Monday, March 26, 2012

Rainbow Party

So I'm going to apologize before you even read this post. It is a long one! Well longer than my usual posts. What can I say.. it's hard to fit so much greatness into one post! ;)

Like I mentioned in my post earlier in the month, one of the reasons I love the month of March is because it is Eliana's birthday month!  Last spring, almost immediately after her 3rd birthday, Eliana saw a picture of a rainbow layer cake (while I was browsing on Pinterest of course) and decided right then and there that she wanted a rainbow birthday party for her 4th birthday.  I was on board immediately :) Especially because I loved how colorful it would be! I also figured we'd probably do her party on a Saturday, and the Saturday after her actual birthday was going to be St. Patrick's Day! So the rainbow theme fit perfect... and it was a perfect day since Eliana's due date had been St. Patrick's Day four years earlier :)


There are so many rainbow parties out there, so I know competition is stiff. But what I wanted was simple. No printouts. No labels. No incredible amounts of candy (because seriously there are a million rainbow type candies and who is going to eat it all?!) And most of all I did not want this to be super expensive. This party was going to be small and intimate; our immediate family with only a few close friends.


So to start decorating we blew up rainbow colored balloons and put them everywhere. (sorry no good pictures of that, and plus lets be honest I am NOT a photographer at all!) We also bought streamers in all the rainbow colors and had rainbow streamer decorations everywhere.  On Eliana's actual birthday we put streamers hanging from her door frame in the colors of the rainbow. She LOVED it. and we kept it up for a week. In my husband's words, it looked like a rainbow "exploded" in the house :)
Rainbow Balloon
The Display Table with Rainbow Balloons and Rainbow Streamers
A closer look at what is on the display table:
Rainbow Vegetable Plate with ranch dip clouds
Rainbow Fruit Plate with whipped cream clouds
Rainbow Twizzlers (which are awful by the way. awful. But they sure are pretty!)
Left Side: Veggie platter, Jar filled with Skittles, rainbow Twizzlers and origami flowers (made by my husband). Simple colored party hats are lined up in the back (Red, Yellow, Green and Blue).
Right Side: rainbow Cake Balls (rainbow funfetti cake inside), Jar filled with M&Ms, fruit platter and more origami
And in the middle? The Cake. The Glorious Cake. I personally love to make cupcakes. I mean love.  And I could have easily made rainbow cupcakes, but I really thought a rainbow cake would be so much more fun, and plus that was what Eliana had asked for last spring!  But there was no way I was going to attempt my first 6 layer cake for her birthday so I enlisted help!  I asked my friend Kristen of Pixelated Crumb if she could make a 6 layer rainbow cake for Eliana's birthday. Thankfully Kristen said yes!  Visit her blog and read about it making the cake right here  (p.s. there is also a free giveaway!!). She made this amazingly gorgeous cake:
The cake was delicious. But don't stop there. Feel free to drool around the entire blog. (That's what I do in my free time). Kristen and her husband are amazing food photographers, and if you love to stare at food check it out. I mean who can make a piece of garlic look good? She can. And once you stop drooling you'll see all the amazing recipes you will need to try. Like this one, or this one (my two personal favorites.. they just happen to be sweets, but her blog is full of much more than that!).


Some pictures taken by Kristen's husband Joseph: 

Just about when you think you've had enough rainbows what else could you do to complete this rainbow party? Make homemade rainbow shirts of course.



The birthday girl was all smiles! :)

If you want a tutorial on the rainbow shirts I could do one, on a separate post of course. But only if enough of you ask for it!  Comment here on this post or email me (creativefoodblog [at] gmail [dot] com) and let me know! There is just no way I'm adding more rainbow to this post! :)

**update** DIY Rainbow Shirt tutorial is up! Check it out :)

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28 comments:

  1. So many great rainbow party ideas...Eliana looks so happy! Great job with the party. If you'd like another place to share it I'm hosting a link party today with a few fellow bloggers. It's all about the easy peasy, super simple tips and projects. I'd be great to see you linked up. :)
    http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/diy-spring-wreath-painted-with-seaglass-and-driftwood/
    Karah

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    1. Thanks Karah! I'd love to link up-- I'll be doing that tonight! :)

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  2. Such a beautiful spread! You did a great job and I'm so glad Eliana had such a great time! And I LOVE the t-shirts!

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    1. Thanks Kristen!!! I'm so glad you made the cake! I could have never done that lol :)

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  3. So cute! I'll be borrowing some of your ideas for my twins' birthday coming up soon! :)

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    1. Awesome!! It is really such an easy party theme-- there are so many wonderful things you can do with all the colors! :) Good luck planning!

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  4. I'm visiting from the I'ts a Cinch party and I love this theme! That cake is incredible!

    Thanks for linking up to the party!
    blessings,
    karianne

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  5. wow, I am in aww after seeing this post.. what a sweet party for a cute little gal.. and i love the self make rainbow T shirt.. that is just priceless.. Great Job!

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  6. So colorful and so fun!

    Thanks so much for linking it up at our "It's a Cinch" party!
    :)
    Linda
    www.itallstartedwithpaint.com

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    1. A big thanks to Karah who invited me! Thanks for having me! :)

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  7. That looks like so much fun!! I'm actually planning a rainbow party this weekend and I love getting other ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Good luck planning the party Carla! And of course, Have fun! :)

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  8. Your party is amazing! So beautiful.

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  9. My girls would love that party!! Your daughter must have been thrilled!

    I'd love the rainbow shirt tutorial too!!

    Thanks for sharing at our cinch party.
    Kelly

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  10. I found your blog on Pinterest and this post is perfect! My soon to be 7yo wants a rainbow party and this is great inspiration! Count me in for a rainbow shirt tutorial! Thanks, Megan

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  11. I LOVE your shirts. They are soooo cute.

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  12. Thank you all for the love! I am thrilled to know that this simple rainbow party has been a good source of inspiration for many more rainbow parties!! :) And I will try to post the rainbow shirts tutorial later this month! :)

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  13. My best friend is having a rainbow birthday for her little one, she's going to love this post!

    I would LOVE it if you would please link to the Rainbow Connection!

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    1. Just linked up to Rainbow Connection! :) Thanks for the invite :)

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  17. This is a great party. The simple balloons and streamers for the table backdrop look wonderful together. It is lovely to see a party on a budget that looks amazing!!

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