Easter party ideas guide

The 5-step checklist for the ultimate Easter party.

With Easter comes the longest long-weekend in the Australian calendar. Starting on Holy Thursday evening and running through to Easter Monday, for the majority of us working folk, it means four full days of freedom from the 9-5.

Did someone say party?

Whether you’re planning to go long and kick things off from 5pm on Thursday evening or are more inclined toward a Good Friday or Easter Monday catch-up you’ll need a plan to get this party just right. Once you’ve got your date sorted and your invites messaged or Facebooked out then it’s time to start ticking these must-haves off your party-planning list:

1. Drinks

If you, like us, have learned anything from Christmas it’s that the drink shop and public holidays do not mix - which is why we’re making the booze trip number one on your list. As at Christmas, there is restricted trading throughout much of the nation so many stores will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. While liquor will be available at pubs and restaurants, takeaways are a no-no in states like NSW. The solution? Stock up early.

An easy way to do this during the busy working week leading up to Easter is by shopping online and getting your booze delivered direct to your doorstep. These booze recommendations and liquor deals can keep you well stocked this Easter.

2. Easter meals

Whether yours is a family affair or a casual get together, theming your food to suit the season is always a welcome surprise and a nice way to get your guests excited about the holiday. Think hot-crossed buns and easter eggs and bunnies accompanied with an Easter ham. You could even spin the theme a bit with egg and carrot-based meals like a quiche or carrot cake.

For a more traditional spin, you might like to bring an English Simnel cake or similar sweet cake like a Greek tsoureki to the party.

3. Games

The fun starts with Easter games - especially if there are little ones that need to be entertained. Keep it traditional with an egg hunt, egg painting and egg relay as they are tried and true favourites that everyone can get involved in. If this is an adults-only Easter party, you can tweak the Easter egg hunt to make it more adult friendly by buying plastic egg casings and including things like cheeky mini bottles of booze inside. Oh and don’t forget to buy an Easter basket for everyone participating to collect their loot with.

4. Decorations and costumes

Atmosphere is key at any event, so get into the spirit of Easter by decorating your space with all things Easter. In other words, chicks and bunnies! Prefer to keep it simple? A more subtle option is to deck your home in baby blues, yellows and pinks.

As host, you can never go wrong with a little bit of dress up. Having someone in an Easter bunny suit will go down a treat at a kids’ party while a simple bunny ear headband is enough for an adults-only shindig.

5. Party favours

Who doesn’t love a bonus treat? No one, that’s who. Stock up on extra Easter eggs and carrots (for funsies) during your grocery shop and pop them into a treat bag for your guests to take home. You can further fill their loot bags with themed novelties and toys.

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