Easter can be an expensive time, but it's not impossible to stick to a strict budget.
No sooner is the silly season done and dusted, than Easter hops up behind us. Save yourself the stress and expense of another big celebration with these top tips for saving money on your Easter feast.
Buy in bulk
Don't leave anything to chance when feeding the masses! Between Good Friday and Easter Monday, if you are planning to host friends, family or a few drop-ins, buy up your Easter treats in bulk.
You simply can't go wrong with hot cross buns. Fruit-filled or chocolate flavoured, served warm with butter, these are the perfect snack that can be served morning and night during Easter.
Incredibly cost effective, you can buy a few different varieties in bulk to please everyone. Be sure to have them hot when guests arrive, as the aroma alone is enough to inspire a truly magical Easter spirit.
Display them simply atop a tray or shallow basket and watch them disappear.
Sunday morning switch up
Ditch the fussy lunch this year and make your Easter get together in the morning. Have extra fun with the egg theme this year and get each guest to bring some fresh eggs.
This is a super cost-effective way to help out with the meal and you can have so much fun cooking them up. Scrambled eggs, pancakes, and omelets - you name it! On a shoestring you can introduce an entirely new element to eating together at Easter.
This year, why not personalise your Easter present to the ones you love? Instead of buying packaged eggs, you can make your own, adding the perfect ingredients that show you care. Invest in some of you favourite cooking chocolate - white, milk or dark - and the sweet filings your friends and family love most.
This may be ginger or coconut, nuts or even honeycomb. The options are endless. You can melt the chocolate and set them in affordable molds, filling with the delicious centre each person loves most. Voila! You’ve saved on eggs and created an incredibly special Easter surprise!
Share and save
When you're hosting a large group of people, extra plates, table settings and cutlery can prove an additional spend you simply don't need. Eliminate this cost entirely by serving shared plates of food such as cheeses, cured meats, fruits and DIY fresh rolls and salad fillings.
This collective way of serving and sharing food not only cuts out the fussiness and cost of extra expensive dinnerware, but it also brings guests together over food. It's a hugely popular trend in dining for 2017 and can also allow you to tap into each guest's dietary requirements without preparing and cooking up separate meals. Effort and extra cash successfully saved.
Let your decorations double as dessert
Got some old jars taking up valuable space? These hold the key to the cutest Easter Sunday table displays/desserts ever. Simply wash them out thoroughly and dry them. Pop a colourful paper napkin in the base and fill them to the brim with any eggs the Easter Bunny may have left overnight.
Tie a ribbon or some string around the neck of the jar and place in the middle of the table. This looks particularly effective if jars are mismatched and eggs are of differing sizes and colours. At the end of the meal, the contents can then double as a dessert!