Celebrate Easter with ease this spring with a fancy make-ahead menu. Once the meal is taken care of, follow our simple tips to get your home in shape for hosting the gathering.
I used to wonder why my mother made a ham every Easter. Now I know: because it's yummy, can be served hot, warm, or cold, and most important, because there is nothing easier to prepare for a crowd. I mean, all you really do is reheat ham, since it almost always comes fully cooked. Brush it with a tangy glaze, let it caramelize in the oven, and now you're a creative chef -- all for 15 minutes of work.
Streamlining the menu is essential to save time for my favorite tradition, Easter eggs. I'm too old to hunt for them, but I can satisfy my crafty side and find new ways to decorate them year after year. Sure, it sounds silly to you, but every year when I put a bowl of decorated eggs out as a centerpiece, people ogle them.
Easter is the perfect time to shake off the solemnity of winter and lighten up our spirits and our homes. To celebrate renewal, I like to bring the mood of spring right into my home and onto my dinner table. Here are a few of my tricks: