For most of us, Easter is not Easter if you don’t decorate eggs.
This year, instead of letting the kids have all the fun, start a tradition that involves the whole family. Throw an annual Easter egg decorating contest. Choose plenty of categories so everyone gets a chance to win. Some great categories might be: funniest egg, most original egg, best look alike egg and the prettiest egg. The wackier the categories, the more fun you’ll have decorating and judging. I think our family ended up with about ten categories, and they were too funny.
Ask everyone to submit an egg for each category and display the eggs for all to see on the dining room table. You can ask Grandma and Grandpa to be the judges or, if they want to enter the contest themselves, invite some neighbors or friends over to do the honors. Before you know it, you won’t be able to find judges because everyone will want to enter the contest. My parents ended up making some of the most creative eggs ever, so we all just voted…yes, it got a little competitive. 🙂
I have hosted this with our extended family tradition for many years. We have had such a blast, and I even had our out of town family send their entries via email.
I just got an email from my newly married niece, who lives ten hours away. Her email subject title said, “Top secret egg pictures.” She wanted to make sure no one got a sneak peek at her creations, since she knows how sneaky our family can be – namely her own dad.
I’ll try and scan the pics of our eggs from last year (yes, I was still in love with print pictures in 2008). We had over 30 eggs and they were HILARIOUS!
If you’re looking for something fun to do….this is it. I put “pressure” on my dear brothers with this new tradition, promising that they wouldn’t regret the memories their families would make, and everyone came through
from ages 4-68. :).
(Ignore the ode to Brett Farve. This old picture now stirs up strong feelings. )
Thanks for the great idea Jen. I have my teenage nieces in town this weekend and they have specifically asked if they can decorate eggs w/ my kids. This will make it super fun and competition is always a good thing. 🙂
This sounds like fun.
It seems like a great alternative to the old candy filled plastic egg hunt. They get enough candy anyway! Everyone makes them at home and then brings them for the Easter get together, I assume. If you have enough categories, everyone wins…perfect. Sounds like a great tradition. Now the hunt for thr golden egg, hmmmm, looking forward to that post. Thanks, Jen
fun, Jen! Kelly
Your home always sounds like so much fun. I should have had more children….. Two is not enough.
As always, you are an inspiration and a great mom.
P.S. And always sooo positive!!!!
Jen, genius! Love it! 🙂
We are having an egg decorating party with friends on Thursday – this will be the perfect thing.
Thanks for your inspiration!
This sounds like SUPER fun! We’ll definately have to try this out, this year. Thanks so much for sharing!
P.S. You have an award over at my blog, if you choose to accept! ; )
God Bless and have a wonderful week!
How much fun is that? I would love to do something like that with my extended family of 30+. I don’t think I could get everyone to participate, though. Any suggestions? Or would bribery pretty much cover it?
That sounds like so much fun, Jen! We are usually so busy around Easter (as we are this year, too!) we don’t usually decorate eggs, but if we ever do, this is definitely an idea we’ll do!
What is your Worship Team doing for Easter? Ours has a couple of Israel Houghton songs lined up as well as “The Old Rugged Cross” redone. We have three services planned…I’m getting tired as I’m thinking about it! : )Sound Man and I are going to absolutely crash Easter afternoon!