A Play-Doh & Kool-Aid Marriage

Yesterday was filled with Play-Doh & Kool-Aid – we honestly just needed a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper and a good mix of Wilson Phillips and Tiffany playing in the background and it would have been a child of the 80’s/90’s dreamboat.

I went over to my friend Kim’s house yesterday. Kim is my only friend with a child, she is a vegetarian, she loves Mexican food, she is super organized, she is crafty (even knows how to sew, y’all!) and loves the heck of Pinterest. I always leave her house thinking… dang, now that’s a good mom/wife right there! I should really start taking notes.

So her daughter’s FIRST birthday is next week and she is throwing what will be probably the most adorable, clever and sweet one-year old girl’s birthday party. I am sure there are going to be a plethora of awesome Pinterest pins she is putting her own spin on and I cannot wait. I also cannot wait because I got her daughter a CABBAGE PATCH KID (as raved about here)!

I have been asking her for a while what I can do to help for the big birthday, etc. and she so graciously is always like… nothing, just bring yourself, etc. BUT I FINALLY BROKE HER DOWN. Poor girl, I honestly think she made up an art project/activity to end my incessant begging, now that is a true friend. She invited me over to catch up over lunch and MAKE HOMEMADE PLAY-DOH. Thrilled to no end I snagged us some Rubio’s yesterday and headed over for what was probably the most exciting thing in all of June.

It was super easy. I mean absurdly so. I honestly almost wanted to make some when I got home since I knew I had everything in the kitch to do so, but then realized that my current uses for Play-Doh are zero.

The below recipe we used is from How Does She – I have seen a few different recipes calling for slightly different ratios, and I would stick to the tried & true one below – using more flour than the ratio below will likely be no bueno. We doubled and tripled the below recipe for colors she wanted more of and it came out perfect every time!

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1 cup water

1/4 cup salt

2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 TBSP. vegetable oil

Optional: Food coloring (for color) and/or kool-aid packets (for color AND scent)! <– We used a combination of both in each batch.

Directions: Keep in mind this is about a 5 minute process, not long at all. Combine all of the ingredients (including food coloring and/or kool-aid) in no particular order whatsoever into a pot over medium heat. Stir stir stir until it makes like dough and balls up and collects remnants from the sides of the bowl.

Once it’s a relatively cohesive chunk of homemade Play-Doh love, take it off of the heat! Do it quick so that the Play-Doh remnants in the pot don’t sizzle and then plop the pile of love onto a vessel of your choice (if you are using food coloring I’d suggest against white items just in case…) – wait for it to cool and knead it a few times around and pop it into some reusable containers for storage or gifts! Kim made the sweetest little labels and adhered them to Gladware as favors for the party [pics below].

NOTES ON KOOL-AID FLAVORS:

Fruit Punch smelled the best – but note that the actual color is a dark shade of blue, so prepare for that if you are going to use it and have a color preference [for example we got color happy trying to change it and it turned a reddish brown… oops!].

Kiwi Strawberry smelled RIDICULOUSLY good! It totally smelled just like that vintage Hello Kitty gum of GREATNESS! You know what I am talking about.

Cherry smelled good. Like third good.

Orange & Lemon both sort of smelled like cleaning solutions, I’d skip out on those.

Grape I personally despise grape flavoring so for me this is an auto no, but I am willing to admit that it is a personal preference thing and maybe it’s not horrible. Maybe.

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