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The Rainbow Birthday

on June 16, 2011

This year I was very excited to have a little girl who was finally old enough to really appreciate her birthday. A lot of time was spent looking up ideas and putting them into action. While it made for a very crazy couple of weeks, I do have to say that hearing the birthday girl say “This is going to be the best birthday, Thank you Mom.” certainly made it worth it.

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The whole birthday was based on my oldest daughter’s love of rainbows. We started with an outfit, and used the material left over from her skirt to make a new rainbow birthday banner and flags for the patio.

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Then the remaining fabric scraps were used to sew the tote bags to hold the loot from our party.

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Next I scoured the internet for the perfect birthday dessert. (Google images is my favorite thing for this) Since we needed cupcakes for her school party, we had both rainbow cupcakes and a rainbow cake.

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The cupcakes were a modified rainbow chip boxed mix glazed with melted frosting and “Airhead Extreme” candies on top. They turned out great and were definitely a hit!

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The birthday cake was an idea that I had wanted to use for quite some time now. There are beautiful tutorials online for cakes with 6 layers in each color of the rainbow. But by the time I started on the cake I was ready for something a little easier. After frosting the cake, I simply decorated it with Skittles and called it good.

While searching for all these ideas, I came upon scores of rainbow birthday party ideas and used some for our fun activities. We had a crafting table set up on the patio where the guests could make pipe cleaner bracelets and paper collage rainbows.

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The bracelets were a big hit, but none of the girls finished their rainbows. I am not sure if it was because the morning was getting too hot, or if it was just too boring for a bunch of 4-6 year olds. But we have plenty leftovers to use later.

The last activity was a scavenger hunt for a… Yep you guessed it, a Rainbow! I borrowed the clues from a St Patrick’s day scavenger hunt we used this past year and changed the shamrocks to rainbows.

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At the end of the scavenger hunt was a basket full of dancing ribbons rings. The kids actually found my hiding spot before the hunt began, so I had fun finding a new spot without the kids seeing.

And last, but not least, we have the birthday ring. A couple of years ago I had made a birthday ring set and bought a large beeswax candle rolling kit. Each year we make the birthday candles and add decorations to the rings.

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The Birthday girl and guests had fun, and I enjoyed doing a bit of creating. The goal for next year is to have fun creating, but stress less!

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3 responses to “The Rainbow Birthday

  1. Eve says:

    Everything is so well-made and so lovely with all the colors; you can just see the love that went in to each item. It is just a joy to see all of it in photos!

  2. Michelle F. says:

    All these ideas are incredible!! As a mother of 3, I know how much time, effort, & hard work went into your daughters 5th birthday to make it so special. Way to go Mom of the year!! 🙂

  3. So awesome! Anna was so excited to be part of it! I am sure you needed a good rest after that week. It was spectacular!

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