March 27, 2012

Throwing An Easter Egg Hunt Without The Candy

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One of my childhood memories of Easter was our annual Easter Egg hunt in my family’s large backyard. I was so excited to have Olivia’s first Easter egg hunt this year that I decided to invite 6 of her little friends over to the house this year.  I was determined to find non candy items to fill all the eggs.  I am trying not to feed my 2 year old’s rapidly growing chocolate addiction so I was really motivated to at least keep candy out of the egg hunt.

After some hunting of my own I found some amazing and inexpensive treats to fill all 95 eggs that I planned to hide in the backyard.  I did my hunt early this year so I thought I would share some of the ideas that I came up with in hopes it might inspire some of you to go candyless for your Easter egg hunts this year!

After visiting a variety of craft, dollar, and big box stores here is what I found.  I got the most bang for my buck at the local Party City store.  If you don’t have a Party City near you I am sure you can find a lot of these items at your local mom and pop party supply store.  They had a huge Easter aisle with Easter themed goodies and favors and I was able to find quite a few items that fit inside my eggs.  From baby chicks to parachuting Easter bunnies I was really impressed with the selection. Then I went aisle by aisle and found a variety of party favors that worked well in my Easter eggs.  From packs of rubber bouncing balls, beaded Mardi Gras necklaces, packs of temporary tattoos in any theme imaginable, stickers, plastic rings, and more.  There was something for everyone there.

I also found some large packs of Easter themed stickers at my local Michael’s Craft store for a $1.00 each.  Most of the packs come with over 300 stickers and it only took minutes to use my scissors to cut the stickers apart from the sheets an fill a bunch of eggs that way. 

The hunt was a hit and all the kiddos had a great time.  Do you have any tips, tricks or traditions you want to share with other mamas as they plan their Easter egg hunts?  Share them here or on our Facebook page!


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