As with many other Christian holidays, the celebration of Easter extends beyond the church. Since its origins, it has been a time of celebration and feasting. But, today Easter has become widely celebrated as a time to spend with family and enjoying confectioneries such as chocolate Easter eggs, marshmallow bunnies, Peeps, and jelly beans.
In the United States, the Easter holiday has been effectively secularized, so that many American families participate only in the revelry such as decorating Easter eggs on Saturday evening and hunting for them Sunday morning, by which time they have been mysteriously hidden all over the house and garden. According to the children's stories, the eggs were hidden overnight and other treats delivered by the Easter Bunny in an Easter basket which children find waiting for them when they wake up.
If you are considering throwing an Easter party for friends & family this year, here are some great ideas to keep thigs lively:
Decorating Eggs: Dyeing, painting, and personalizing Easter eggs is a fun craft project all ages can enjoy.
Easter Egg Hunt: Use dyed or plastic eggs for an indoor or outdoor Easter egg hunt. More obvious hiding places are perfect for youngsters, while older guests will enjoy the challenge of trickier hiding places. Fill plastic eggs with treats or toys for an added bonus, but take care to limit the number of eggs any one guest can collect so everyone can participate equally.
Bunny Hop Sack Race: Use sleeping bags or cloth sacks for this fun sack race. Add even more bunny touches by pinning tails on the sacks and requiring participants to wear bunny ears.
Spring in a Pot: Planting seeds or floral seedlings in small terra cotta pots is a great activity for party guests. The pots can be decorated or plain, and when complete they serve as living party favors.
Jelly Bean Jar: Fill a jar with jelly beans and give guests slips of paper to guess the total number of beans or the total of a particular color (be sure to count them first!). The winner receives a prize or may be able to take the jar home.
Pin the Tail on the Bunny: This game is a variation of the familiar "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" kids' game. Other options may include pinning Easter eggs on a basket or pinning a bow on a baby animal.
Egg Races: Use colored Easter eggs for guests to roll across a finish line using only a spoon or their noses. This race can also be designed as a relay, or guests may need to pass their eggs back and forth on spoons without dropping them in order to win. Hard-boiled eggs are a necessity to avoid accidental splats!