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Every year, my sister-in-law hosts an amazing Easter party for all the cousins to get together and have some fun. She is a brilliant event organiser and puts a lot of work and creativity into her parties. This year, however, she has just moved house and she’s pregnant, so I’ve volunteered to take on the job. I’ll copy a lot of what she already does and maybe, if I have time, will add a few personal touches. In order to do this, I’ve taken some time to get ideas online and here’s what I’m happy to share.
In my daughter’s eyes, the most important part of an Easter party is having an Easter Egg Hunt. As a parent, I have to accept that at parties, my kids eat a lot of junk, but if I can limit it slightly, I feel like a better parent and they are still happy. My sister in law, got this balance just perfect. She purchased empty plastic eggs from a euro shop and only filled one third of these eggs with small chocolate eggs. In the others, she would put Easter stickers and little fluffy chicks. These plastic eggs are great, as you can re-use them every year and it means that you don’t have to hide foil covered Easter eggs (inevitably the foil ends up all over your garden and is in such small pieces that you give up picking it up). It also means that if the children miss one or two eggs, you’re not feeding mice or rats!. The children have great fun finding the eggs and discovering what’s inside.
Or, if you’d prefer to give out one or two larger eggs to each child, why not organise a scavenger hunt with lots of clues. The final clue would lead the children to a basket of eggs. The children could work in teams, so little ones aren’t left out.
One problem that can happen very easily at Easter egg hunts is that the older, more capable children will get to all the eggs first. It’s worth putting down ground rules before you start, outlining how many eggs each child is allowed to find. Or pair off the older children with a young child, so they work together and share what they find.
Depending on the age of the children attending, this can be as simple as sticking crepe paper onto a picture of a chick or can be more elabourite. My daughters have started making these really lovely Easter egg baskets. There are lots of great Irish children’s craft bloggers that have lovely ideas. My favourite are Craftea Parties and Crafty Kids at Home. If you do the craft activity after the egg hunt, you could use the stickers that have been collected as part of the craft. If you want a craft kit, without the work of having to source all the items, photocopy, cut out etc, I’ve a large selection of art and craft kits on my website.
If you are following along the Easter bunny theme for your party, you could serve Carrot Juice and Carrot cake. Get your children involved in making these before hand, and they’ll be more likely to consume them. Since they’ll be eating their fill of chocolate already, it might be worth having some healthy snacks before the egg hunt (if your children have the patience to wait). Healthy snacks could include carrot and celery sticks with humous, boiled eggs cut in quarters or, if you have time to make these, they look cool! But, don’t go overboard, as chances are, it will be the adults who eat most of these, as the children will hold out for the chocolate!
Depending on the age of the children and the weather, they will probably be happy enough running around. However, if you like organising games, I came across some Easter party themed games.
The first was a variation of pinning a tail to a donkey. Instead of the animal being a donkey, draw out a big chick on some paper and blind fold one child at a time. They have to attempt to stick a piece of cotton wool where they think the tail should go. The winner is the one who gets the tail closest to where it should be.
Or, fill an empty jam jar with Easter eggs and allow the children to guess how many eggs are in the jar. The winner is the person who guesses closest to the actual amount.
If the weather allows and you have the space, you could have a chocolate egg and spoon race.
Again, if the weather is nice, older children and adults will enjoy the risk involved in an egg tossing competition. In this, everyone has a partner and each team have an egg. Ask them to step 1 meter apart and throw the egg to their partner. If the partner succeeds in catching it, they have to take a step back and then throw the egg back to their partner. With each successful catch, they move a foot further from each other. Beware – this is a messy game!
Finally, if you are familiar with how to play a Beetle Drive/Game, you could alter it so that instead of drawing a beetle, you are working towards drawing a bunny. Have the children sit in a circle with a piece of paper and a pen each. They pass a dice around. In order to start their Bunny, they need to throw a 1 to draw a body. Then you can appoint the numbers 2,3,4,5 and 6 to different bunny parts for example – when your dice lands on 2, you draw the head, on 3 you draw the ears (you’ll need to get this twice to get both ears), on 4 you draw the arms/legs, 5 for the nose and 6 for each whisker. The winner is the first to have the bunny drawn.
Whatever you end up doing, I hope you all have a really lovely Easter,