On weekends when Jim and I both are free we like to do fun things with our kids. We like having little family parties because a.) If its a flop no one else has to witness it, b.) We can be as silly or as crazy as we want because its just us, and c.) We wing things a lot.
One night we decided to do a family night based off of a color. We asked Jack what color we should do, and he chose BLUE. So we had a fun blue party. Jim and my sister-in-law Tommi pointed out that the blue party could also be in celebration of the baby we were pregnant with (we didn’t know at the time if baby #3 was a boy or girl). My sister Wendy (who I’m sure you will see a lot of on this blog) gave me some good ideas for the night and we had a lot of fun as a family.
Here’s Jack with his cool BLUE sunglasses ($5 from Fred Meyers) and Elena with her BLUE hair bow. I was wearing a navy shirt but it looks black. Oh well. 🙂
I had some leftover blue crepe paper from a previous party and we strung that up, and got a blue tablecloth and blue decoration from the $1. We also re-used some decorations from Tommi’s baby shower, including the blue bucket and one of the blue birds. The kids liked to point at the bird, and steal sweets out of the bucket. 🙂
While we waited on dinner the kids and I made a BLUE craft. I grabbed some blue paper and anything (stickers, pom-pom balls, etc) that we could stick on there. Jack had fun with that and we practiced letters and counting.
Katie & Steven (my cousin and his wife) joined us for the night. For our activity we watched Megamind, a cartoon movie about a little BLUE alien. Jack really liked it, but Jim and I didn’t really see what the hype was about. 🙂
After the movie we had some yummy BLUE raspberry lemonade. Notice there is no other food on the table. Lets just say we had a big FLOP in the food department. Our cake and jello we made hadn’t firmed up and set yet, so we didn’t end up having a dessert. The kids didn’t seem to notice, though, and were happy that they got some yummy lemonade. 🙂 I love having kids who don’t get disappointed easily.
Note: Elena saw mommy putting on BLUE eyeshadow for the party and threw a fit when I didn’t let her have any, so she eventually won the argument. 🙂 I don’t think its bad when its just for a night, right?
The next morning our BLUE cake and BLUE jello jigglers finally set so we had it for breakfast. The kids had blue mouths and fingers for a while afterwards.
The party was quite a success, and now the kids like to point out everything that is blue now. He has become pretty obsessed with it.
And here is the cake recipe for anyone who wants it. MMMmmmmm.
Jello Poke Cake
1 package of white cake Mix
1 package of JELL-O gelatin (whatever flavor you want – we had blue raspberry or something)
1 tub COOL WHIP Whipped topping, thawed
Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package in a 9×13 inch pan. Cool the cake in the pan for around 15 minutes. Pierce the cake with a large fork at 1/2 inch intervals.
Prepare JELL-O as directed. (Add gelatin mix to boiling water in small, microwave safe bowl. Stir for 2 minutes or until completely dissolved. Stir in the cold water.) Instead of letting set in the refrigerator, however, pour over the cake. Once the cake is covered with the JELL-O mixture, set in the refrigerator and refrigerate for 3 hours.
Frost the cake with COOL Whip. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
**Michelle note – This cake is easy to make, yummy, and a great summer treat. We added a little food coloring to the cool whip to make it look blue, and we don’t always wait so long to let it cool in the fridge and it still tastes great.