Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cocktails & Crafts

While doing my grocery shopping I saw a novelty for the Easter holiday: A box of about two dozen Whoppers Robin Eggs that have a plain white candy coating on them. The box comes with three food safe markers (yellow, blue and green) that you can use to decorate the eggs yourself.

I thought it would be so much fun to have a Cocktails & Crafts evening with my husband and decorate the candy eggs together. My husband definitely did not share my enthusiasm and refused to participate. Every man has his limits so I had to respect his refusal to understand my super fun idea. I would show him!

So I mixed my spring cocktail (lemonade with raspberry and Stoli) and got to work.

And it was work. By egg three I was frustrated with how bad mine looked. I enjoy painting as a hobby so I thought I could come up with a few designs and then recreate them in different colors. I did Chevron stripes, regular stripes, polka dots, flowers and then personalized eggs with names on them. I'm sure most 5-year-old children could have done a better job. After about egg six I just wanted it to be over.

Part of the problem is that the eggs are much smaller than working on a regular hard boiled egg, and the food safe ink in the markers has a tendency to smear easily.

That said, I do like the idea of a Cocktails & Crafts evening, but my next idea will not involve trying to make a small candy egg look like a pretty work of art.

I think kids would find decorating the eggs fun, which of course is who it's intended for. It is a bit time consuming so if you have a youngster or two you need to entertain it will keep them occupied for awhile. And it's neat to have candy that you can personalize with the name of your loved ones.

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