As a mum to three girls I’ve put on my fair share of themed birthday parties. I’ve done a Fairy theme; Garden theme, Pink theme (no requests for superheroes in our house!) and I’ve managed to dodge a bullet, er, I mean request for a Frozen theme. I just can’t go there. Queen Elsa has invaded too many areas of my life already and I need some distance from her. Against better wisdom, perhaps, I always ask my children what theme they would like for their party. I had hoped my three year-old would request a Fairy Garden theme as I could simply combine the previous two parties, and, voila! But no, given her favourite colour right now is “all the colours of the rainbow” she asked for a Rainbow Party. And she got it.
How to throw a terrific Rainbow Party
What I love about hosting birthday parties at home, aside from the creative styling and personality you can create, is the way it’s a full family affair. Everyone gets involved in the planning and anticipation of the day. It’s not just about the birthday girl; it’s a complete family celebration. All my girls “helped” make the cake (read: lick spatula, spill flour all over kitchen floor, and cover themselves in cocoa). But it’s fun. So, want to know how you can create a fabulous Rainbow Party for your little one? Here’s how I did it. Theme & Styling Naturally a rainbow party must involve, well, lots of colour! So you can go nuts with decorating and the colours don’t really have to match. I chose to include a running theme of a rainbow bunting, which appeared on the invitations, name cards, wrapping paper and thank you notes. I hand-made the birthday invitations as there weren’t a lot of guests and I enjoyed it. But you could just as easily create something on your computer and print, if crafty stuff isn’t your thing.
We held the party out in the garden. The kids sat down at a collection of kids’ tables that had been joined together and covered in white wrapping paper. I scattered rainbow confetti dots over the table and placed jars of crayons on the table so the kids could go nuts drawing over the table. I added jars of rainbow-coloured candy to enhance the theme. Amazingly not one of the kids actually opened the jar. They saw it as decorative only!
Each table setting had a rainbow napkin, coloured plate (you know those IKEA ones that EVERY family owns) a mini tub of bubbles, a bamboo fork covered in washi tape colours, and a milk bottle jar with hand tied twine and hand made name tags (with the rainbow bunting theme) and coloured paper straws.
Outside I hung brightly coloured honeycomb tissue balls in the trees and the wind conveniently scattered rainbow confetti all over the grass. Naturally we had colourful balloons (confetti balloons were the highlight) and rainbow streamers hanging from the roof near the party food table. We made a birthday sign, which the girls coloured in oil pastels in all the colours of the rainbow! I also scattered rainbow coloured pinwheels around garden. And naturally, no rainbow party would be complete without a Rainbow Piñata!
Rainbow Party Food
You can have a lot of fun with a rainbow theme and there’s no shortage of inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram to, um, “borrow.” Here is what was on the party table spread:
Rainbow “confetti” marshmallows. I made these a few days in advance and stored in airtight container. Simply melt some chocolate, dip marshmallow in, and dot with sprinkles of confetti confectionary. These disappeared in seconds!
Rainbow fruit sticks. I figure if you present it well, they’ll eat it, even if it is fruit. Simple thread grapes, blueberries, watermelon or strawberries onto a bamboo skewer and watch them disappear.
Confetti cup cakes and Rainbow cupcakes. Again I credit Pinterest with the inspiration behind these rainbow cupcakes. I made the cupcakes in advance and froze, and then topped with icing the night before the party. The icing is simply blue buttercream (to resemble to the sky) and then the clouds are mini marshmallows and they’re topped with a colourful sour strap to form a rainbow. HOW COOL ARE THEY?
Rainbow popcorn. Store bought and served in cup cake holders. Easy, colourful and devoured by party guests.
Rainbow confetti cake
The cake is always the most stressful part of any party and that is why I always start the process several days before. If you’re not a baker, save yourself the trouble and buy a cake from the supermarket and decorate. Simple. If you like a challenge, then you might want to experiment with something more creative. I made a chocolate mud cake, which I poured into two cake tins. Then I sandwiched together and iced around the cake with pink buttercream. I draped the cake in white fondant and topped with bright polka dots of fondant. It was a big process and not for the faint hearted.
Party bags. The rainbow coloured party bags were filed with crayons, test tubes of candy, mini rainbow and coloured play dough tubs and bubbles!
Entertainment. The party went for two hours and outside of eating the guests enjoyed getting their nails painted (thank you, older niece), playing pass-the-parcel and smashing the rainbow piñata, which was filled with colourful Slinky’s and bouncy balls.
If you’re considering themes for your little one’s next birthday party, go the Rainbow theme. It’s impossible not to feel happy when surrounded by so much colour.
Do you do themes for your kids’ birthday parties? What has been your favourite?