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How to Plan an Easter Egg Hunt

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Easter Egg Hunt Overview

An Easter Egg Hunt is a game where decorated eggs are hidden in different places for kids to find or "hunt". The eggs used in the game are either real hard-boiled eggs, plastic ones filled with candy, or chocolate candy in egg shape. The hunting game can last for an hour or two depending on how many eggs to find and the number of participants. It can be held indoors or outdoors. As the host, it is your job to make sure that the egg-hunt game is not boring for both kids and adults, and that there's enough food and drinks for everyone.

Host To-do List

Pre-planning: One month before the Easter Egg Hunt Event

Hosting an event that involves both kids and adults can be quite a task. Allowing yourself at least a month ensures you've covered all the bases.

  1. Finalize the date — since it's an Easter celebration, the date should fall on Easter day, which is a Sunday.

  2. Make the guest list — one of the things you need to consider is that since this is a family affair, you should invite every member of the family and thus, need to know how many members are there in each family.

  3. Allot a budget — if you're solely hosting the event, then all expenses fall on you. However, if it's a community event and you're just the organizer make sure you know how much to collect from each participant.

  4. Select the venue — it's important to secure a venue sooner rather than later as the good locations might get snatched up closer to Easter, especially since it happens only on a single day.

Planning the Details: 3 weeks before the event

As the event draws nearer, taking care of the details with weeks of time at your disposal, guarantees that no important detail is missed.

  • Invitations. It's the perfect time to send invitations 3 weeks before the event. Not too early and not too late. This gives guests ample time to RSVP and to prepare whatever they need to bring or contribute for the event.

  • Easter Eggs. As the main "star" of the show, planning where and how many to get and what to use as Easter eggs for the hunt is very important. You might need to compete with a lot of people who are also throwing an egg-hunting event for supplies. It's also a great idea to map out the location so you have a better idea of where to hide the eggs. Don't forget the baskets for collecting eggs in.

  • Food. Planning the menu means you have to consider food that both children and adults will like. Think about which food is easy to eat outdoors and won't be messy so clean-up is easy. Popular food choices include fried chicken, barbecues, vegetable sticks with dip, and bread to name a few.

  • Prizes. When the hunt is done, you can give prizes for different categories, such as most number of eggs collected and the biggest or smallest egg found. Prizes can be as simple as candies and toys for kids, and gift certificates for coffee, pastry, or grocery for adults.

Easter Egg Hunt Etiquette and FAQs

Here are some answers to some of the most asked questions about Easter Egg Hunts:

What are good locations for Easter Egg Hunting?
A good location should be filled with nooks and crannies so there are more places to hide eggs and make it challenging to find them. It's more fun also to do it outdoors so that children and adults will have lots of fun.

Is it ok to let small children join the egg hunting game?
If you're worried about kids getting hurt, then you could pair smaller kids with their bigger siblings or their parents. This way the little kids can participate in the fun of Easter. There's no reason to leave them out of such a happy occasion.

How do you separate the games for kids and games for adults?
The best way to do this is to hide different colored eggs. You can designate, say, blue eggs for adults only and red for kids. This way you can customize the hiding places for the eggs and make it harder to find for adults (and easier for kids).

Where are safe places to hide the Easter eggs?
This is most important to consider when hiding eggs. Make sure that you hide eggs away from electrical sockets, near glass or fragile items, in holes in trees or the ground, and too far away places. Make it fun and exciting, but not dangerous for the participants.

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