Egg Place Cards

Every week, my hens lay at least one or two especially beautiful eggs. I can’t bear to crack them and throw out the shells. So, I save those speckled, brightly colored, striped, or otherwise egg-cellently colored eggs. I use a clever little tool to blow them out. (Unlike the expression you can’t have your cake and eat it too, you CAN have your eggs and have the shells, too!) I take some of these eggs to show off to children when I do school visits, but most of the eggs get displayed in a (very) large egg basket (it’s now half-full!).

Yesterday I hosted a Passover seder. This is a meaningful meal composed of many courses. It goes on for a couple of hours. Our seder has much laughter and wide-ranging conversation. The table sets the mood. I like it to be beautiful, yet relaxed, and charming yet traditional. This year, there were eleven at the table. I used eggs as place holders.



(Part of the seder tradition is that everyone sits on pillows. I’m sure that some of you have already noticed the pillows on the right-hand chairs.)

This gave me an excuse to use both my blown out eggs, and my collection of egg cups.

egg cup


another egg cup


terry egg cup


This time of year, there are plenty of holiday gathering that use eggs as part of the imagery and festivities. One of my readers, Stacey, uses eggs as place holders for her Easter table. She uses photographs. No one minds being an egg head in her family! (Directions for this craft are here.)

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What decorations are you making with your blown out eggs? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Not a blown out egg story.
    My two and half year old grandson LOVES hard boiled eggs whites. (just like any kid the yolks are “yucky”)

    So he will have hard boiled Easter Egger eggs to collect in the yard on Easter.

    He takes his eggs whites and for his “dip it” (what he calls any sauce) ketchup.

  2. What a very sweet idea.

    Yes – I spotted those pillows. I’d like to see the pillow collection and hear the story.

    Happy Passover!

  3. It appears you are having a diamond of a day! Your table looks terrific. We will be enjoying deviled eggs. I haven’t blown any yet, but I may. Name cards look like a great idea.

  4. My late mother used to blow eggs and decorate them with tiny beads, fine ribbon and braid. She did them as gifts for both Easter and Christmas. Those of us who have them, treasure them and her memory.

  5. In the past I’ve made little hanging flower baskets out of egg halves. Painted up with some nail polish and trim they were quite sweet. We filled them with pansies and Lily of the Valleys from the garden. We have also made mini easter baskets from cardboard egg cartons, pipe cleaners and more trim. These hold small candies or dyed eggs on our dinner table.
    Your table looks so beautiful and inviting. Happy Passover!

  6. I love the pics of family on the eggs….I was thinking that it might be fun to put pics of the hen who laid each egg on their own shell so the kids know who gifted them each egg. Our girls are most generous these days….Perfect timing for egg crafts and holiday baking! :)

  7. Every Easter for place cards my best friend blows out her hens’ eggs and fills them with tiny candies, jelly beans, etc., and then closes the larger hole by stuffing the end with green Easter grass. Then she writes the name of a guest on the side of each with a black fine marker. Around that, the egg gets decorated with colored markers with some subject or theme related to that person. A horse friend gets a little colored sketch of a pony, a gardener gets flowers, I get birds, and so on. Some years she experiments with different media. 

  8. Thanks to you, Terry, I got an egg blower kit sent over from your side of the Atlantic. Couldn’t track one down over here in England.
    So I have a bowl of different coloured/sized eggs plus a Spring branch from the garden to hang lots more eggs as my Easter Tree. Apple or pear branches will even blossom after a few days in water in a warm room – a perfect promise of new life!