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Friday, April 22, 2011

10 tips for hosting an awesome easter egg hunt (without blowing the budget)

Celebrating holidays is one of those things in life that makes my little heart sing. I LOVE holidays. And I love them even more now that I'm married with a growing family of my own. Ryan and I have had so much fun creating our own family traditions... but our Easter traditions are still in their infancy.

Our first Easter together was the week before our wedding. Our second was while we were doing a short training course in Spain. Our third was spent on different continents while I took newborn Levi to America to meet my family. And now we have our fourth...

This year we decided to host an Easter egg hunt and morning tea for several of our friends and their children. We did it the week before Easter (on a Saturday so as not to conflict with church) since several of the families we wanted to invite were headed out of town for the holiday weekend (and so was my husband - boo-hoo).

It was a beautiful morning... Kids running and giggling, parents lounging and chatting, everyone happy and having fun. And we pulled it off on a fairly tight budget. Here's how:

1. Send the parents instructions for the older kids ahead of time. Ask them to prep the the kids so that they won't burst from their cars to scoop up all the obvious eggs (set out for the littlies) before they're supposed to.

2. Ask the kids (parents) to bring their own Easter baskets, but have a couple of spares on hand just in case anyone forgets.

3. Get your group photo of all the children together before the hunt begins. This way the older ones won't be too hyped up on sugar to sit still and the younger ones won't be pining for nap-time. (I learned this one the hard way.) If you're lucky like me you'll get two of the twelve kids actually looking at the camera... only one of which is looking and smiling. Bonus tip: Include nose-picking toddlers (can you spot him?) and sleepy newborns for added interest. Bonus tip #2: Get your husband to put Easter grass on his head and do a little jig... it will at least get you a few genuine smiles from those not ready for nap time (ie: my son).

the "after" group shot. next year i will definitely be getting the "before" shot!

4. Go over the instructions again with the kids once you're ready to start. Keep it short and encourage the big kids to help the littlies.

5. Release the kids in "heats" according to age. Let the littlest kids go first to find all the obvious eggs and then release the bigger kids 10-15 minutes later to storm the yard and collect their bounty. Alternately, if your property is big enough, send the big kids to the front yard and the little ones to the back yard.

6. In addition to a few "real" eggs, use plastic eggs with candy and prizes inside of them. When the hunt is over, the kids can open their eggs, keep all their treasures, and then return the plastic eggs for next year's hunt. (Give them the heads-up during instruction time so they won't be too disappointed to hand back the shells.)

my favorite little hunter. (i'm a tad biased.)

7. Have a spread of yummy treats and make sure there are a few healthy choices to balance out the chocolate overload. We did a potluck-style morning tea, with all of the parents bringing a little something to share.

8. Set out an Easter basket with some candy for the parents just in case the kids don't want to share... and to keep the oversized kids (husbands) from hunting the eggs themselves. (Although I admit, by the end of the morning it was mostly chubby little hands digging into the parents' basket to supplement their own baskets. Clever kids.)

9. Make sure to get lots of photos. Try to get mid-hunt-action shots, showing-off-the-basket shots, detail shots, smiley posed shots, parent shots, chocolate-faced shots, and sweet-girls-in-pretty-dresses shots.

10. Remember the reasons why you celebrate in the first place. Every family is different, but for ours, we celebrate because of our faith. We love the party, we love the chocolate, we love the bunnies, we love the tasty treats... but more importantly, we love what God has done for us. And that is our real reason for celebrating. You may or may not share our faith, but no doubt you celebrate because holidays are a great reason to gather the family together. Whatever your reasons are, remember them and prioritize them!

Dear friends, will you be hosting an Easter egg hunt this year? Or have you hosted one in the past? Please add your tips and tricks to my list or tell me about your own plans.

glad to have so many reasons to celebrate,

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At April 22, 2011 at 9:28 PM , Blogger Casey Martinez said...

This was such a FUN post and I am with you 100%...I LOVE LOVE celebrating holidays and having people over to celebrate with us. I wasn't thinking that Daisy was old enough to do an egg hunt but, seeing Levi in the first picture or so putting eggs in a basket...I think we'll do a little something with Daisy now;0. SOOO sweet to host an egg hunt. I think I'll try this next year!

At April 23, 2011 at 2:50 AM , Blogger Cari said...

Adriel, great ideas! I Loved the morning tea idea. Then you don't cut into afternoon nap time either.

Happy Easter to you and your family!

At April 23, 2011 at 8:45 AM , Blogger Melissa (Confessions of a Dr. Mom) said...

I love the idea of a morning style tea. LOVE it! Everyone looks like they had a great time. Thanks for the wonderful ideas :)

Have a most wonderful Easter. XO

At April 23, 2011 at 11:11 AM , Blogger Kerry McCullough said...

That sounds like such a fun idea-- I love daytime parties. So much less hassle, and usually more fun :) We will be away on vacation, but I think I'm definitely going to be hosting a morning tea/ easter egg hunt next year!

At April 24, 2011 at 12:54 AM , Anonymous Yolanda @ Blaggie Plaggie:Babblings of a Mommy Doctor said...

Adriel, what a lovely day! I've been thinking a lot about traditions (and my family's lack of). Neither my husband and I grew up with many traditions, so it's been a little challenging taking more initiative with our own. I love Easter too, and I really resonate with your last tip on remembering why we celebrate in the first place! Have a great rest of the Easter weekend celebrating new life! =)

At April 24, 2011 at 6:12 AM , Blogger Jennie said...

This looks like so much fun! Something to think about for next year...

At April 24, 2011 at 9:07 AM , Blogger Amy said...

Looks like a blast! Great idea to take the pic BEFORE the hunt. My family blew that one. I like the morning tea thing. Well done. Good ideas!

At April 24, 2011 at 1:06 PM , Blogger Becca said...

Great list. I can't wait to have an egg hunt with our little bun next year and for years to come.


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