Egg-cellent ideas!

With Easter just over a week away, Your Vintage Life has turned its head to thoughts of eggs……chocolate ones, dippy soldier ones and with our new chickens arriving over the weekend it’s time to get our bonnets on and think of vintage pressies!

Start the day with a hand painted egg and toasted soldiers. We shared this idea in Vintage Life Nostalgia magazine recently…place the colourful egg inside a 1930s Heatmaster stainless steel egg cup, underneath its cover. Imagine your loved ones face when they take the top off to reveal your masterpiece. Tupperware produced their version in the 1970s so use this one for a more retro look.

If you don’t have time to paint an egg, make sure you still eat them, maybe with a hot cross bun dripping with butter. Here are some of our favourite vintage egg cups in bright colours. They date from the 1950s through to the 1970s and are mainly made from melamine.

Then it is gift giving time! How about a china chicken filled with chocolate eggs?

We have white ones, brown ones and even a yellow glass one….we use them to store our eggs in all year round. The coloured foils look great here against the white ceramic!

Or how about a vintage coffee cup filled with a simple chocolate egg? These gorgeous 1950s orange Palissy coffee cups were a recent find and will shortly be available on-line. The colours are so vibrant and they would look great in both a modern and vintage setting. And, yes we know the egg only just fits inside….surely the bigger the chocolate the better!

Or fill a tea cup with hand-made chocolate truffles..roll them into egg shapes with your hands..don’t worry if they are not perfect; they taste so good no one will care! We have chosen a pretty rose bud tea cup and saucer in fine white bone china. Add a ribbon bow and a home-made card for the perfect detail.

So everyone’s had their gifts…now it’s time for the kids (and adults) to enjoy the annual Easter egg hunt. Hide them all over the garden, remembering to use a vintage basket to collect them in!

We do love a basket…for the shopping, picking the home-grown veg and flowers into and of course for collecting chocolate eggs!! We will need a few more to fill this beauty….

It is traditional to have a big family dinner served from your best china. In years gone by, the whole set would only be used at Christmas and Easter…why not follow this tradition by laying a formal table and serving your vegetables from vintage tureens? We have a great collection online dating from the 1920s through to the 1970s. I love the 1950s bright yellow Midwinter one in the centre of the photo.. and it’s the perfect colour for Easter! The styling is so obviously from the 1950s with its high curved edges.

Then for the easter cake! Whether it’s a whole Simmel cake or tiny cup cakes make sure you display it on a vintage cake stand. We have chosen a simple, elegant white bone china one with gold edging to really show off the yummy cakes. Last year we made chocolate cornflake birds nest cakes with so much chocolate in, no one could manage more than one! We found these hand painted decorations last week too..they are wooden and designed to hang from a plant or tree. They reminded us of Christmas decorations and are perfect for decorating the cake with.

Then what to do next? We reckon after lunch it’s time to sit back and eat all that lovely chocolate!

Hope we have inspired you just a little with our vintage egg-cellent ideas!!

Happy Easter!


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