Rainbow Birthday Fun

We chose not to do kid/friend parties this year, but we did have a few celebrations over the weekend (our family dinner & two parties for family), so I took the opportunity to add a little rainbow theme to the fun.  We had an awesome rainbow party weekend adding just a few simple and inexpensive touches...

1. Dress the part - Obviously Miss EJ wanted a special outfit (she toned it down from last year) and Liv got in on the action too.  Super cute, but easy to play & have fun in too!


2. Use food/snacks as decor - The rainbow theme made it fun and easy to theme the party food.  The glass jar (filled with Jelly Belly candies & Rainbow Twizzlers) was the perfect centerpiece and we placed small bowls of the remaining jelly beans out as snacks.  The rainbow fruit tray worked well with both our evening party and our breakfast party, so I made two!


3. Share the work - This awesome cake (idea from Family Fun) was purchased frosted, but undecorated, from our local market.  We (well mostly Matt, who has much more patience than I) added the Jelly Belly rainbow and the mini marshmallow clouds.  The perfect semi-handmade cake!


4. Keep the decorations simple - Rainbow pinwheels outside, a silver glittered Happy Birthday banner and a balloon number 4 were our main decorations.  We used a simple white tablecloth which really helped the food and rainbow tableware stand out.

5. All girls love manicures! - And what could be easier?  I spent $5 total on rainbow nail polish colors and created this crazy fingernail look for my girls and nieces.  EJ is STILL talking about her special nails (and they are still in perfect shape too)!  I covered our coffee table with Kraft paper to ensure we had a safe area for the manicure station and later the table became a drawing station for the kids.  Definitely an idea I'll use again (with washable crayons only though...just in case)!


6. Fruit Loop Necklaces - Simplest craft ever!  We set out bowls of the rainbow-colored O's and some bright lengths of yarn (wrap one end of the yarn with masking tape to make threading easier).  The kids were eager to make their necklaces (and sneak some Fruit Loops to snack on too).


and last, but not least...

7. Get ready to be the center of attention - For our birthday girl, that isn't a problem!  EJ loved blowing out the candles on cake after cake (after being sung to again and again!).  The two round cakes are Jack's traditional rainbow cake for EJ and the doughnut tower is our version of cake for breakfast.
Karri said...

Very cute, as always!!!
And yum....tower o' donuts.

southern daze said...

What a fun theme! EJ looks like she had an amazing birthday weekend. Matt did a fantastic job on the cake and, hello, LOVE the tower of donuts (and the girls' rainbow shirts!)

tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

happy happy birthday ej!! looks like a super FUN celebration!!

Too Many Jelly Beans = Sick Tummy said...

the rainbow fruit tray gets me every time i look at it. Makes sense, I just wouldn't have thought of it. That's why you rock as a party planner!

Jackie said...

Hmmmm...pretty sure we could've doubled a rainbow bday with a candy bridal shower...VERY similar stuff :) We were missing the fruit loop necklaces and rainbow cake though :) Very impressed with Matt's patience....all very cute! But then again...what is not cute about rainbows?! love them!

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