The youngest “kid” in our family is 23, and none of us older kids have started having children of our own yet, so this year we thought it would be fun to do a grown-up Easter celebration. My mom and one of my sisters put me in charge because, let’s face it, I’m the most creative (and fun). Even though we’re all well into adulthood, my family still enjoys holiday (or any) theme parties, and we’ve been doing egg hunts every year. As we got older, a lot of the candy, stickers, and other prizes got replaced with loose change, small bills, and usually one golden egg, containing $20. Although whoever finds the golden egg is happy, the other participants usually feel a little disappointed. Pocket change is great and all, but all that running around for a couple of dollars got old.
So I devised a game that was part egg hunt, part “Minute to Win It,” and part White Elephant. I also knew that the more “real” prizes there were, the more fun/competitive the hunt would be. While I would have love to have funded the whole thing myself, I didn’t have that kind of money to spend, so I asked my family members who would be participating (6 of us in total) how much money they would be willing to contribute to our Easter game if it meant more fun and prizes to be had by all. Everyone agreed to chip in $20, with my sisters both saying that better mean it was A LOT of fun, lol. So my budget was $120. The breakdown I decided on was this: $20 bill, $50 in $10 gift cards, $5 gift card, $20 in airplane sized liquor bottles, $10 in $1 lottery tickets, and $15 in candy. We already had all of the supplies for the hunt and games, such as plastic eggs and cotton balls (more on that later), so the $120 all went to prizes. My mom counted all of the plastic eggs, and there were over 80, accumulated throughout the years. I decided we should hide 60, and keep 20 out for the challenges. I made a of numbers 1-50 (two sets) that we cut out and put one number in each of 50 eggs, and taped one number to our prizes. The lower the number, the better the prize, numbers 30 and 50 were taped on the big bag of candy, so if a person got a number in that range they could grab a handful. Five of the eggs contained a “steal”, where a person could – you guessed it- STEAL an UNOPENED egg from any other player. The last five of the sixty eggs had a “challenge,” where they could choose another player and challenge them to the particular Easter themed game on their paper, and if they won, steal a PRIZE from another player.
My dad sequestered us into a room together and drew the shades, then went outside to hide the eggs in the front and back yards. It took him a while (did I mention there were 60 eggs?!), but we amused ourselves with strategy, trash-talking, and carrot margaritas! I followed the linked recipe, minus the sugar. It’s healthier that way and with all of the juices, none of us missed it. Even the non vegetable loving guys liked the margaritas. That will definitely be my Easter cocktail from now on. Once all of the eggs were hidden, it was ON! We jostled for position to get out of the door, and ran around like crazy looking for the eggs. Since we’re all grown ups, it didn’t have to be “fair,” so it was a free for all. Unfortunately there are no pictures of this since the referee and photographer (aka Dad) was too busy making sure we didn’t injure ourselves or each other. I found the most eggs with 15, and the person with the least had 6. We were not allowed to open our eggs until we all were seated around the table back inside. Then, we went one by one, reading our numbers out loud. Everyone got excited when they discovered a number lower than 30. But the real fun began when the steals and challenges came into play. As I said before, the steals meant you could blindly steal another persons unopened egg, and so this sometimes resulted in candy, but one lottery ticket and a challenge egg were stolen as well. For my challenge games, I chose two mental and three physical to keep it pretty equal, and all were Easter themed.
The first mental game was just an elementary level Easter fill in the blank worksheet that I found online and printed two copies out for free. There were twenty words with missing letters, ie. B_ SK_T. The two opponents had to race each other to see who could fill it out correctly the fastest. This may sound easy, but when you are under pressure and there is liquor or a gift card at stake, it got intense! The other non-physical challenge consisted of two sets of six plastic eggs, each containing from 1-6 pennies. So one egg had one, the next had two, the next three, and so on. My dad had prepared these two sets in advance for this challenge. The two opponents were then each given a set in no particular order, and had to shake them and place them in the correct order (one penny to six pennies) in the fastest time. My sister challenged me to this one to win one of my gift cards, but I was fastest and had three wrong, whereas she had four wrong. So I got to keep my gift card (suck it Jen 😉 ).
The three physical challenges consisted of the traditional egg-on-a-spoon race, with a plastic egg; throwing the most number of plastic eggs in a bucket in one minute, and one I called “bunny tails.” In bunny tails, each person had a bowl of 20 cotton balls on their lap, while holding another empty bowl on their head. They had to use a spoon to get the tails from the lap bucket into their head bucket. If the tails flew off of the spoon, they could not reuse those unless they happened to fall back into the lap bucket. The person with the most tails in their head bucket once both lap buckets were empty won.
When it was all said and done, my brother-in-law had cleaned up, with over $50 in cash and prizes. But most of the prizes were somewhat equally distributed, half of us made at least our $20 “entry fee” back with our prizes, and the other half had at least $10 worth, so they were still happy. Not one of the 10 lottery tickets was a winner, which was a bummer, but the not knowing until the end made it fun, and I would still buy those again for prizes. However, I would definitely not buy as much candy. I would buy maybe 5 of the $1 movie theatre type boxes and put the other $10 I spent this year back into gift cards or lottery tickets.
Overall, everyone had a great time. It may have been the margaritas, but I’d like to think my awesome planning and creativity were the real reason!