Easter Sunday is the ultimate spring holiday. What better way is there to celebrate than to have an Easter party with all of the fun things associated with new life?
With some careful planning, your party will be the event that kids will look forward to and remember as one of their favorite childhood experiences. Religious party or not, there are many ways to observe the holiday with some food, fun, and games.
A teacher can always announce that an Easter party will be held in the classroom but if youíre inviting a group that does not gather quite so often, youíll need to get the word out to everyone. Instead of mailing out individual invitations, an organization or church can place some flyers on their bulletin board, in their entryway, and any place where members are likely to see it. There are many places on the Internet that offer free clip art to spruce up your flyers with bunnies, chicks, eggs, and Easter baskets.
Invitations can be store-bought or homemade. If your guest list is large, it is very practical to create them on your computer and print them out. There are special card kits you can buy or simply print them up ďflyer styleĒ on sheets of paper, fold them three times, secure, address, stamp and send. For smaller parties, it may be easier and worth the convenience to buy cute invitations with an Easter theme.
For those with the time, get creative and make some cutout cards. An oval shape makes an egg that you can decorate or you can trace cards out with cookie cutters. They donít have to be elaborate, just attractive and colorful. Whether you opt for invitations or flyers, always be sure to include details that may indicate how guests should dress and if they need to bring anything. That way, there are no unpleasant surprises.
Itís not necessary to serve a complete meal but a little food goes a long way when it comes to parties. Children are easy to please and wonít require much variety. Adults, on the other hand, would probably prefer something that will have some nutritional value along with the sugar. It might be a bit much for the children to play games after eating so consider serving food and beverages after the activities.
Need ideas? Traditional meals include ham and eggs but you can serve brunch with pancakes or waffles with maple syrup and jelly. If you choose eggs, serve them up in a variety of styles such as hard-boiled, scrambled, fried, poached, or mix it up a bit by making omelets. Be sure to have plenty of finger foods and treats on hand to keep the little ones happy.
Chocolate milk, punch, lemonade, or fruit-flavored drinks will satisfy the thirst of your young guests and may leave some cool moustaches to adorn your pictures. However, if your guests will be dressed up, you might want to keep the childrenísí drinks light in color because they will probably drip or spill. Adults will appreciate some coffee or tea to wash down their meal. Always provide napkins next to the entrees, desserts, and drinks for those who donít wish to have all three.
Party activities will be limited to the location. Indoor parties are great for crafts, paper games, and baking cookies. Outdoor areas allow extra room for physical activity such as races and an Easter Egg hunt. Below are some fun games and crafts to keep the kids busy while you are preparing for your next event. Have an adult available to supervise the activity and provide help when needed.
What to decorate? Hard-boiled eggs, of course. If this is not possible, you can choose non-perishable items such as cutouts or baskets for a hunt. Depending on the items being decorated, you can supply candy, ribbon, glitter, markers, crayons, stickers and anything else that will adorn the items appropriately.
This goes along with the decorating. If the kids are younger, you can cut out sugar cookies in advance and have them ready for decorating with colored sugar, candies, sprinkles, and frosting.
This is a variation of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Have your bunny and tail ready, along with a blindfold. An activity predating this can be making and coloring the bunny and tail with markers or crayons.
Offer up a prize for the child who comes closest to guessing the amount of jellybeans in a jar. Donít want jellybeans? Try malted milk eggs or something larger for younger children. This will make the guessing easier and more fun when the kids actually try to count the pieces of candy but canít quite see them all.
Games can be a word search, crossword puzzle, quiz, coloring or anything done on paper. Contest or not, these games are standard for any holiday party and also provide a leaning experience.
No, not the Chinese type. This game is an outdoors race. Give each child one egg and spoon. After assigning a start and finish line, instruct them to roll the egg on the ground with the spoon. The first to cross the finish line is the winner. The more kids you have, the more intense the game. You may need to assign teams and run it relay style. If you do this, make the distance further. Consider making the start line also the finish line, having the kids push the eggs to a set point and back again.
If youíre fortunate enough to have mild weather, an Easter egg hunt will get kids out and about and probably give them some spring fever to boot. Details for planning a hunt are given on our Easter Egg Hunt page. Happy hunting!