How to Throw a Hoppin’ Easter Party!
With some simple preparation, you can host an egg-cellent spring party for your kids by incorporating the following suggestions or by coming up with your own creative ideas revolving around eggs, bunnies, and chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate!
Since your young guests will need a container for the grand finale egg hunt, have children decorate their very own baskets or bags. Keep it as simple or as elaborate as you wish depending on the children’s ages, time allotted, or your amount of patience. Older children may want to weave colorful ribbons through inexpensive baskets, while little ones may enjoy using crayons, paints, markers, glitter, pom-poms, and bunny or chick stickers to personalize bags. Fill each bag or basket with a small amount of Easter grass to cushion the eggs. Even the youngest party-goers will be able to participate in this easy craft. Do this activity as soon as guests arrive so there’s time for the paint and glue to dry before the much–anticipated egg hunt begins.
Your guests can also decorate cooled hardboiled eggs. Use the standard egg dye kits with the color tablets, or bring out the glue, glitter, paints, and yarn. Here are some suggestions for making eggs fun and fancy:
- Attach stickers or glue an assortment of decorative gems, including sequins or tiny beads, to create a one-of-a-kind egg.
- Allow the kids to draw designs on their eggs with wax crayons; once the egg is dipped, the dye won’t soak through the wax, leaving your child’s artwork on the shell.
- This simple tie-dye technique gives eggs a whole new look. To start, dip the egg in a pale dye. Once the dye has dried, secure a thick rubber band or two around the egg and dip it in darker dye.
- Once the egg has dried again, remove the rubber bands.
- It’s easy to “marbleize” your eggs. Simply add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the cup of dye you want to use. Dip your egg as directed on the package, and when you remove the egg from the dye it will have a marbleized look.
Older children can empty a raw egg by using a pin to prick one small hole at the top and a slightly larger hole at the bottom of the egg. Gently blow into the smaller hole until the egg loosens from inside and drips out of the shell and into a bowl. When emptied, rinse the egg under the faucet to clean out any yolk remnants. Dry the shell carefully and make sure everyone washes their hands to remove traces of raw egg.
Once the egg is dry, decorate the empty shell. Glue yarn on the top for hair, apply stick-on googly eyes, and paint a mouth and nose on the egg. Kids can glue the egg face to the top of a toilet paper roll core and paint clothes onto the “egg person.” A quick coat of clear acrylic paint will preserve this Easter egg decoration.
Layer shredded lettuce and carrots on the bottom of small green plastic baskets (the containers that strawberries come in work well). Place cooked chicken nuggets onto the “Easter grass” lettuce. Serve Ranch dressing with the nugget “eggs” and salad. Toss in a few colorful jelly beans to jazz up the Easter basket meal.
Make sandwiches cut with cookie cutters shaped like an egg, baby chick, or bunny. Use a variety of sandwich fillings such as PB&J or egg salad. Try strawberry jelly and cream cheese, peanut butter and bananas, or peanut butter and marshmallow fluff for a fun food twist.
For dessert, bake cupcakes before the party and let the children frost and decorate their own. Divide butter cream or vanilla frosting into separate bowls and place a few drops of food coloring in each bowl. Bright pastel colors can be created by mixing red and blue, or blue and yellow (the less drops added, the lighter the color). Frost the cupcakes and decorate with M&Ms, icing pens, sprinkles, and mini-chocolate eggs.
Before the big Easter egg hunt, plan a game or two to round out the party. If you’re brave enough to risk a little mess, play the Egg on a Spoon game. You’ll need raw eggs and tablespoons. Pair up the children and have them walk with eggs on their spoons to their partners. Call out instructions such as, “hop on one foot,” or “crawl to your partner” to insure there will be some fallen eggs! The last team with an unbroken egg wins.
Play an egg toss in the spirit of “Hot Potato.” Children stand in a circle and pass an egg around while music plays, and when the music stops, the child holding the egg has to sit out. Last one with the egg is a … well, not a rotten egg, because he’s the winner, but you get the idea!
For more fun Easter party games, try these new twists on old favorites:
- Pin the Tail on the Bunny
- The Easter Bunny Says (instead of Simon Says)
- Bunny, Bunny … Rabbit! (instead of Duck, Duck … Goose!)
- The Bunny Hop, an Easter variation of the traditional sack race
The Easter Egg Hunt
Purchasing and filling plastic eggs can be time-consuming and expensive. If your guests’ parents offer to contribute anything for the party, ask them to bring a dozen filled eggs, which will ensure a variety of treats. Keep in mind that plastic eggs don’t have to be filled with the sugary goods. Children will be thrilled to open an egg and discover small change, a bunny eraser, or stickers.
Before the egg hunt begins, set some rules. Limit the number of eggs each child is allowed to find, and give the littlest guests a head start. You may also want to count the eggs before you hide them so you aren’t surprised by a leftover egg in June (especially if you’re hiding real eggs)! If you’re hosting your hunt in a warm climate, be sure it is organized and completed in a short time so you don’t wind up with melted chocolates or spoiled eggs.
The purpose of an Easter party like this is to welcome spring, enjoy friends and family, and have fun! Just make sure you move out of the way when the kids are let loose at the start of the hunt. You’re very likely to get trampled on during the mad dash for those colorful oval treasures!
Easter Facts You Probably Didn’t Know
The National Confectioners Association (NCA) indicates Easter as the second most popular holiday for candy purchases, following Halloween. According to the NCA, 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year, and 76 percent of people eat the ears first. Sixteen billion jelly beans are made for Easter, and the red ones are kids’ favorite flavor.
According to The Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg hunt included 8,200 children under the age of 12 searching for more than 250,000 eggs hidden in Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls.
The Guinness Book of World Records also cites the largest Easter egg ever was over 25-feet high and made of chocolate and marshmallow. It weighed 8,968 pounds and was supported internally by a steel frame, which was, of course, inedible!
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