I Hate To Burst Your Bubble

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Parenting

This is the only time you are ever going to see a recipe here with corn syrup – so this is serious business. It’s time to sit up straight and pay attention.

Karo Corn Syrup for Making Big Bubbles

(aren’t I bossy?)

Actually, if you don’t have kids – never mind. Skip this post.

On second thought – wait. Don’t go just yet.

I suppose if you don’t have kids but are yourself sort of playful and/or laugh a little too loudly/hysterically/obnoxiously with your spouse/partner/friends/dead goldfish when you’ve had just a little too much to drink/smoke/eat – keep reading. This recipe/activity has the potential to be pretty entertaining.

So we had a bunch of little friends over here to play last week and I needed something that would keep them busy for a while and something that would keep me from losing my mind with 8 school aged kids running rampant through my house.

How does blowing some big bubbles sound?

Sounds like a plan if I’ve ever heard one. Time to gather your supplies and get the hell outside.

Everything You Need to Make Big Bubbles

We recreated this bubble bash today. Don’t forget your big bubble recipe.

Recipe for Big Bubbles

(scribbled on the back of a Brendan Brazier postcard – naturally.)

Brendan Brazier Postcard

stress and nutrition? kids and corn syrup? potato, potato.

Big Bubble Recipe

(in case you can’t make out my chicken scratch)

2 1/2 c water
1/2 c corn syrup
1/2 c dish soap

Mix water and corn syrup and heat in microwave for 2 – 3 minutes.

(the corn syrup is supposed to help the bubbles last a bit longer which also allows them to get bigger. do not judge the corn syrup – it’s only here to help.)

Gently stir in soap.

Pouring Soap For Giant Bubbles

While you’re waiting for your mixture to cool, consider making some giant bubble wands with yarn and straws.

Giant Bubble Wands

Once you’ve tied the knot, you may now kiss the bride. I mean, pull the knot into the straw.

I suggest making your wands just a tad shorter than the length of your bubble soap container.

Making Big Bubble Wands

Make them too long and you’re going to have a bunch of frustrated kids and/or buzzed friends on your hands who will be threatening to drink your sweet and sticky bubble solution.

OK, now we can get our little bubble butts out the door.

Giant Bubble Blowing

You’re blowing, not drinking, right?

Keg Stands

(i’m resisting the urge to put in a keg stand joke here. these are my kids after all.)

Go ahead and try the bubble wands, but I’ll be honest that we had mixed results with them. Eventually we/I said (to myself) “F the wands“. We had better luck with our hands.

Bubble F Bomb

(never have my hands felt so clean yet simultaneously sticky.)

A bit of bubble trumpeting.

Bubble Trumpet

Some one needs tell her to loosen up. Let your hair down kid! Relax! Learn how to have fun!

Too Bad That Popped

(hopefully this is not a preview of Ava: The College Years.)

Even mom blows bubbles.

Mom's Turn

(today was our Stay at Home Day, if my hair/outfit/color scheme didn’t give that away.)

Even Mom Blow Bubbles

(i don’t go out in public like that, I only post pictures of me like this on the world wide web.)

OK kid, time to give me my camera back.

Giant Bubble Mom Hand

I’ll take it from here.

Now you see it.

Now You See It


Hate to Burst Your Bubble

My thoughts exactly.

The party’s over – put your keys on the counter. You can crash on the couch.

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