It's not as intimidating as you may think.

By Jorie Nicole McDonald

Easter Sunday is just around the corner, and even the most experienced hostess must have a foolproof game plan when entertaining family and friends. Resurrection Day in the South is monumental. Easter egg hunts ensue, honey baked ham adorns the dining room table, and of course, family travels from near and far for the joyous occasion. If it's your first time hosting Easter lunch, don't fret. We're are a few tips to help your celebration go off without a hitch.

Plan The Menu

It needs to be equal parts delicious and doable. If you're having a small get-together (10 people or less), an overabundance of sides and desserts isn't' necessary. Keeping it simple is the best way to go. For a larger crowd, consider a potluck-style soirée. This method will save you from spending hours in the kitchen leading up to Easter Sunday. What's our ideal Resection Day menu for the first-time hostess, you may ask? Check it out below:

Try Something New

Often times, Southerners are cautions of straying away from family tradition. And we get it. Mama's classic Easter menu can never be replaced. But there's nothing wrong with merging the old and with something new. Take a classic recipe, and give it a spin! For example, we're a big fan of fried deviled eggs. Yes, you read that correctly. Give your classic deviled egg recipe the upgrade it needs, and try a deep-fried twist. Check out the recipe here.

Break Out The Good Silver

Place settings are no joke below the Mason-Dixson. Most Southerners grew up hearing Mama speak enthusiastically about "the good silver". Easter Sunday is the perfect occasion for your beloved silver collection to make an appearance. It will instantly elevate your Resurrection Day tablescape. You can read more about the tradition of silver collections and one of our favorite patterns here.

Prepare An Easter Craft

This one's for the kids. As with most Southern gatherings, it's always a good idea to have a fun arts and crafts project ready to go. Easter just wouldn't be complete without some egg dyeing. It doesn't' have to be messy or complicated. In fact, one of our favorite Easter egg dyeing methods involves just water and inexpensive nail polish. You can learn how to do it here.

Follow these quick and easy tips, and you'll be well on your way to mastering a memorable Easter lunch.