Lindi Haws thought outside the lines for her daughter Ella's crayon-inspired birthday bash.
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Every kid's place setting was a different vibrant hue. Start with a black-felt rectangle and add bands of colored felt and white rickrack to mimic a crayon's wrapper.
The kids went wild decorating a roll of butcher paper with buttons, crayons, and foam cutouts.
Playing with colored Play-Doh allowed guests to stretch their imagination.
Patience is the key for this gelatin dessert. Let each layer solidify before adding a band of whipped cream and the next color.
Originally published in the September 2013 issue of Parents magazine.