rainbow party

rainbow party

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I loved these ideas from Parents.com for a Rainbow Party! There’s a human size Candyland game, candy decorations, a Candyland cake, and make your own take home rainbow treats!

Balloon Pops
I thought these looked great! You can turn basic balloons into fun lollipops! Just wrap them in cellophane and add a wrapping paper tube stick, then position them around the room.
What you’ll need:
Large foam brush, white acrylic paint, wrapping-paper tubes, balloons, ribbon, 2-oz. paint or glue bottles, tape, cellophane, scissors
Make it:
1. Use the brush to apply two coats of paint to a tube; let dry.
2. Blow up a balloon, knot the end, and to the bottom attach a length of ribbon that is about 6″ longer than the tube.
3. Tie the loose end of the ribbon to the paint or glue bottle (secure with tape if necessary) and drop it into the tube so that ribbon comes out the other end.
4. Cut the ribbon from the paint or glue bottle, pull it taut and tape it to the inside of the tube. (The top of the tube should cover the balloon knot.)
5. Cut a 3’x4′ piece of cellophane, cinch around the balloon, and tie with ribbon.
6. Insert the loose paint or glue bottle in the bottom of the tube to help it stand up. Secure in place on the floor with strips of tape if necessary.

Wall Candy:
These hard candies are super easy to make. Tape together two plastic dinner plates, wrap them in cellophane, and cinch the ends with ribbon.

Candyland Cake
2 boxes cake mix (any flavor)
3 16 ounces cans vanilla frosting
Colorful fruit chews (such as Starburst and Jolly Rancher)
Twizzler’s Pull ‘n’ Peel red licorice
Gingerbread men (we used Pepperidge Farm Gingermen)
Colored sprinkles
Round peppermint candies
6 – 7 lollipops, varied sized and colors
3 ice-cream cones
Red food coloring (optional)
Cocoa powder (optional)

Make It:
1. Grease and flour one 9-inch and one 7-inch round cake pan. Prepare the first cake mix according to package directions and divide the batter between the pans, about 2/3 in the larger pan and the rest in the smaller pan. Bake according to the package directions and place on a rack to cool. Prepare the second cake mix and bake in the two pans the same way. Let the cake layers cool completely. Holding a serrated knife parallel to the cakes, carefully level the tops until even.
2. Set one 9-inch round on a large platter or cake stand and cover with a thin layer of frosting (a crumb coat that will keep crumbs out of the final frosting layer). Position the second 9-inch round on top of the first and cover with a crumb coat. Using the remaining frosting from the first can, add a second coat of frosting over the two 9-inch cake layers. Repeat, setting the 7-inch layers on top of the 9-inch ones and using a second can of frosting.
3. To make the path, unwrap 3 or 4 fruit chews and microwave them for 5 seconds to soften. On a clean surface, roll each one flat with a rolling pin. Cut them into 1-inch squares. Press squares into the side of the cake to make a path that starts at the base and curls up to the top. Repeat the process until satisfied. Pull off a few strands of Twizzler’s Pull ‘n’ Peel and use to outline the sides of the path to finish it. Coil a strand into a bull’s-eye and place at the end of the path.
4. Outline the edges of the gingerbread-man cookies with frosting and dip in colored sprinkles. Press cookies into the base of the cake, then add the candy around the cake. Cluster a group of lollipops in one area of the top layer.
5. Crumble a few cookies into each ice-cream cone to fill the base. Spoon a dollop of frosting on top to look like ice cream. If you like, tint some of the frosting pink to look like strawberry ice cream and add cocoa to some to make it look like chocolate. Press the cones into the top of the cake at different heights. Scatter sprinkles over the “ice cream” for color. Makes 24 servings.

Kids will have fun layering colored Skittles (or other colorful candy?) in recycled plastic bottles to make a yummy favor.

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