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Simple Easter Egg Decorating Traditions

I am a firm believer in dip-dying eggs and then leaving them alone.

I always admire all the pretty ways to decorate eggs from glitter and gilding to decoupage and ribbon embellishments. There are so many clever ideas and whimsical designs. How could I ever choose which Easter egg decoration idea to try?

I can't, and that's why I don't.

Maybe it's the simplicity of knowing by heart what supplies I need. Maybe it's the freedom of not having to look up and decide which cute egg-decorating trend to follow each spring. Maybe it's the nostalgia of my own childhood spent mixing colors and hunting hard-boiled eggs.

Maybe it's a combination of all the above, but dying Easter eggs is a tradition I don't want to mess with.

This is how the dying of eggs goes down at my house.

First, I lay down a plastic tablecloth bought specifically for this occasion. It is covered in flowers and spring hues, and it saves my table from the inevitable coloring mishaps.

Next, I bring out cartons of eggs, plastic cups of colored water and whisks from the kitchen. While my egg decorating mantra is most old-fashioned, I'm all for modern updates to the process such as experimenting with natural dyes and using a whisk to hold eggs instead of the flimsy wire contraption that comes in kits.

Then, after a quick explanation of rules, like no egg throwing or flinging colored water, I give my girls an egg and let them start dipping. Sometimes I encourage the mixing of colors in ways my college art professor taught, but mostly I like to let them try their own combinations even when it results in shades that can only be described as dirt and camouflage.

Finally, when it comes to decorating the eggs, I prefer plastic wrappers that shrink to fit each egg when placed in boiling water.

Obviously, this is a step my do-it-themselves daughters aren't allowed to execute. So, in an effort to keep peace, I do allow other forms of embellishment. It's usually stickers, because they're really just small pieces of cut-out plastic, right?

Many times, though, we leave most of our dyed eggs unadorned. My oldest daughter,  hates to cover up the beautiful colors she and her sister worked so diligently to create.

I love that she loves the pure beauty of a simple dyed egg.

How very traditional of her.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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