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How to Throw an Adult Easter Egg Hunt

Easter is literally just around the corner and I am full on determined to not let it be boring even though I’m grown up and going to college six hours away from my family. Easter is one of the (if not the most) beautiful holidays to celebrate. What the holiday means for me as Christian is enough for me to cherish this holiday above all others. But also, in terms of fun holidays, Easter has always been right up there with Christmas. Easter baskets, Easter egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, what’s not to love?

The sad thing is….

A lot of people think that Easter is just for children. I was almost willing to accept that until I found out my boyfriend (who was not my boyfriend at the time) never celebrated Easter as a child. He had no experience hunting eggs, opening up baskets, or devouring chocolate eggs filled with coconut. And then I realized that as his (prospective) girlfriend, it was kind of my responsibility to make Easter special for him. And then I decided I would surprise him with an Easter basket and an adult Easter egg hunt. Want to know what happened? He asked me out the very next day. Ever since then we’ve been throwing each other Easter egg hunts (a little more romantic than the first). Not only is it a super fun idea, it also can be something really sweet and romantic.

This year we decided to invite some friends so, we’re planning on having a fun adult Easter egg hunt. If this sounds like something you would consider fun, keep reading for some more ideas.

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How to Throw an Adult Easter Egg Hunt

Pictured is my helper

 Step 1. Figure out who you are having the Easter egg hunt for

Will it be for your friends, family, love interest? The more you know about who is coming the more you can personalize it and make it more special. You also need to know how many people are coming so you can get a rough estimate of how many eggs you’ll need.

Step 2. Get the supplies

This part is so fun! You’re going to obviously need empty Easter eggs. And then, of course, things to put in them. The list of adult Easter egg fillers is seriously endless. You know your boyfriend/spouse/friends better than anyone else. Think about what their hobbies and I’m sure you can figure out some cool things they’d love to find in an egg! Here are some of my own ideas

Lip Stick

Eye Shadow

Mini Bath Bombs

Nail Polish



Hair ties

Stress Ball

Gift Card


Tea Bags

Vacation Tickets – out of my college student budget, but in my heart is a Sandals & Beach Resorts Vacation. I’m sure my boyfriend will surprise me with this one day whenever we both graduate and have jobs. (Hint Hint, Andy)

Cash/Coins – When I was younger my brother didn’t like candy so my family always put coins in the Easter eggs and then just put extra candy in my basket. So putting coins in the eggs is kind of a sentimental tradition for me.

Love letter


Certificate for a bigger gift or MY NEW FAVORITE IDEA: Hide giant Easter eggs with bigger prizes in them. You can get giant Easter eggs on Amazon, I think it’s the coolest thing sliced bread. Kids will love giant Easter eggs AND adults will love them.


Gourmet Chocolate

Jelly Beans

Movie Tickets

Concert Tickets

Lottery Tickets

Mini scented candle

Pictures you’ve taken together

Souvenirs from a place you’ve been to

Homemade love coupons  – Love coupons are a great way to show your special someone you A. care about them and B. know what they like. I made some super cute love coupon printable for my boyfriend. You can sign up below or click here to get them.

Step 3. Hide the eggs

If you’re hosting an Easter egg hunt with your friends this is something to do in advance. When I first did one for my boyfriend I had him stay in his bedroom while I hid the eggs around the inside of his apartment. That’s probably something you would have to do after your married. Or maybe if you get home from work before your spouse does then you could use that time.

Step 4. Set the rules

Are the rules going to find as many eggs as you can, or everybody finds a certain amount and then quits? It was so easy doing this for my boyfriend because he was the only one looking. I made a rule that he couldn’t get his Easter basket until finding the eggs.

Step 5. Have a special prize

This part is totally optional! But to make it an even more special event you could have a prize. I gave my boyfriend his Easter basket after he found all the eggs. I made it a surprise too. So after he finished hunting I told him there was more and his eyes got so big. So this is definitely a way to make the day even more special. If you’re having friends over you could make it like a contest. Whoever finds a special egg gets the prize.

Step 6. Have refreshments

An adult Easter egg hunt is fun and all. But there is nothing worse than a party or special event that doesn’t have good food and drinks. Make your egg hunt even more special by having nice refreshments. You could do an egg theme and have angel eggs, egg salad sandwiches, fruit, and punch, or you could have a full meal. If you really don’t want to cook, try making plans to go out before or after the hunt. But make sure to have plenty of beverages. Hunting eggs can make you really thirsty!

Step 7. Take lots of pictures and videos

You are going to have a ton of fun and make lots of great memories! Make sure you record some of it. I followed my boyfriend around with an iPhone the whole time during his first hunt. I videotaped everything and we look back on it as a special memory. So break out your iPhones, video recorders, cameras and make memories! This would be a great time to use an Instax Camera and get memorable photos printed out right away.

By the way, this is by no means in place of a children’s Easter egg hunt. If you have kids, by all means, have one for them too! But this is definitely something special you could turn into a grown-up version.  Also, if you’re wondering why my boyfriend never celebrated Easter, it’s because he is from China. Easter isn’t really a holiday that is celebrated there. Just like I introduced him to Easter, he introduced me to some Chinese holidays. If you want to know more about that, check out this post on Chinese New Year, which is the biggest holiday in China.

Do you have any fun Easter traditions? How about adult specific Easter traditions? Share in the comments. Have you ever hosted an adult Easter egg hunt? I love getting new ideas for how to celebrate!

XoXo, Gabrielle

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  • Reply
    Mrs G (Jennifer)
    March 15, 2018 at 5:52 am

    I love this. So often my husband and I put ourselves way on the back burner for the kids. However, I think this would be a neat change.Even better as a family even the weekend after Easter when we all get together!

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      March 18, 2018 at 8:06 am

      I totally understand that! Since you have children, it might even be fun for them to get to hide the eggs. I would have loved that as a kid! 🙂

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    March 15, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Love these ideas ! What a great way to spend time with friends

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      March 18, 2018 at 8:07 am

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Angela Giles
    March 15, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Great DIY for the family. Very well-written instructions.

    • Reply
      March 18, 2018 at 8:06 am

      Thank you!

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    March 15, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Very clever and fun! Now I want to do an adult egg hunt!

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    March 15, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Love this idea! Definitely will have to try this year 🙂

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    T.M. Brown
    March 15, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Though I willingly admit Easter has a different focus for our family, this idea is adorable. It can even be carried over into various other holidays or events. Great thinking outside of the box and I hope you get your Sandals vacation soon – lol (C’mon, Andy!!)

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      March 18, 2018 at 8:09 am

      Hey, not everyone celebrates holidays the same or even celebrates the same holidays! Any kind of scavenger hunt is honestly so fun and could be done any time of the year! And, ha! Thanks for your support! 🙂 I got my fingers crossed for the vacay!

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    March 15, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    This sounds like a lot of fun! I may have to try it this year 😊

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    March 15, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    This is a great idea. Adults need fun too.

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    March 16, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    I am actually going to an adult Easter egg hunt on Easter with some friends! I will send this there way in case they need some more ideas!

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      March 18, 2018 at 8:10 am

      Thanks, girl! I hope you have a lot of fun! 🙂

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    March 16, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I absolutely love this idea! Easter egg hunts are no longer just for kids! Thanks for your post.

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      March 18, 2018 at 8:10 am

      Glad you liked the idea! Thanks for your comment 🙂

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    Erin Haugerud
    March 16, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    This sounds so fun!!

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    March 16, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I don’t think I know anyone who never celebrated Easter. That’s so cute your did an egg hunt for your now boyfriend and made it a tradition. Making it for friends would be really fun too.


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      March 18, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Well, he’s from China. Different countries have different holidays. But I was definitely surprised at first too, especially since he lived in America 3 years prior to me meeting him. Anyway, it will be a great tradition!

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    March 16, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Thank you for your article post. Will read on

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    March 16, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    I did one of these once. Literally the best thing EVER.

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      March 18, 2018 at 8:11 am

      I so agree!! 🙂

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    March 16, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Oh my gosh I love this idea! Maybe in a couple of years, when my kids are a little older and I have some semblance of a social life again, I will do this!

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      March 18, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Glad you liked the idea! Hopefully you’ll get to try it one day 🙂

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    March 17, 2018 at 2:20 am

    Aww, this is awesome! I buy the good candy and chocolate already for my kids (and us). Seeing your list I am going to do something special for my husband. Thank you!

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      March 18, 2018 at 8:14 am

      Aww, that’s so sweet! I’m glad you liked the idea enough to try it out! 🙂

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    March 17, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    I never thought of putting stuff in the eggs!

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    March 18, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Such cute ideas.
    We are having an adult egg hunt this year. This is so helpful! Thanks!

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      March 18, 2018 at 8:13 am

      So glad you found it helpful! 🙂

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    March 18, 2018 at 3:27 am

    I LOVE THIS! I through themed parties all the time and this would totally go over well at one of them. You’re never too old to have fun!

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      March 18, 2018 at 8:02 am

      Hi Candice, I definitely agree! Definitely never too old to have fun! 🙂

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    March 18, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    This is truly a great idea. My mind is racing on what I could but in the eggs. I was just telling my 22 year old he needed to go back to being little so i could hide eggs. Thank you for taking the time to write this post. It’s great.

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    March 18, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    This is truly a great idea. My mind is racing on what I could put in the eggs. I was just telling my 22 year old he needed to go back to being little so i could hide eggs. Thank you for taking the time to write this post. It’s great.

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    March 19, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    This is a great idea for the whole family to get involved too! Thank you for the inspiration you have shared with us, especialy the part where you can have a special gift. Hmm I’m getting a lot of ideas now! Thank you again.

    D, xo || From

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    March 19, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Wicked!! My favourite part of Easter was doing the egg hunt my parents would set up. This post just gave me a happy nostalgia

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    March 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Fun idea! I like it!

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    March 19, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Tremendously clever! This is something I would love to do…maybe next year, since I already have plans for this year.

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    March 21, 2018 at 5:14 am

    This is super super cool!!! Now I wished I was home and not on a travel for easter to organise something like that!!! xx

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    Melissa Lucy
    March 21, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    This is such a cute and creative idea!!! I always loved easter egg hunts as a child but never really thought about how we as adults could have one! Thanks for the creative idea!

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    Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy
    March 21, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    What a fun idea, and great tips!

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    March 26, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    I love this! My parents through a ‘kiddy’ easter egg hunt for me and my sister last year (21 and 18 years old haha) but I love the idea of an adult version!

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    Sarina Kinnunen
    March 27, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Great idea!! Adults love to win fun prizes too!

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