I love this holiday, but it’s alot of work and it can be overwhelming!
This year the two Passover Seders fall in the middle of April, which means it’s time to start making plans, if you haven’t already. I host both Seders at my house and I honestly love entertaining and having everyone in our home.
Do I ever feel overwhelmed? Well it’s alot of work, but I don’t get nervous about entertaining. I’ve been making Seders since 1990 and I have a system in place. For me it’s all about being organized and having lists.
Lists Lists Lists!
First thing is to try not to stress. I know, easier said than done, but when you try to be a little organized and make lists, it really helps. I think my lists have lists, but seriously, this is key and helps me to stay balanced, calm and organized.
What’s on the Lists?
1. Seder Menu
- Plan your menu and put everything on it that will be on your table. I really try to mix things up and I have an abundance of tried and true recipes. Everyone has a favorite main dish that will never be replaced, no matter what. I look at my past lists (yes I save them!) and try to change things up by trying a new side dishes and dessert. It goes without saying that there will be plenty of healthy dishes too!
2. Recipe List
- This is the time to pull out the recipes that you want to use for your Seders and any new ones that you want to include too. Make a list of each recipe and the ingredients needed.
3. Grocery List
- Now that you know your menu, it’s time to take every item and create your grocery list of perishables and non-perishables. Be sure to include items that you will need for after the Seders as well!
- I like to make a schedule of when I am doing what. My schedule usually starts about 2 weeks prior to Passover and has things on it like when to order my meat, order fish, when to allocate time to bake things that I can freeze, etc. I only have 1 oven, but even if I had 2, I would still make myself an oven/stove schedule. This isn’t for just the day of the Seders, but I like to give myself a general idea of when I’ll be making soup, meatballs, etc. It just helps me to be calm about everything!
- With so much going on it is important to take moments to treat yourself. Whether it is yoga, exercise or reading a book, make sure that your mental state of mind is in check. I do to yoga on the morning of the Seders and take that into consideration when planning for Passover!
- Don’t get hung up on your lists! Menu ideas may change, you may have more guests or someone doesn’t come at the last minute. This is meant as a guideline and you don’t have to follow it to a T! I’m not good at delegating, but delegate if you find things are making you stressed. Over the years I’ve asked my sister-in-laws to bring a fruit platter, salad or a side dish and it really helps me out. Enjoy, relax and try to make things as easy as possible.
I’ll be posting Passover recipes and meal ideas for the next 2 weeks – be on the lookout for them 🙂
As always, I’d love to hear from you!
Please share your Passover tips in the comments below 🙂