Some families who do not entertain during Lent like to have a dinner party on Easter Sunday. Whether dinner is served in the early afternoon or in the evening, the traditional spring lamb roast or baked Easter ham is usually the featured dish. Tiny new potatoes, at least one green vegetable such as peas or asparagus, and some special dessert, possibly the current favorite of the college youngsters home for vacation, are traditional in such dinners.
Decoration and color scheme for this family event usually develop almost without a special plan on the part of the hostess. In the country or suburbs in many parts of the land forsythia is in bloom, and the first garden flowers such as tulips are ready to cut and arrange on the table and throughout the house. City hosts have no such resources, but they may receive a box of Easter flowers from a florist sent by some relative invited to the dinner, or they buy flowers from the corner stands and flower shops.