Summer brings to mind shorts, sandals, suntans and the tie-dye T-shirt! This fashion sensation has survived 40 years of summer trends. With its eye-catching colors and buckets of fun why not throw a Tie Dye Party.
Below are some tips for hosting a colorful bash for young and old.
Buy a vibrant tie-dye kit that includes the dye, rubber bands and good instructions. A great one is the Jacquard Tie Dye Kit.
When planning a party with young kids keep in mind a couple pointers:
- Protect the work area with plastic, newspapers or towels.
- Have children wear old clothes.
- Adults should always mix the dye. Some dyes are harmful if swallowed.
- Wear rubber gloves and make sure children wear rubber gloves.
- Have all materials ready before beginning to tie dye.
Professional dyes are readily available at craft or art supply stores. Some dyes need salt or soda ash added. Read instructions before purchasing to see if these are needed.
Rubber bands (elastics) are the most common tie used. The key is tightly wrap the elastics so dye will not seep under the tie.
The easiest way to dye something is by dipping in a large bucket of dye. Stirring often will insure the whole object is dyed. For different effects you can also use a squeeze bottle or paint brush to apply dye to specific areas.
- Always pre-wash garment before dyeing.
- Write your guests names on the T-shirt with a sharpie prior to starting the project
- Do not use softeners or fabric sheets when pre washing.
- When mixing dye use hot water.
- Rinse project after dyeing with warm water, followed by a cool water rinse.
- Always follow manufacturers instructions on garment.
- 100% cotton fabrics work best.
- Rinse project before untieing to keep color off tied area.
- Let the garment dry flat.
- If the weather is good – tie dyeing outside is recommended.
Carry the theme with tie-dye pops. Martha Stewart has a fun and colorful recipe. Your guests will enjoy these popsicles, especially during the hot summer days.
Plum or Raspberry Tie-Dye Pops
Makes 1 dozen 1/2-cup pops
1 pound black or red plums, pits removed, cut into pieces, or 3 pints raspberries
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
32 ounces low-fat or nonfat vanilla yogurt
1. Place plums or 2 1/2 pints raspberries in blender or food processor. Pulse briefly, then puree until nearly liquid, about 1 minute.
For plum pops: pass puree through large-mesh sieve to remove skin.
For raspberry pops: Pass puree through a very fine sieve to remove seeds; you should end up with 1/2 cup. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
2. Blend yogurt with remaining tablespoon lemon juice in a blender until smooth.
3. Layer each 1/3-cup pop mold with yogurt and puree, adding rest of raspberries along the way. Swirl mixtures together with knife.
For decorations carry the theme with “Flower Power” plates and peace sign necklaces.