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Rainbow Lunch


Another outdated article that is still a great idea.  This can be used for a little fun on a gloomy day, for St. Patrick's Day or anytime you want to do things a little differently.

If you're home this St. Patrick's Day here is a quick idea for lunch.  I bet you have all you need in your kitchen already. You'll need a serving plate and a table cloth for this picnic and any of the foods you and the kids enjoy.  The idea is to make a rainbow lunch with a pot of gold in the middle.  You can use any finger foods you want in any color combination.  In the middle of the plate put a pile of popcorn - that's the gold at the end of the rainbow.  When your lunch is fixed lay out a table cloth in the middle of the living room.  Give everyone small plates to put their yummies on.  Pop in some music or maybe watch a movie to help make this lunch time more special.  It's easy to get caught up in tight schedules.  We need to stop and make time to pick the shamrocks :)

Suggestions for your rainbow, by color:

dried cherries
dried cranberries
watermelon cubes
cherry tomatoes

orange slices
can of mandarin oranges
carrot sticks

banana slices - brush with lemon juice or sprite to keep them from turning brown
star fruit slices
golden raisins

Green - You can't forget the green!
honeydew melon slices or cubes

I would skip it or use blue jello jigglers. 
Some kids do enjoy fresh blueberries, or so I hear :)

I often make my children tea-sized sandwiches when they are in the mood for a picnic.  I cookie cut the bread into the desired shape and save the scraps for bread crumbs or croutons.  Use any sandwich toppings you desire.  Sandwiches can be open faced or closed.  For an extra end-of-picnic-treat consider buying  chocolate coins that are wrapped in gold foil. You can give each child a bag or empty a bag into a black bowl.  For fun you can cut out shamrocks and hide them around the room.  Once they are all collected you can give out the gold!



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