Hi Real Simple readers! I'm Brigitt Hauck, the latest addition to the RealSimple.com team and the new holidays and entertaining blogger. As an editorial assistant for the online team, I'll be writing some of the site's newsletters and helping the editors with a wide range of projects. I must confess, I'm really excited to share my thoughts on holidays and entertaining with you (and hear what you have to say). I come from a big, close-knit family (my maternal extended family all reside within 5 miles of each other), so holidays are always over-the-top and I'm no stranger to hosting a party or two.
In fact, with Easter being this weekend, my family has a very important affair planned—our annual egg dyeing party.
Our egg dyeing party the day before Easter is just as exciting as the holiday itself. Since I can remember, our ever-expanding clan has gathered together with dozens of eggs, buckets of dye, permanent markers, acrylic paints, and any other sparkly, fun arts and crafts supplies we can find.
With varying levels of crafty-ness, the masterpieces range from a toddler’s scribbles to an artist’s self-portrait to a jewelry-maker’s beaded egg. And over the years we have tried everything and figured out what works and what doesn't.
Here are some family favorites that are sure to impress:
Glitter egg: For this egg you can use either a hardboiled or a blown egg. Simply pour loose glitter into a small bowl (Any color will do, but I like to use gold to make the "golden egg"), use a paint brush to brush glue onto the egg (or make it even easier and use a spray glue), then roll the egg in the glitter until it’s thoroughly coated.
Tradition egg: If there has been a special event in the family, it’s fun to make commemorative eggs. We have a collection of hand blown eggs that are decorated with the logos of our colleges, wedding anniversaries and more. Each year we bring these eggs out of storage for the hunt, and it’s always a fun reminder of years past.
Swarovski egg: My aunt, the designer of Got Rox jewelry, makes the most elaborate eggs—she calls this one "caviar" (Get it? Fish egg). This breathtaking egg just won third prize in the Epicurious egg decorating contest. To recreate this beauty, use a needle to poke a hole in the bottom of an egg, blow out its contents and glue on a handcrafted paper fin, tail and multi-colored Swarovski crystals or rhinestones.
On Easter, whether the eggs are hard-boiled or blown, we hide our handcrafted eggs and host a hunt for the kids. After the hunt, all of the hard-boiled eggs go straight into the mixing bowl to make a delicious (and colorful!) egg salad.
What’s the most creative egg you’ve decorated? I’d love to hear about your egg dyeing and Easter traditions.