I have been seeing things like Color Runs and the festival of Holi become more and more popular in recent years. I thought it would be so much fun to throw a color fight of my own. Thankfully my husband is always up for my crazy ideas! After a lot of googling, I realized there aren't that many resources out there for doing this, so hopefully this will be helpful for anyone else looking to do the same thing.
First I'll tell you how to make the powder, then I'll take about the actual fight.
Color Powder Recipe
Supplies:1 lb Non-toxic Tempera Paint Powder - I liked the Colorations brand the best. Hobby Lobby carries one brand, but that is the only store that I found that had the powder in the store.
1 lb Corn Starch - Walmart has 1 lb of corn starch for $0.97
- Add 1 pound of Tempera Paint powder to the food processor.
- Pour about 1/3 of the corn starch into the food processor and pulse until well combined.
- Add the next 1/3 of the corn starch and process again.
- Add the remainder of the corn starch and process until completely combined.
- Repeat with as many different tempera colors as you want.
Making the color powder is actually pretty simple, but there are some things to keep in mind:
- You can buy color powder imported from India, however it has been known to have harmful ingredients such as lead! Buyer beware. I opted to make my own for this very reason.
- Hobby Lobby carries tempera paint powder in the store, but it did not blend as well as the Colorations brand. The Hobby Lobby brand was "Rich Art Dust free powder paint" I was never able to get a homogenous mixture with the Rich Art.
- A friend was generous enough to give me her old food processor in case it ruined mine. Good news, it didn't ruin it at all. I was able to get it clean and I would 100% feel comfortable using it with food again.
- I wouldn't classify this as an 'inexpensive' thing to undertake. It is cheaper to make your own, than buy it, but I still spent some money putting the whole thing together.
Planning the actual fight:I decided to get all the party guests(parents) on board with this unorthodox activity, I would purchase white shirts for all the kids participating. Adults were welcome and encouraged to participate, but they were on their own for clothes. I scoured tons of Goodwills on 50% off days to get white, long sleeve shirts, in the correct sizes for cheap. Here's a before shot of most of the kids.
You will notice the goggles in picture. We put in the invitation to either bring swim goggles or buy some protective eye-wear from Dollar Tree. Sunglasses would probably work just fine too. Kids are not happy campers with stuff in their eyes, so goggles were a really good idea!
We tried all kinds of methods for dispensing the powder. I envisioned everyone being chased around with powder, so I was looking for an effective delivery method. The two things that worked the best was drilling one whole in the top of the colorations paint bottle. It worked like a perfect squeeze bottle. Walmart also sells squeeze bottles for about $1 each. The other most popular method, was picking up a fistful and throwing it. You can see the paint bottle in the photo below.
We tried these awesome squirters from Dollar Tree(See photo below). They worked well but the kids couldn't refill them fast enough. After a while they started to get jammed up a bit too. If this was an adult activity only, I might revisit the water squirters.
We set all the paint powder out in Take-out containers and Cool Whip tubs. Free and easy, and it worked great. We made a perimeter of the tubs so everyone could run freely in the inside of the circle to play and get dirty.
Before we let the kids go crazy, we gave them some simple rules.
1. Stay in the designated color fight area.
2. Only color people who are actively participating in the fight.
3. Don't throw color in someone's face, purposefully. It still happened, but at least they weren't trying.
After that, everyone just had a blast!
We stopped and took an 'after' picture. Technically though, it was a 'during' shot because the kids went out for more fun after this.
We even got a fun family picture out of it. I was really tempted to use it in our Christmas card.
Clean upWe told people to bring a change of clothes or a towel to sit on for the car ride home. When we got home we beat the clothes out and washed them right away. Everyone but my daughters clothes came 100% clean. She got some water on her sleeves at the park, which then dried. That seemed to set the color in on just her sleeves.
I would still advise wearing clothes you are okay getting stained, but there is a good chance it will come out.
This was the one big party activity, but of course we had lots of fun things going on. More posts to come on the rest of the party!