HOST LINGER LONGER LUNCHES THAT GO ON PAST SUNSET

As the next season of holidays and long weekends begins, knowing how to handle the influx of family members and big family feasts is what is going to get you to the other side of Easter in one piece.

Here are our top tips for making the Easter feasting season easier.

1.Keep it casual and make it comfy

This is family time (including friends who are like family). There is no need to show off with an over the top menu or table setting. In fact, the most impressive thing you could do is to make your place as comfy as possible so that everyone feels right at home.

A large, casually laid dinner table filled with dishes of delicious food is a sure winner when it comes to Easter entertaining. If you’re looking for the perfect family dinner table, have a look here.

2. Big batch cooking to feed the crowds

Cooking for a crowd isn’t easy. Pots and pans crowd the stove top while the dishes pile up. Add the kids wanting attention and pets trawling for scraps and the only recipe you seem to be following is for chaos. Consider big batch, one pot cooking to make things a bit easier. Wholesome farm to table cooking such as roasted root vegetables or a saucy stew can be done easily in one roasting dish or large saucepan. And the results are delicious. Easter lunch done!

Find roasting dishes or the best cookware for the job here.

3. Share the menu

You make the mains and they bring the sides. Sharing the cooking can make lunch more interesting as everyone brings a unique flavour to the feast. Isn’t this the way of big family gatherings. Plan a menu ahead of time and divvy out the dishes to everyone coming. Make sure you have covered all the essentials like a starter, snacks or salads, one or two main dishes and not to forget dessert. Or why not create a tapas style lunch menu where everyone brings a few tasty tapas platters to the table.

Shop boards and platters here.

4. Take your time with drinks and coffee

A good family meal is never over. Once dessert has been devoured give your guests plenty of time to linger with another glass of wine or a post lunch cocktail. Once the sun sets you can bring out a tray of coffee and perhaps even share your stash of Easter chocolates. These moments make the best family memories.

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