Easter Party Planning Time Savers is sponsored on behalf of HoneyBaked Ham. All experiences and opinions are my own.
I’ve mentioned before that I really enjoy the holidays because of the way our family all gets together. It’s been fun to watch the kids grow up together through these holidays. Although many of us live in the same city, the Houston area is big so we don’t always get together as often as we might like. Easter is one of those times when we have all the family together for egg hunting and good food. Planning a big get together can be stressful so I went on the hunt for some time saving tips for Easter party planning!
Easter Party Planning Time Saving Ideas
One thing I’ve learned about planning family events is that the best way to save time is to start early! If I wait until the last minute to pull everything together I find myself getting stressed and scattered which means I’m not as efficient. So I like to get started early and do a little bit at a time.
The Egg Hunt
Oh the tradition of the family egg hunt. In our family it started out with just my niece and now it has grown to include both my nieces, my nephew, and W. That’s two 7-year old girls and two 3-year old boys. This year C will join them (with a little help from mom and dad, of course) so it’s really turning into a fun family event.
But decorating eggs and filling plastic eggs can feel like a big project when you’re preparing an egg hunt for five kids! But there are some ways to make it easier.
- Stick to the plastic eggs for the big day. We actually decorate hard boiled eggs a few weeks earlier or the night before so we can enjoy them for breakfast on Easter morning. But we don’t use them for the actual egg hunt.
- Buy pre-filled. If you’re not worried about saving money, buying pre-filled plastic eggs is a huge time saver.
- Offer a variety of goodies. I find the kids are happier with a variety of egg fillings. Candy is always popular but they love stickers, tiny toys, and even coins!
- Start early and enlist help. Filling the eggs can be a fun thing for parents do after the kids go to bed. Make a tasty dinner and enjoy a date night in with the husband while you fill eggs!
Easter Party Decorations
I have a soft spot for all of the adorable Easter ideas I see on Pinterest. (You can see all of the ideas I love on my Easter Means Peep Hunting board!) I would love to spend hours creating decorations for the house and for the table. But with an infant and a toddler, it’s just not going to happen.
So how do I end up with cute decorations without putting in hours of work?
- Go with premade. Again, if you have a bit of a party budget, don’t be afraid to buy premade Easter decorations. A few choice pieces can be turned into a great table centerpiece. Or an adorable wreath can really set the mood as the family arrives for the celebration.
- Get the kids involved. I also love doing holiday crafts so I love getting W to help me make some Easter crafts that can then be used to decorate around the house. Some of my favorites include Glitter Polka Dot Eggs (make them with wooden eggs so they last!) and paper plate Easter Bunny basket. They give me something to do with the kids and make for adorable decorations too!
- Keep it simple. Keeping it simple is really the best way to save time and stress. With a few cute decorations place in the right places (front door, fireplace mantel, dinner table) you can make it all feel festive without too much effort!
Easter Dinner Made Easy
Easter dinner just sounds daunting to me. I’ll admit it. The family traditionally does ham but I love turkey. The idea of having both of them sounds… like I should just move my bed into the kitchen for a week. And what about on the day of the big family gathering? What do you do when the kids are all running around under your feet?
I do have an answer for the kids! Keep them busy! At our family Easter they each have activities at their place at the table. Coloring pages and stickers so they can get creative while the adults put the finishing touches on the food. Sometimes we even have a new Easter DVD available just in case!
And when it comes to the food, it doesn’t have to be that time consuming or stressful. HoneyBaked Ham makes serving the best tasting ham into the easiest part of your Easter feast! Each HoneyBaked Ham comes fully cooked and ready to serve. This means less time in the kitchen which means more time to enjoy the egg hunt and all the excitement of the kids on Easter morning!
They also offer turkey breasts (which Grambo and I love) and both the turkeys and ham feature sweet, crunchy glaze and leanest, most flavorful meat. They are availabe in a variety of sizes so you can feed everyone in your family and have leftovers if you want! Plus they offer more than 20 side dishes and desserts to complete the meal. This is what makes my Easter meal take less time!
How do you save time while planning your Easter get together?
Win a HoneyBaked Gift Card!
Would you like a little help with your Easter meal this year? One lucky Formula: Mom reader will win a $50 HoneyBaked gift card. The winner will be officially announced on Tuesday, April 15th in honor of National Glazed Spiral Ham day and the card will be overnighted to the winner! The giveaway is open to US residents and will end at 11:59pm on April 13, 2014. Good luck!