Last year our Easter needed something new.

Don't get me wrong 10 adults standing around watching Chayce search for eggs had been fun while it lasted – super entertaining for us but not exactly great for her - especially when we {who were all in on the egg hiding action} would start trying to give her advice as to where the eggs could be uncovered. There may have been a few years when she just gave up and walked away.

When thinking about how to spice things up, I remember something that I had seen years ago in an old issue of Better Home and Gardens magazine – Confetti Filled Easter Eggs – an old Mexican tradition called ‘Cascarones’. A PERFECT idea for a new Easter tradition – fun for everyone! Regardless of how young or old you are you cannot deny how fun it is to smash an egg over your loved one’s head.

We use confetti and glitter to fill the eggs and to up the fun factor even more I fill one egg with gold glitter and scraps of gold paper – whoever gets the gold filled egg smashed over their head gets a special treat once the madness has ended. I love Lindt chocolate Easter bunnies and the gold wrapper fits the golden egg theme – I am not the only one in my family who loves Lindt Lindor chocolate and last year my darling daughter smashed every egg over her own head in order to up her odds of getting the gold egg – not exactly the point of the activity but it was still fun nonetheless. {This year I am not mentioning the special prize and hoping she forgets}. In the future, in lieu of the golden egg, I am planning on leaving one egg raw and whoever gets the raw egg will get the prize – the kids are still a little too young to torture them with raw eggs over the head, but soon it will totally happen.

*Note: We use glitter and paper confetti because we do this at my parent’s house and they don’t mind the extra yard decoration hanging around for a bit. If you plan to do this somewhere where colored decoration is not wanted – including public parks – you can fill with birdseed, fruity pebbles, sprinkles, etc.

This may sound like quite the undertaking but it’s actually pretty easy, so much so that a four year old can do it, as you will see, Fletcher took over and did the majority of it himself this year.

The first thing you need to do is save egg shells. We have 10 people who partake in the smashing – I save about 3 dozen and so does my stepmom, so we average 7 eggs per person. We eat eggs pretty much every morning in our house so it really doesn’t take long to save up enough shells.

I start saving mine around the beginning of the year – whenever I make scrambled eggs, a frittata, or an omelet I just open the eggs a little differently than usual.

 Carefully crack the bottom open to make a good size hole.

 Shake the egg liquid out.

 Rinse the shell and set it in an empty egg carton to dry.

Once you have enough shells, color your eggs however you desire.

I'm not against using colored tablets, but I usually use food coloring/vinegar/boiling water because it's what I have in the house. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 20 drops of food coloring and top off with 2/3 cup of boiling water. I set my cups of coloring liquid in a pan to cut down on the mess.

Place your colored egg shell on a drying rack over a paper towel lined cookie sheet to dry. If you do not have these things, it is not a deal breaker, dry your shells however you can. They are just going to be smashed anyway so it's not necessary to make museum quality creations.

Gather your materials:
  • tissue paper
  • Modge Podge {or any glue} and a paint brush
  • Filling material - Glitter and confetti  or whatever filling material you desire {I put Fletcher to work with a hole punch a paper} 

Cut tissue paper rounds to seal the holes. I use a 2" circle punch but you can use scissors or just rip it up. I'm sure regular paper would work too but I always have tissue paper laying around because I am kind of a wrapping paper hoarder.

Fill your eggs.

Paint glue around the opening.

Add a tissue paper round and seal with glue.
Set your filled and sealed eggs in a carton to dry.
Bring them out on Easter, hide around the yard and let the egg smashing commence!
Here are pictures of our cascarone fun last year. Yep, that's me, four months pregnant getting fully egg-attacked by both my father and my husband.

I hope you and your family enjoy this new Easter tradition as much as we have!

*UPDATE* Check out the pictures from our 2014 Egg Smash

1 comment:

  1. I love this! I want to do this for next Easter. This would make a great boys party bomb too! (wink wink)