Put those colorful eggs to good use!
Without fail, my mom asks me to manage the table on Easter Sunday. She sets out my grandmother's china on the sideboard, pulls out my great-grandmother's silver, and fishes around in the closet for some playful, paper Easter napkins to brighten up the spread. She also pulls out cardstock and a black marker, hands them to me, and says, "Will you write names for seats?"
I am in charge of seating every year, and, every year, I tell myself that I'm going to be more creative about making placecards. But, like clockwork – I'm holding cardstock an hour before she pulls dinner out of the oven and rapidly scribbling names on white paper for the table.
Not this year! I've seen a few Easter egg placecard ideas floating around the internet, but all of them look too difficult. I don't have time to make 10 different moss "nests" for the dishes, or blow out the eggs, or hot-glue little clothespins to the eggs to attach a piece of paper. So, here's a fun Easter egg placecard hack for you folks – and all you'll need is the colored eggs you already planned on dyeing, a marker, and a tealight.
My family dyes eggs on Good Friday, traditionally, so – by Sunday – we've already had a couple days to get all of our "oohs and aahs" in about who did the best job. Then, the eggs just sit in the fridge waiting to be used.
Pull out your colored, hard-boiled eggs. Using a metallic paint pen or permanent marker, write each guest's name on an egg. Next, grab your tealights. Remove the candle wax and wick from the tealight, so that you're left with the metal "shell" of the candle. Place the empty metal liner on the plate, and position your egg – name facing up – on top of the liner. The eggs will sit snugly on top.
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That's it! That's all you have to do! If you're already planning on dyeing Easter eggs, this is an incredibly simple way to add a little color to your Easter tablescape with very minimal planning in advance. If you aren't planning on dyeing eggs, you could always hard-boil the eggs and use a pretty gold or silver pen on the white eggs for an elegant, simplistic take. The eggs are an easy canvas to write on, and – whether you print the names or try your hand at a little cursive – it's a playful upgrade to cardstock placecards.