Dye free party punch recipe

Children’s Party Punch Made Easy (and Dye Free)

Dye free party punch recipe

I never made punch for a party until I was a mom. I have found that part of being a mom is throwing  and attending  many children’s birthday parties. I quickly realized that punch is a surefire hit and can be made in a variety of creative ways.

One downside to punch is it is often made with products containing food dyes. There is a lot of debate as to whether or not food dyes are harmful to children, but I have seen children with dye sensitivity come unleashed after exposure to artificial food dyes.

Because punch is such a big hit at parties and because I try to avoid food dyes when practical and possible, I decided to play around with punch recipes and find a formula that my family enjoyed. These ideas are not gourmet or earth-shattering, but they are simple, tasty, and all natural.

I found two ways to get a great and easy punch with all natural ingredients. You may have tried these yourself.

Formula One

Mix one 2 liter bottle of 7-Up or other all natural soda with one 64 oz bottle of 100% juice. I made a delicious punch for my son’s dragon-themed party by combining 7-Up with cranberry black cherry juice. Our guests went crazy over this punch.

Formula Two

Mix one 2 liter bottle of 7-Up or other all natural soda with one 12 oz can of frozen 100% juice concentrate and one can of water. This is the formula  I used to come up with the punch for my daughters’s princess party (the pink punch above). I mixed 7-Up with 1/2 a can of lemonade concentrate and 1/2 a can of pink lemonade concentrate.

Dye free party punch recipe

Cooling Your Punch

There are many ways to make punch but I have found these two formulas to be easy and affordable. I also like the added benefit of them being dye free. I make the punch more fun by adding props and calling the punch a name that goes along with the party theme.Always store the punch ingredients in the refrigerator or freezer (for the concentrates). One mistake a lot of people make is putting ice into the punch.  This waters down the punch as the ice melts. Instead, make large juice cubes that will add to the flavor of the punch by purchasing extra juice and pouring it into a muffin tin and freezing it. These juice cubes can be seen in the picture of the dragon punch above.

What is your favorite punch flavor? Feel free to leave a comment,  Share and let’s talk about it.

Dye free party punch recipe


About Janice

I am Janice, an Arizona native, soldier’s girl, mom to two, and daughter of the King. I am just an average mom, although I like to think I have a little flare (maybe not). I love to cook, read, write, and run when my knees permit it. I have a dry and sarcastic sense of humor and I love a good dystopian story or classic novel. When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Great punch ideas. Is the pink lemonade really dye free?!?!?! What brand did you use, I’d love to know.

    • I think it was Minute Maid which is flavored/colored with grape juice. I am not sure on the brand though. I just remember checking to make sure it only contained natural ingredients.

  2. We’ve always gone with the old standard ginger ale, pineapple juice and sherbet. These sound good :)

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  3. Auntie Pamela says:

    I love punch! You can make it for a children’s party or add some “adult flavors” for a girls night in and they will both be big hits!!! Putting bold flavors in a ice-cube form allow for fun and unique punches, like freezing fruit in 100% fruit juice or rum??? They will add spunk to any punch Have fun.

  4. Good article. I will be dealing with some of these issues as well..

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