First, let's start with the food...
Though I have very little cake decorating experience and have been just making cupcakes for all of our recent parties, I did make this tie-dye cake that turned out pretty cool.
I just used boxed cake mix, canned frosting and food coloring and I only used a regular rubber spatula and spoon for the decorating, but it turned out well enough to impress a bunch of 8 year olds. The inside of the cake is even "tie-dyed" as well ~ pretty cool! (Full post HERE)
I also made some Trix Krispie Treats. They were super easy to make and much more colorful than regular Rice Krispie Treats (yummier than the regular ones too!) They even had a tie-dye effect with the swirls in the cereal pieces. (Read the full post HERE)
Our next treat was actually a combination of a party activity and a yummy sweet to take take home. We made our own lollipops. They weren't quite tie-dye, but they were colorful and fun to make. (HERE's the full post with the easy directions)
Finally, to counteract all the sweets that we were going to be eating, I served some fruit too. Since I was already using my divided container for the make-your-own lollipop station, my daughter and I decided to use the shirt cake pan as a fruit tray. She even helped me arrange the berries and grapes in a tie dye pattern.
If you squint your eyes just right, it kind of has a tie-dye effect, doesn't it? ;)
Now of course, a tie-dye party wouldn't really be a party without some actual tie-dying, right? For the main event, each girl had the chance to dye her own t-shirt, pillowcase, and pair of socks. I wanted to make sure everything would be ready to take home at the end of the party, so using regular dye was ruled out. ( Most dye kits require pre-soaking, then waiting several hours after dying before unwrapping and rinsing. ) Instead, we used watered-down acrylic paints as our "dye". We were able to choose from a whole variety of colors, we didn't have to use 100% cotton items, and everything was ready to go at the end of our 3 hour party! (Full post with directions can be found HERE)
Check out the fun...
Get all the directions for tie-dying with acrylic paints HERE!
Overall, the party was a huge hit. The girls were happy with their finished projects and they enjoyed all the little treats.
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