This is the first year in a really long time that I’ve actually noticed spring. Maybe noticed is the wrong word, I’m not totally unaware, it’s just never really done anything for me. I’m a summer girl who basically just closes her eyes and waits for the transition from fall spices to salt water and tan lines.
For some reason though, Spring 2017’s got me frolicking like one of the woodland creatures from Bambi. Every time I walk outside lately I swear I can hear beautiful Disney-esque melodies playing, birds even started chirping and landing sweetly on my arm to say hello…
Ok, that’s a lie. BIRDS TERRIFY ME. Moving on….
The point I’m trying to make is Spring really got me SPRUNG this year.
I blame it on fashion, actually. With all the florals, pastels, blushes and nudes it’s kind of impossible not to be romanced by this season. Either way, my spring fever is fierce, and has me kind of nostalgic for my childhood Easters. And since my favourite chocolate holiday (#CadburyCremeEggsForever) is right around the corner, I figured there was no better time to do a throwback to my single digit days.
This year I decided to colour eggs for the first time in well over a decade… and also because I stumbled upon a Golden Egg Colouring Kit at Dollarama. I have this obsession with all things rose gold, so you can only imagine my joy at finding that gold egg kit on the bottom shelf. I won’t even lie, I started having visions of rose gold Instagram flatlays. Yes I’m the kind of person who sometimes bases purchases on their IG worthiness…and I’m okay with that :D.
The kit cost me a grand total of $2.50 + tax, already makin’ Mom proud with my frugality. I’m also hosting a Friendly Easter (Friendster…FrEaster…help me pick a decent name guys!) and had planned on making deviled eggs as one of the h’ors d’oeuvres so hard boiled eggs work nicely into my plan.
Anddd if the above line confused you like it did some of my party guests, Friendly Easter is an Easter dinner with just friends. I hosted FriendsGiving and FriendsMas last year, so it seemed appropriate to keep it going for first holiday in 2017. So if Easter would just give me an easier name to work with that’d be grrreat.
I had a really awesome time revisiting a craft that I loved so much, but I also gained a huge amount of perspective. Parents do A LOT. Here’s a few things I didn’t expect and/or know going into this as an adult.
Easter Egg Colouring – Tips for Adults
1. You will get colour all over your hands, even if you swear you never touched the stupid colour tabs, trust me…you did. Somehow you did, and your fingers will look like dirty rainbows.
2. When the instructions tell you to use White Vinegar, they mean it. You don’t always know more than the directions. (I used Rice Vinegar which has a pale yellow colour to it and it definitely prevented my eggs from being the pastel shades I was going for.)
3. Have plenty of paper towel handy, seriously. I had 5 sheets, and it still wasn’t enough.
4. If you’re doing multiple colours, do the lighter ones first. I started with the purple, blue and green…and I got purple, blue and green fingerprints… on the pink and yellow eggs.
5. Don’t try to make them perfect, and accept the fact that they were never going to look like the box. They just won’t.
6. Don’t get so excited about rose gold eggs that you forget the basics of cooking. I put an ice cold egg into rapidly boiling water and it obviously cracked instantly and couldn’t be used. I also did that twice in a row. Learn from my ignorance people. (Don’t worry I didn’t waste it, I made breakfast :p ).
7. SAFETY FIRST! Make sure you educate yourself a little on how to store eggs once they’re dyed. No one wants to waste perfectly good food, so it’s best to understand how to keep the eggs safe to eat after being coloured (and photographed, duh). There’s an awesome little article on Good Houskeeping‘s website that explains how and why hard boiled eggs (especially dyed ones) should be stored for safe consumption. I encourage you to read it before decorating, you can find the article here . I’ve also included a helpful excerpt below as food safety was legit NEVER something that crossed my mind when doing this as a kid:
And whether you hide eggs for an Easter hunt or use them as a centerpiece, if they have been out at room temperature for more than 2 hours, discard them. – GoodHousekeeping.com
All in all, I’m SO thrilled that I made the time to try this craft again as an adult. Not only did it get me even more into the Spring and Easter spirit, but it also shed some light into the work my mom did for me as a kid. Colouring eggs is tedious, time consuming, messy and requires mad patience…but the fun outweighs all of that.
I didn’t get my rose gold egg. Thanks to my Rice Vinegar faux-pas, I got a coral gold egg…and she’s just as pretty.
Feel free to scroll down for a visual story telling of my Easter Egg Colouring…