Preschool girl and toddler boy have birthdays that are only two weeks apart. It is a no-brainer that we are going to have joint birthday parties for as long as they will let us. Choosing this year’s theme was easy; I’ve had rainbows on the brain since spring, so that was the easy part. Here’s how I made the rainbow theme come to life.
A Rainbow Cake
Following inspiration for an ombre cake from Glorious Treats and a rainbow cake from Bakingdom, I combined the two ideas and made a very colorful cake. As each child arrived, they stopped in their tracks to admire the huge, colorful centerpiece and started asking, “When can we have cake?” right away.
Because many moms and kids are sensitive to highly colored food products, I also made plain vanilla cupcakes topped with rainbow sprinkles and colorful toys.
We hosted our party at a local outdoor park popular for the birthday crowd. I knew we would be under a pavilion and decorating would be a challenge, but wanted to make sure guests could find the right location. Solution? I made huge paper flowers to adorn the four posts of the pavilion and a rainbow wall of ribbons to hang on either side. I must apologize, but I forgot to take a picture of the rainbow wall during the party and only have a picture of the first half during construction.
Our party did have a sad note. We are a military family and just days after this celebration, movers came to pack us for a relocation. Because I want my children to remember all the people from various places that are special to us, I made their “Happy Birthday” garland out of photos of local friends holding the individual letters for the sign. For example, our librarians who have been conducting story time with my children for four years are holding the letters “H” and “Y.” The kids’ swim coach is holding the letter “T”, etc. For instructions to make your own rainbow garland, please view a post I created earlier.
Goodie bags were easy… give each child the ability to make their own rainbow and so much more! Each goodie bag contained a box of crayons, a box of colored pencils and a small bag of Skittles. Because our party was held during back-to-school time, I was able to get the school supplies at a bargain price.
How do you make a rainbow theme masculine enough for a boy?
To make the rainbow theme relevant for toddler boy, I purchased race cars in a rainbow of colors to top white cupcakes, found a rainbow “transportation” tie on Etsy for him to sport at the party, and gave him the book “Freight Train” by Donald Crews to support the theme and his new-found interest in trains. Needless to say, my boy knows his colors now!
How to incorporate preschool girl’s love of fairies and toddler boy’s love of cars into the theme?
I knew that I wanted to include the things my children love in their party, not just go full steam ahead with a theme of my choosing. So, to include fairies and cars, I found small figurines and toys in a rainbow of colors and placed them atop white cupcakes. Voila’. My children and all the guests were thrilled with the cupcakes!
How to include healthy food at a birthday party?
This one was so very easy for a rainbow theme. There is a tremendous emphasis on “eating the rainbow” every day, and I was already well familiar with Ellie Krieger’s rainbow fruit skewers with chocolate-dipped strawberries, so including them in the birthday buffet was easy.