Easter is almost upon us, and if, like us, you are planning on hosting a kids’ Easter Party and Easter Egg Hunt for the neighbours, you’ll be getting your thinking caps on.
Our annual event typically consists of the Easter Egg hunt, accompanied by arts and crafts, egg and spoon races (the adult contests are hilarious!) and perhaps a game of non-stop cricket or rounders. And to keep the adults happy, we throw in some scones, tea cakes and brownies.
However, with the weather as unpredictable as it is right now, you need to have your flexible indoor/outdoor party plans at the ready! So here, just for you, is our recipe for indoor OR outdoor Easter Egg Hunt Party success!
Easter Party Invitations
Firstly, you need to invite the egg hunters! If you’re like me, you can get as far as the idea of the party, but remembering to invite people in time is always a struggle! So we’ve pulled together a choice of 3 lovely backdrops for you to use, whatever your style preference. Hassle-free invitations you can print, edit and send! Just click on the link! Easter Invitations 1-3
Easter Party Activities
There’s actually a wealth of activities that you can do indoors for Easter. You don’t have to destroy your house with an Egg hunt (though there’s ample scope to do this)….here are some more contained activities you might like to consider:
1) Host an Easter bunny tea-party
Little bunnies like nothing more than a tea party, so why not spread out a blanket, invite everyone to bring their favourite bunny (or teddy) and host a little tea party.
Easter-themed cookies, a dash of fresh fruit, and a lovely kiddies’ tea-set like the reasonably priced DUKTIG set from IKEA, will make for a lovely activity.
2) Bake and decorate Easter-themed biscuits
Many of these activities will require some preparation ahead of your party, but that only adds to the excitement for your mini-hosts. Baking Easter-themed biscuits and getting your guests to decorate their own (and then eat them at their tea party!) will provide lots of fun. You can buy cookies cutters from Lakeland which are very reasonably priced at under £5, or for an even more economical biscuit you could try this Easter cookie recipe from Tesco
Then all you need is some icing and standard baking decorations and off you go!
3) Hold an Easter bonnet contest
If you’re sending out invitations to your party, it’s just as easy to include a suggestion to bring an Easter bonnet …and you could even make it applicable to adults too!
The awards don’t have to make any sense, they just have to encourage and recognise the child’s efforts. Parading around to a bit of music and some whoops and cheers never goes amiss either!
4) Easter arts and crafts
This is where I tend to cheat, and resort to the magical pages of Baker Ross. For not all that much money, you can
buy craft ideas that are suitable for lots of different ages, and in my experience the multi-packs last for several parties, so you only have to purchase once every 2-3 years! From craft kits, to Easter cards, stickers to egg baskets, they have it all, religious and non-religious. I always find a good party starter is to purchase a set of plain paper bags, and sets of stickers, and get the children to decorate and personalise their own bags for the impending Easter Egg hunt…that way there are no squabbles about which eggs belong to which child! And when the tiredness kicks in later, bringing the craft back out is a useful bit of quiet time while the adults grab a cup of tea!
5) The Easter Egg Hunt!
Once you have your personalised bags for egg hunting, it’s time to get down to business. Whether you’re holding a hunt indoors or out, it’s best to go for wrapped eggs so they can be hidden anywhere.
If you’re happy to allow a free-for-all, then why not designate one area (be that upstairs in the house, or higher up in bushes and trees) as the hunting ground for older children, and make those eggs really hard to find. Then the easier to find eggs can be left for the little ones, assisted by the grown-ups.
If you’re really game, you could lay a spider web of wool for the older ones to follow, leading to a hidden basket of eggs at the end. There’s no end to the havoc and confusion you cause!
If something less chaotic appeals, use a structured treasure hunt kit. Our Gotrovo game comes with clues suitable for indoor and outdoor hunts for kids of all ages. What’s more, the Gotrovo Expansion Pack contains (non-religious) Easter-themed treasure hunt clues for a ten-step hunt, and can be used alongside the standard or mini editions of the game for a great Easter Egg hunt.
Another cute idea for really little ones is to print or cut out pictures of animals (chicks, lambs, pigs, dogs, horses). Lay a trail of the relevant cuddly toys through your house with the animal clue cards leading them to the next stop. So for example, give them a picture of a rabbit, and they have to find a cuddly toy rabbit. Hide a few eggs with the toy rabbit. Then give them another picture card (or hide it with the rabbit) and off they go to find the next cuddly animal. It makes for a really nice spring/Easter-themed hunt for very young ones.
6) Egg decorating for older children
Once the main activities are over, you might like to allow some quiet craft time. For the older children there are two really nice activities you can try. Firstly, the orthodox custom of boiling eggs in food colouring, and applying stickers before or after t
o create decoration. I don’t pretend to have mastered this art, but there are lots of images and tips, especially on Pinterest.
Secondly, and perhaps easier for younger participants, is to take any pretty or themed paper napkin, some PVA glue and a hard boiled egg, and simply paste strips of the napkin to the egg, much like decoupage. Check out this wonderful how-to and image from my friend at lecraftyfrog – her egg decoration is beautiful. (And while our attempts last year didn’t look half as good as this, they weren’t too bad either, so this is something a novice can have a reasonable crack at…if you’ll pardon the pun!)
Image courtesy of lecraftyfrog.co.uk
So come on…get hunting, baking and making, and whip up an Easter storm!
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