In High School I was the Class President and also the President of the Social Committee in my Senior Year. Not only did we have to plan the 3 or 4 major parties of the school calendar, we had to raise funds for the Senior Prom, which, of course, had to beat all previous Senior Proms, in a very early display of Marketmanâ€™s anal retentiveness and obsessive compulsive tendencies. We raised a phenomenal amount of funds in the run-up to our Senior Prom and Outing (a weekend away from the city), by setting up a really cool large Haunted House at Halloween, Bake Sales, selling roses at Valentineâ€™s, Bike-a-thons, raffles and of course, the mother of all Easter Egg Hunts. The elementary school at my alma mater had roughly 600 kids, and as many as 300-400 signed up for an Easter Egg Hunt one year. In exchange for a fee (I donâ€™t recall how much, maybe PHP100 a head?), they got to do the hunt, possibly win prizes, get goody bags, etcâ€¦ All of these efforts usually yielded a net profit of say PHP10,000-15,000 per event, which sounds puny, but in todayâ€™s pesos probably felt more like PHP100,000 or so. And you have to realize there were no such things as sponsors or anything like thatâ€¦we made our money the old-fashioned wayâ€¦we had to EARN it.
With such a huge response to our event, the next step was to implement, implement, implementâ€¦ And with 300 kids, you want to make sure there are a LOT of easter eggs to findâ€¦ And in those days, there was no such thing as the colorful plastic eggs imported from China that you find so readily at all of the malls these daysâ€¦ so two days before the Egg Hunt, the organizers and volunteers started to boil up eggsâ€¦a lot of eggsâ€¦ close to 200 dozen or 2,400 pieces of chicken eggs that we then had to color and eventually hide in the foliage for 300+ crazed munchkins to go searching for! So my fondness for colored Easter eggs goes back three decades or soâ€¦ and I still look forward to it each and every year! There are all kinds of tips on the net or in books on how to color eggs and many are terrific. But in our house we have about three tried and tested techniques that we fall back to every single year. They can work for you too. This is an EXCELLENT activity if you have young kids in the house; it is a great way for the whole family to do something together, it isnâ€™t much work at all, it doesnâ€™t cost that much and you can actually eat the eggs if you do so soon after you make them. Ours tend to sit in a basket in our living room for a few days before Easter.
If you have never tried this activity with your kids, here are some tips. First, boil up several different sizes of eggs â€“ I like the tiniest chicken eggs all the way to extra-large. To boil, stick the eggs in a pot (I tend to separate the sizes, but then again, I make dozens) with tap water to cover all of the eggs and then some. Turn on the stove and bring the eggs up to a boil. As soon as there is a rolling boil, turn the stove off and leave the eggs in the hot water for 15-18 minutes. If you keep the boil going, you will have a very large casualty rate to crackingâ€¦particularly with most local eggs that have terribly thin shells. Drain and dry and when cool you are ready to colorâ€¦ I find the easiest and most effective way to color is to get a zip-lock or similar plastic bag. Add several drops of food coloring and gently rub the color on the egg shell until fully covered. What you end up with is a very pure, bright and stunning colored egg. Many of the plain eggs in the photos here were made that way. This has absolutely the least fuss and tremendous results. I personally like single colored eggs the most. Experiment with mixing colorsâ€¦say two yellow drops and one blue, etc. to get different hues.
If you want to get a little fancy or if you have a crowd over and will be making the coloring an â€œevent,â€ set up several glass or ceramic containers with a cup of hot water and with lots of drops of food coloring and a teaspoon of distilled vinegar and soak the eggs in this colored bath for about 5-8 minutes to get gentle pastel colors that are also very Easter like. Extract the eggs with a spoon or small sieve and dry on paper towels or paper napkins. You can also write on boiled eggs with a crayon and then dip them in the colored bath for a little extra snazziness.
Finally, if you have mastered the two basic techniques above, you can also dot eggs with candle wax and dip them in the colored baths or do the plastic bag treatment version as a second layer of interest. These are the polka dot type eggs in the photos here. Once done, lay these on some shredded paper or hay and use them as a table centerpiece or coffee table dÃ©cor. They are edible for about 24 hours after you make them though I wouldnâ€™t recommend it much after that. Also, you may find the whites of the egg are colored due to cracks in the shell. This is definitely a great activity to be done with kids and the amount of effort required is minimal. I hope you all have a terrific Easter!!!