Every year at Sophie Allport, the grown-ups and their kids get together for an excellent Easter egg hunt. The back garden is a treasure trove of colour, excitement and anticipation, and the adults (as much as the little ones!) enjoy the thrill of scouring the grass and flower patches as the garden blooms back into life. If your family and friends are gathering for lunch this year, here’s everything you need to host a truly egg-cellent Easter egg hunt…
Spruce up your home
Once your invites have been sent to every corner of the country (or office, in our case…) get to work by choosing your decorations. To truly capture a joyful, playful atmosphere, reflect the season’s beauty and freshness by adding pops of colour to your garden and eating area. Hang a garland of yellow balloons, pastel bunting or bright ribbon to sway gently in the spring breeze. And why not consider placing a Sophie Allport hare door stop to prop open the door to greet your guests, or even make an Easter wreath for the front door? Little touches like this will really make the hunt feel special for your guests.
Hide the treats
The secret to a good Easter egg hunt is, of course, preparing the hunt itself… With plenty of time to spare, hide the goodies around a designated area. You might like to hide chocolate eggs, novelty chicks or even some Sophie Allport goodies depending on the age-range of your guests. Consider where you’re going to hide the eggs – keep prizes close to ground level for young participants, and remember that older guests will enjoy the challenge of climbing into trees, foraging in bushes and diving into the wheelbarrow for their treats!
Lay the table
Lunch on Easter Sunday calls for pulling out all the stops, doesn’t it? While the kids are outside hunting for eggs, we’d consider laying Sophie’s cotton Hare or Chicken Table Runner on the dining table, and some matching placemats and napkins too. Sophie’s quirky designs will entertain the younger diners, and we think the grown-ups will appreciate the sense of style and playfulness to mark an occasion as fun as this. Bring in fresh flowers and spring blooms, light some scented candles and arrange your favourite glassware – your Sunday lunch will sing among the decorations, making that pop of a wine bottle and smell of home-baked bread all the more special. Transform your home into a real spring delight by accompanying the table setting with some happy afternoon music and mountains of delicious food to devour!
Don’t forget the prizes!
No Easter egg hunt would be complete without some special prizes for the winners! Hide one of a kind jeweled eggs or golden eggs around the garden, set prizes according to age ranges, and be sure to have a ‘hard luck’ prize for the child who finds the least…that way, everyone feels included in a successful Easter egg hunt! Similarly, the Sophie Allport team’s top parental tip is to keep some chocolate eggs in your pocket to manage the expectations of younger hunters… after all, no-one likes missing out! Finally, one of our favourite prizes is a Sophie Allport egg cup given to the children to eat their boiled eggs in the next morning – or even chocolate eggs, if they must! Do you have any great tips for hosting an Easter egg hunt this year? We’d love to hear your thoughts!