Easter heralds the beginning of springtime, the promise of warmer weather and spring vacation. Easter is a time usually spent with loved ones. We celebrate with time at church, BBQ/picnics, festive dinners and of course Easter egg hunts!
Easter holds many loved celebrations and traditions in my family. As a little girl, I can remember my favorite things about Easter; my mom’s homemade Coconut Cake, waking up on Easter morning to the wonderful aromas of fresh baked breads and pastries, and of course, dying, decorating and hunting Easter eggs.
Through the years I have carried some of those celebrations and traditions over to my children. My oldest son’s birthday is at the end of March, often falling on Easter weekend. When he was younger we would have an Easter themed birthday celebration every year, an Easter Egg Hunt was always a part of this. We still have our celebrations and traditions; I still make a German Chocolate cake for my oldest son’s Birthday, and with each passing year a few more traditions are added.
You can have a very fun, inexpensive and stress-free Easter party and holiday for the children and adults alike. Here are a few tips to make it a little easier along the way.
Hip Hoppity Ideas for Easter Fun:
Make your own Easter baskets.
What you will need: Cleaned out ice cream bucket or even an old shoe box, decorate it with – construction paper, colors, scissors, glue glitter etc. Depending on the age of your children for the decorations.
What to do: Be creative and design it any way you want using materials around the house. You could make an animal themed Easter basket – a bunny using buttons and cotton balls for the eyes, nose and tail. To make the handle use yarn or anything strong enough to hold and a hole punch.
Old fashion Easter egg dye and decorate.
What you will need: Hard boiled eggs, vinegar, food coloring and water.
What to do: Using a coffee cup, mix together a 1/2 cup of water at room temperature, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and several drops of food coloring. The more drops, the darker the color usually is. You can adjust this however you like. Prepare several different colors using the same method. Place one egg in each cup of food coloring, remove them when they reach the desired shade. Use a spoon to remove the egg and place it in an egg holder or on a paper towel to dry.
Have an Easter egg hunt.
Hide the eggs in your yard or a nearby park. You can have separate hunts in separate areas for different ages of children. Use the eggs you colored earlier or if you were planning on eating those you can purchase plastic eggs at your local dollar store. Fill the eggs with age appropriate candy. We like to have a few larger eggs as the “Golden & Silver Egg” or “Treasure Filled Egg” these are redeemable for larger prizes; large chocolate bar, money, bouncing balls, stuffed animals etc. Have two sets of special eggs for the older and younger children.
Have a refreshment table set up for after the hunt.
You can put a couple of card tables together and make a cute refreshment area. Use a decorative theme related center piece and have lots of snacks, goodies and refreshment on hand.
Have someone there to do face painting or balloon animals.
If it is a neighborhood party or you have several hosts, you could pool together and chip in for the expense to hire someone to entertain.
If the party is going to be an afternoon event lasting more than an hour you may want to incorporate some simple games for after the egg hunt. Such as an egg toss game etc, bunny hop sack race, and so on.
What would Easter be without dessert! Try this easy, delicious Poke Cake.
Well there you have it. An Easter egg hunt party is a great occasion for children. It requires only a little time and money, but gives a tremendous reward back in fun. After the cold weather has passed, everyone is ready to get out and feel the warm sunshine, visit with friends and family and enjoy the day. Easter has always been a favorite time for traditions and celebrations. I hope this article will give you some helpful tips towards making some new traditions in your family.
And until next time …
Happy Easter Egg Hunting!