Easter Entertaining & Favorite Recipes


On Sunday I hosted our annual Easter party for friends who don't have family in the area to come and enjoy a nice meal plus it gives me an excuse to dust off my entertaining ware that never gets used. K likes to cook a turkey in the oil-free turkey fryer we got as a wedding gift and I bake a ham which both take around 2 hours to cook each.



I usually try to host Easter dinner on a Saturday so we have Sunday to clean up and relax but since we already had plans to go to St. Augustine, we had no choice to host it on Sunday but luckily a few friends were able to make it while many others already had plans.


Since it was a small group I kept the appetizers minimal and served mini chicken pot pies from Trader Joe's and Andrea's amazing Slow Cooker Island Kielbasa recipe, which is so easy to whip together with only 4 ingredients (I used pineapple juice but not the chunks). Everyone raved about how good the kielbasa was!


For Easter decorations, I kept it simple and put together some Pinterest-inspired mason jar flower arrangements and added slices of lemon to the water.


Easter Dinner Menu:






Garlic mashed potatoes and gravy were pre-made from the store because I was worried about not having enough time to cook all of this on Sunday morning so decided to take a couple shortcuts.


For dessert, Kate made some amazing Pistachio cupcakes and another friend made some S'mores Rice Krispies Treats Pinwheels. Both desserts were incredible and we have tons leftover which is slightly dangerous. 


Finally, K concocted some Moscow Mules for a refreshing evening cocktail.


I'd say the Easter dinner party was a success this year spent with good friends and a delicious spread. Lola also enjoyed all of the attention!




26 comments

  1. Your flower arrangements turned out great! Looks like a really fun get together! Have a wonderful day!

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  2. My MIL makes the same type of ham :) I love the flower arrangements that you created, so pretty and that is that is so nice of you to host this special dinner for all your friends! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. Those flower centerpieces looked so cute! The food all looks super tasty!

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  4. WOW!!! What a great spread that turned out to be, look at that turkey and that ham...gorgeous, well as turkeys and hams can be, lol. The flowers, the friends, the food, Lola...looks like a perfect day and superb menu. So glad the kielbasa turned out and everyone liked it!!

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  5. Oh yum, those brussel sprouts and cheesy corn casserole look so, so delicious! I love that you guys throw a get together. It's so nice when family isn't close!

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  6. Good call on the lemon slices, adds such a nice touch to the arrangements!

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  7. What a beautiful simple centrepiece! Everything sounds so yum!!

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  8. yay it turned out great! you know how obsessed i am with your brussel sprouts and now i wanna make them again! great success with great friends :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  9. i'm coming over next year! hehe. this turned out so well!! what a great get together.

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  10. What a delicious looking spread and love the flowers. I might have to try that for my party this weekend.

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  11. All of your food looks so yummy! And I feel you on doing parties on Saturday so you can clean up Sunday. It sucks to have to clean on Sunday night. <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  12. I love the flowers! They came out so well. All that food looks yummie.

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  13. How fun that you host each year!! All your food looks seriously delicious. Love your decor too!

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  14. It all looks and sounds so good. I need to make that kielbasa, I have it pinned. Love your decor and Kate needs to share that pistachio cupcake recipe...how fun!

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  15. Everything looks so good-- pistachio cupcakes sound amazing & s'mores rice crispies?! Love the flowers you put together too, what a great Easter celebration!

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  16. Your flowers turned out great!

    Love your spread!

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  17. Everything was DELISH, and we had a great time with great friends of course. Lola was of course the bell of the ball, and we are still mowing down on cupcakes every night too which has been dangerous! Thanks again for hosting such a great dinner <3
    Green Fashionista

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  18. Yum! That is a great spread! I love the flower arrangements!

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  19. aww i love that you do this for people who don't have family in the area! you are so lovely. all the food looks amazing as well!

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  20. What a fun friend celebration!!! Sometimes it is hard being away from family on the holidays and it sounds like you guys make up for it. I love your flower arrangements and all the food sounds wonderful!!!

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  21. Y'all made such a delicious spread! Love the floral arrangements. :)

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  22. I love it all and seriously your flower arrangements are so cute!

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  23. The menu sounds delicious and your flower arrangements are beautiful! Sounds like a fun day!

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  24. I'd definitely say your Easter dinner was a success!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  25. Nice post, love reading your blog

    arron
    GlassesShop

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  26. I can't believe that you had a ham and a turkey! Your spread looked delicious and I love the centerpieces that you made! It sounds like your Easter was very successful!

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