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Monday, August 27, 2012

Rainbow Party

Rainbow Birthday

for a little lady 
who was turning 5
Decorations were kept super simple for this party.
 It was held at a kid establishment with bouncey houses, arcade games,
 and pedal cars. 
 This place is painted in bright colors so we embraced the idea and made 
the party a rainbow theme.

I just used a paper punch (purchased at a craft store) with 
solid colored card stock
 to make the flower confetti. 
I know you've seen me use these tissue flowers a lot lately, but they're just so easy
 and affordable I can't help it! So it's probably time to share the tutorial on how to make these.
  Here's where I learned how to do them.

I made six double-batches of play dough for these favors. Totally worth it.
I love how they turned out and making your own play dough makes a party favor
 almost anyone can afford. I'll post my favorite play dough recipe and the bottom of this post.

When my mom saw this cake she said, "That's the most simple cake I've ever seen you make." 
My response: "Just wait until we cut into it!"
Those flowers are made with fruit rolls cut into circles then folded.
 They're sticky enough all you have to do is put the folded circles together
until you have the flower as big as you like.

Ta-da!!! I love how this cake turned out on the inside. 
Sure it took lots of time to bake (having only two 9-inch cake pans),
 but it was so worth it! 

It was really fun to see all the kids faces (and some grown-ups too)
 when we sliced into this. 
It took some extra food coloring, but it didn't hurt the cake at all. In fact I think that bit of 
extra moisture just might have improved  my cake recipe. 
I used a white cake and divided up the batter, 
then added color until it looked good and bright.*


So here's my favorite play dough recipe. I love the texture of this. I think it's even better than what you can purchase in stores. If you color looks a bit dull to begin with, just have patience. It brightens as it cooks.

1 cup white flour
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tarter
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
food coloring

Mix flour, salt and cream of tarter in a medium pot. Mix water, oil and food coloring in a two cup measuring cup. Add liquid to flour mixture and stir continuously over medium heat. It will start out a gooey mess, but as it heats will thicken.  When the mixture forms a ball in the center of the pot take it off the heat and allow to cool a bit. On a lightly floured surface knead dough until smooth.

If you double the recipe you may want to squish and cook the dough a bit after it forms a ball to make sure the center is cooked thoroughly. 

Cream of tarter is pretty expensive - but not as expensive as buying play dough. Don't skip this stuff. It is what gives this dough its awesome texture.

I've heard white dough is hard to achieve. Not so with this recipe. I was happy with my results make the white layer, just omit the food coloring.

Sometimes I add glitter into the flour mixture. My kids absolutely love sparkly play dough. 

Another fun add in is scents. Just add a teaspoon of peppermint, root beer, orange, etc. extract.  Just be sure to warn young ones that it's only to smell because it won't taste good! 

Weather can slightly effect the texture. I made the above rainbow jars in blazing summer heat. Rather than a lightly floured surface, I had a spray bottle on hand to keep them all from drying as a worked the next color.

*One final note on color. I've had trouble with achieving my desired color when using liquid food color. Especially with purple - why does it always look gray to me?  Buy the neon colors. Sure they're name brand and a bit more money but IT IS WORTH IT. 
For the green above I mixed regular green with neon. For the blue I used mostly neon with a little regular. The purple is only neon and it is truly purple - Hooray no gray!!! 

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