How to plan an epic Easter egg hunt

My Petit Canard Easter Collage 3

Easter never used to be a big event in our house. Pre-kids it passed us without so much as an Easter egg being exchanged. But like so many things, that changes when you have children.

Easter is a very big deal when you have kids. The chocolate. The eggs. The excuse to run around the garden with bunny ears on hunting for hidden treasures, and that’s just the adults I’m talking about. Kidding.

But in all seriousness, I get almost excited about Easter as I do about Christmas these days. So as I make such a big song and dance about it these days I wanted to share my five essentials for creating an epic Easter egg hunt for kids of all ages.


I have a big thing for invitations and more generally writing stationery. Seriously. Any excuse to send an invitation or a thank you card then I will.

No Christmas, Birthday, Christening or family event goes without some kind of card going out. So what better way to generate some excitement for an Easter egg hunt amongst children than for them to receive a cute personal invite.

I love making beautiful einvites with Paperless Post who I always use for our family events. They have lots of great designs that you can create online for little to no cost, quickly and easily.

The Great Easter Egg Hunt Invite

Easter Egg Hunt Kit, Decorations & Props

No Easter egg hunt would be complete without a good Easter egg hunt kit, decorations and fun props. I think more is definitely more where an Easter egg hunt is concerned. It’s not really a hunt without a few clues!

The Great Easter Egg Hunt

Bunny Ears

Bunny ears are another Easter egg hunt must-have. I can’t imagine anything sweeter than little ones running around the garden with bunny ears and baskets looking for treats.

There are usually lots of lovely ears in the supermarkets and places like Not On The High Street. Personally, I think bunny ears are practically obligatory as part of an Easter egg hunt, and if I could I’d probably make them all wear fluffy bunny tails too.

Bunny Ears Collage

Easter Baskets

Again the supermarkets also stock lots of different types of easter egg hunt baskets during the run-up to Easter. I quite like traditional little wicker ones but we’ve also had some lovely felt ones that have been very practical and easy for the children to carry. Children definitely need something to carry all the goodies they find, just make sure it isn’t too flimsy or impractical!

Easter Hunt Bag Ideas

Eggs & Easter Treats

Of course, no Easter egg hunt would be complete without some chocolate eggs to find. Although there does increasingly seem to be a trend of giving non-chocolate Easter treats to little ones, with lots favouring Easter baskets as a lovely alternative.

I’ve also noticed the rise of empty and fillable plastic eggs for Easter egg hunts. However, I do think that chocolate eggs are half the fun of an Easter egg hunt, and I think a six-year-old me would have been horrified and very confused at finding a plastic egg instead of a chocolate one.

But like any parent, I do inwardly groan when the little lady is inundated with chocolate, so our Easter egg hunt will be a combination of yummy chocolate eggs and a few surprise toy treats.

Easter EggsEaster Toy Treats Are you planning an Easter egg hunt this year for your little ones, have you planned Easter egg hunts in the past, or are you doing something completely different this year? What Easter tips would you share?



  1. Rhyming with wine
    March 14, 2016 / 6:25 am

    We’re hoping to do our first mini egg hunt this year, and I’ve gone for the plastic eggs that I can fill, only because my little miss is obsessed by Kinder Eggs so I think she’ll like cracking them open to find a toy or treat. I love the little Easter signs and bunny ears. In fact I hadn’t thought of bunny ears and so I’m off to check these out….

    I’m sure your little lady will have a magical time with her cousins!
    Thanks for hosting.
    Dawn x
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  2. March 14, 2016 / 6:43 am

    I’m glad its not just me that buys things in the sale and saves them for the following year πŸ™‚ You can’t beat an easter egg hunt and I have very happy memories of having easter egg hunts every year with my cousins, it became a family tradition at my aunties house. Some lovely ideas, I went for traditional wicker baskets that I found at The Works for only Β£2, bargain and very cute with a bunny on them. Have a fab time x #MarvMondays
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  3. Kerry
    March 14, 2016 / 7:05 am

    We’re having an Easter egg hunt this year too, but I’m no where near as organised as you! You’ve given me some great ideas though #MarvMondays

  4. March 14, 2016 / 7:29 am

    It looks like you have put a lot of thought into your easter egg hunt, I am sure you will have brilliant time. Lots of lovely ideas… we usually join in with our local easter egg hunt event, though now I am tempted to do our own as well. #MarvMondays X
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  5. Fi Ni Neachtain
    March 14, 2016 / 7:42 am

    Oh that hunt kit is so beautiful, I love the pastel colours. The rainbow temporary tattoo is super sweet too πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      March 14, 2016 / 11:02 pm

      Thank you, it is all very sweet. I hope the little ones like it as much as I do πŸ™‚

  6. Lady Nym
    March 14, 2016 / 11:35 am

    Oh, wow. I bet they’ll all love it! I had Tyger make his own basket last year out of a cardboard box and ribbon. We made some little daffodils out of egg boxes and yellow paper to stick on it. This year I’ve bought a few little plastic eggs you can fill because Tyger loves all the YouTube videos with kids opening up ‘surprise eggs’ and I thought it would also cut down on the chocolate a bit! Might keep the hunt inside, though, just to make things easier.

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    • My Petit Canard
      March 14, 2016 / 11:00 pm

      Making your own baskets sounds like such a lovely idea! My little lady would adore doing something like that. It could be quite a fun activity for them to do just before the easter egg hunt even πŸ™‚ Our little one hasnt yet discovered the joys of you tube so we’ve yet to see all the plastic egg videos (I can imagine there are probably loads out there knowing You Tube!), but maybe it’ll be one for us next year or the year after once the trend reaches her too πŸ˜‰

  7. March 14, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    That looks so lovely! Hope they enjoy it πŸ™‚ At 12, the Tubblet is a little too old for Easter Egg hunts

    • My Petit Canard
      March 14, 2016 / 10:56 pm

      Thank you, I hope so too! Sure there are other things you can do for easter for the tubblet πŸ˜‰

  8. March 14, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    What a stylish Easter egg hunt you’ll have! We never did Easter egg hunts when I was little but it seems like a lovely thing to do with children! I’ll look forward to planning one in a couple of years! #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 14, 2016 / 10:55 pm

      Thank you, I hope so πŸ™‚ We never had easter egg hunts when I was little either so I think I may slightly be living out some of my own childhood dreams on this one!

  9. Back with a bump
    March 14, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    Lovely ideas. The big one has requested an easter egg hunt so will need to get thinking of ideas and clues! Not sure it’ll be as pretty as yours!!
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 14, 2016 / 10:54 pm

      Exciting! Get that thinking cap on πŸ˜‰ Lots of great ideas on my Pinterest easter egg hunt board too if you need some more inspiration!

  10. Michaela
    March 14, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    I cant wait until my little girl is old enough for an easter egg hunt. I’m thinking next year will be good. Love all your ideas #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      March 14, 2016 / 10:53 pm

      Its so exciting when they are old enough to enjoy experiences like these. Pretty sure I am living out my childhood dreams through our little one πŸ˜‰

  11. March 14, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    Looks and sounds amazing! Can I come ?! I once years ago found the golden egg on a pub Easter egg hunt. I gave the person sized egg to my God daughter but it was a pretty awesome moment… Way too competitive! #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      March 14, 2016 / 10:53 pm

      That sounds amazing, a person sized egg?! I wonder how long that would take to eat πŸ˜‰ What a lucky god daughter you have! We wont have any person sized eggs, but youre more than welcome to join πŸ˜‰

  12. Budget Mum of 3
    March 14, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    This all looks amazing!

    I too never celebrated Easter before kids but now it has become a firm favourite in our family. Every year, me and some of the other school Mums organise an Easter Egg hunt at our local park (we are very lucky as this is Bushy Park near Hampton Court Palace) and the kids love it. We scatter loads of chocolate eggs/sweets around and the kids bring along their baskets and have a fantastic time. Also, it is a great chance to take some lovely photos when their faces light up as they find a treat.

    My Easter tip is to get in there early ! All the Easter egg hunt packes of eggs sold out last year so it got very expensive. Also, make sure you have some of the special Easter Haribo packets for any children who are allergic to chocolate.

    Have a great day.
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 14, 2016 / 10:41 pm

      That sounds wonderful! What a lovely experience that must be for your little ones, no wonder they look forward to it so much πŸ™‚ I love the idea of doing an Easter Egg hunt on a larger scale with lots of other parents and children and a wilder space. It must be so magical! Really great tips too, I completely agree about getting in there early with all the deals and offers on. I started buying bits a couple of weeks ago now when there were promotions on ;-). I cant wait to get pics, I think im probably more excited than the little ones!

    • My Petit Canard
      March 15, 2016 / 10:09 pm

      Oh how exciting, I bet that will be wonderful! I hope you do a post on it, I would love to read and see pics of all the Easter fun on the farm πŸ™‚

  13. March 15, 2016 / 8:28 am

    Ooh this looks fab! We were only talking yesterday about doing an Easter egg hunt next year (Baby Lighty needs to be able to walk first, ha!!). I’m also glad to have found someone else that has a love for ‘proper’ invites!!
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 15, 2016 / 10:07 pm

      Me too, I’ll talk to you about invites any time πŸ˜‰ I bet you cant wait till next Easter now, all very exciting!

  14. The Pramshed
    March 15, 2016 / 9:09 am

    This looks amazing, and such an event. I love all the little touches from the invites to the bunny ears, your little lady I’m sure will have a fab time! I hope that the weather is sunny for you and wish you a lovely Easter weekend. Claire x #MarvMondays
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    • The Pramshed
      March 15, 2016 / 9:10 am

      Ps I’ve now got Hop, Little Bunny, Hop, Hop, Hop in my head. Love that song xx
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      • My Petit Canard
        March 15, 2016 / 10:06 pm

        Ha, ha! So do I now that you’ve said that! Its one of those lovely, but annoyingly unforgettable songs that plays over and over in your mind once its there πŸ˜‰

    • My Petit Canard
      March 15, 2016 / 10:05 pm

      Thank you, im really hoping for some lovely spring weather too! Fingets crossed πŸ™‚

  15. March 15, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Growing up in America, we did lots of Easter eggs for decorated hard boiled eggs inside house and plastic eggs at Grandma’s house. We loved dollar bills in eggs when older. Big Easter baskets filled with m&m and jelly beans. Loved getting a new pair of Spring shoes (white trainers or sandles). Have an amazing. Easter egg hunts.

    • My Petit Canard
      March 15, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      That all sounds amazing. I love how your Easters evolved as you got older, something to think about for the future! πŸ™‚

  16. March 15, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    I’m planning an Easter egg hunt for my 2 daughters and their 2 cousins – I can just about cope with 4 kids running riot! I’m planning to use some chocolate eggs and I have some plastic ones – I need to find things to put inside them – and some cardboard baskets. I’ve also got some egg and spoon race kits from Home Bargains with plastic eggs and spoons and the materials so that the kids can make their own medals. Now I just hope we have some nice weather so they can play outside! #twinklytuesday

    • March 21, 2016 / 10:41 pm

      Thanks, I think so! I may just have to do a bit of a practice run before the kids arrive, just to make sure everything works and can be found ok πŸ˜‰

  17. absolutely prabulous
    March 16, 2016 / 10:24 am

    See this is where I miss living in the UK. You just don’t find things like this here in Malta even though it’s improving. Hope she has a fab time #MarvMondays
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    • March 21, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Oh I can just imagine! You might just have to get a little creative and improvise?.. πŸ˜‰

  18. March 16, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    You know it never even crossed my mind to do an Easter Egg hunt – what a great idea, Tyler would love it! Especially if we hid Kinder eggs, that would make his day! Thank you for the inspiration! x

    • March 21, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      Oh im sure he will! They are the perfect age for it – hidden chocolate, pretty much a perfect combination for a 2/3 year old πŸ˜‰

  19. Kate Tunstall
    March 17, 2016 / 7:43 am

    We’ve never made a thing of Easter either, but our daughter is 18 months now so next year maybe… Your post has definitely got me thinking anyway, it all looks fab! Happy Easter, and I hope the hunt is a success! X
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    • March 21, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      I never even considered an Easter egg hunt last year when our little one was probably around the same age yours is now, but just wait to see how much she grows and develops between this year and next year. The change is unbelievable, its such a magical time πŸ™‚

  20. March 17, 2016 / 8:21 am

    This looks like it’s going to be the best easter Egg hunt ever! You’ve really thought if everything, I’m sure the kids will love it. I’m hoping to do a bit if an egg hunt for my little boy in the garden too. Hope you all have a lovely time xx #coolmumclub
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    • March 21, 2016 / 10:32 pm

      Thank you, I really do hope it is. I want it to be absolutely magical and for them all to remember it in years to come (no pressure!). Have a lovely Waster, hope your little one enjoys his Easter egg hunt too πŸ™‚

  21. March 17, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Aww Emily this is lovely! We are planning a hunt and maybe a basket of bits at the end. In fact nipping into town for some bits today. My daughter is a chocolate fiend so can’t wait. I hope it goes really well for you. Let us know. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx
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    • March 21, 2016 / 10:31 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚ I hope the shop went well and you managed to find some lovely bits for your little one. I have a little chocolate fiend on my hand too πŸ˜‰

  22. March 17, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    Oh wow this looks like an amazing Easter celebration the kids are going to be so excited but the question is…can I come please?! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xx
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    • March 21, 2016 / 10:30 pm

      I’ll have a basket and bunny ears set aside just for you lovely πŸ˜‰ I really do hope the little ones have a lovely time, but more importantly, I hope we have decent weather for it!

  23. March 18, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Aww they’re going to have so much fun! I’ll probably do this next year, we have loads of cousins and friends who are around his age so this will be nice. We never used to pay any attention to Easter either but now it’s like which farm/park are we visiting! I hope you all have a great day and the kiddies enjoy themselves x #coolmumclub

    • March 21, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      Oh I really hope so! Its definitely the type of thing I would have loved to do as a child. Its so funny how your life changes once you have little ones πŸ™‚ Hope you all have a lovely Easter! x

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