35 Easter Dinner Ideas for an Elegant Family Feast

These dishes are too pretty to pass up.

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Good Housekeeping

Come Easter, we pull out our best china, our finest cutlery — and whip up our best recipes. Complete with refreshing cocktails, fresh appetizers and hearty, wholesome main dishes, our Easter menu is the crème de la crème. Speaking of crème — don't worry, we didn't forget dessert.

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Cocktail: Lavendar Lillet Cocktail

Lavender adds a touch of elegance — and beauty — to a glass of bubbly. Infuse the sparkling cocktail with homemade lavender simple syrup for an extra special touch.

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limoncello citrus sangria
Courtesy of The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie
Cocktail: Limoncello Citrus Sangria

Wake up your tastebuds before you dive in to the main course with this light sangria, garnished with fresh grapefruit and lemon.

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sweet tea sangria
Ethan Calabrese
Cocktail: Sweet Tea Sangria

If you haven't tried sweet tea, then now's the time. Mix in a medley of fresh fruit to amp up the sweetness factor (yes, it's possible).

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Girl Versus Dough
Cocktail: Honeydew Lime Margarita

Forget "traditional" style margaritas — this fruity aperitif is about as unique and refreshing as it gets.

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Craft and Cocktails
Cocktails: Elderflower Spanish Gin and Tonic

Top this pretty blush gin and tonic off with juniper berries and a small sprig of rosemary.

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Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Cocktail: Peach Bourbon Smash

This cocktail's peach flavors and basil notes cut the bite of the bourbon.

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Apartment 34
Cocktail: Champagne Grapefruit Sage Cocktail

You'll want to sip on this pleasantly tart champagne cocktail way past Easter brunch.

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pimiento cheese finger sandwiches
Mike Garten
Appetizer: Pimiento Cheese Finger Sandwiches

Finger sandwiches were made for special occasions — and Easter is no exception. Fill your pre-dinner bites with spicy cheese, minty peas, or cucumbers.

What you'll need: circle cookie cutters ($7, )

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cauliflower soup
Mike Garten
Appetizer: Cauliflower Soup

This creamy, veggie-packed soup will warm you up after your outdoor egg hunt in the breezy spring weather.

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Pimiento-Cheese Deviled Eggs
Mike Garten
Appetizer: Pimiento-Cheese Deviled Eggs

Give your classic deviled eggs more personality — and spice — with cheese, pimientos, and of course, hot sauce.

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Mike Garten
Appetizer: Sprigs in a Blanket

Puff pastry gives these prosciutto-wrapped asparagus stalks a buttery, flaky shell.


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Ella Claire Inspired
Appetizer: Avocado Deviled Eggs

Upgrade your tried and true deviled eggs recipe with creamy avocado.

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Yellow Bliss Road
Appetizer: Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

This vibrant pasta, complete with broccoli, olives and bell peppers, is the perfect hors d'oeuvre for your vegetarian guests.

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Sweet and Sticky Apricot Glazed Ham
Yossy Arefi
Main Course: Sweet and Sticky Apricot Glazed Ham

Turn a store-bought ham into a raved-about main course with a simple three-ingredient glaze.

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Lemony Herb Roast Chicken
Mike Garten
Main Course: Lemony Herb Roast Chicken

Your guests won't even care that you're not serving ham once they set their eyes on this golden roasted chicken.

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Apricot-Mustard Ham with Herb-Roasted Vegetables
Yossy Arefi
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Con Poulos
Main Course: Leek and Lemon Linguine

Leeks, lemon zest and melted parmesan make this vegetarian pasta dish a flavor powerhouse.


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Dana Gallagher
Main Course: Root Beer-Glazed Ham

You'll need to crack open a can of foamy root beer to make this glazed ham — Dr. Pepper or Coca Cola work too!

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Danielle Occhiogrosso
Main Course: Spinach and Artichoke Squash Casserole

Turn everyone's favorite party dip into a creamy casserole baked into a sweet spaghetti squash.

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Feasting at Home
Main Course: Roasted Lamb Chops with Curry Sauce

A crown of lamb chops, soaking in a bed of spicy curry, makes for an unforgettable Easter feast.

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Brian Woodcock
Main Course: Salmon and Beets Salad with Yogurt Sauce

Salmon and beets on a bed of watercress make for a healthy and light dinnertime salad.

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Drizzle and Dip
Main Course: Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary, Garlic, Harissa and Lemon

Citrus and earthy flavors converge, bringing this roast leg of lamb to the next level.

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Sweet Parker House Rolls
Chris Court
Side Dish: Sweet Parker House Rolls

A spoonful of maple syrup transforms a basic dough into a roll to remember.

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Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes With Cheddar
Mike Garten
Side Dish: Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes With Cheddar

Potatoes and cheese come together in this hot, creamy dish. Take our word for it: It'll be difficult to not fill up on these potatoes alone.

What you'll need: 2-quart oval baking dish ($13, )

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Green Beans with Lemon Vinaigrette
Dana Gallagher
Side Dish: Green Beans with Lemon Vinaigrette

These zesty greens will balance out the heaviest and creamiest dishes.

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The Food Charlatan
Appetizer: Garlic and Rosemary Skillet Bread

This aromatic bread will have all your guests asking what smells so delicious.


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Closet Cooking
Side Dish: Maple Dijon Roasted Carrots

It's not Easter without a side of perfectly roasted carrots, right? This maple-mustard variety might just become your next dinner staple.

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Rasa Malaysia
Side Dish: Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Make horizontal slits into baby potatoes before glazing with butter, garlic and a dash of cayenne so that all of the flavors sink into the spuds.

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Speckled Malted Coconut Cake
Brian Woodcock
Dessert: Speckled Malted Coconut Cake

Guests will, without a doubt, gawk (and devour) this beautiful speckled cake.

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Raspberry Lemon Pound Cake
Mike Garten
Dessert: Raspberry Lemon Pound Cake

This stunning pound cake doubles as decor.

What you'll need: hand mixer ($65, )

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