The Easter season wouldn’t be complete without bunnies, baskets and Easter egg hunts. The traditional Easter egg hunt is a staple for many families, but not always for those living in the city. Streets and concrete simply don't provide a ready-made environment for families wanting to hunt for edible delights outdoors.
So some people must be a little more creative with egg hunts. With new takes on the old tradition, an Easter egg hunt can turn into a neighborhood party for urbanites and suburbanites alike.
Choosing a decorating theme ... allows the opportunity to change things up each year and create new traditions based on old ones.
Barton Weiss, event designer
Setting the Stage
Every Easter egg hunt begins with a little decorating. Traditionally, families have dipped eggs in dyes of many colors and adorned them with ribbons and stickers. That practice can be applied no matter how or where the eggs are hidden.
Dawn Bryan, founder of the New York-based Qualipedia, a consumer information and lifestyle website, suggests using organic dyes made from spices, teas and flowers to produce muted pigments and colors. All it takes is to combine one or more of those items with two cups of water and a teaspoon of vinegar. Boil the ingredients for five minutes until the desired color is achieved.
A pre-hunt decorating party is one way to keep the children entertained and the adults engaged. Bryan says the party can combine egg decorating with bonnet trimming. While children work on the eggs, she says parents can embellish colorful straw hats with ribbons, feathers, artificial leaves, flowers, tulle, bows and buttons.
While pastel colors are a prime component of Easter eggs, a family can always make up their own themes and colors. Barton Weiss, an event designer based in Miami, Florida, suggests dressing up eggs as classic cartoons or representations of an adventure. If your family is a fan of Dr. Seuss, attach a hat to the egg with edible glue or draw eyes and a nose on it with melted chocolate or piping gel, says Weiss.
“Choosing a decorating theme adds another level of bonding to the annual hunt," Weiss said. "[It] allows the opportunity to change things up each year and create new traditions based on old ones.”
There's also no reason you have to use real eggs. You can prevent waste and work around any egg allergies with wooden, ceramic, Styrofoam or plastic eggs. Lauren Wuscher of Lauren David Style in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a resource for an allergy-free life, suggests stuffing plastic eggs with unique tokens.
“Some could have prizes, jokes and notes from the Easter Bunny inside,” Wuscher said. “I’ve also been to several Easter egg hunts where each child has a special colored egg to find.”
Bryan also suggests a little competition. A small prize might go to the child with the best dressed egg or the most creative hat.
The Hunt Is On
After the egg hunt is over, those colorful targets should become scrumptious leftovers to spruce up your holiday dinner. While deviled eggs and egg salad may be the most common use for Easter eggs, Dawn Bryan of TheQualipedia.com suggests turning your hard-boiled eggs into the main dish.
“Goldenrod eggs, Scotch eggs, curried eggs, eggs Florentine, eggs Benedict or pickled eggs are just the beginning," Bryan said. "All can be incorporated into many different dishes, such as sliced and creamed with mushrooms or chipped beef over toast.“
Bryan said they can also be combined with Cobb, lentil, nicoise or spinach luncheon salads and added to Indian curries and potato salads.
If you just have a few eggs to work with, Bryan suggests mincing and freezing them to use as a spring garnish.