21 Festive Easter Menus

Gather your friends and family to celebrate the Easter season with these festive springtime menus.

  • Ginger Ale-Can Chicken
    Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Festive Spring Lunch

    Whether for a ladies' luncheon or a Sunday family gathering, juicy roasted chicken paired with a veggie-pasta toss and fresh fruit salad make a simple and stunning meal. For the grand finale, serve chocolate layer cake with chocolate frosting and toasted pecans.
  • Pepper Jelly and Ginger Glazed Ham
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Spring Brunch Menu

    Set the table for Easter brunch, featuring seasonal ingredients and a new twist on the quintessential holiday ham.
  • An Afternoon Easter Party
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

    An Afternoon Easter Party

    Hosting a full-on holiday feast can turn you into a basket case. Instead, opt for this easy-yet-elegant gathering where adults can graze and relax as kids enjoy the fun.
  • Spring Risotto
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Welcome Spring

    Guests will swoon at the sight of this lovely seasonal menu. Because it features springtime classics like fava beans, fresh peas, and strawberries, it's worth a trip to the farmer's market for the freshest produce.
  • Ginger and Thyme–Brined Pork Loin
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Easter Brunch Menu

    Sit down to delicate spring fare with this festive meal. It's simple to prepare, thanks to our make-ahead plan.
  • Easter Dinner Menu
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Easter Dinner Menu

    This festive meal is a pleasure to host because you do most of the preparation in advance.

  • Easter Brunch Buffet Menu
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Easter Brunch Buffet Menu

    From appetizer to dessert, this menu features the first hints of spring. Plus, it serves up to 12 people so gather the family to feast on ham, lamb, roasted veggies, homemade bread, and cookies.
  • Grilled Salmon Pepper Steaks

    An Easter Afternoon

    Enlist your favorite grill-master to help with this easy, interactive Easter meal. While they fire up the salmon, you can ladle out the brilliantly-colored beet soup.
  • Curried Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches
    Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Cari South

    Open House Tea-and-Easter Egg Hunt

    Invite the neighborhood children over to hunt eggs while the adults dine on marinated shrimp, deviled eggs, and chicken salad sandwiches. The kids won't stay away from the food table too long once they discover the double-chocolate brownies and lemon bars.
  • Sparkling Punch
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Easter Breakfast Buffet

    Bourbon-baked ham, grits casserole, and buttermilk biscuits are the stars of this Southern-style breakfast. Toast the day with bubbly punch and mimosas.
  • Coconut Cream Tarts with Macadamia Nut Crusts

    Alfresco Luncheon with Grilled Lamb

    Welcome in the warm spring climate by serving lunch outdoors. Decorate the table with festively colored Easter eggs and tulips to complement the impressive spread of soup, salad, lamb and veggies. Finish off the meal with sweet coconut cream tartlets and sangria.
  • Baked Ham with Guava Glaze
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke

    A Festive Family Feast

    Enjoy a fun Easter without formality and treat your family to a juicy, fruit-glazed ham with an array of feisty sides like caramelized onion dip and tangy pasta salad.
  • Fontina, Asparagus, and Leek Strata

    Easter with Ease

    With a little advance planning, you'll reap the rewards of a virtually effortless menu. Buy a high-quality ham that only needs reheating, then an hour before your guests arrive, simply slip it in the oven along with the strata, a savory make-ahead bread pudding.
  • Shrimp Shooters
    Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns

    Cool and Casual Easter Luncheon

    The key to this laid-back lunch is planning ahead. Prepare the vinaigrette for the shrimp, purchase a pre-cooked ham, marinate the asparagus, and make dessert the day before. When it's time to eat, bring your plates outside and sit in the sunshine. Your guests will appreciate the relaxed atmosphere.
  • Elegant Easter Brunch
    Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Stephana Bottom

    Elegant Easter Brunch Menu

    This simple and elegant holiday meal features sweet banana muffins, glazed ham, potato salad, spring peas, and a simple fruit salad for dessert. Serve with spiced tea for a cool and refreshing sipper.
  • Easter Family Reunion Menu

    Easter Family Reunion

    Gather loved ones from near and far for an unforgettable reunion feast featuring seasonal spring fare.
  • Easter Supper Menu

    Easter Supper Menu

    Gather the family to enjoy a fabulous, fuss-free Sunday supper-with plenty of sweet endings to choose from.
  • An Elegant Easter Feast
    Ryan Benyi

    An Elegant Easter Feast

    Gather family and friends to share festive dishes that are sure to please.
  • Celebrate Easter In Style
    Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Lynn Miller

    Celebrate Easter In Style

    Dress up your home and serve an elegant brunch with ease.
  • Maple-Mustard Glazed Ham
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lynn Nesmith  

    Easter Brunch at the Beach

    Spring flowers, colorful dyed eggs and sun-drenched patios are just a few of life's sweetest pleasures on a coastal Easter morning. Whether or not you live near enough to smell the saltwater air, this beachy morning menu is a great way to give your guests the resort-style treatment this Easter.
  • Spring Pea Orzo
    Photo: Helen Norman; Styling: Carrie Purcell  

    Easter Celebration Menu

    Put on your Easter Sunday-best and celebrate new beginnings with this fresh entertaining menu, sure to be the crowning moment of your family's afternoon.
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