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Giant Color Fight

We hosted a giant Welcome Summer party at my sister’s house a few weeks ago as part of a campaign for Quaker Chewy. We are going to be sharing all our activities over the next week or so. Today I’m going to talk about the color fight we had. We had one about five years ago and I thought it would be fun to welcome summer with a giant color fight with all the cousins. It was amazing! The kids had so much fun and were thoroughly worn out and dirty afterwards. It was seriously so fun. Below I’ll tell you how we did ours. ps: Check out My sister Design Mom’s post and My Sister in Law Say Yes’ post too!

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We asked all the kids to wear white and wear clothes and shoes that could get ruined. (We stopped by the thrift store to pick up white tshirts.) The color comes out, mostly but some pieces just didn’t make it through. Better to not wear your favorite shirt. I planned for 1 pound of color per person. You could get by with about a half pound per person if you had a really large group. Our color fight lasted 10-15 minutes with 1 pound per person. It would be shorter with less colors. The colors come from India and the Holi Festival every Spring. Make sure the colors you buy are nontoxic.

Materials Needed:  12 Pounds of HOLI Colors, disposable cups, white clothes, garbage sacks for each person (for the car ride home.)

1. At the beginning we took a picture of the kids all throwing the colors up in the air and after that the color fight was ON! (We also took an “after picture” which was fun to look at the two together.
2. For easier distribution I put all of the colors in compostable cups so the kids could grab them easier. It also helped the fight last longer because they kids kept having to go back to the table to get more. We made a rule you couldn’t throw any colors within 10 feet of the table. We also made a rule you couldn’t hit the little kids in the face with the color (it still ended up everywhere anyway!)
3. After the kids were throughoughly dirty and happy we took a final picture. This activity works best as the final activity just because everyone needs a good bath afterward. We hosed off the kids and then rode home on plastic bags laid on top of the carseats to prevent any staining.

And THAT is how to throw a giant summer color fight. Thanks to Quaker Chewy for hosting and providing all the snacks!

This post is sponsored by Quaker Chewy. Quaker Chewy helps give kids the energy they need to play. That’s why Quaker and NERF are teaming up to fuel backyard fun, helping families get out and get active together, right in their own backyard. When you buy three specially-marked boxes of Quaker Chewy, you can enter the codes online at to get a free Nerf sports item.

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Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

  1. Birdy& Bambi

    June 16, 2014

    That looks like so so much fun! Thanks for sharing

    Love and soccerfever-greetings from Germany,


  2. Kara

    June 16, 2014

    This is such a fun idea!!! Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Rebecca

    June 16, 2014

    I want to have a color fight everyday! This looks fantastic.

  4. Jenna

    June 16, 2014

    This looks like so much fun!

  5. maggie

    June 16, 2014

    This looks like a great way to start summer! Thanks for sharing.

  6. kelly rae

    June 16, 2014

    this is such a great idea :)

  7. Kelly Golightly

    June 16, 2014

    I’ve been wanting to do this with my niece ever since I saw it the first time on OHD years ago! So fun.

    One q: Are there any issues if it gets in your eyes?

  8. Kristin

    June 16, 2014

    What a fun idea. Reminds me of the Color Run.

  9. Marystratton

    June 16, 2014

    Amazing! All kids look so good with those Holi colors. This is a pretty nice idea for party, but only the clothes will get into worse condition. But as you said, use old shirts or the ones kids don’t like anymore.

  10. Janet

    June 17, 2014

    Love the photos and color but not the mess :) Looks fun though

  11. Anne's Scribbles and Doodles

    June 17, 2014

    This is pretty cool! I love all the photos. How did you not make a mess out of the camera?

  12. GeeklyGirl

    June 17, 2014

    That looks so fun! Definitely something me and my friends have to try this summer^^

  13. Priya

    June 17, 2014

    Looks like Holi for sure! It’s a great spring festival here – though we include lots and lots of coloured water (and have switched mostly to herbal colours), water guns and water balloons as well and play lasts all morning. Love the idea of putting colours in cups – will have to try that next year.

  14. Amanda

    June 18, 2014

    Must do! yay

  15. Ashley

    June 26, 2014

    so fun! we’re making a weekend out of our wedding and are having it at a campground. I was looking for something fun for everyone to do Sunday morning and this would be such a fun trash-the-dress weekend wrap up type of fun!

    We’d have to leave the place how we found it though so, the big question is, what type of mess did this leave on the grass?

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