5 Easter Entertaining Tips from Mama Harper

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Easter is early this year – April 5th to be exact.  And while I don’t get too excited about the cooking part of the holidays I do really enjoy the decorating and entertaining part.  Today I am going to share how you can make your dining room table look very classy and like you slaved away in the kitchen for hours.  All you have to do is follow Mama Harper’s tips and and bask in the compliments, hehe.

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Tip #1:  Presentation.  If your serving dishes and plates are all haphazardly mismatched the dining space will feel cluttered and overwhelming.  I love the look of pure white serving dishes because it let’s the food be the star of the show instead of bright colors or over stimulating patterns.  I picked up all of these plates and serving dishes at Target – I love their selection of white dinnerware because they are not only reasonably priced, but they hold up well and feature little details which give a classy vibe.

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Tip #2:  HoneyBaked Ham.  And turkey. And garlic mashed potatoes.  And cinnamon apples.  And cheesecake.  I could go on and on.  But here’s the point.  I don’t spend hours in the kitchen on Easter when I would rather be spending time with my family.  Instead I swing by HoneyBaked Ham a few days before the holiday when I have a few free moments and pick up the whole delicious Easter dinner.  Then a few hours before dinner the only thing I have to do is heat everything up and transfer them to my pretty serving dishes.  When someone inevitably says “This is delicious – you must have spent hours in the kitchen!” reply with a nonchalant “Oh I just tossed it in the oven!” Because you did, hehe.

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Tip #3: Place Cards.  I love place cards because it avoids the awkward walk to the dining table with everyone him-hawing around wondering where they should sit.  We know that there are certain people that should not be sat next to each other… like siblings who might get rowdy or well meaning grandma’s who will let the kiddos fill up on rolls and butter.  For Easter dinner consider using hard-boiled eggs as place cards.  This avoids any waste created by paper and serves as a yummy appetizer too.  I chose to use brown eggs for a more natural and classy feeling, but you could also have the kids dye eggs.

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Tip #4: Hurricane Vase Centerpieces.  I love using hurricane vases as centerpieces because they are so versatile.  Use them right side up or upside down, like I have.  To achieve this look I took a little Easter grass, placed a ceramic bunny on top, added a few little eggs which happened to match my table cloth (not a coincidence), and then covered with the hurricane vase.  A pillar candle was then added to the top with a band of gold ribbon.  No matter the holiday or season these work beautifully because the trinkets inside can simply be changed. 

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Tip #5:  Cloth Napkins.  When I think of cloth napkins I tend to envision fancy restaurants.  And so naturally they would make a perfect addition to a classy Easter dinner setting.  This is also an area where you can have a little fun by turning an ordinary cloth napkin into an adorable Easter bunny with just a few simple folds.  These little details add holiday decor to the dinner table without adding clutter.  Plus as an added bonus they are much more eco-friendly than using disposable paper products.

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   By investing in just a few staple pieces – white dinnerware, hurricane vases, cloth table cloth and napkins – every holiday can be a beautiful classy affair.  Be sure to bring everything together with a delicious meal from HoneyBaked Ham.  Plus right now you can take advantage of this limited time offer for $5 off a $50 purchase valid now through April 4th 2015.  Remember a few minutes at a HoneyBaked Ham store will save you hours on Easter!

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19 Responses to 5 Easter Entertaining Tips from Mama Harper

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I love Honey Baked Hams. They are absolutely delicious.

  2. Dee Mauser says:

    We’ve had HoneyBaked Ham the past few major holidays and I can’t imagine a holiday without it. I love that crunchy coating. It’s delicious. I’m a fan of their turkey breasts as well. Yum!

  3. Dawn says:

    These are such cute ideas! I love the centerpieces. They’re cute, and they don’t require 100 years of crafty experience!

  4. From what I’ve been told HoneyBaked Hams are worth every penny! Love the napkins! I’d hate to take them apart! If you have little kids coming, maybe make a few extra they can play with at the table!!

  5. Kathy says:

    Great tips! I love Honey Baked Ham! It’s so delicious! I love the Easter bunnies you made from the napkins. Very cute!

  6. I think the bunny napkins is super cute and would not take a rocket scientist to figure out. The food from HoneyBaked has saved more than one holiday meal in this house!

  7. Daisy says:

    I love tips that involve food! Your photos are making me hungry!

  8. The bunny ear napkins are just IT for me. I love to do napkin folding.

  9. Vera Sweeney says:

    I love the idea of having someone else do all the cooking!! Your honey baked ham looks delicious!

  10. Liz Mays says:

    I had one of these not too long ago. It made a great meal for us and we had extra too!

  11. Oh my goodness I LOVE those napkins! I have never seen this before – super cute!

  12. Aimee Smith says:

    How cute are those napkins! They add the perfect touch to the table and yummy meal!

  13. Lisa says:

    Now that you have me drooling….I love the presentation tip. I tend to eat with my eyes. Adorable placecards too!

  14. I love the bunny napkins! How cute!

  15. Meryl says:

    We go elsewhere for Easter, but those centerpieces and napkins are so cute!

  16. I love the placecards and the folded napkins. Such simple, creative and inexpensive ways to dress up an Easter table. I am going to try these at our Easter dinner.

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  19. shelly peterson says:

    Everything looks so wonderful. That HoneyBaked ham looks so delicious.

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