Rainbow Birthday Party Ideas

May 3, 2012


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For my daughter's 3rd birthday party she wanted a Rainbow Birthday Party. It's a bright, colourful and easy theme for a birthday and there are so many wonderful ideas about to be found!

Here are a few of the ideas we used.

The Cake- Rainbow Cake

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I just had to give this rainbow cake a go! It was a hit with all the guests, young and old :)
Not terribly difficult, just time consuming. I loosely followed this recipe.
(And yes, I know that it's colour overkill but it uses gel food colourings to give it a richer colour and hey, it's their Birthday. Let's have some fun!)


The Party Favours- Take home Rainbow Popcorn boxes

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Filled personalised plastic noodle boxes with coloured popcorn and a pair of novelty kids sunglasses


The Food- Rainbow Themed


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To make rainbow jelly (jell-o) cups you need to make up your jelly one layer at a time. Wait until one layer has set before adding the next (allow liquid jelly to get to room temperature before pouring on top of set jelly layer). Set and repeat till done. Adults and children alike loved these.

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Rainbow fruit skewers

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The food table minus the hot food. The waterbottles all had printed rainbow labels (made on the computer) stuck on them. I tried to keep a good balance of healthy food and treats. Pictured here you can see Lemon Slice, Chocolate Brownies, Rainbow Cake, Marshmallows, Fruit Skewers, Rice Paper Rolls, Mixed Sandwiches, Dip, cracker and veggie platter and Rainbow jelly.

Children's Activity- Make your own fairy bread station

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Set cookie cutter buttered bread and the above assortment of spinkles (if you can find them in all the rainbow colours you should set them out like a rainbow... alas, I could not) out on a children's table with plates and spoons and let them make their own fairy bread. A great sensory and fine motor skills activity. Yummy too :)


It was a great day


Debs :)






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29 comments:

  1. What great ideas Deb! Looks like a wonderful colourful party! My teen actually wants one of those cakes for her 16th in a few weeks...i have been a little scared of it...any tips?

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    1. Thanks Jode. Tips, tips... hmmm. Well, dont be scared of it, it's not *that* hard haha. Definitely use gel food colouring if you want vibrant colours. You barely need to use any whereas with liquid food dyes I can imagine using an entire bottle and still not getting a vibrant enough colour. Whatever colour the batter is will be the colour it is when it's cooked. Try to use a cake pan that you have more than one of! haha. I only had the one cake pan in that size so it took a long time baking each layer individually. Um, last tip... if you want it to look really good when cut then you do need a LOT of icing to properly seperate the layers. I didn't use the icing recipe that they used on the link I provided but I kind of wished I had because my icing didn't turn out that great. Good luck! :)

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  2. This is fantastic! I love the cake, the jelly, the party favors... I love it all!

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    1. hehe, thanks! I love looking at other people's birthday party ideas... gets the brain ticking :)

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  3. Oh my gosh! Your cake is AH-MAZING!! Was it difficult to make?

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    1. Thanks Malia :D It wasn't too difficult. Mainly time consuming (probably because I only had the one cake pan that size so had to cook 6 seperate cakes). The hardest part was getting the icing right... and i didn't even achieve that haha (BUT- I think everyone was too excited looking at the colours in the cake to notice the icing wasn't perfect) :D

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  4. Wow what an amzing party idea!!

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  5. This looks awesome! I want someone to throw me a rainbow party :) I'm pinning this one! I love the rainbow jello cups! I will have to remember those come next St. Patrick's Day.

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    1. Why thank you :) I must admit, normally I would let my daughter decide the theme she wanted but after seeing the rainbow cake somewhere I just HAD to give it a shot. Luckily after showing her the picture she was also convinced, so a rainbow theme it was. yay. I think I want to make those jelly cups at every single party I do from now on as they looked so good and were just so yummy! I guess i could just change the colours around to suit whatever theme we're having. Whoops, didn't mean to write another post, haha. Thanks for the comment. Debs :)

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  6. I love all your rainbow foods! The fairy bread is wonderful!

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    1. Thank you. I would have loved to put some pictures up of the kids making their own fairy bread at the fairy bread station but I couldn't find any without identifying the other children at the party. They had a ball! (And yes, sprinkles vacuum up easily) haha

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  7. Looks like lots of fun with stunning colors!

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    1. Cheers MaryAnne. I was a little concerned that people would think it was food colouring over-kill and I'd hear all about the bad things about food colours etc... but, no one yet haha. And hey, it was a once off (and oh, so fun!) :D

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  8. Beautiful cake! I love all the rainbow ideas. I have been collecting rainbow ideas for a rainbow unit. This post is perfect. I pinned it to my board at http://pinterest.com/pin/233765036878470688/
    Thanks,
    Tonya

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  9. I am tossing around the ideas a rainbow party and your fun ideas may have convinced me. What an awesome party. Just pinned this! Vicky from www.messforless.net

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    1. Oooh, thanks Vicky! If pinterest had of been around before I did this party I can only imagine I would have had even better ideas! There are so many amazing things out there! This was really fun to do though and whilst everything was a little bit fiddly, it was actually quite simple and easy and prepare. Debs

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  10. This is so fantastic Debs! I LOVE the fairy bread station and the party favours were gorgeous. HAppy 3rd birthday to yor daughter!

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    1. Thank you Ness! Her bday was actually in January but I finally got around to doing a few bday party posts :D

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  11. I am working on a rainbow party for my soon-to-be three year old also! The rainbow food is so fun, it is the crafts and activities I am trying to do more with... Your party looks beautiful!!

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    1. Thanks so much Ruth. How about rainbow coloured playdough for them to play with? Also, I saw a great idea on pinterest where they put paper down on the table with jars of rainbow textas so the guests could decorate the tables. I thought that was a really fun idea.
      I was also thinking I could have done a gold treasure hunt. Tie it in to finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and the kids can search for chocolate gold coins. Good luck with your party! Debs :)

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  12. Hi. I came across this post while looking for ideas for my daughter's upcoming birthday. I wanted to ask you two things.. 1. How did you make the colored popcorn? & 2. What is in the rice paper rolls?
    I love these ideas <3
    - Alicia

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  13. Omg that's color overkilllll lol jk. Its lovely, I especially adore how you put rainbow fruits and veggies in the mix. Fairy station was unique too! Never thought of that!

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  14. We had a fantastic Rainbow party for my 1 year old and we also used Rainbow umbrellas (from Walmart) to hang from the ceiling. We also found Rainbow twizzlers from WM, which were a big hit. We used tissue to make crepe puff balls. Like these: http://pinterest.com/pin/258182991108152225/

    PS I love the Fairy bread idea!

    Terrydeb

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  15. I love this party idea it is very colourful and looks awesome.

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  16. I love love this theme! I was just thinking a couple of days ago how I love rainbows and rainbow colored toys, etc. I'll definitely be doing this theme for my little guy at some point.

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  17. Love these ideas... my son and his 3rd grade friends are all fanatic about rainbow loom, so I'm incorporating some of these ideas for his 9th birthday party, loom-theme, of course. Instead of fruit skewers (I have made those before for a birthday party, a little time consuming!), I will arrange the fruit on a platter in rainbow shape, by color (another idea I found on Pinterest!)

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  18. Very cute! Thanks for sharing this idea =)

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