We knew this day would be very busy, since Jeff's work party was in the evening and Amanda was staying with her Lolo and Lola for the evening. So we planned something portable - finger jello! Finger jello was a big favourite of Mike's and mine when we were growing up. I made it up on Thursday night, then sent some to daycare to share, as well as a second batch to Lolo and Lola's to have after dinner. A huge hit!
Here is the recipe I use for finger jello. It's not the same one as on the jello package...this one is from Feed Me I'm Yours by Vicki Lansky. My mom used this book (the original edition!) when we were kids, and when she saw it had been re-released, she picked me up a copy. It's got tons of great stuff in it for food and craft ideas for kids of all ages.
Anyway, this jello isn't as strongly flavoured (because it's got the unflavoured gelatin in it), but it stands up a lot better than other finger jello - you can practically throw it around (not that I recommend that). I always mean to try it with some juice in there instead of plain water, since that would probably up the flavour. It still tastes great though!
2 envelopes unflavoured gelatin (like Knox)
2 1/2 cups water
1 6-oz pkg (or 2 3-oz pkgs) jello
Dissolve unflavoured gelatin in 1 cup cold water. Set aside.
In a saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil and add jello. Bring to a boil again, then remove from heat.
Add gelatin mixture. Stir and add 1/2 cup cold water. Pour into a lightly greased pan and refrigerate until firm (~2 hours).
This recipe makes 2 8" square pans for me (I usually use two 3-oz pkgs, in different flavours), but these are pretty thick. You could probably get 2 9x13" pans out of it if you wanted thinner jello - would definitely go further.