Everyone has a favorite color -- especially the child of honor. Find out what it is and then shop accordingly!
Cut an 11"x 4" rectangle from yellow cardstock and fold in half lengthwise. On the front of the folded card, draw and cut an arc 2½ inches from the top edge. To make the crayons, cut a 4"x 5"rectangle from purple cardstock. Trim the top edge to look like crayon tips. Draw in details with a black pen; glue to the inside of the card's front flap. Cut two small purple triangles; glue them onto the bottom corners of the invitation. Write party details in purple marker.
As the guests arrive, hand each child a wind sock to decorate with different size pom-poms and colorful paper strips. To make, cut a 6"x 12"rectangle from a piece of purple craft foam. Roll the foam into a tube and staple together. Using a hole punch, make two holes about 1 inch from top of tube on opposite sides; thread ribbon through the holes and knot to secure. Finish by gluing 9"streamers to inside of tube cuff.
Fill purple mini shopping bags (available at paper-goods stores) with assorted lollipops and purple candies. To make name tags, cut out large circles with scallop-edged scissors, using paper in a paler shade of purple; glue to bag.
This clever cake is a cinch to make and sure to delight your pint-size artist. We chose the color purple, but you can opt for your child's favorite shade simply by switching the food coloring.
Prep and decorating time: 2 hours
Bake time: 1 hour
Yield: 10 to 12 servings
34- to 39-ounce coffee can, empty
Copyright© 2004. Reprinted with permission from the May 2000 issue of Parents magazine.