Start a new, memorable Easter tradition with your family by recreating The Last Supper.
My children are still little right now, but it’s so important to me to teach them the reason we celebrate Easter and share with them events from The Last Supper in a kid-friendly way.
The Last Supper happens on what is now called Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday and three days before Easter. This is the night before Christ’s Atonement and Crucifixion and when He ate His last meal with His disciples.
Having our own Last Supper has become a highlight of our Easter traditions, and something we will continue for many more years to come. It is one of my favorite ways to incorporate some symbols pertaining to Jesus’ Atonement and Resurrection in a fun, yet meaningful way.
Creating a Last Supper can be as simple or as extravagant as you see fit for your individual family. Some years I create a lavish tablescape and use fancy plates. Other years we use our everyday plates and keep the decor simple.
I like to serve our Last Supper on a wood charcuterie board, but a butcher block, tray, or something of the sort can be also used.
Red Juice and Water — Of course any red drink can be used, but my family loves red grape juice. When I have Sprite or ginger ale on hand, I pour half juice and half soda into a cup to make it sparkling juice! This modified symbol reminds us we will be made clean and pure because of Christ’s Atonement.
Bread — I like to serve naan or pita with crackers. Or sometimes all three! The unleavened bread is generally used because of its reference to the Jews hastily fleeing Egypt with zero time for their bread to rise.
Fruit and Nuts — Our fruit represents Christ, who is the fruit of the Tree of Life. Apples and nuts with honey are commonly served, but I like to incorporate multiple fruits for my kids!
My Last Supper dinner might look different than others, and that’s okay. I’m happy with keeping it a little more simple for now (by adding additional foods not commonly found in a Last Supper meal). As my children grow older, I will definitely incorporate more foods that are typically served, such as bitter herbs, herbed rice or couscous, and fish.
I hope this helps get the wheels turning a bit and inspires you to create your own Last Supper Easter Dinner for your family.
If serving as an appetizer, may I suggest Rosemary Grilled Lamb Chops as a main dish.
Celebrate The Last Supper with this family-friendly food board.
- Naan or Pita Bread
- Dried Oranges
- Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 Cutting Board or Wooden Board
- Place the items around the board and serve.