One of the most important seder tips from the Talmud: Don't forget the treats for the kids - and the "kids at heart!"
Giving out yummy treats throughout the meal helps keep everyone awake, and sparks questions. Maimonides puts it this way:
It's not every night that sweets get incorporated into the meal! Make sure that everyone who offers a great question, new insight, or answer gets a treat, and keep the conversation going.
And speaking of sweets, don't forget the sweetest part of the seder plate - the charoset! Rabbinic sources have a lot to say about the best way to make this traditional seder dish. Here's what Maimonides, who lived in the 12th century, had to say:
Rabbi Moshe Isserles, an Ashkenazic authority living in the 16th century, had a different twist on the recipe.
Stir up a conversation at your seder by making a few different charoset recipes this year. Do a taste test: What do people like best? What is the significance of the different ingredients? What recipe would you create to represent the story?