My family started an Easter egg decorating contest 9 years ago. What started out as a way to make egg decorating more fun for the kids has turned into a family tradition. This annual tradition also includes very competitive and creative kids, teens, and adults.
The Birth of the Egg Decorating Contest
My eldest brother and his family were in town for Easter. His kids were still very young and were very close in age to my sister’s and my cousin’s kids. And of course the kids couldn’t wait to start dipping their eggs in food coloring. As the kids started dipping the eggs we noticed it was kind of a let down. The adults started talking and someone mentioned we should have an egg decorating contest. But this wasn’t going to be any ordinary egg decorating contest.
We decided we would have accessories to provide more creative opportunities. My sister found items in her house we could use (markers, stickers, pipe cleaners, glue, etc.). We made up the rules, added a time limit, picked a judge, and the egg decorating contest was born!
I was lucky enough to win the first contest in 2009 but sadly, this has been the only time I have won. But I was and will always be the first winner!
The 2018 Egg Decorating Contest
Over the years the contest has had several minor adjustments. This year there was a twist, which was a genre. There were 10 contestants and we were not told about this twist until the contest was about to begin. Each one of us pulled out a slip of paper from a bowl and our eggs had to reflect that genre. There were also lots of groans as everyone read their genre.
I pulled the “Romance” genre (and was also one of those that groaned). As the contest began, I drew a blank. I’m not a romance kind of guy. As I sat there for 10 minutes, I started to wonder if I’d ever get any inspiration for my egg canvas. But then something popped in my head and I decided to run with it.
As no cell phones are allowed during the contest, I had to remember what my movie characters looked like. I took a mental note and furiously started decorating my eggs. I found some pipe cleaner, cut some hair from a wig, and cut a plastic cup for my hat. Not surprisingly, this was also the first time I had ever used a glue gun. I didn’t realize how hot and messy the glue could get as it fell on my fingers. But the hot glue couldn’t deter me! I had limited time to get my masterpiece ready for the judges.
As the hour time limit was quickly coming to end, I frantically added a few accessories and submitted my eggs. I was hoping that my eggs would be easily recognizable. But as I looked around, I noticed that there were several “eggs-traordinary” and impressive entries. And yes, every April there are egg-hausting, endless egg jokes leading up to the contest. But I digress. This would be a tough call for the judges.
All the eggs were set up on the table with their corresponding theme. We left the hallowed egg competition venue (aka the garage) and let the 4 judges begin their deliberations. The judges were not allowed to be present during the egg decorating so they could remain impartial. After what seemed like an eternity, they made their decision.
The Final Verdict
I didn’t win (again) but I still had a great time. In case you’re wondering, the Mythology genre Medusa egg with the egg that turned to stone was this year’s winner! In second place under the Fantasy genre was my nephew with the iconic door scene from The Shining movie. My older brother did the dramatic clown eggs for the Tragedy theme. My entry for romance/bromance is on the bottom right and is the Dumb & Dumber movie party scene.
The egg decorating contest started out as way to make decorating eggs fun for the kids. But it has grown to be so much more. It has now become a family tradition we all look forward to each year. And it’s something everyone can do. My 8 year old nephew has been decorating since he was 5 years old.
Yes, it’s great to win, but being with family, making memories, and enjoying their company is much better than a win. And there’s always next year!
If you have any family traditions you’d like to share, we love to hear about them.