This post is by my friend Rebecca Wright who will now be doing a column on Oh Happy Day. She throws some of my favorite parties I’ve ever been to like: her bicycle wedding, her bus birthday party, and her film festival birthday party. I’m so happy to have her here.
I love parties that involve surprises. And crowd participation. So, just in time for Easter festivities, we decided to throw a party with confetti eggs (which are a little surprise in and of themselves) with a little twist – one golden winner!
DIY Party: Glitter Confetti Eggs
Confetti eggs (aka Cascarones) are like mini pinatas for your head. Traditionally, hollowed out eggs are broken over the head of a friend, showering them with confetti….and supposedly good luck (but definitely confetti).
We decided to shake things up in our hunt this year by turning it into more of a game. You still fill most of the eggs with confetti (or birdseed, or, in our case, Fruity Pebbles since they still look like confetti but I don’t feel as bad about leaving them in the park for birds to nibble). But – one of the eggs in the batch is filled with gold glitter, and whoever ends up with the head full of glitter gets an awesome prize (besides all the good luck they have coming to them).
* Hide your confetti eggs as you would normal eggs, and let your friends go hunting for them.
* Once everyone has collected the eggs (or as the eggs are found – your choice), the *kindly* smashing upon heads begins.
* No throwing eggs! Proper egg-smashing etiquette requires your hand to come in contact with the other person’s head so that you aren’t hitting anyone too hard or poking anyone’s eyes out.
* The lucky winner who gets the glitter egg smashed on their head goes home with the grand prize of the day. I’m always a fan of large quantities of fine chocolate, but you can get creative with what the prize will be.
Variations: If you’re really feeling feisty (and don’t mind a messier activity), I think it would be fun to leave a few eggs raw, just to keep things interesting (and provide some real motivation for running from the egg smashers coming toward you). Or, really shake it up and try things like jello filled eggs, or powdered sugar filled eggs, or whatever you’ve dreamed of dumping on someone’s head.
How to Make Confetti Eggs:
Egg dye (we used good ol’ vinegar and food coloring)
Confetti (or birdseed, fruity pebbles, or your filler of choice)
Tissue paper (we used a round 1″ punch to make our tissue paper perfectly sized)
Step by Step:
1. Using your sewing pin, poke a single, small hole at the top an egg.
2. Open up a larger hole at the bottom of the larger part of an egg.
3. If your yolk is too large, sometimes it helps to use a toothpick or something to stir the yolk up and make it more liquid
4. Let the egg drain out of the larger hole into a bowl, blowing the residue out through the small pin hole in the top of the egg if you need to encourage the yolk out a little more quickly.
5. Rinse the egg shell (you can add a little bleach to get rid of the egg smell) and allow it to dry.
6. Use dye to color the eggshell (you’ll have to fill the hollow shell with dye to make it stay submerged); allow to dry thoroughly.
7. Fill the egg about halfway with confetti (or whatever you decide to put inside). Use a funnel if needed.
8. Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly larger in size than the egg’s hole. Glue the paper to the edges of the hole.
9. Voila. Your eggs are filled. You are ready to party.
Have fun out there, kids. May confetti-filled eggs make all your dreams come true.
This post is by my friend Rebecca Wright. She also has an awesome vintage etsy shop called Animal Head Vintage. The great photos were taken by Robyn Kessler of Verité Photography who is a fantastic Bay Area photographer.