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Decorate-Your-Own-Egg Tees
There's no yolk blowing or hard-boiling required for this egg project, and your guests can enjoy their one-of-a-kind T-shirts long after the holiday is over. An oval is stamped onto shirts ahead of time, so the tees are ready when your party guests arrive. Here's how to prepare the shirts so your party guests can get busy with puffy paint and fabric markers.

Craft Materials:

  • Pencil

  • Paper

  • Scissors

  • Thin craft foam sheets

  • Tacky glue

  • Wooden block or squares of thick cardboard

  • Plastic bag and cardboard to fit inside T-shirt

  • Prewashed cotton T-shirts

  • Paintbrush

  • Fabric paint

  • Puffy fabric paint and fabric markers

Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours

  1. To make an egg stamp, draw an oval onto a sheet of paper. Cut it out. Trace it onto 2 sheets of craft foam. Cut out both eggs, glue one atop the other, then glue the pair onto the wooden block or several stacked squares of cardboard (the double layer of foam lets you apply paint to the stamp without getting any on the block). Let the glue dry.
  2. Wrap the plastic bag around the cardboard and slip it inside the T-shirt to prevent paint from leaking through to the shirt's back.
  3. Using a paintbrush, evenly coat the egg stamp with the fabric paint. Making sure the shirt's surface is smooth and flat, press the stamp onto the shirt. Allow the paint to dry for a few hours or overnight.

  4. At the party, let kids decorate the eggs with puffy paint or fabric markers. Tip: Use reinforcement labels as stencils for polka dots.

Easter Brunch Pizza
This perennial party favorite gets a makeover for a midmorning meal. The biscuit-crust egg lets your kids get creative with decorations made from veggies and other favorite toppings.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 (16.3-ounce) tube buttermilk biscuit dough

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella

  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan

  • Toppings for decorations (we used red, yellow, and green peppers, red onions, and cooked breakfast sausage)

  1. Remove the dough from the tube and separate it into biscuits. Pull apart each biscuit to make 2 thinner, even layers. Place all the dough pieces on an ungreased cookie sheet and flatten them gently, gradually molding them together to form a single egg shape.

  2. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes, then remove the crust from the oven and let it cool.

  3. Mix together the oil, parsley, and garlic in a small bowl. Brush this mixture over the cooled crust. Cover the crust evenly with the mozzarella, then sprinkle a layer of Parmesan on top.

  4. Add toppings to create stripes, polka dots, and other accents so that the pizza looks like a decorated egg (a great job for kids). Return it to the oven until the cheese is melted, about 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Scrambled Egg Nests
In these easy and charming bites, shredded potatoes are baked in a muffin tin to form crunchy cups, which are then filled with scrambled eggs to make a festive and kid-friendly finger food. Here's how to make these delicious brunch items.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 (3 1/2-cup) bag frozen shredded potatoes, defrosted (we used Simply Potatoes)

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil or butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 6 eggs

  • 2/3 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup finely diced onions

  • 1/3 cup finely diced bell peppers

  • 3/4 cup diced cooked breakfast sausage Shredded Cheddar

  • Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

  1. Heat the oven to 400°. In a large bowl, toss together the potatoes, 1/4 cup of the oil or butter, salt, and pepper. Spoon about 1/3 cup of the potato mixture into each cup of a 12-serving muffin tin. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of each cup, then bake until golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove the nests from the oven and allow them to cool.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs and milk. Heat a large nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the remaining oil or butter to the pan and heat. Add the onions and peppers to the pan and saute until both are soft and the onions are slightly golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sausage and cook until heated through. Add the egg mixture and stir until the eggs have set and small curds have formed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Remove the potato nests from the muffin tin and place them on an ovenproof platter or cookie sheet. Fill each cup with some of the egg mixture, top with a sprinkling of the cheese, and place the nests in a 375° oven until the cheese is melted, about 2 to 3 minutes. If you like, garnish each nest with a little parsley. Serve warm.

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