Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Rainbow Birthday Party Highlights: Prep, Decor, and Snacks

This past Saturday,
we celebrated 
the Frog Princess' 7th birthday
with friends and family
with a 
"Rainbow Art and Science Party"
are you thinking
wait... didn't you JUST HAVE a birthday party?! 

Oh yes, my dear friends,
my two daughters have birthdays that are
three weeks apart
so we get to have back-to-back parties. 

We made mini rainbow
kite paper stars
that we were going to hang 
from the ceiling (but ran out of time!)
so they ended up on the buffet.

A welcome sign
on our easel
by the front door
lets guests know they're at the right house!

Pinwheels from the Dollar Store
to greet our guests...
each guest was asked 
to take one home
as they left the party!

The Frog Princess supervised
the frosting color mixing
and cupcake decorating...

I'm a big nerd, 
because dirty dishes like these
actually make me happy...


Her yummy Pillsbury Funfetti Cupcakes

NOTE: I wanted to tie-dye white cake batter
so the cakes would be rainbow INSIDE...
but the Frog Princess vetoed it and said 
they would "taste too chemically"
so instead she allowed this --

for the record, she took one bite 
and said they, "tasted too chemically" 
with the food coloring frosting 
and wouldn't eat them either!

Speaking of "chemically"
she had no problem 
gobbling up three (or four)
of these rainbow twizzlers. 

and no, that bowl did not have 
any pet snails or fish in it --
it's clean!

I colored Sprite
(with food coloring)
and asked each kid what
their favorite color was...
I could mix and pour their 
drink to any color they like
(red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple,
even brown!)

The girls getting the table set 
in the morning before
the guests arrived.

and painted with love
watercolor paper rainbows
hanging from our kitchen table light.

A view of the kitchen table
ready for action...
the felt birthday banner 
is hanging across the doorway
with our rainbow silk scarf behind it...

Somewhere, over the buffet.

Balloon rainbow
floating over the buffet...

I think our betta fish, "Baby Gippy"
and our two pet frogs 
"Frog Lloyd Wright" and "Lilly"
liked the bright colors. 

Coming up next...
all of our fun 
Rainbow Craftivities!


Elise said...

I love all of your rainbow ideas. How sweet that your little girl said that rainbow cupcakes would taste "too chemically". Coloured sprite is such a neat idea.

We've got a bit of a rainbow theme going on here at the moment. We made some rainbow cupcakes on the weekend and I recently wrote a blog post about some rainbow felt flowers we made. They were an easy peasy craft that looks great (if I do say so myself)

If you are interested, the link to the rainbow felt flowers is:

sippy cup mom said...

looks like so much fun, love all the colors. Karen
Sippy Cup Central MOm

Felicia said...

What fun!!!

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Your friggen incredible, you know that? That is simply amazing. I love all of your ideas and think your parties look like a ton of fun. Happy Birthday frog princess!!

(I hear you on the close birthdays. I have two a week apart. Just 7 days. And now they don't want their birthday parties together. Sigh... so we have two parties in week. I am usually so tired by the end of July!)

Have a fantastic Tuesday MaryLea!!



Amy@Let's Explore said...

I love it all - rainbows make me happy! :) The colored Sprite is so clever - great idea!

MommaMindy said...

This was amazing! What a bright, beautiful party.

Carla S said...

I am totally stealing the colored Sprite idea! That is awesome! What a fantastic idea!

And this party theme is so cute! Love it all! Thanks for the ideas!

Rebecca said...

Love love love it!

Mama King said...

Your house looked so pretty with all those rainbows! So many great ideas. You put so much love and attention in to two amazing parties!

Redbonegirl97 said...

Sounds like a lot of fun.


jacs said...

My girls, 4 and 2, celebrate their birthdays just four days apart. And the eldest was born on our first wedding anniversary. And this is all the week before Christmas. AH! lol. It is crazy, most definitely. So far, we've just done a combined party with friends (and ask for books to keep down costs) and then we do something big as a family on each of their days to make it more special.

BTW - YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! I LOVE this idea! LOVE IT! I turn 30 this year and am having a combined party with my bestie. I would actually consider going with this theme. lol.

gina said...

COLORED SPRITE? GENIUS!! Loved all of these ideas. Totally going to try to convince Mackie (turning 6 in july) to have this theme party. All she knows right now is she wants to build candy castles - she's been hooked ever since christmas and the 100th day of school!!

angela | the painted house said...

These rainbow party posts have put a BIG smile on my face! MaryLea, fabulous! I want to be your kid. :)

Yarni Gras! said...

what a fun theme. Cracks me up about the chemically taste. I thought kids LIKED that!

Mama Jenn said...

What GREAT ideas!!!! Makes me want to "convince" my daughter that she should have a rainbow bday party! :-)

Jen said...

Looks great.. similar to what I had in mind for my girls for this year. They have birthdays 3 weeks apart as well. I ordered the same rainbow lollypops for favors. We are making our own pinwheels-ordered from Oriental trading.. will have lots of different color markers. I'm thinking about tie-dying a white table cloth for the table. :)

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