DENVER – March 2015 – No matter what winter throws our way each year, Coloradans can rely on one tradition that arrives without fail each spring – Easter. From Easter egg hunts to candy and family brunches, Easter is a cherished springtime holiday that brings together family and loved ones in celebration. And no Easter celebration would be complete without egg decorating. Easter egg decorating is a classic Easter activity that people of all ages enjoy every year. This year, the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association would like to share some helpful egg decorating tips to help make your Easter eggs the best and brightest.
“Easter egg decorating is a tradition near and dear to our hearts,” said Vince Ruscitti, a Colorado egg farmer and member of CEP. “There are so many fun, beautiful ways to decorate Easter eggs. We hope that as Coloradans prepare for their Easter festivities, they remember to buy local and use Colorado-produced eggs, available at many stores throughout the state.”
Before you get to the decorating, make sure your eggs are properly hard-boiled and have cooled. Or you can decorate blown – or empty – eggs. Our partners at the American Egg Board provide easy instructions on how to properly hard-boil or blow eggs for decorating, click hereto learn more.
Below are several fun Easter egg decorating ideas that will be easy for all ages to do at home courtesy of Parenting.com.
● Chalkboard eggs – paint your eggs with chalkboard paint, available at many craft or hardware stores, and create fun designs or writing on them with chalk.
● Tissue paper eggs – use Mod Podge or another adhesive to glue strips of tissue paper onto your eggs. This will create a mosaic or stained-glass look.
● Newspaper eggs – soak pieces of newspaper in a mixture of white glue and water. Cover the surface of your eggs with the newspaper pieces and let dry for 24 hours.
● Crayon eggs – while the hard-boiled eggs are still warm from the pan, color on them with crayons. The heat from the eggs will melt the crayon wax and adhere it to the shells.
● Silhouette eggs – trace and cut out silhouettes from contact paper. Adhere the silhouettes to your egg firmly. Once the silhouettes are on the eggs, let the eggs sit in dye for two to five minutes. Dry your egg and remove the contact paper.
For more Easter fun, join CEP and the Easter Bunny at the FlatIron Crossing Mall in Broomfield March 12th through April 4th! Your children can meet and get their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and enjoy a fun coloring activity. For every child who visits the Easter Bunny at FlatIron Crossing, CEP will donate a dozen eggs to Feeding Colorado food banks. Mall visitors on March 14th and March 21st will enjoy demonstrations of humanoid “Nao” robots through CEP’s partnership with St. Vrain Valley School District STEM Innovation Center in Longmont. Nao robots will entertain mall guests by performing the chicken dance and more. Click here for details.
In addition to the eggs donated thanks to Easter Bunny visitors, CEP will also donate a dozen eggs each time #CEPGiving is posted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram through April 4th. You can use #CEPGiving to show us your Easter preparations, Easter bunny visits and more. In total, CEP will donate up to 25,000 dozen eggs through mall visitors and #CEPGiving, as part of the Good Egg Project.
How will you celebrate this egg-citing holiday? Follow us on Facebook, Twitterand Pinterestfor recipes, egg decorating ideas and more. To learn more about CEP please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.
About Colorado Egg Producers Association
The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is a membership organization representing seven farms throughout the state. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by the regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Local egg farmers take great pride in providing eggs to Coloradans. Eggs are a gluten-free food and we are proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs, although it is important to note, there is no nutritional difference between cage-free eggs and conventionally produced eggs. For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.
About Good Egg Project:
America’s egg farmers launched the Good Egg Project to educate Americans about where eggs come from and encourage people to eat good and do good every day. Theyare committed to doing what’s right for their hens, the environment and their communities. They are proud to provide Americans with affordable and nutritious food. For more information visit www.GoodEggProject.org.