Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rainbow Food and Drinks

I know I have asked it before, but why is rainbow food so fun to eat?

For Emma's luncheon I definitely wanted to carry the rainbow theme to the food.

We started with rainbow drinks.

The key ingredient here was invisible Kool-aid.  

(side note that upside down green bottle is KILLING ME.  I ran out of time to take pictures before the baptism and when I went to take pictures a few kids had already grabbed a bottles and when I asked them to wait a moment while I took a few quick pictures one of the kids nicely put the bottle back.  I was in such a hurry I didn't notice that is was upside down and kinda in the blue spot.  :(  It really is messing up the whole rainbow effect, but what can you do?)

Okay so back to the drinks.  For the rainbow of bottles I bought 3 twelve packs of mini water bottles.  (They were on sale, score.)  I also bought 2 things of invisible Kool-aid.  In a 2 quart juice pitcher I mixed up the Kool-aid and the water from the little bottles.  Then I poured a little bit of Kool-aid back into a bottle and added just a drop or two of food coloring.  I did this for each oh the 7 colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.)  I shook it up in the bottle and then poured that back into the pitcher turning all the Kool-aid that color.  I found this was the best way to tint the Kool-aid, especially since I was using a lot of gel colors and I found that if I put the dye straight into the pitcher it bits of dye wouldn't fully dissolved.

Then I filled 5 bottles of each color.  After filling the bottles each time I had enough left over to fill a regular size ice cube tray.    I only had two trays so I did all this in phases.  
Once I had the ice cubes of one color I would pour them into a zip-lock baggy, put them in the freezer, clean out the ice cube tray, and start again.    

The ice cubes came into play in the glass drink thingy (that is a technical term).  When it was time to party I  poured then ice cubes in revers rainbow color pattern.  Purple, then blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. 

 When planning a rainbow party the rainbow color order really gets drilled into your head.

Then I just poured diet 7up over them.  Now, for the record I had no idea how this was going to work out.  It could have been a total FAIL, but I am please to report it wasn't.  It was awesome!

Even after hours the colors didn't get all mixed up to much.  The color of the 7up changed depending on how much 7up was in there, but over all it stayed awesome and tasted really good.  I did like to keep it on the fuller side so looked nicer.  I am thinking this would be cool at wedding receptions with the ice tinted in the wedding colors.  

We also had another glass drink thing that was filled if regular ice, lemon slices, lime slices, strawberries, raspberries, and blue berries.  I don't know how I neglected to take a picture of it, but it was pretty and the water tasted really good.  

I also used fruit in a rainbow of colors for these cute kabobs.  

Possibly my favorite food was the rainbow Jello, which is funny because I actually usually don't like Jello.  But make it rainbow and I just can't get enough.  I love that Jello comes in all the colors of the rainbow.  This was super easy to do, but it does take some time so you will need to plan ahead (like a day head).  I had two of these glass bowls.  Each layer is two boxes of Jello, 2 cup hot water, 1 cup cold water, then divided between two bowls.  You just have to make sure the layer in the bowl has set up enough before you pour the next one in and make sure the stuff you are pouring in has cooled enough that is won't melt the layer you are pouring it on. 

Seriously, even if you don't have a rainbow party, you should make rainbow Jello.  It is just so fun.  Sure to being a smile to your face.

Oh and did I show you these super cute glass cups and plates we used.  I borrowed them from a neighbor.

I know a few guests where quite surprised to have real plates and cups, especially glass, but not a single one was broken and I really feel a special day like this deserved real plates.  Ya know?

If you are looking for more rainbow party fun you can check out my post on rainbow cupcakes and other awesomeness

and a tutorial for the rainbow cake

P.S. Thanks to all my family who showed up just in time to help me not loose my mind trying to get all the food done stuff done.


  1. Wow! This whole party is just a total "Wow!" for me! Great job!

  2. It was all so cute and fun; we loved it all!

  3. This is absolutely amazing!! You are soo beyond talented, and thanks soo much for sharing your greatness with all the rest of us, haha! :D I can't wait to use a few of your ideas! :D Thanks again!!

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