Easter Egg Hunts are Getting Bigger in 2013

Easter involves many traditions ranging from special religious services at sunrise to chocolate Easter bunnies in baskets.

One favorite Easter tradition that is passed down from generation to generation are egg hunts.  These usually are small family events or church sponsored gatherings, but some have grown in recent years to be much larger public gatherings.

Last year, the community of West Frankfort, Illinois was expecting 50 youngsters at their egg hunt event. Instead, over 250 children showed up ready to fill their baskets with colored eggs. This year Newtown, Pennsylvania is planning to hide 3,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes for their community Easter egg hunt. Plus, the Easter Bunny will be on hand to greet the children.

The Guinness World Record for a hunt total 501,000 eggs. This scavenger adventure involved over nine thousand children at the Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Florida in 2007.

Baby Smiling while holding an Easter egg beside basket“Easter egg hunts, Easter parades and Easter pageants are all continuing to grow in popularity according to our sales figures for 2013”, reports Keith Bansemer, Director of Internet Marketing with Shindigz, a leading party supplier. “Every year, we’ve seen a steady increase in orders for baskets, bunny stand-ins, and egg-themed favors tied to these events.”

In Washington, D.C., the First Family will host the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This is a variation of an Easter egg hunt that began with President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878. This year the Obama family expects more than 35,000 people will be joining them on the South Lawn for games, stories, and, of course, the traditional egg roll.

Meanwhile, some communities have expanded Easter egg hunts to include  furry family members. According to the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio, “Acme Training is holding an egg hunt just for dogs. The pooches will hunt for strategically placed treats, and the owner of the dog that can find the golden egg will win an Easter basket containing $100 in prizes”.

Basketball, Bunnies and Little Green Men – Reasons to Party in March

Put away the hearts and lace. Take down the colorful beads. February is out, March is here, and you should be very, very excited about all the opportunities to party! There’s basketball, bunnies, and little green men all waiting to be celebrated in March. Grab your calendar and start planning. There are so many reasons to party in March!

Basketball Blowout

If this season of college basketball so far is any indication of what March will be like, it’s going to be even crazier than the usual 12szdngbkb“madness.” While the official national tournament starts on March 19, there are conference tournaments to watch before that. Your options for a date for your basketball-themed party in March are many!

The most important part of your party is clearly going to be the television. If you don’t have a large screen, hook up a projector and shine the games on a blank wall. Your guests are there to watch the games, make sure they will be able to see it!

Besides the viewing of the game, the other important aspect of your party is the food. Remember that big football party you threw at the beginning of February? Think of what people ate up the quickest. Finger foods are best like chicken strips, chip and dips, cupcakes, nachos, and other foods people can eat without utensils. If most of your guests will be cheering for the same team, purchase some tableware in your team colors, or if you have a mixed crowd of fans of different teams, stick to some neutral basketball themed tableware.

Think of what will make your basketball party stand out from all the rest. If it’s not the game itself, if it’s not the food, it could be the decorations! Take your party to the next level by transforming your guests into a world of basketball! Decorate the ceiling with dangling basketball decorations, or get out all of your team memorabilia and put it around the room and on the spread with all the food. Just make sure none of the decorations block the most important view in the house- the television!

Easter Entertainment

Whether your children’s Sunday School class is coming over or your entire extended family, preparing for an Easter Party is a lot of fun! Easter Sunday comes early this year on March 31.

12szk2dnetwIf your party is predominately for children, go with a bunny and egg theme. You can purchase an entire Easter kit that will save you the headache of having to pick up all the different items you’ll need like plates, napkins, cups, decorations and more. It even comes with a personalized banner! Decorate the place with lots and lots of eggs. Hang some from the ceiling, put them on the walls, and of course, hide a bunch of plastic eggs filled with candy for the children to find!

An adult crowd, or a mix of ages, can still enjoy an elegant Easter party with the right decorations and tableware. Since you’ll clearly be too busy looking for eggs after snacks and/or dinner, you won’t want to be stuck doing the dishes. Get some tasteful paper plates, napkins and cups that can be easily cleaned up after eating. An older crowd might also better appreciate some religious-themed decorations and tableware. For decorations, hang some colorful tissue balls from the ceiling in colors that match your tableware. If it’s family you’ve got coming over, pull out some old photographs from Easters years ago. Use them in frames as centerpieces on the table, or just spread them around the center of the table.

St. Patty’s Celebration

March 17 is not only one of the biggest party nights of the month, but the year as well! St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to throw a party.

Make your party stand out right off the bat with a personalized banner. It could be the “Smith Family St. Patrick’s Day Party” or 11szfvrspd“Carrie’s St. Patty’s Day Bash!” Your party guests will know that this party is different the moment they see your personalized welcome banner. Hang some decorations from the ceiling, walls and tables, and make sure that everyone is seeing green! While it should be obvious, make sure your party guests know they have to wear green to attend. Warn them that if they don’t, they will probably get pinched!

Don’t forget green tableware for your party. You’ll need festive plates for all your St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes and finger foods, as well as good cups for the green drinks you plan to serve!  And don’t send your guests home empty-handed. Great favors are ones they can use when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around next year, or ones that specifically commemorate your party like a personalized chocolate lollipop.

There’s no excuse not to throw a party in March. Between basketball, Easter and St. Patrick’s day, you should be partying the entire month!

Need a Reason to Party? March is Here!

Depending on your interests, there are plenty of reasons to host a party this month.

We’ve got Easter on March 31st this year, and whether you’re going to be hunting Easter Eggs with the kids, or are planning an Easter pageant, you still have time to order your decorations online at Shindigz.

St. Patrick’s Day is also on a Sunday this year, so there’s plenty of opportunities to Wear the Green and salute our Irish ancestry, even if you’re only “Irish for a day“.

Take a moment and tell us your plans in our St Patty’s Poll.

Have you filled out your brackets for the NCAA March Madness College Basketball Tournament yet?  The Party King at Shindigz has his favorites and you can show your support for your team too. Shindigz has 29 teams to choose from.

NASCAR’s back, and baseball fans are celebrating with spring training.

One more reminder, Daylight Savings Time kicks in March.

Spring forward, as they say, which means set your clock forward an hour when you go to sleep on Saturday March 9th!

What else are you doing this month of March?

Top Cities for Easter Egg Hunts

Happy Easter 2012!

Kids young and old alike look forward to the family fun of Easter eggs hunts and seeing the Easter bunny.  “We understand that the tradition arrived in the 1700’s from Germany,” says Keith Bansemer, Director of Internet Marketing at Shindigz.com, a leading national party supplies and party decorations company. “We narrowed a list of over one hundred events to highlight the Top 5 places across the nation this year for Easter egg hunts and Easter Bunny sightings.”

San Francisco, California – Spring Eggstravaganza

The relaxing Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park is the site for Easter egg hunts for all ages.  Kids can also make Easter hats, animal masks and more.  Add rides, playgrounds, and a rib cook-off, and it becomes a full day of family fun.

Asheville, North Carolina – Biltmore Easter Egg Hunt

The front lawn of this 8,000-acre estate nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains hosts three Easter egg hunts, children’s music, stories, plus magic shows.  Its beautiful setting is why many make this their Easter egg hunt destination.

Copper Mountain Ski Resort, Colorado – 50,000 Eggs Large

While many ski resorts host Easter egg hunts, this free event boasts they’re the largest Easter egg hunt in Colorado.  A big kid’s hunt for ages 12 and up is also held and features 100 “copper eggs” hid on the mountain.

Fremont, Ohio – Hayes Easter Egg Roll

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center has held an Easter egg roll annually since 1986.  It was started to honor the 19th President’s role in the first White House Easter egg event.  In 1878, he said yes to youngsters’ requests to play egg-rolling games on the White House lawn.  While Fremont’s population is only about 17,000 strong, it earns a spot for its tie to Easter egg history!

Washington, DC – White House Easter Egg Roll

On the Monday after Easter, it’s estimated that more than 35,000 people will gather on the South Lawn of the White House for the 134th Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme of “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move” features souvenir wooden eggs in purple, blue, green, and orange.

The Hunt in Your Own Backyard

It’s not too late to create an Easter egg hunt in your own backyard, basement, or family room area.  Boil and color Easter eggs and hide them next to chocolate, Easter bunnies.  The hunt for treasures such as coins, candy, toys, or church favors can replace eggs.  Let the youngest children start the hunt before the older ones find all of the eggs.  Invite neighborhood children, families from church, and others to partake in the festivities.

Find bargains for next year by shopping for clearance, Easter party supplies and clearance Easter decorations.  If you missed the fun this weekend, create your own Easter egg hunt at home next weekend!

Easter Games, Crafts, and Activities Kids Love

Foam Cross Easter Craft

Easter Party Activities

The highlight of an Easter party is, without challenge, the Easter egg hunt! Here are some simple ideas to make your hunt a foolproof success!

* Divide the kids into three age groups – Ages 3 and under, ages 4 to 6, and ages 7 and up.

* Have color-coded eggs for each age group – especially if your space is limited. For example, have pink and blue for the younger children, purple and green for the older kids.

* Use small plastic eggs and stock each with one small toy or piece of candy – no need to stuff them full!

* For a twist, instead of hiding eggs, hide spring-colored crayons! Once the hunt is over give each child a new coloring book.

Decorate Your Game, Craft, and Activity Area

Balloon Egg Wrap- Wrap colored yarn around a blown-up spring balloon to make these giant eggs. Try blowing up different sizes of balloons and use a multitude of colors of yarn. The results are delicate, so be sure that you handle the eggs carefully.

You will need:

* Spring party balloons

* Yarn

* Liquid starch or white glue

* Paint brush

Blow up the balloon and tie a 2-foot piece of yarn or string from the knot end. This will be used to hang the competed project to dry. Carefully brush the whole surface of the balloon with the liquid starch or watered down white glue. Next, be sure you work quickly before the glue dries. Wrap the yarn around the balloon in one direction leaving small gaps of about 1/2-inch wide so that the surface isn’t completely covered.

Brush on another layer of starch or glue right over the layer you just did and wrap another layer but this time go in a different direction. For example, if the first layer was wrapped horizontally from side to side, this time wrap it vertically from top to bottom. Brush on glue and wrap one more time, varying the direction again. The balloon should be pretty well covered at this point, but you should be able to see spaces, like lace.

Hang the covered balloon from the string and allow it to dry for about 24 hours. When it is completely dry, pop the balloon and very gently pull it out through one of the gaps. And there you have it! Make a dozen of them and hang them all over to decorate your Easter games, Easter crafts, and Easter activities areas.

Broken Egg Riddles

You will need:

* Large eggs cut in two

* Riddle written on the first half of the egg

* Answer written on the second half of the egg

Have the children go around the room and ask the riddle and the second child will give the answer. If the answers are correct, the two children who are matched up then sit down. The game is over when all children have matched up the riddle to the answer.

Pass It On

For this activity you will need a hard-boiled egg for each person and a collection of colored markers. The smaller tip permanent markers work best.

Have everyone gather around the table. Each person takes an egg and draws hair on it. Then each one passes their egg to the person next to them. That person draws the eyebrows. Pass the eggs again and draw the eyes. Keep passing and drawing until all the parts of the face are done. You can include cheeks, nose, mouth, ears, or any unique features like freckles and moles. Then everyone can admire the results! We have a Relay Egg Game Kit too!

Easter Egg Relay

Make 2 large eggs out of pink color corrugated paper for each team.

Divide guests into teams. The first person of a team takes the 2 eggs and lays one of the eggs out on the floor. The child steps on the first egg and then places the second egg in front of them. The child steps on the second egg, reaches back and picks up the first egg and then places that egg in front of them. Continue to the end of the course and then run back and tag the next team member.

Bunny Game

Make bunny faces for all of the children out of corrugated paper. Each bunny will need a white head, two white ears with pink inside, and two eyes made of any color. The nose is a black circle on a pink oval with black whiskers drawn on. The mouth is a black smile shape with two large white teeth. You can make a bow tie for each bunny out of yellow. The object of the game is to make a bunny face. Using a die, for each number rolled you get a piece of the bunny’s face. For example, roll a one and get a head, roll a two and get an ear, roll a three and get an eye, roll a four and get a nose, roll a five and get a mouth and roll a six and get the tie. Keep rolling until all have created a bunny face.

Popular Easter Games for Kids

* Pin the Tail on The Easter Bunny (Use a cotton ball and a simple picture of the bunny).

* Blow the Egg – Have a start line and finish line set up. Place a small plastic Easter egg at the start line and give the child a cardboard “fan”. Have the kids try to “fan” the egg across the finish line. It is harder than it seems, since the eggs aren’t round!

* Bingo – use jelly beans as your markers and let the kids eat them when they yell, “Bingo”.

More Easter Crafts

Tie Die Eggs

Kids are really into tie die these days, so they will love the results of this activity! Make up several colored dyes with food coloring or egg dye. Be sure they are fairly strong solutions (about 2 tablespoons of water to a tablet of dye). Add two or three drops of vinegar to each color to help the color stay. Now, dampen a piece of cloth with water and wrap it around the egg. With an eye dropper, drop spots of different colors of dye on the cloth. Twist the cloth tightly around the egg so the colors bleed together. Gently unwrap the egg and let it dry for totally groovy eggs!

* Make bunny ears by cutting white craft foam into ear shapes. Color the insides of the ears using a pink marker. Staple them to a white headband for the kids to wear home.

* Make Easter bonnets out of paper plates and paper bowls. First, place a paper bowl on top of a plate. Trace around the bowl and remove it. Cut the circle out of the plate using the traced line as a guide. Glue the two pieces together and have the kids decorate the hat with silk flowers and ribbon. They could also use markers or paint to color the entire “hat”.

* Again, use paper plates to create a cute bunny face. Cut one plate in half to be the ears. Staple the ears onto another paper plate. Have the kids make the face out of jelly bean eyes, fruit rollup bow ties, licorice whiskers.

Share your favorite Easter games, Easter crafts, and Easter activities with us!  Which Easter activity ideas have your children enjoyed the most?


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