The Great Easter Egg Hunt

by Debra Immergut
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Celebrate the season with an eggs-cellent hunt and brunch the whole neighborhood will love.

First, there's a splash of bright pink in the grass at the base of a tree -- then a hint of turquoise inside a mailbox. Suddenly, you're seeing colored eggs everywhere -- tucked beneath a garden hose, inside a flowerpot, or behind a half-open door. The hunt is on!

Coming at the end of winter, when nature is busy unveiling colors of her own, the Easter egg hunt is a totally enchanting ritual that sparks kids' imaginations. We've seen that the local egg hunt is often one of the year's biggest events. Here, we present some of the best ideas from across the nation, plus a few of our own, so you and your friends, family, or even the whole neighborhood can gather for a truly memorable Easter brunch egg-stravaganza.

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Flowery Fruit Basket

For an eye-catching edible centerpiece for your brunch table -- and a healthy counterpoint to Easter's sweet treats -- make a flower basket out of fresh fruit.

Use a cookie cutter and a melon baller to sculpt cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon into fun shapes, then thread the melon pieces onto wooden skewers along with berries and grapes.

Stick the skewers into a base made from the rind of an overturned melon. Hide the melon base inside a pretty Easter basket. For a final touch, add stems of mint speared on skewers to provide the perfect hint of spring green.

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Easter Crafts

Yarn Eggs

These bright and funky eggs are a blast for kids to make -- and they're a great party decoration too. If packed away carefully, they should last for years. Click here to find out how to make them.

Party Carrots

Make a carrot-shaped bunch of utensils for each of your guests, then display them in a big bunny-tempting pile on the brunch table. Click here to find out how to make these "carrots."

Decorate-Your-Own-Egg Tees

There's no yolk blowing or hard-boiling required for this egg project, and your guests can enjoy their one-of-a-kind T-shirts long after the holiday is over. An oval is stamped onto shirts ahead of time, so the tees are ready when your party guests arrive. Here's how to prepare the shirts so your party guests can get busy with puffy paint and fabric markers.

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Easter Brunch

Easter Brunch Pizza

This perennial party favorite gets a makeover for a midmorning meal. The biscuit-crust egg lets your kids get creative with decorations made from veggies and other favorite toppings. Click here for the yummy recipe.

Scrambled Egg Nests

In these easy and charming bites, shredded potatoes are baked in a muffin tin to form crunchy cups, which are then filled with scrambled eggs to make a festive and kid-friendly finger food. Here's how to make these delicious brunch items.

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Ingenious Egg Hunts

Our readers have dreamed up plenty of imaginative twists on the traditional egg hunt. Here are some of our favorites.

Yard-to-yard Hunt A few weeks before Easter, a colorful flyer is delivered to all the homes in Autumn Spitzke's neighborhood in Anthem, Arizona, detailing the time and date of the multifamily egg hunt. On the big day, those who want to participate hide eggs in their yards, then hang the flyer in clear view so the kids know where treasure awaits. The hunters begin at the street's end and move from yard to yard.

Flashlight Hunt In Janet Gray's Lexington, South Carolina, neighborhood, kids ages seven and up love their Saturday-night version of the typical Sunday egg hunt. The evening before Easter, they head for the grounds of a local clubhouse, where, armed with flashlights, they scan the dark lawns for eggs.

Color-coded Hunt To level the playing field a bit, Melissa Archer of Chesterfield, Michigan, assigns a single egg color to each age group. This way, younger kids' eggs can be more easily spotted and won't be scooped up by the older children.

Golden Eggs and Plastic Bunnies To really spice up any Easter egg hunt, hide some surprises along with the usual pastel plastic eggs, advises Christine Ciccarino of Scotch Plains, New Jersey. In her neighborhood hunt, kids hope to find the golden egg that contains a $10 gift card or a plastic bunny that can be traded for a special prize (usually a toy).

Bunny Shop Instead of using candy, Kathryn Harwick-Foley of Hopedale, Massachusetts, fills plastic eggs with fun coupons and "bunny money" created on her computer. At the end of the hunt, kids exchange the coupons for items that wouldn't fit inside an egg, such as pencils or notebooks. Any bunny money the kids collect is spent on goodies at the "bunny store" (which is really just a table displaying a variety of inexpensive toys and treats). The children love the idea, reports Kathryn, "and if you can get some cute items at sales and closeouts, you'll wind up spending less than you would on ordinary egg fillers."

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