An Easter egg hunt can be the perfect way to welcome spring. Whether you want to start (or change up) a long-standing tradition or just want a unique way to entertain friends and family then having an Easter egg hunt can certainly fit the bill. The key to having a fun and successful Easter egg hunt is to make sure that you plan carefully and are organized because when the children arrive it is not the time to have to be taking care of details. By preparing ahead you can host the highlight of spring that will have your family and friends talking about how fun it was all the year long. Here is what you need to know about how to plan a fun Easter egg hunt:
- Start with the invitations-You can send out colorful construction paper cutouts in the shape of ducks and rabbits as invitations to the hunt to go with a spring theme. Or you can really let your imagination run wild with decorated paper eggs that open up to spell out the details or for the highly crafty, why not send a blown Easter egg with the details attached to a tag or frosted sugar cookie (it will have to be large) that your recipient can eat after jotting down the hunt specifics. Whatever you do just make sure that you include all the details like: time, place and whether or not your guests should bring baskets or bags to bring their loot home in.
- Get the eggs ready-This can be a monumental undertaking so be sure to recruit family and even friends to help. Small, colored plastic eggs work best. You can fill them with small toys, jellybeans, coins, stickers, beads, stamps, key chains and candies. You will want to estimate about a dozen eggs per guest. For a fun twist on your hunt include some coupons hidden in the eggs for extra special prizes that are too large to fit in the eggs. Then when someone gets one of those eggs they will need to come to you to redeem it for their special prize. Also, you should be sure to include a variety of candies and prizes that will appeal to all ages if more then small children will be participating in your hunt.
- Set up the refreshments-You will want to decorate tables with pastel-colored tablecloths and streamers for refreshments after the hunt. The tables should be in a central location that everyone can meet up at after the hunting is done. For a full-on affair you can serve lunch to hungry egg hunters or just punch and cookies after will do as well. Best of all there are lots of “spring-themed” foods that would go well on any menu you decide on.
- Divide the hunt by age group-You can set up the playing area according to age groups, either dividing the area by age group and marking the boundaries clearly, or by color coding the actual eggs (for example, blue and green ones for the older kids, yellow and pink for younger kids). However you do it just be sure that the difference is clearly noticeable.
- Use some judgment when hiding the eggs-If you are hiding the eggs anywhere off of your property be sure to get permission before doing so. In addition it is important to go easy on the younger ones, leaving eggs on low branches and open places; challenge older kids by concealing eggs in pipes, bushes and even gutters.
- Make sure that you have some adult supervision-It is crucial to have enough adults in designated areas of the hunting site at the beginning of the game. This way you can make sure that everyone gets a fair shot at getting at least some eggs and little ones are not trampled in the frenzied rush.