Planning for an Easter Egg Hunt party can be a thrilling adventure for kids when you invite them into the process leading up to the great hunt. All great parties begin with planning and organization and the kid can even become an active part of that stage. Invitations must be sent and received and since most of the kids you will be inviting to the party are your child’s schoolmates, there is no more reliable messenger than the kid himself.
Get creative with making invitations to your Easter Egg Hunt Party. Simple construction paper with cutouts of Easter eggs and bunnies are easy to make and delightful to receive. Let your child help make the invitations and then make a big deal of entrusting her with the mission of making sure they are all delivered. Include your phone number inside the invitation for parents of those kids to call to confirm they will be attending.
An Easter Egg Hunt Party means providing each kid with how own individual basket. If you are of a creative bent, you can decorate the baskets yourself. To save time, just buy them pre-made from any store. Don’t worry about stuffing the baskets with candy; that’s not the point. These baskets will have to be filled with brilliantly colored and decorate Easter eggs.
Choose a location for the hunt to take place on the big day. If you’ve got a big yard with plenty of hiding spots, all the better, but that isn’t always the case. Look around at public parks where hiding spaces can exist in the form of a playground and assorted recreational structures. Make sure you don’t have to get a permit to hold a party in a public park or other public area where you plan to hold the hunt. Needless to say, don’t plan on an Easter Egg Hunt Party taking place on private property that doesn’t belong to you.
Buy enough eggs that you can almost ensure that every child will collect at least a few. This is the time to be serious about both the cost and the environmental effect of using real eggs. You may want to go with plastic eggs that can be opened and into which you place random little strips of paper that promise a prize to the kid who finds it. These prizes can be where the candy comes in or they can toys or gift certificates to a movie theater or local amusement park.
If you decide to go with real eggs, plan ahead to get all of them hard boiled and decorated in time. Decorating real Easter eggs can range from simply plopping them into colored water to painting them with extravagant designs to adorning them with stickers. The choice is yours and, of course, your kid. Make sure the eggs are fully boiled to hardness before decorating and, of course, let them cool before you start. After they are decorated, place them into the refrigerator or a cooler to keep them fresh in case you invite some kids with a real hankering for the taste of boiled egg.
One way to cut down on the competitive fervor that sometimes makes an Easter Egg Hunt look more like a Little League baseball game or a girls only party in New Jersey is to allow each kid to trade in his haul of eggs for the prize of his choice. Make sure all prizes are roughly equal in value so that the littlest kids who only comes in with two eggs gets a prize just as good as the bullying kid who drops down 20 eggs.