glow in the dark egg hunt

I love Easter egg hunts!

I remember hosting my first one many years ago…my oldest (who is now 19) was two years old at the time.  We invited her playgroup over for snacks and to hunt for eggs.  I thought I was being super organized and got up early to hide the eggs in our backyard.  That didn’t go well because, along with our dog, the other critters (squirrels, bunnies, chipmunks, etc.) in our yard began hunting them long before our little friends arrived!

Suffice it to say, I’ve learned a thing or two about hosting an egg hunt since then!  With my youngest daughter getting a bit older, I decided to make it a bit more intriguing this year with a GLOW IN THE DARK EGG HUNT!

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

We started the evening with a craft project…decorating baskets to use for collecting those eggs.  These plastic baskets were perfect for tying strips of brightly-colored fabric in each of the cutout circles.  Each basket turned out very colorful and unique!

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

Now about those eggs…

I purchased glow stick bracelets and large-sized plastic eggs…you need a bit of extra room to fit the glow bracelet inside the egg.  Simply bend the bracelet to activate the glow and place it inside the egg.  Wait until the very last minute to do this, so that they are still glowing while your guests are hunting.  And then hide those eggs!

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

Now all we need is for it to be dark!

To keep everyone entertained until the sun set, we made glow in the dark slime (recipe for that is here).  I’m not sure if it really glowed, but they had a lot of fun making it!

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

And a party wouldn’t be complete without some sweet treats…neon green cupcakes, hot pink marshmallow bunny peep and donut hole kabobs, pretzel popcorn chocolate mix with neon sprinkles, and pop rocks!

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

I was so excited to find glow in the dark plates, bowls, and cups!  We had fun turning off all the lights and turning on a black light to illuminate them before eating the fun snacks.

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

glow in the dark egg hunt | polka dots and picket fences

When it was finally dark outside, the girls ran around the yard hunting for the glow in the dark eggs.  Of course, the girls themselves were also glowing with light up rings, glow necklaces, and glow bracelets!

I think they had so much fun that we decided every party should have a glow in the dark theme!

 

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