 97- Host Like a Pro- Menu and Timelines for Easter and Spring Parties. Click here to subscribe to Emily's free newsletter to get her latest tips, recipes and event details.
Easter/Spring Menu Plan
1 week away:
Plan your menu
Order any flowers if you need centerpieces delivered
Decide Spring table decor if you choose
Buy all wine, beer, soda, alcohol and any mixers needed.
Plan activities for kids (coloring books, outdoor & indoor activity, etc)
Check your seating and make sure you haven't forgotten anyone.
Finalize your shopping plan/list. This may make you wonder how much to buy to serve everyone:
Turkey/Ham: 1.5lb per person, .5lb per kid (sounds like a lot but this accounts for the whole turkey weight, not how much each person is actually eating. For example, 4 adults and 1 kid would be a 6.5lb turkey needed.
Stuffing: 3/4C cooked per person
Potatoes/Starches: 1 potato per person or 3/4C per person
Gravy: 1/3C per person
Veggies: 3-4oz per person cooked weight
Pie: 1/6 of a pie (pies serve 6-8 usually)
Rolls: 2 per person (give away or freeze leftovers)
Shop for non-perishables
Prep anything that can be frozen
Clean the house
Move any furniture needed for seating
Prep your linens
Begin defrosting your turkey (rule of thumb is 24hrs per 4 lbs frozen)
Set your final cooking schedule
Buy any fresh flowers from the grocery store/florist to make your own centerpieces
Chop all veggies and store in baggies to have them ready to go
Make your cranberry sauce- it tastes better after marinating a few days
Buy bags of ice if needed for drinks.
Put out fresh towels in your guest bathrooms and also in the kitchen
Refill soap dispensers, set out candles to light and stock bathrooms with extra toilet paper
Set the table
Chill the white wines
Make turkey brine
Prep your potatoes, peel and put them in a pot with enough water to cover them. They can set at room temp until ready to cook.
Make crockpot stuffing
Bake your rolls/bread and any other dessert.
4 hours before brunch or dinner (for a 15lb bird): Check the tag on your turkey for correct cooking time. NOTE: A brinded turkey usually bakes about 30-45 min faster.
Make your side dishes and potatoes. You can put these in the oven if you have a double oven or crockpots to keep warm while finishing up the turkey. (Seriously- borrow as many crockpots as you need! They are a huge lifesaver- or you can buy the aluminum party catering sternos and trays at the dollar store or a party supply store. Not having to find a spot in the oven for everything is a huge stress reliever. Plus with the foil pans; no clean up!!
When the turkey is done (I try to time it to be done about 30min before we are planning to eat) You can make the gravy. I always make more than needed so I usually double the amount of water and add extra flour in.
I hope this little timeline is helpful to ensure you have a wonderful and enjoyable Easter surrounded by family and friends...and wine :)