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6 simple tricks for hosting a big crowd this Easter

Create a fabulous Easter lunch for a crowd with less effort and more fun, thanks to a few tried-and-tested foodie tricks from our experts. From Easter hacks to foodie timesavers for feeding a crowd, make sure you enjoy the gathering just as much as your guests...

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  1. Make-ahead canapés

    Take the stress out of the Easter meet-and-greet by prepping these lovely, low-effort canapés ahead of time to feed a crowd. These no-cook Greek salad tartlets can be assembled in minutes, and these simple salmon roll-ups are made with just 4 ingredients but look super impressive.

    If in doubt, you can’t beat crisps and dip as the ultimate sharing crowd-pleaser. Marry your favourite crisps with this creamy feta and pesto dip – just 10 minutes to create, super-impressive and perfect for feeding a crowd.

    Make-ahead canapés
  2. Delegate the egg hunt hiding

    Rather than hiding the eggs yourself, pass egg hunt duty on to your most trusted guests to hide the treats and rally the egg hunters. Not only does that spread the fun factor, but it means you have extra time to get lunch sorted.

    Delegate the egg hunt hiding
  3. Try an Easter brunch

    Fancy trying something a little different when hosting for Easter this year? How about treating your favourite people to an Easter brunch? For an easy one-dish wonder, this indulgent lemon curd and blueberry croissant bake is just the thing for feeding a crowd.

    Want a savoury twist on a no-nonsense Easter bake? Then this English breakfast-inspired crumpet bake can be prepped in just 15 minutes.

    Alternatively, wow your guests with bacon-filled hot cross brunch buns. Yum!

    Try an Easter brunch
  4. Make an Easter lunch buffet-style

    To take the pressure off while feeding a crowd, why not make Easter lunch a relaxed ‘help yourself’ affair? This lamb and spring greens wreath takes only 15 minutes to prep and makes a striking centrepiece, or this salted honey and rosemary lamb is a memorable twist on a classic.

    For vibrant salads to zing up any Easter buffet lunch, Seville orange, beetroot and feta salad hits the perfect sweet-salty and fruity notes, while this herby tomato and oregano potato bake is a sharing sensation.

    Make an Easter lunch buffet-style
  5. Easier-than-ever lamb dishes

    Looking for easy new lamb recipes that are sure to impress? Then our laid-back lamb is flavour-packed and an easy Easter main meal for a crowd.

    This shredded hot honey lamb is sticky, sweet, spicy and slow-cooked for extra tenderness (plus, it tastes great alongside these boulangère potatoes!).

    Or, try this Mediterranean twist on lamb with rich and tomatoey beans – it takes just 15 minutes to prepare, then your oven does all the hard work. Slice when it’s meltingly tender and serve with buttery mash.

    Easier-than-ever lamb dishes
  6. Cheat with your desserts

    It’s not Easter without one of our best Easter desserts, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen to get a spot-on sweet. This 20-minute chocolate orange hot cross bun trifle makes the perfect Easter centrepiece, and kids will love these Eton Mess sharing eggs – ready in just 5 minutes and a great way to get through that mountain of chocolate eggs.

    Fancy something a little more refined? Then this citrus cheesecake board boasts a gingernut biscuit base and orange, lemon curd and mint topping. Delish!

    Cheat with your desserts