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Sad day…Valentine’s Day was yesterday, it’s officially over. My kids had a blast at all of their different classroom parties and I had a blast seeing them so happy. I think that is why I’m not nearly as sad as they are, I’m already looking to the next holiday and it’s one of my favorites.
I love St. Patrick’s Day. One of my favorite people in the world was born on that day AND I just happen to have a slight obsession with rainbows (….and maybe the movie Darby O’Gill and the Little People). My children get such a kick out of making Leprechaun traps and wondering what those silly guys might give them if they DID happen to catch one.
The last couple years, I’ve really enjoyed trying to make the day fun without going crazy (especially in the money department). I’ve got a pinterest board (or two) designated to St. Patrick’s Day fun.
Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite food ideas!
Let’s start with breakfast!
(recipe can be found here at tablespoon.com)
Tell me your family wouldn’t be over the moon if they came to the table and something like this was waiting for them? My children get all excited about a little green milk – THIS would have them talking for YEARS, and how simple….waffles with a little food coloring! I think I can handle that.
If you’re looking for a slightly simpler version I Am Baker shared these adorable solid colored rainbow waffles.
If your mornings are rushed don’t underestimate the amount of joy a little green milk can bring, especially if you pair it up with some fruit loops, lucky charms, OR for a slightly quicker option to the waffles, solid colored pancakes in a rainbow of colors!
Ross Sveback shares this recipe for Rainbow Bread and I am picturing the eyes of my little monkeys LIGHTING up when they see their sandwich made with rainbow bread. He mentions that his mom use to bring home a loaf, I’m not gonna lie, if I could buy a loaf I totally would but since I’ve never seen it before I think I’m gonna have to try making it.
Another lunch option that I HAVE seen before is the Rainbow Fruit Skewers.
We’ve got major fruit fans in our house and I love that Wise Mind Healthy Body has a list of different fruit options by color.
As far as dinner options go, I didn’t really find any *rainbow* themed options. There are of course different veggie trays you can make into a rainbow and there are pastas and such. We usually go all out with Green for dinner, green salad, green beans, green mashed potatoes….probably need to come up with a green main dish! I think I’ve dyed my Alfredo sauce green before.
Now for the part I KNOW everyone is really excited for…the sweets and treats.
Baked By Rachel shares these adorable funfetti chocolate chip cookies (great lunch treat to go with those rainbow sandwiches).
If you have a little more time or are just as in love with these as I am Tablespoon.com has the directions to make these tiny individual rainbow cakes (it’s a proven fact that EVERYTHING is cuter when it’s small and this is just one more time when that point is proven…can’t you just imagine these stacked in jars!!!!!).
Good Life Eats made these darling slice and bake rainbow cookies, I think they would be SO adorable to give wrapped up as a visiting teaching gift.
Hostess with the Mostess shared these happy little goodie bags AND the free printable. I’ve also seen this done with skittles for an even easier option and still SO cute, you’ll want the smaller/narrower bags to help keep everything in rainbow line with the skittles.
Next we have pudding, rainbow pudding. This one will definitely be on my menu. My kids LOVE pudding, I could tell you a story about their love of pudding but you may think less of Nate and I and well, I’ll be honest, I don’t want that! Make and Takes shows you just how quick and easy this little dessert is to make for your celebration.
If you don’t happen to be a pudding fan but are maybe a jello lover like I am Spoonful.com has got you covered with instructions on how to make this amazing rainbow jello (and the best part is it doesn’t seem to have any sour cream, cream cheese, or whatever it is that people put in layered jello for the white layer….not my favorite!).
Sadly these last 3 creations are just a photo, the pin on pinterest leads to nowhereland but they were so pretty I still had to share them. If the images belong to you PLEASE comment or email us, we’d love to give you credit!
We’ve done a few varieties of candy cake here between Paula and I, I never thought to do a rainbow one though. Isn’t it pretty?!
If you’ve got a little more time on your hands might I suggest this next cake?…
Isn’t it beautiful. I don’t think it is in my abilities but I have no doubt Paula could whip me up one if I asked her REALLY nicely to.
These last ones are another MUST make for me…in fact they MAY cause me to NEED to have a rainbow birthday party sometime this year.
Are these not hands down the cutest little cupcakes? I am 90% sure if I can get the colors right I can make them. They remind me of something… lifesavers, candyland,…something and I just love them and have to keep looking at them.
So there you have it, a whole collection of beautiful rainbow foods.
I’ve got just about a month to get Paula on board to make me a loaf of rainbow swirl bread….maybe if I offer her some rainbow cupcakes as trade she’ll hop on that train!
Happy Saturday, enjoy your long weekend!
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