This was the first year we had an actual backyard and the first year we decided to try hosting an Easter egg hunt. What I found to be really neat were the Easter Egg glow stick night time egg hunts that I found on Pinterest. We decided we would try to host this type of party and starting getting our plan together.
We sent out an email and E-vite to all our friends with kids and told them it was BYOB – Bring Your Own Basket. One of our friends brought a lamb cake and I made frozen mini-tacos from Costco for a snack. I tried to keep everything really low key and simple.
Olivia and I started shopping for plastic Easter eggs as soon as the stores starting stocking the Easter decorations. The Dollar Store had adorable clear bunny, and carrot shaped eggs. I wouldn’t recommend buying the panda and unicorn eggs we bought from The Oriental Trading Company because they were so cheaply made, I had to tape them to keep them shut even without candy stuffed in them. Walmart Eggs and The Dollar Store were great and we stocked up on over 200 of them for the hunt. Our neighbor was so thoughtful and added an additional 50 eggs to our supply stuffed with candy.
The dollar store made for good Easter Egg stuffers as well and we avoided anything with peanut butter or nuts for our friends with allergy sufferers.
We bought mini – glow sticks on Amazon.com. They come in packs of 100 and they are assorted colors. Next year I would probably buy double the amount of these and stuff more than one in each egg in order to make them glow brighter. Or I will explore buying glow stick bracelets and using those because I was disappointed in the amount of light these gave off.
I had 3 giant gold eggs that I also found at the dollar store which I used for the 3 prize winners. We taped one under the outside table, put one in our cooler and hid the third under a pine tree. Then I had three prizes from the Dollar Store that were wrapped in cute baskets.
We also stocked up on glow in the dark light up balloons to hang on the fence and trees to really add some star power to the glow in the dark egg hunt. For 250 Eggs, 250 candies, 25 glow balloons and 3 dollar store Easter Egg basket prizes for the three winners, my total budget was $180.
I had stuffed the eggs with candy ahead of time, but an hour before the party, I put everyone to work helping me activate the glow sticks and stuff them into the eggs. My dad helped blow up and tie the balloons.
Due to it having to be pretty dark for the kids to see the glow in the dark eggs, I had to start the Egg Hunt at 730pm. We had originally 30 kids and adults that wanted to join us but due to some bedtimes being earlier we had drop off due to the start time. It was better having less people because our yard isn’t that big.
The hunt started at 740pm and was pretty much over by 8:10pm. It goes by quickly but it’s alot of fun. Taking photos was tough because the flash drowns out the lights and then without flash you can’t really see the photos.
The three winners enjoyed choosing their prizes and overall it was a success and unique way to have an Egg hunt for the kids. Next year we want to do this again but I would get more glow sticks and stuff the eggs with brighter or more glow sticks. I also would buy more of the glow balls from the Dollar Store because they were fun to add to the yard.
Happy Easter from our Family to Yours!