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Indoor Easter Egg Hunt as featured on MSN

By: Martie Duncan
Photos by: Arden Photography

If you’re still under a blanket of snow or soggy from showers when the big bunny makes his annual hop through town, don’t skip the celebration, just move your party inside. It’s a great time to get family or neighbors together. This party was all about the kids so we cleared most of the furniture from the family room to contain the festivities. A strip of inexpensive indoor/outdoor carpet also helped define the play space. We used pre-filled toy eggs for the egg hunt so we wouldn’t have a smelly problem later if some eggs weren’t found. A bunny, crafts, games, and a kid friendly buffet with a mix of healthy and fun treats made this party hopping good fun for everyone.

Party Basics: Food, Decorations and Entertainment

The Food
After surveying the kids in our family, we put together a buffet of their favorites. To keep it simple and safe, we didn’t include hot dishes. Since we were boiling lots of eggs for decorating, deviled eggs were an obvious choice. The kids requested peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which we made on white whole wheat bread and cut into Easter shapes with large cookie cutters. Lots of “rabbit” food was on the menu. A platter of carrots and ranch dip was easy since we found carrots already cut into chips at the grocery. Red and green apple wedges served with peanut butter fluff for dipping was another healthy choice. Because Easter traditionally includes lots of candy, we kept desserts to a minimum. The marshmallow Peeps® cake we made using tiers of brightly colored Peeps® was the hit of the party! At about $1 per box, they are a cheap and fun decorating accessory, too.

The Decorations
To keep decorating costs to a minimum, we used items we had around the house or yard. A collection of borrowed birdhouses were used to help bring the outside indoors. We made an indoor egg tree by using a pot of pansies as a base and added tall branches from a shrub. Daffodils (about $2.99 each) from the garden center were potted in colorful tin pails ($1 each at Target) and can be planted in the yard after the party. We added branches of yellow Forsythia, straw bunnies, and decorated eggs to a flat of wheat grass to create a preview of spring days ahead.

The Entertainment
In addition to the egg hunt, we came up with games that were easy to manage indoors. A wind-up bunny race and carrot shaped balloon racers ($5.95 per dozen at Oriental Trading Company) were a hit with the kids and adults, too. An activity table loaded with colored eggs for decorating and other crafts kept little hands busy between games.

The highlight of the party was a book reading by ten year old Kaitlin, a budding author. The children sat quietly as Kaitlin read her story of Buggle the Bunny, which she’d written for a school project. It was a perfect way to wind down the fun. Give each child a copy to read along and take home.  

No matter if you’re expecting snow or sun this Easter, make some memories for your family and friends with this simple party plan that can easily be recreated indoors or out.

Party Tips

  1. A colorful craft table is always a good way to keep kids busy at a party and it’s a great idea to have designated people to lead the fun. We found a former teacher and craft expert willing to don a bunny suit to assist the kids with craft projects and help keep them focused. Hire an artsy teenager if you aren’t crafty.
  2. We dyed the eggs in advance to avoid a big mess but gave the kids lots of stickers, glitter glue, flowers, and ribbon to customize their own eggs.
  3. Baskets can be awkward for little ones to manage. Felt baskets like this pink bunny basket are a good choice indoors where the space is limited.
  4. We put down a strip of indoor/outdoor carpet purchased by the yard at a home improvement store ($2.99 a yard) to define the play area. The kids enjoyed a variety of easy to contain games.
  5. Bring the outside in with daffodils, pansies, and branches from the yard to create a spring like setting. If you don’t have a yard, you can find what you need at a florist, garden center, or craft store floral department.
Get extra mileage out of food or beverages by using them as decorations. These plastic glasses filled with colorful drinks make a bright and cheery

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