Easter is fast approaching and it is time to start planning your menu for a special occasion to remember. These fun Easter recipes for entertaining will help you plan the perfect meal, whether you are cooking for your family or for a big crowd.
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While many of us have a traditional Christmas menu each year, Easter tends to have a little more variety for many families. And it is always nice to add some new fun Easter recipes to add your Easter menu!
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These Easter party food ideas and recipes will add a little extra flair to your Easter menu plan, from mains to sides, sweets and treats, there is a little bit of something for everyone! These easy Easter recipes for entertaining will help you turn into a super hostess in a flash!
When it comes to traditional Easter food, for many, Good Friday may mean fasting or not eating red meat on this day.
The great thing about this is there are so many fabulous Easter seafood recipes to mix it up each year, so why not try something new this Easter? And there are loads of yummy side dishes to go with your mains.
You may have a traditional hot roast meal for your Easter dinner menu onSunday.
Here in Australia, it is popular to have cold meat and Easter salad recipes as an alternative to a hot meal.
Let’s not forget the sweets though, with it being the perfect time of year to get creative with that essential chocolate ingredient!
Let’s kick off with the fun stuff with Easter dessert recipes:
Easter Dessert Recipes
Dessert on Easter is a must! After all, you don’t want to eat all your Easter eggs on Easter Sunday.
Save them for when the leftover sweets are all gone! Yes… I absolutely am guilty of this! Plus my mother-in-law always has a basket of mini chocolate eggs on the table on Easter Sunday so we pretty much just graze on sweets all day between the main feast!
Check out these delicious easy dessert Easter recipe ideas for entertaining:
No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake Slice
The most decadent and perfect no-bake cheesecake slice for cookies and cream fans. This cheesecake is loaded with Oreos, including a crunchy Oreo base.
Bunny Cinnamon Rolls
These delicious cinnamon rolls are bunny-shaped, making them the perfect sweet treat as part of your Easter dessert.
Hot Cross Buns
An Easter staple… and the months leading up to it apparently, if you ask any of the major supermarkets! However homemade hot cross buns are sure to be a winner! Includes a video tutorial from Curtis Stone for extra help.
White Chocolate Crackles
This white chocolate crackle recipe is a twist on an old favourite, with only 4 ingredients. Super easy to make and you can give them some Easter flair by mixing in some coloured candies or jelly beans too.
If you want a simple Easter treat that you can take with you to parties or events at Easter time, these Easter cupcakes are a super cute idea, with different decoration ideas to dress up simple cupcakes of your choice.
Easter Egg Cookie Boxes
I love this idea. These Easter egg cookie boxes would make beautiful Easter chocolate gifts for friends and family, or a really special treat for your Easter celebrations. You could decorate them in any colours and patterns you like.
Healthy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Eggs
Not all Easter treats need to be sugar loaded! These healthy oatmeal peanut butter eggs are a great healthy Easter recipe idea that the kids (and adults) will love. They are super easy to make and would be a great option for a school Easter party plate idea too!
Simple 5 Ingredient Rum Balls
Who says rum balls are only for Christmas! If you love them, why not bring them out at Easter too. I could eat rum balls all year round if I’m being honest! And if you are serving up to kids, you can skip the rum and just make them chocolate balls!
Caramel Easter Egg Rocky Road
If you are looking for a quick and easy Easter treat recipe, this one delivers!
Caramel Easter egg rocky road is one you can make in no time and put in the fridge for later, making it a fantastic make-ahead Easter recipe to save time that weekend.
Oreo Easter Bunny Truffles
How cute do these Oreo Easter bunny truffles look? They would be a huge hit on the Easter table or as an Easter party bring a plate idea. They are simply adorable and the kids will think they are the coolest thing ever!
Skinny Easter Egg Cake Balls
These skinny Easter egg cake balls are so pretty they double as Easter decorations on your table. They would also make a beautiful food gift idea for Easter as well, in a cute little basket or some cellophane.
Healthy Rice Bubble Slice
If you love chocolate crackles, this healthy recipe is a must! It tastes like chocolate crackles in a slice but none of the bad stuff. It’s a yummy treat for the kids that you can feel good about giving to them!
You could mix in some coloured candy if you want to give it a little colour and some sugar though.
Easy Easter Appetisers
The pre-feast snacks are almost as important as the dessert and the main course when it comes to planning the perfect Easter Sunday menu, so check out these delicious Easter appetisers you can serve up between meals!
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Easter Bunny Bread
This is the cutest vegetable platter I have ever seen. Such a fun way to serve up veggies and dip at your Easter event, or a great idea for a platter you can take to events elsewhere over the Easter period.
Bunny Fresh Fruit Platter
This is another fun platter idea to take to Easter parties or serve up at home. It is so easy to make and you can use any in-season fruit you choose to create your bunny fruit platter.
Easy Easter Side Dishes
Every Easter feast needs some complimentary side dishes to go with the main course, and these do not have to be anything fancy. A few simple side dishes will complement your Easter menu well and give variety to your meal. Try these side Easter recipes for entertaining:
Avocado Egg Salad
A simple and delicious egg salad with avocado recipe that is perfect to serve up at Easter time. This salad is creamy and will be a hit with family and friends.
Crescent Roll Carrots Filled with Egg or Ham Salad
These Crescent rolls are a super cute and fun side dish for Easter, incorporating both bread and salad into a single dish. They look fantastic and the kids will think they are a super fun Easter recipe too.
Healthier Deviled Eggs
These deviled eggs are made with Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise which makes them a healthier alternative and just as delicious!
Deviled Eggs Easter Chicks
If you want a cute way to display your deviled eggs at Easter time, this is an easy side dish that looks great and doubles as a decoration.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Chips
For a quick side dish that does not involve a lot of prep or cooking time, these sweet potato chips in the air fryer are an easy Easter side dish idea. You can prepare them ahead of time then put them in the air fryer just before you are ready to serve dinner.
Deviled Avocado Eggs
There isn’t much I love more at Easter time than deviled eggs, but adding avocado may just take them to the next level of awesomeness. Check out the recipe.
Stuffed Pepper Carrots
These stuffed peppers look like carrots, making them a fun Easter appetiser that you can make ahead and chill.
Honey Glazed Carrots
If you are serving up an Easter roast meal, honey glazed carrots are pretty much a must. These two go together perfectly and these sweet carrots are so good even the kids will eat them up!
Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad
I love a good crunchy Asian noodle salad and the fact that this one is a little different from the usual Easter salad recipes makes it a winner. That great mix of crunch, crispness and sweetness all in one. Find the recipe.
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Easy Easter Main Dishes
For the Easter main dishes for entertaining, a mix of seafood and roast meat sounds just about perfect. You can serve up pretty much any mains you want or mix it up with a few different options to give variety to your Easter guests.
Glazed Easter Ham
Whether it is Easter or Christmas, or any time of the year really, glazed ham is a crowd favourite and this recipe is one to please. Find the glazed ham recipe. The size of your glazed ham will depend on how many people you are entertaining for this Easter.
Check out these side dishes to serve with ham for more ideas plus these leftover ham recipes in case you end up with lots left after Easter.
Lemon Garlic Prawns
If you love seafood and want a really easy Easter seafood recipe, these lemon garlic prawns are perfect! They take under 15 minutes to make, with no marinating required.
Roast Beef Tenderloin
This tender and juicy roast beef tenderloin recipe is sure to please the meat-lovers at your Easter table, served with roast vegetables.
Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
This deliciously easy coconut prawn recipe is quick to make in the air fryer and includes a sweet and sour dipping sauce recipe to serve on the side.
Oven Baked Salt and Pepper Squid
Oven-baked squid is a healthier alternative to deep-frying and it is a simple Easter seafood recipe you can serve up, along with some dipping sauces and all your sides.
It is moving away from a traditional Easter feast, or you could cook this as a perfect Good Friday recipe if you are not eating red meat with your family.
Air Fryer Salt & Pepper Calamari
If you have an air fryer, an even easier option is this air fryer Calamari recipe that is a family favourite. You can quickly put together a batch or three for Easter entertaining and it tastes amazing paired with your favourite seafood dipping sauce.
Crab & Bacon Stuffed Lobster Tail
For another great Good Friday recipe or for an Easter Sunday seafood feast, this crab stuffed lobster tail sounds delicious! It would be an impressive dish to serve up if entertaining for friends as well.
You might also like to check out these side dishes for fish if you are serving seafood for Easter.
Hopefully, you found some Easter menu inspiration with all that goodness. There are loads of fun Easter recipes here, but don’t feel like you only have to cook traditional Easter dishes during your celebrations. Mix it up with a bit of variety and bring in some new dishes each year!
Make sure you have plenty of refrigerator storage ready for your Easter entertainment!
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What are your favourite Easter weekend meals? Share in the comments.
Monday 16th of March 2015
It certainly makes for some baking inspiration :)
Erika @ Ever-changing Life of a Mum
Monday 16th of March 2015
Great wrap up for Easter - definitely some things to keep in mind here. I love hot cross buns but I have never tried to make them myself, maybe I should give it a go this year?! The Easter egg nests and rocky road looks delicious!
Monday 16th of March 2015
I am still a bit too reluctant with the hot cross buns too but have been assured it's a totally do-able recipe for all lol