rainbow birthday party

today is N’s 4th birthday – happy birthday to my sweet little artist! last weekend, per her request, we had a rainbow art birthday party. i was THRILLED at her choice of party themes, as i, myself, had a rainbow birthday party for my fifth birthday – the same year i coerced my parents into painting a rainbow on my bedroom wall and getting me rainbow sheets, while blasting “the rainbow connection” 24/7. anyway, i thought i’d share a few (well, quite a few) images from our party preparations and the party itself.

we created waldorf kite paper rainbow stars for window decorations for the party, using garden mama’s tutorial. N loved doing this, and now has them in her bedroom windows. (if these composite images seem too small to see details, click on them to open the larger version.)

another item we made for the party is a rainbow striped picture frame. i got a large, inexpensive, lightweight wooden frame at ikea, and we painted it so that it could be a prop in a “photo booth” area at the party, where i hung rainbow fabric as a backdrop and let the kids hold up the frame. a huge hit!

N and i also created shrinky dink nametag pendents for the guest’s gift bags. N had a great time decorating each kid’s nametag with colors or a theme that she knew they’d love. the nametags are necklaces that each child can wear on rainbow yarn.

the gift bags were filled with rainbowy fun toys and art materials, including some homemade snowflake (winter bday) rainbow crayons that we made like the heart ones from last valentine’s day. (you can see them in the post just before this one.)

for the party, we provided light snacks and cake, as it was between lunch and dinner, and we had 20 kids (plus parents) there! as a surprise to N, i created two different rainbow cakes. the first was a 7 layer ode-to-ROY.G.BIV cake, ordered properly according to the chakras, of course. i saw the idea on one charming party.

it turned out to be so awesome inside!

i made a second rainbow cake, which was a psychedelic swirly rainbow cake, just two layers. i saw this idea on omnomicon, but i did *not* make her sprite/weight watchers version. i just followed the cake box recipe.

on both, i kept the icing simple and just made cream cheese icing (1 8oz package of cream cheese, 1 stick of butter, and 1 lb powdered sugar, a little vanilla.) i had to triple that recipe for these 2 cakes. my talented baker friend over at bliss bakery created a dozen gluten-free, vegan rainbow cupcakes for our guests with dietary restrictions.

in addition to some good ol’ pirate booty, i made a rainbow layered fruit salad. i left out the candy – cake offers enough sugar!

since it was a rainbow ART party, of course we had a few art stations. one was a place where kids could create watercolor initial paintings, like N did when she was two years old in this post.

we also had a model magic table, with the primary colors of model magic, along with white. the kids had fun with this modeling medium, and it’s not at all messy!

we also had a table where i rolled out a large doodle roll sheet of paper and offered a couple buckets of crayons so the kids could work on a mural together.

we found that playsilks make for beautiful window decor…

and helped to warm up the entry area. (p.s. – this isn’t our home. it’s my friend’s condo’s clubhouse room.)

the kids had a ton of fun… and let’s be real. there was more running than art-making at the art party.

the birthday girl had the most fun of all!


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  • Awesome!!

    Happy Rainbow-riffic Birthday Miss N!

    pink and green mama,

  • I’m planning a similar rainbow art party complete with !!!RAINBOW CAKE!!! for our soon to be 3 year old for the weekend after next. Its so exciting to see your execution and art station ideas (So well timed!!!). I’m going to have to borrow your crayon favor idea!

    Happy birthday!

  • What a beautiful idea! I love how gorgeous yet simple it was… you are so creative! Thanks for sharing! Happy birthday N!

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  • What a colorful post! The cakes turned out perfect, good job, and what fun. My Olive just turned 6! Happy Birthday, Karen

  • Chelsea

    Happy Birthday!!! It looks like it was a fantastic party, and I hope you have an equally fabulous year. Enjoy being four 🙂

  • jen

    thank you everyone!!! 🙂

  • What a beautiful party to have in the dark winter months!

  • how cute! i love this idea. i love the idea of the mural drawing paper- i think letting kids (heck, everyone) express themselves is so important. and the window decorations are so cute i might make some for myself. :]

  • I LOVE the cakes you made and I can’t believe you made TWO different ones especially since they are both equally the most complicated cakes I’ve ever seen put together, and I used to be a cake decorator! I never made a multi coloured cake before though. So fun! Thanks for sharing. PS I found you from a link on The Imagination Tree facebook page. 🙂

  • jen

    thank you again! i love hearing from you all. i brake for rainbows. 😉

  • So many great ideas here Jen. Thanks for sharing the link. It is giving me all kinds of inspiration for Cami’s 5th party!! 🙂

  • I love your rainbow art party! SO bright and colorful. Thanks for sharing the link with me. I enjoyed that both our cakes were magically tall and that we both had a frame “photo booth”. Too fun! Thanks for sharing. http://www.housingaforest.com/art-birthday/party/

  • I love the way you used hands on activities at the party. We made royal crowns at Little M’s 4th birthday. http://amomwithalessonplan.com/2011/02/22/princess-party-missing-slipper-game-and-royal-crown-activity/.

    It makes a party even better when they get to be creative!!!

  • Your party turned out awesome!! I was going to make waldorf stars & never got around to it, lol. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!