The Rainbow Birthday party has come and gone.
I have regained use my of my sanity and my hands again.
I am going to break down each craft per post (because there are a lot of photos) so the next round of blog entries will be a smorgasbord of Rainbow Party posts with the final birthday party post at the end. This is shamelessly for my convenience, so that I can link up all the DIY craft/baking pages within the finale party post – and that in turn will work out for everyone else’s convenience thereafter.
If this is not your cup of tea, I promise thereafter we will return to our regularily scheduled thrifting and what new bug killed what plant in my garden posts.
I’m going to start with the first thing I made for the party. Mason Jar Sippy Cups.
These were inspired by the ones made by Rebekah at A Bit of Sunshine. I thought this was an amazing idea to do, due to our last years red cup fiasco.
Do you know what a red solo cup is? The cup that masks what you’re really drinking – an alcoholic beverage – vs seeing it in clear plastic cup.
Toby Keith even did a song about it – Red Solo Cup.
While ours didn’t contain alcohol (for the kids obviously) at last year’s BBQ meets splash pool birthday party for Little L, we bought a whole bag of them to use for regular drink cups. And the conversations after pouring the kids drinks went something like this.
“Can I have some apple juice?”
“I just gave you some apple juice. Where’s your cup?”
“I can’t find it.”
“Where did you put it?”
“I don’t know.”
“Ok I’ll get you a new one.”
After the party it looked like a College Frat House took over the backyard.
So this year I said I needed reusable or labeled cups. And because I’ve never gotten a chance to do a mason jar cup for any party ever as soon as I saw the sippy cup idea I thought perfect. Mason jar cups remind me of Atlanta where my husband’s Aunt and Uncle live and I remember when we went to visit, we were served ‘real’ ice tea out of them at various restaurants in the smoldering heat of the South.
I went and bought 2 cases of 500ml Bernardin mason jars.
The first thing I did was run everything in a dishwasher.
Then I got my husband to drill in holes in the centers of the lids and went to town filing down any sharp edges of the holes with a small filing kit. I used this Sheffield one that I picked up at Home Depot.
I wound up using the half round file more so than any of the others.
After the filing was done it was time to paint.
I initially thought for a rainbow party I’d do the cup lids in all colours of the rainbow. Then I started to do math in my head and thought 6 colours of the rainbow + 6 cans of spray paint at approx $6 each = $36 for spray paint. This was a theme was the started with the fondant sheet issue.
And if anyone has kids or has been around kids you know damn well if you give one child a cup that has a red lid and another that has a yellow lid you’re bound to hear something like this.
“Why does she get the red cup? I wanted a red cup. I don’t like yellow.”
“I didn’t want green, I wanted blue. Do you have any more blue cups?”
For the sake of world peace in the backyard, every lid was therefore going to be painted white.
After they were dry, I went to file down the rough paint edges because they looked a bit haggered from the paint drips.
When that was done, I washed them all in hot soapy water again.
If you’re going to paint jar lids for your party, do this way ahead of time. If you’re ever used spray paint, you know it takes time for the paint smell to subside.
I did these almost 2 months ahead of the party to ensure that they were cleaned up well before hand. And in case you’re wondering (because I wondered this when I saw them) there is no paint on the inside of the jar lid that would potentially touch the liquid. The only part that actually faces inward is the inside of the top of the jar lid. And there was no paint on that part.
Ok. Onto the decorating the cups.
I used the following:
– Rainbow grosgrain ribbon
– Velcro adhesive hooks (I picked mine up at the dollar store but you can get these anywhere you find craft or sewing supplies)
– Star shaped Brads (Sidenote – Brads? Really? Who the hell named these Brads? Paper fasteners I get. But Brads? Do you know how long it took me to find these because I didn’t know their proper scrapbooking name because I am not a scrapbooker!)
First thing I did was print up all the guests names on labels and then cut them out and stuck them onto the Avery Key tags. You can hand write but my handwriting is travesty.
For a 500 ml jar I needed an 11″ (27.9 cm) length ribbon to go all the way around.
I did 2 test strips first. Then cut out all the strips I’d need for each jar.
I then attached the velcro adhesives onto the strips. One on one side and then flipped them and did the other side – as seen below – to create a ‘hook’ for the ribbon.
I then took each strip and put it in front of my measuring tape and marked a tiny dot on the orange line of the ribbon at the center point (5.5″) of the 11″ length.
Having the measuring tape out was helpful in speeding up the process vs eyeballing the center point where I would fasten the name tags onto the ribbon.
Next up, I got my key tag + Brad (paper fastener!!!) ready…
…and then stuck in the tag/fastener through the tiny dot on the ribbon (which of course doesn’t show in that photo).
If you do this, you won’t need to pre-cut the holes. The fasteners will cut right through the grosgrain ribbon.
Then attach each ribbon around the jar.
Because each child would be taking theirs home after the party, I used the velcro adhesives so that the ribbon “labels” would stay on during the party, but then could be taken off after to wash the jars and not ruin the ribbon/name tag.
And here they are in all their glory on table as I was setting up.
Another reason I wanted to use the clear jars is we filled them up with rainbow ice cubes (of which I have almost no photos of because I was busy serving the ice cubes with the drinks – clear Sprite or water) which were probably a bigger hit for the kids than the cups.
But this year there was no red solo cup fiasco in the backyard.
Just brightly colored drinks and happy children!