When my kids were young we always had a neighborhood Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sundays. It’s a great day to get together for some fun, food, and neighborly chats; and a great way to use up all those hard boiled eggs.
It didn’t take a lot of effort on anyone’s part since everyone was dying Easter eggs anyway. After the hunt some of the adults would supervise the kids in games and the others would head to the kitchen to turn the eggs into Egg Salad Sandwiches. The rest of the luncheon food was pot luck.
We still get together with the neighbors on Easter Sunday for an Easter Egg Hunt, only now the kids are our grandkids!
Here are a few tips to help you plan a last minute Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. If you’ve tried it yet, you may want to plan one this year. You might just start a new neighborhood tradition!
A couple of days before the hunt:
1. Get together with the neighbors and decide where your potluck luncheon will be held. You may have to host it in a 2-3 yards to fit everyone. Decide what time the hunt will begin.
2. Gather chairs and tables and decide on a time when they can be set up at the host yards. It may be easier to have each neighbor bring their own chairs, but hopefully you’ll have a neighbor who can bring over a folding table or two at least to place food on.
3. Decide on how many eggs each neighbor will bring; both dyed hard boiled eggs and plastic eggs. Set a budget on how much each neighbor should spend to fill the plastic eggs. Decide if you will have a “golden egg” for the grand prize. If you want to have one the easiest prize would be money; each neighbor can contribute $1 that can be stuffed in a special egg. Decide if you want to limit the number of eggs each child can keep; if you do then decide on how many. Don’t forget the teens and tweenies, you may want to do a separate hunt or different activity for them.
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4. Mark the territory where the eggs will be hidden.
5. Ask each neighbor to sign up for the potluck so that you will have a variety of food, not just desserts. Remember to ask one or two people to bring bread and ingredients for egg salad sandwiches.
6. Decide where and who will turn the hard boiled eggs into egg salad sandwiches. This can be a group effort in one person’s kitchen or you can have volunteers take a dozen or so eggs home to their kitchen to make their hard boiled egg dish. Check out my post 12 Recipes Using Hard Boiled Easter Eggs for ideas.
7. Decide what if any other games and activities you want to have for the kids. Decide on the supplies you will need for the activities, who will provide them, and who will supervise the activities. You may want to start out with an Easter Bag/Basket making activity before the hunt.
8. Decide when and where neighbors should bring their eggs for the hunt. Decide who will hide them.
Morning of the hunt:
1. Designated egg “hiders” can hide the eggs.
2. Set up borrowed table and chairs in the host yards.
3. Gather the kids for the first activity if you have any, otherwise start the hunt.
4. After the hunt have the children give the boiled eggs they don’t want to keep to their parents or the people in charge of making salad.
5. Keep the kids busy with games and activities while egg salad sandwiches are being made.
6. Bring all the food to the host yard and set them up on tables.
7. Enjoy! This could be the first of many more neighborhood events!
For older kids hide some eggs in high places, they love the challenge!
Start the event with a Bunny Bag craft like these from Fun A Day . The kids can make these cute bags to put their eggs in. You can get packs of plain paper bags or gift bags from the Dollar Store and decorate them with construction paper, pipe cleaners, and left over supplies from other craft projects gathered from the neighbors.
Keep kids busy making Jelly Bean Bracelets from Artzy Creations.
This Egg Popper Tree by Studio DIY is a good alternative for older kids.
A sack race is always a fun game.
Egg on Spoon Races are always fun. Think of different variations!
A Lollipop Patch by Catch My Party is a great idea for younger kids.