1 Wire frame hen, pounds 2.50 Not particularly sturdy, but a good gimmick for Easter and a very good price. Available from Jerry's Home Store, 163- 167 Fulham Road, London SW3; The Bentalls Centre, Wood Street, Kingston, Surrey

2. Inflatable egg cup, pounds 14.50 Comes in a pack of four in two colours. Easy to clean, and something to make meal times amusing. Available from Ruth ARAM Shop, 65 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3

3 Silver-plated snail egg cup,pounds 14.50 A good, sturdy construction. Part of a larger range available from the Conran Shop, Michelin House, Fulham Road, London SW3.

4Villeroy and Boch, animal park egg cup, pounds 29.95 Comes as a pack of two. A good shape to keep your egg balanced, tasteful and humorous. An excellent, up-market buy. Available from Harrods, Knightsbridge, London SW1.

5Stripy egg cup, pounds 3.65 A good old-fashioned look for the traditionalist who doesn't want to be distracted from his or her breakfast newspaper. Available from Heal's, 196 Tottenham Court Road, London W1

6 Crown resin egg cup, pounds 15.45 Bought as a pair. Also available in red, blue, green or clear. One for the extrovert who likes a bit of drama for breakfast. From American Retro, 35 Old Compton Street, London W1.

Stylist: Charlie Harrington Photographs: Jane Baker