Easter is just a hop, skip, & jump away! That means that it’s time to start planning the egg hunt. This is one event that my kids get excited for every year. Always a fun event for kids and adults, it does take a little planning for everything to run smooth. Here are a few tips on organizing an epic Easter egg hunt for kids! These tips have definitely helped me over the years.
Organizing the Best Easter Egg Hunt Ever
Easter egg hunts are always fun for both kids and adults. Advance planning is a must when it comes to running an epic event. Here are a few tips and tricks that have helped me over the years.
Designate An Area
This is one of the most important steps when it comes to planning an egg hunt. I personally like finding spots that are big enough so that I’m able to separate the kids into different age categories. That way all ages will have fun and everyone will have a chance at getting eggs.
Set the Date
Set the date in advance. We have a small group of families that are what I call the core of the group. We all get together and discuss that time would work best for everyone. This can be tricky, since some people travel over Spring break. For the most part, we’ve found it better to plan the egg hunt a few weekends out from Easter. It seems by doing this, we have more participants. The more, the merrier is what I say.
So now that we have our location picked out and reserved (if needed), it’s time to set down and figure out if you want to incorporate rules. Such as each child can only get so many eggs, or maybe one egg of each color per child. Depending on the size of the group and what you have in mind when it comes to your egg hunt, a few simple rules can help it run smoothly. If this is your first time coordinating an egg hunt for a group, you could even ask participating families to bring a dozen plastic eggs to hide, or little treats to go inside prize eggs (if you decide to have prize eggs)
Set Up Age Groups
Depending on the group of kids that will be attending, it sometimes helps to set up age groups. You can have the hunt start in waves, or if your area is large enough divide it out. We are lucky enough to have a pretty large, open area which allows us to divide the area into sections. We usually do kids under 3, 4-6, etc.
Skip the Candy
Yes, I said skip the candy. Here in the South, we can at times have pretty warm weather around Easter. While opening an egg to find a favorite candy inside may sound fun, it usually isn’t. By the time the eggs get hid and found, we have more melted candy. That’s why a few years ago we started adding little inexpensive prizes to some of the eggs. Stickers, small toys, bracelets. Those little items that can be purchased in bulk at a cheap price.
When I plan things, I try to always have extras on hand just in case. I always try to bring extra baskets from years past or even paper bags just in case. Things happen and kids have been known to forget things (Easter baskets) at home. Also, what if you have a visiting family that stopped by and wasn’t prepared?
One thing that we’ve started doing over the past few years is requesting that the children turn in their collected eggs when the hunt is over. That way we’re able to reuse them time and time again. I get that this can be tricky for parents with younger kids. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’m not sure what it is about those plastic eggs, but the kids have a hard time giving them back. If you have more younger kids in the hunt, a lot of times you can reach out to local businesses to see if they can offer a tiny prize (like a free cookie or ice cream) for any kid that turns in all their eggs.
Snacks and Refreshments
Once you have your egg hunt part of the even planned, don’t forget the desserts! After all, who doesn’t love to end an egg hunt with a few tasty treats. This year for ours, I’m using Sugar in the Raw and creating a few of their fun recipes for the kids. We all have different snack areas when it comes to bringing goodies. I picked the sweet treats simply because they are so fun!!
Sugar in the Raw has been one of our favorite brands for a few years now. At first I was nervous about incorporating it into recipes, but looking back I have no idea why. It works beautifully in every recipe I’ve used it in.
So why Sugar in the Raw? It’s pretty simple actually. It’s an organic 100% pure can sugar that’s an awesome alternative to refined sugars. It’s never bleached which means that the crystals are able to retain their authentic sugarcane taste and natural-white color! Being Fair Trade, non-GMO and vegan, it just makes sense to our family to use it.
Check out these fun creations:
Easter Basket Cookies
Get the original print recipe here: http://www.intheraw.com/using-itr/recipes/easter-basket-cookies
SUGAR IN THE RAW ORGANIC WHITE | PREP TIME: 25 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES | MAKES 24 SERVINGS
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Sugar In The Raw Organic WhiteⓇ
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 stick cold butter, cut into small cubes
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup raspberry jam
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
48 organic jelly beans or Easter egg candies
Preheat oven to 350˚F.In a food processor or bowl, add flour, Sugar In The Raw Organic White®, lemon zest, and salt and pulse or whisk to combine. Add butter and pulse or rub into the flour with your hands until the flour is crumbly and no large chunks of butter remain. Add yolks and pulse or work into the flour until the dough just holds together.
Press 1 tablespoon dough into each of the depressions in a nonstick mini muffin tin, pressing it evenly on the bottom and up the sides. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Bake cookie cups until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan.
Remove from pan and spoon 1 teaspoon raspberry jam into each cup. Top with a pinch of shredded coconut and 2 jelly beans or Easter egg candies.
Per serving (1 cookie): 110 calories, 5g fat (3.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat), 14g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 0g dietary fiber, 25mg sodium, 8g sugar
For other great Easter recipes like this one, visit Sugar In The Raw.