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Hosting the whole family and cooking a great big dinner on Easter Sunday is a tradition for many families. After the kids have found all the chocolate bunnies and dyed eggs in pinks, blues, and purples, you have to start working on a monumental feast. Whether it’s glazed ham or braised lamb in your family, there’s plenty of work to do and plenty of things to worry about. When you invite your guests to join you around your dining room table, follow some of these tips to make your life easier for the upcoming holiday.
#1 Seating Plan
Once you’ve got all your RSVPs back, it’s time to make a seating plan at your dining table. If it’s a small gathering, you can probably get away with a “seat yourself” policy, but you can smooth over any awkward moments or incompatible pairings by planning where to seat everyone and using cards (perhaps with a chocolate attached) to let everyone know where they should pull up a seat.
#2 Wine and Beverages
Make sure you have enough wine and non-alcoholic beverages for everyone; always start by offering someone a drink and ask everyone whether they prefer red or white with dinner. Give people the option, but also make sure you pair with the meal: a rich Cabernet Sauvignon will go well with lamb, Pinot Noir with glazed ham, and a Muscat pairs excellently with a lemon meringue dessert.
#3 The Meal
The meal itself can be a big source of stress, especially if you’ve only recently taken over hosting your family’s traditional Easter Sunday. If you just can’t get the hang of your mother’s traditional glazed ham, try out a new recipe; racks of lamb, braised lamb, poached salmon, and even chicken can all be great alternatives to ham. Save yourself some effort by asking guests to handle side dishes, especially anything that’s easy to warm up just before the main dish is ready.
#4 The Table
Last, but not least, make sure you’ve got enough room at the table for all of your guests. It can be easy to forget between the holidays how a family grows, as your children find partners and start having children of their own, and before you know it, you’ve far outgrown your dining table. At Woodcraft, we can build any of our dining table designs to size, so you can pick the design you love and make sure it seats your whole family. Whether you’re seating a family of four or a family of twelve, our team at Woodcraft can make the table that will fit your holidays. Besides getting the right size for your dining room and your growing family, you also get to decide the finish and wood we use, choosing from oak, pine, maple, wormy maple, and vintage cherry. Buying a custom dining table from Woodcraft now also means you can take advantage of our winter sale, with 20% off all dining tables and an extra 5% off all tables made in vintage cherry. Get ready for Easter Sunday by browsing our catalogue and finding the one that’s right for you.