Celebrate St. Patrick's day (or any day) with rainbows! Luck of the Irish and all that, right? Here are a few fun ways to weave those colors into your day.
Make a rainbow jello mold.
It might sound like "yawn" but trust us, you will get a "Oh, wow!" Give yourself some time (about 3 hours), but know it will still be easy labor-wise. This will need to set overnight but can be made several days in advance.
Get 7 3-oz. packages of gelatin, one of each color: purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and 2 red. You will also need 1 1/2 cups of vanilla yogurt and, as you go along, 8 3/4 cups boiling water.
First, put your gelatin powder into 6 different containers. They just need to be big enough to add in the water. Next, stir 1 1/4 cups boiling water into each flavor (using double that amount for the red since you have 2 red packages). Stir each until gelatin it is completely dissolved.
To keep the "rainbow" order intact, you might consider keeping your glasses in the opposite order of the rainbow, starting with purple and ending in red.
Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray so that your mold will lift out easily later. Add 3/4 cup of your purple gelatin into the bundt pan and then place it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. It might be a good idea to set a timer for each layer so that you will know when to add the next layer. Chill each layer long enough to partially set, but not too long. If you wait too long the next layer won't stick. Take the remaining purple gelatin and add 1 1/2 Tablespoons of the yogurt and stir until completely dissolved. Place this mixture into the refrigerator to chill for 15 minutes. Next, take your bundt pan and yogurt mixture out of the refrigerator.
Now you want to add your yogurt mixture. With a spoon very gently and slowly add your yogurt mixture to the set jello layer. Remember that jello is somewhere between a liquid and a solid, so it's not impossible to break through the mold. Keeping that in mind, keep your spoon low when you add the yogurt. You might want to place your mixture toward the middle, so if it spills it's spilling in the middle, and not where it's visible.
Continue until all of the yogurt mixture is added. Place it all back into the refrigerator for another 15 minutes. Ditto this same process with the rest of the colors. Red will be your last layer, and remember that it is the double layer. Use 1 1/2 cups of the liquid jello for the clear layer and 1 cup mixed with 4 Tablespoons yogurt for the creamy layer. Once you have added all of the colored layers alternating with the yogurt, you can let it set overnight.
When it's all ready, fill up your sink with warm water to make your mold "jiggly." Make sure the water comes up to the top of the pan so that the heat reaches the whole mold, but use care not to get any water into the mold. It will only need about 15 seconds until it starts to "melt" and separate from the pan. Take your pan out of the water. Next, sprinkle a bit of water where you are going to put the jello to allow it to adjust and spread once you've placed it on the plate. Flip the plate, slowly lifting the jello mold up. The mold should come out pretty easily, and that's it.
Whew! That’s a lot of words for something that really will be less work than it seems. And worth it, too. Thanks to Glitter and Goulash for this fun idea!
Another rainbow idea is using multi-colored Twizzlers, putting them in “rainbow” order (think Roy G. Biv-red, orange, yellow, green, blue (indigo), violet). Arch them into a rainbow shape, and throw Rollo’s in at the bottom. Put in a baggie or cellophane and tie with a green ribbon.
Here’s one for those who like to decorate on this festive day. Buy streamers in those same colors and arrange them in an arch. Use sticky tape to make them stick to the wall. You will have to break up the longer colors into smaller pieces to keep the shape you want. Ball up white tissue paper and tape it. Cut out a pot for your gold using black cardstock and put coins on top for the finishing touch. Finish out that party with a photo booth backdrop using plastic tablecloths strung on a string in those vibrant rainbow hues. A perfect ending to a colorful party.
Bonus idea: use edible gold spray on Oreos to make gold coins.
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