History at The Athenaeum : Dawn Geddes
This months Mayfair Insider series features Freelance Journalist Dawn Geddes, who tells of her family stay at The Athenaeum
28th February 2018
The key to planning a successful Easter egg hunt is to think about the age of the participants. The size of the Easter eggs and ingenuity of hiding places should very much depend on the age group you’re catering to. Eggs shouldn’t be too small or hidden too high for toddlers, while smaller eggs and tricky hiding places will create a better challenge for teenagers and adults. If you don’t want your Easter egg hunt participants to get too much sugar, hide fun Easter toys instead of chocolate eggs.
If you’re planning an outdoor Easter egg hunt, be prepared for the unpredictable British weather. Make sure you have plenty of waterproof options if your Easter eggs are wrapped in materials that will get soggy in the rain. Also have some shady spots in mind in case the weather is warm enough to melt the chocolate. If you don’t have access to outdoor space, indoor Easter egg hunts can be great fun too. If you’re trying to cater to different age groups, you could designate one room for small children and another for teenagers.
A classic mistake of Easter egg hunt planning is forgetting where all the eggs are hidden! This is a particular problem if you’re trying to create a more challenging hunt for older children. When you’re hiding the Easter eggs, make a map or keep a list of where you’ve hidden all the eggs. It can be a fun post- Easter egg hunt game to give the children the list to check all the locations. If yours is an indoor-only event, it means you won’t find stale Easter eggs months afterwards too!
The purpose of an Easter egg hunt isn’t just to find as much chocolate and sweets as possible, it’s also a competition whose winners should be awarded extra prizes. Decide on prizes to reward those who get the most and least eggs. You can also have colour coded prizes, with those who find Easter eggs wrapped in a particular colour of foil becoming winners of special prizes. Gifts could range from wine and vouchers for adults, to colouring books or toys for children.
If you want to make your Easter egg hunt more than just a free-for-all, make the event a clue-based occasion. Come up with riddles, puzzles and anagrams to lead participants between the locations of different Easter eggs. This is a great way for people to work together in teams. You could also have an Easter egg labelled with each participant’s name – so no-one misses out on prizes – but the person who reaches the end first gets an extra special prize.
Those staying at The Athenaeum on Easter can participate in our much-loved annual Easter egg hunt. We host it in the wonderful Green Park opposite the hotel, weather permitting of course!STAY OVER EASTER
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