Here’s an easy place setting idea that can be done last minute for your Easter dinner table – A Surprise Easter Egg! It’s a simple egg with a surprise message tucked inside! The first thing you need to do is blow out the number of eggs you need. This is really the worst part of this project – Mark was a dear and helped me with this part! If you’ve never blown out a raw egg – you just use a needle to make a hole in one end of the egg and then using the needle again, make a bit larger hole at the opposite end. Then blow through the small hole and the egg inside will come out the other end. Not my favorite thing to do – so that’s why it helped that Mark did half of the amount I needed!
Once your egg is empty, run some warm water through the holes and shake the water around inside the egg to clean it out. Let dry. Now it’s time to paint your egg. I used some duck egg blue chalk paint that I had left over from another project, but you can color your eggs the old fashioned way, use a natural dye like onion skin, watercolor, or craft paint.
For my Easter table, I’m using a mix of vintage china and these old pewter dessert cups filled with excelsior to hold the surprise eggs. I made little banners using a wooden toothpick and paper. I just wrote each person’s name on the paper and cut the one end to make it look like a pennant. Now dip the tip of the end of the toothpick in some tacky glue and wrap the pennant straight end around the glued toothpick. The excelsior holds the toothpick in place nicely.
Now, onto the fun part! Write a special message on a thin piece of paper. For Caleb’s egg I wrote “so glad you are home safe and sound” (his band has been on tour this last week and he will get home in the wee hours of the morning Easter Sunday)! If you do a treasure hunt with your kids to find their Easter baskets, this could be their first clue. Or, just write an inspirational message – “He is Risen!” or an Easter Hymn lyric – “Hallelujah – Christ Arose!”.
Now tightly wrap your message around the end of a wooden toothpick and slide it into the egg through the larger hole.
Before your meal on Easter Sunday – have your guests open their eggs to reveal the special message!
Thanks for stopping by today – I’ll be back tomorrow with an easy, last minute centerpiece idea! If you like this idea – don’t forget to “Pin it”!