How to Plan a Simple Easter Lunch on a Budget: An Adorable, Affordable Party Guide

Looks what’s coming hippity-hopping along. Easter! And with this much-awaited holiday come gatherings for family and friends at lovely garden parties. Luckily, this occasion is so special that Easter-themed party essentials are everywhere—from invites to decorations to treats to gift bags and favors. And many are pretty budget-friendly, too, whether to buy or DIY (*this post contains affiliate links)!

So, get a headstart on the Easter bunny by following our checklist for planning the cutest and fun-est Easter luncheon party on a budget!

Your Easter Party Checklist:

  1. Make your own invitations
  2. Plan a healthy Easter menu
  3. Stick with easy DIY decorations
  4. Hold an Easter egg scavenger hunt
  5. Serve less sugary treats
  6. Give practical Easter favors

To help you get hopping on the party prep, see what eggs-tra adorable, yet affordable finds we’ve gathered to inspire you! (*this post contains affiliate links)

Printable Easter Party Invitations 

Keep it simple with printable invites that let you just write in the party details, or that have a creative cutout design. Or you can order customizable ones online.

Printable Easter Invitations

1 – Free Easter Printable – from My Sister’s Suitcase

2 – Modern Easter Party Free Printable – from A Well Crafted Party

3 – Unicorn Easter Bunny Free Printable Kit – from Oh My Fiesta

4 – Egg-stravaganza Printable Invitation – from DIY Party Mom

5 – Easter Egg Hunt Printable Invitation – from Ziggity Zoom

6 – Free Printable Easter Egg Hunt Invite – from A Joyful Riot

7 – Easter Printables – from Rio Grande Valley Moms

8 – Egg-Cellent Celebration Easter Invitation – from Greetings Island

Healthy Easter Menu Ideas

For your lunch party menu, a traditional light selection of sandwiches, salads and pastries is a popular option. Or you could spring a surprise Tex Mex Easter menu!

But we do recommend going for healthy options—like these we found—in your choice of Easter party dishes, sides, and desserts.

Budget Easter Food

1 – Easter Bunny Potato Croquettes – recipe from Mom Foodie

2 – Grilled Carrot Miso Salmon – recipe from Trader Joe’s

3 – Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Ham – recipe from McCormick

4 – Pasta Shells with Seafood Salad – recipe from Barilla

5 – Hot Cross Buns – recipe from Robin Hood

6 -Wine as seen on Bellenza’s Cuban Nights’ styled shoot

7 – Lemon Strawberry Coconut Easter Cake – recipe from Dixie Crystals

Easy Easter Party Decorations

Easter’s well-loved symbols are so recognizable that just a few decor accents around the party venue will work their charm! Here, we discovered some cute key pieces to DIY, print, or buy.

Easter Party Decorations to Make on a Budget

1 – Speckled Egg DIY Easter Wreath – tutorial via Crafts Unleashed

2 – Free Easter Printable – via Clean and Scentsible

3 – Inexpensive (and Easy) Easter Centerpiece – tutorial from An Extraordinary Day

4 – Fern and Floral Spring Tablescape – styling how-to shared by Sandra Garth of Sweet Sensations

5 – Easter Bunny Banner – tutorial from My Paper Craze

6 – Mini Easter Terrariums – tutorial and “Swing” small oval labels from Evermine

Easter Scavenger Hunt

Why not take the classic Easter egg hunt up a notch by holding an Easter Scavenger Hunt instead? By adding clue lists or cards to make the search more challenging, it’s loads more fun for older kids or for team-ups of adults with little ones. See the ideas we found!

DIY Printable Easter Scavenger Hunt

1 – Easter Scavenger Hunt Ideas – from Spend with Pennies

2 – Easter Scavenger Hunt Printable Clues – from DIY Inspired

3 – Scavenger Hunt Clues Printable – from Somewhat Simple

4 – Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt List Printable – from Wunder-Mom

5 – Free Easter Printable Scavenger Hunt Card – from Oriental Trading

6 – Outdoor Easter Egg Hunt Printable Clues – from Edventures with Kids

Less Sugary Easter Treats

Is this even possible? Yes! You can serve your party guests Easter goodies that aren’t sugar-overloaded. These sample recipes owe their sweetness to fresh or frozen fruits, and have healthy ingredients like coconut and carrots. While some are low fat, dairy free, or gluten free.

Easter Treats with Less Sugar, Healthier

1 – Carrot Cake Baked Donuts – These tempting treats from The Petite Cook are low fat and dairy free, with the option to top them with either dairy-free thick yogurt or ricotta cream with orange zest. (Plus the carrot qualifies them for Easter, right?)

2 – Frozen Easter Treats – Kids will love these colorful egg-molded sweets we found via No Time for Flashcards, made with fresh fruits and yogurt.

3 – Easter Chicks Pineapple Fruit Cups – Such a clever idea shared on No Biggie! Buy ready-packed single-serve fruit cups (we suggest the kind with “no sugar added” or with light syrup), then just draw on the chick features with Sharpies.

4 – No-Bake Easter Egg Fruit Tarts – How cute are these, from Super Healthy Kids! Oatmeal and almond butter “crusts” are topped with Greek yogurt “frosting” and then decorated with fresh fruit and berries.

5 – Carrot Treat Bags – These fun treats from Happiness is Homemade are actually filled with a healthy snack: popcorn. It’s the packaging that makes it Easter-perfect!

6 – Healthy Coconut Macaroon Easter Bird’s Nests – These quick-to-make macaroon nests from Stacey Clare are free of refined sugar, and gluten and dairy free. So you can give in to filling them with mini chocolate eggs!

Practical Easter Party Favors

The Easter holiday itself is over in a day, or a week at most. But you do want to send off your party guests with fun mementos like these that are usable afterwards, too. Plus these come in cost-saving sets or in bulk quantities—all available on Amazon.

Easter Party Favors on the Cheap

1 – Easter Bunny Canvas Tote Bag

2- Bunny Pens Easter Party Favors (12 pack)

3 – Bloomin Seed Paper Shapes Packs – Butterfly Shapes (25 Shapes per Pack)

4 – Bunny Face Spiral Notepad (Pack of 12)

5 – Girls Sunflower Straw Tea Party Hat Set (9 Pcs, Assorted Colors)

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