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Aside from the pretty pastel colors and yummy chocolate bunnies, my favorite part of Easter is spending time with family. And you can’t get together with family and kids on Easter without having an Easter egg hunt, right? Here are some tips to help you plan an Easter egg hunt – that’s super fun and stress-free, too.
How to Plan an Easter Egg Hunt that’s Awesome!
Start with the Kids
Planning ahead is essential for a stress-free Easter egg hunt. And when planning your egg hunt, start with the most important part: the kids! How many will be attending? How old are they? Will they be of varying ages? Do they have any food allergies or dietary restrictions?
- Keep it simple with 10 or fewer children.
- Use different colors or types of eggs for different aged kids. Example: Hide the purple eggs in easy spots for younger kids. Then, tell the older kids to avoid grabbing the purple eggs.
- Fill easter eggs with non-candy treats and/or coins if some kids have food allergies.
Send email invitations or paper invitations to parents ahead of time with egg hunt details. Be sure to include time, location, and supplies needed. For example, each child might need to bring an Easter basket or bag for egg collecting.
- Set up a Facebook Event to make inviting and tracking RSVPs easier.
- Ask about food allergies and dietary restrictions in the invitation.
Choose & Prep the Eggs
Are you going to hide plastic treat-filled eggs or decorated hard-boiled eggs? Either way, you’ll need to prep your eggs ahead of time. Depending on how many children are attending you should probably figure between 10-15 eggs per child. So, if there are 10 children attending, you would want at least 100 eggs. Eggs add up fast! If you choose plastic eggs, what are you going to fill them with? Easter candy or little toy trinkets? If you choose to use decorated hard-boiled eggs, make sure to factor in time – and helpers – to boil and decorate them all!
- Buy pre-filled plastic Easter eggs if you’re short on time.
- If you’d rather go the real egg route, have each family bring a couple dozen decorate hard-boiled eggs.
Keep an Eye on the Weather
Spring is a fickle beast. It can be warm and sunny one day or raining and chilly the next. Keep tabs on the weather forecast, make sure you have a plan B. No one wants cold, cranky kids at an Easter egg hunt. Choose a rain date or an indoor option in case of bad weather.
- Set a rain date in the initial invitation, so there isn’t any last-minute communication confusion on the day of.
- Stick with plastic eggs if you’re hiding them indoors. You might think you found all the hard-boiled eggs, but you’ll know you missed one when you smell a rotten one in the house 2 weeks later!
Don’t Let the Kids See the Hidden Eggs Ahead of Time!
Hiding those eggs is tricky. You don’t want the kids arriving to see them and know right where to go when the hunt starts. You can either hide them before the party in an area they won’t see. Or you can have a few people hide them while the kids are entertained indoors.
- Have the dads sneak out to hide the eggs while the moms do some Easter activities or Easter crafts with the kids indoors. Obviously, the gender roles here don’t really matter. But this is how we usually do it.
Above all, just have fun on the day of the Easter party! Go with the flow and focus on the kids, and you’re sure to have an Easter egg hunt the kids will be raving about.
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