How to Organize an Easter Egg Hunt

What better way to celebrate Easter than with a fun Easter egg hunt? Follow these tips to plan and carry out an exciting Easter tradition.
Girl with Easter egg basket

Planning an Easter egg hunt in your own backyard is easy. Follow our tips for making invitations, decorating, hiding the eggs, and more.

Start by sending out the Easter egg hunt invitations. Invitations for the hunt don't have to be complicated. Use our bunny cards, available below, or create your own by tracing cookie-cutter shapes of eggs, bunnies, or chicks. Get inspiration for your Easter egg hunt invitations with our easy-to-make Easter card ideas.


Decorate for the Easter egg hunt

Hang pastel balloons outside your home and decorate a poster on your door so everyone knows where they're going. If you plan on serving snacks at the hunt, decorate a few tables with pastel-color tablecloths and streamers.

Get the supplies ready

You can hide plastic or real eggs at your Easter egg hunt, just make sure you get the supplies far enough in advance. If you're decorating and hiding real eggs, get a few small prizes to hand out to the children. Fill plastic eggs with small toys, candy, temporary tattoos, coins, stickers, beads, or numbers that correspond to bigger prizes, such as stuffed animals, chocolate bunnies, Easter books, or gift certificates.

Editor's Tip: Estimate about a dozen eggs per guest so everyone has a chance to find and collect a good amount of eggs. Have a few extra baskets on hand in case guests forget to bring their own.

Hide the eggs

If you have both younger and older children attending your Easter egg hunt, divide the backyard into two zones so you can hide eggs based on age groups. Go easy on the smaller children by leaving eggs on low branches and in open places, but make it more difficult for the older ones: Hard-to-find spots, such as under leaves, in drain spouts, in the mailbox, or atop car tires are the perfect challenge.

Editor's Tip: The hunt doesn't end until the last egg is found, so keep a count of how many eggs you hide!

Our Easter Egg Hunt Planning Timeline

Two weeks before: Send out your invitations to the Easter egg hunt, and decide whether you'll hide real, decorated eggs, or plastic eggs filled with small prizes, so you can get supplies before they sell out.

One week before: If you're decorating and hiding real eggs for the hunt, you'll want to boil and dye them about a week beforehand so you don't stress about them being ready. Stuff your plastic eggs a week before the hunt, too.


The night before: While it's still light out, hide the eggs in the backyard. Remember to keep track of how many eggs you hide!