Let your kids celebrate spring by helping them throw their own garden party, complete with an Easter Egg hunt.
Turn your house into a joyful flurry of activity with our hints on decorating and dyeing eggs with natural colorings, making your very own Chubby Bunny Easter basket, and coloring egg stands: perfect for decorations, place cards, or just playing!
Throw the Perfect Easter Party
Let your kids celebrate spring by helping them throw their own garden party, complete with an Easter Egg hunt. Set up a table or two in the back yard or your local park, enjoy the sunshine and spring breeze, and take part in some of these fun Easter activities:
Beautiful Baskets. Before the egg hunt can begin, all the little bunnies will need a container to collect their treasures. You can supply the materials for them to make their own custom-designed Easter baskets.
- Start collecting plastic pint-sized strawberry baskets now; these are the perfect size.
- You’ll also need inexpensive colored ribbon or construction paper cut into strips, and a selection of pipe cleaners.
- Let the kids weave the ribbon and construction paper through the holes in the strawberry baskets, and then twist the ends of a pipe cleaner around opposite sides of the basket to form a handle.
- Put a small amount of Easter grass in the bottom of each basket to cushion the eggs.
Hunt Hints. The Easter egg hunt is one of the most anticipated events of the season. The only disappointing part about this occasion is that it’s over so quickly! It doesn’t need to be: this year, let the kids in on the fun of hiding the eggs. Each child can take a turn hiding the eggs around the house or yard and let the rest of the children look for them.
Egg Alternatives. It can be unsafe to leave hard-cooked eggs unrefrigerated. Instead, try hollowing out your eggs before you dye them this year, or better yet, use plastic eggs stuffed with Easter treats. To make hollow eggs:
- poke small holes in the top and bottom of a raw egg;
- poke a thin skewer or straw inside to break the yolk;
- hold the egg over a bowl; and then blow gently on the top hole until the raw egg drains into the bowl.
- Let the shells dry, and then decorate.
Feeding the Flock. All those hungry little hunters are going to need something besides candy to snack on. Simple refreshments like sandwiches and fruit are the perfect thing for a sunny afternoon.
To be extra-festive, make thin sandwiches of peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, or egg salad, and then use cookie cutters to make them into cute shapes like bunnies, lambs, chicks, and eggs.
Easter Party Tips
- Bring spring indoors with fresh or potted flowers.
- Give your home a springtime makeover with light-colored fabrics.
- Hide clues in hollow eggs for an Easter Egg treasure hunt.
- Grow an Easter Egg Tree.
- Decorate Easter cookies and cupcakes.
- Create a Bunny Cake centerpiece.
- Freeze flowers and fruit in an ice ring for your punch bowl.
- Delight your guests with homemade chocolate eggs.
- Hatch a brood of marshmallow chicks.
- Be someone’s Secret Easter Bunny.