In this post, you’ll learn how to throw an Easter egg hunt that will delight kids and adults alike. And you might even discover how mobile cold rooms can make your Easter egg hunt even better!
Step-by-Step Guide to Throwing Your Very Own Easter Egg Hunt
Step #1: Pick the Right Date
Consider throwing your Easter egg hunt on the Saturday before Easter so that it won’t clash with the Sunday morning services that some may attend. That way everyone can come along!
Step #2: Pick an Appropriate Place
Depending on how many guests you plan to have, you could throw your Easter egg hunt in your backyard, the local park or in a larger event space for hire. If you choose a picnic shelter or place in a public park, consider contacting your local council to reserve the space. That way you won’t have to worry about it being used by someone else and you are being respectful to other park users.
Step #3: Gather All the Necessary Supplies
Gather at least a dozen eggs per child so they’ll all have plenty to find.
You’d be surprised by how many things can be used as treats in Easter eggs. For example, aside from chocolate and candy, you can use tiny toys, messages (jokes, riddles, Bible verses, etc.) and cash.
Even if you tell your guests to bring their own, it would be a good idea to bring a few extra baskets yourself in case anyone forgets, that way no child will miss out on taking part.
Make your Easter egg hunt even more fun by decorating the space with Easter themed items, for example plastic bunnies and streamers to hang from trees. A little will go a long way to create a magical space for your hunt.
Step #4: Send Out the Invitations
In the invitations, make sure to let the other parents know the following:
- The time and location of the hunt and related activities, like the games and snack time
- Whether the guests need to bring their own eggs, treats or baskets
- Request for volunteers to help hide the eggs, wrangle the kids, read them stories, etc.
Step #5: Prepare the Food
Since there will be plenty of chocolate (if you haven’t hidden it too well!) consider also serving some healthy snacks like fruit and veggie platters with dips. And make sure you have plenty of food for parents as well.
Step #6: Plan Where to Hide the Eggs
You don’t need to draft up a a map, but if there are several people helping to hide the eggs, make sure you give them an idea of different locations, so that all the eggs don’t end up in the same place. Having a general idea of where you are putting them also means you can spread them out evenly and each child gets a chance to find some.
Step #7: Hide the Eggs by Age
For babies and toddlers, make the hiding places obvious. For instance, you can put the eggs on a shaded patch of grass or up against a tree root. Just make sure you keep them all in plain sight.
For kids 3-5 years old, make it a bit more challenging, like under a small bushes or the swing set.
For kids 5-10 years old, you can get creative to make them really work for the eggs.
Step #8: Come Up With, Print and Give Out Clues
If you’re hosting an Easter egg hunt for older children, you can consider handing out clues to help them find the more hidden eggs. Don’t make the clues too hard or obscure, they’re only children after all. But if you are hosting an Adult Easter egg hunt, you can get really creative! Make the clues more like riddles, making them as hard as you like and including more steps to finding the eggs. You might even want to split everyone up into teams so they can work together to find the sweet treat at the end.
Mobile Cold Room Advantages for Easter Egg Hunts
Aside from keeping your Easter eggs from spoiling, having a mobile cold room can make throwing a big Easter egg hunt so much easier. If your event will host a lot of people and take place at an outdoor location, having a cold room on hand will also ensure that the food and drinks you are providing are kept cold and safe for consumption. When there are children, it’s also a good idea to take into account different dietary requirements.
Tips to Throw a Safe and Healthy Easter Egg Hunt
Check the eggs.
Check all the chocolate eggs and make sure they are safe for eating. Don’t put out eggs with tears or holes in the wrappers, as the chocolate may become contaminated in the location you hide them.
Keep your hands clean.
Make sure everyone thoroughly washes their hands before and after handling the eggs to avoid infections.
Keep track of the time the eggs are out of cold storage.
Chocolate melts very quickly, particularly in the hot Brisbane sun, so make sure you keep in mind how long the eggs have been out for. Try to hide the eggs as close as possible to the event starting. If you’re hiding painted eggs, it’s also a good idea to be mindful of how long they have been out of refrigeration and children potentially eating the cooked egg inside.
Group the Easter egg hunters by age and let them hunt in waves.
The younger ones will hunt slower than the older ones, so let them do so in groups according to their age to avoid fights and tears.
So every kid gets an equal number of Easter eggs, tell them to find only a certain number of eggs or you can colour code the eggs according to the kids’ ages. It’s also a good idea to have back-up eggs on hand to put out in case you run out or some are lost.
Have the older kids help the younger kids after they find all their eggs.
Doing so will keep the older kids entertained and make sure the hunt doesn’t take too long.