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Get Prepared with Our Easter Planning Checklist

By Schwan's Home Service, February 14, 2016

Elegant Easter Spread


This year, Easter Sunday falls on March 27th. With six weeks left, you can get a start on menu planning and other preparations so that when the day arrives, all you’ll have left to do is enjoy your time with family.

To Do Now


  1. Order your juicy, Spiral Sliced Bone-In Ham for Easter now to guarantee it’s on the truck and at your home in plenty of time.
    Schwan's Spiral Slice Bone-In Ham
  2. Plan and order your side dishes and vegetables. Roasted Baby Bakers, Garlic Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes, and Southern Style Biscuits are just three of our Easter side favorites.
    Schwan's Southern Style Biscuits
  3. Don’t forget your dessert! Chocolate Creme Pie is a stunner. Festive and fancy enough for any special occasion.
    Schwan's Chocolate Creme Pie
  4. Create guest list and invite friends and family. This way you’ll know how many to plan on and can adjust your orders accordingly.

Two Weeks Before – Get the Table Ready!


  1. Launder and iron cloth tablecloth and napkins, or shop for paper serve-ware and napkins if that’s more your style.
  2. Hand-wash your Fine China if it’s been in storage for a while, and plan which serving dishes you’ll use.

One Week Before


  1. Decide on a delicious ham glaze for your meal.
  2. Grab a wine that pairs well with ham. Salty-sweet ham pairs nicely with a bright, fruity wine with some acidity. Rosè is a perfect choice, but Riesling, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir are other good choices. For an earlier meal or brunch, a bubbly wine, like Cava or Prosecco, would be a great choice.

Two Days Before


  1. Move your ham to the refrigerator to thaw on the morning of two days before Easter.

One Day Before


  1. Clean and check your lists for last minute items.

Easter Sunday


  1. Place your decadent pie in the refrigerator to thaw 1-2 hours before serving.
  2. Start ham about two-and-a-half hours before serving time. The exact time depends on the weight of your ham. Allow about 10-15 minutes per pound for your fully thawed ham. If you’re planning on glazing your ham, allow yourself an extra 10 minutes of time to prepare, before your ham goes in the oven!
  3. During the final hour that your ham is in the oven, start preparing your veggies and sides!
  4. Finally… enjoy! All your early preparation has paid off. It’s time to sit down with your family and friends and enjoy the company.


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