Decorating eggs for Easter is such a fun activity to do with kids but facilitating a fun Easter Egg Hunt makes great use of the eggs an gets the whole family involved in an interactive activity. Planning an Egg Hunt doesn't have to be complicated or stressful. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Here are a few of my favorite, easy ideas for facilitating an Egg Hunt Brunch.
1. Gather Your Eggs and Baskets
In addition to any real hard boiled and dyed eggs you want to use, mix in the colorful plastic eggs from the Dollar Store, Target, Walmart, even the local grocery store. It's always better to have more eggs than less. Plan on about 20-30 per person for the hunt. You can pick up inexpensive baskets or buckets at the Dollar Store as well and add name tags so everyone has the same sized container. You can ask your guests to bring their own baskets, but always have a few on hand in case someone forgets. All of these items can be saved and used again year after year.
2. Count Your Eggs Before You Hide Them!
Trust me on this one. I have found plastic eggs well into September from previous hunts and had kids searching unsuccessfully long after the last egg was found. If you know how many you have hidden, you will know when the hunt is truly over.
3. Make Sure Pets are Inside....
...or hide your eggs in an area that is not accessible to them. Last year after hiding all of my eggs, I went inside to enjoy my coffee before the children began the hunt. A few minutes later I looked outside to see my dog had found, broken open and eaten the contents of about a dozen eggs!
3. Fill Some Eggs with Alternatives to Candy.
Experiences or coupons for things such as a family movie night, a Daddy Daughter Date or 30 extra minutes of screen time are popular options to mix up the surprises inside. Make them laugh with a few funny surprises by making some of the eggs super-glued shut, fill them with fake money, dirt or even broccoli.
4. Make it a Scavenger Hunt
Create a check list for specific colored eggs to find or see and check off things they see outside like butterflies, flowers or ants. Have several "Golden Eggs" with money inside. I love this free printable checklist from A Mom's Take.
5. Set up Drink Stations
Keep everyone hydrated and the parents happy with a Cold Drink Station, a Coffee and Tea Station and a Mimosa or Bloody Mary Bar.
6. Make an "Egg Hunt Themed Centerpiece
Wheatgrass is a fun and easy way to create a natural and beautiful centerpiece for your food table. You can grow your own wheatgrass in about a week and a half or you can pick some up at the garden store. Craft stores also sell artificial wheat grass that can be re-used year after year.
7. Make it Easy and Fun with a DIY Bagel Bar
Make the food easy and self serve so you can enjoy the day without spending all your time in the kitchen. A Bagel Bar is an easy solution to what to serve. In addition to the classic cream cheese toppings, let your guests mix it up a variety of sweet options from fresh berries, nut butters, jams, and honey to savory toppings like smoked salmon and capers, sprouts, bacon bits, chicken salad, sliced radishes, and fresh tomatoes. There are endless options! Use large baskets for the bagels and separate the sweet from the savory. Make sure you have plenty of napkins, small plates and spreaders available on your buffet table. Putting out a toaster is a nice touch for guests who want to toast their bagels.
Prepping Your Bagel Bar the Day Before:
Order your bagels and tubs of cream cheese from your favorite bagel shop and pick up the day before your event. Plan on 1 1/2 bagels per person or 1-2 minis or thins.
Pre-slice the bagels or have the bagel shop do it for you.
Hard boil the eggs (or buy them already hardboiled) and pre-slice vegetables
Place all of your toppings in pretty serving vessels and cover with plastic wrap and store the perishables in the refrigerator overnight.
Lay out your table with your centerpieces, the baskets of bagels and the non perishable toppings. Leave post it place holders on the table for the perishables. Pull those out right before guests arrive. Uncover everything and enjoy!