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Rainbow Party – The Birthday Party

This seems fitting. Post #100.

The big Rainbow Birthday Party!

The day arrived and Mother Nature had a very good sense humour.

Not only did she forgo the rain – which I appreciated – but she decide to wallop our area with temperatures that had the local weather forecasters actually write out HOT over their weather charts on TV with little flames coming from them. It was supposed to be extremely humid with a high of 30.

In our South facing backyard felt like a high of 40. The cake and cupcakes and any meltable food was kept indoors until the last possible minute.

Little L – the Birthday Girl – had just arrived back from a week long trip at her Grandparents (my parents) place.

How else do you think I had time to do all this? There were no kids at home!

She hadn’t seen the backyard so I brought her down and made her close here eyes and then open them.

This is what she saw.

If you ever wonder why parents work so hard at preparing a party like this, just go look above the decoration shots at the expression on my child’s face.

You don’t do it for anything else but that.


You do it so you can have cake too.

No seriously, everyone – child or adult – should have at least one (ok more than one…) really kick ass birthday party in their life.

So the Birthday Girl went and got changed into her Rainbow Dash My Little Pony t-shirt. Remember the inspiration photo for this party? Old Navy released a t-shirt with the Rainbow Dash My Little Pony it the same month. I can’t even make the universe make that up if I tried.

And we set up the rest of the backyard.


When the wind gusts appeared – every 15 minutes or so – they were gusts of super hot warm humid air.

Not a cool breeze.

So that carefree wind you see causing the decorations and garland to blow elegantly into frame, was like a hot fire breathing dragon.



To your bottom left corner those napkins are from IKEA. They’re called the GUNGA series and the prints are a floral leaf in the colors of the rainbow.

The Rainbow Mason Jar “Sippy” Cups.

Rainbow Slice Cookies. Batch #2.

Rainbow Medley Veggie Tray.

The Rainbow Lollipop Tree Centrepiece.

Get an old Mason Jar, rainbow ribbon, some fallen down tree branches and hang a bunch of rainbow colored lollipops on it.

And when it gets way too windy, allow your smarter than you brother in law to fill the bottom with sand from the swing set sandbox to stop it from tipping over a millionth time.

Rainbow Froot Loops Treats.

Oh the Rainbow Fondant that I made to cut out the stars on top of the brownies (box mix ladies and gentleman, not from scratch).

Let me tell you, cutting out those fondant star shapes with cookie cutters was harder than making the Rainbow Cake.

The Red, Orange and Yellow turned out great. The rest. Oh man. I didn’t add enough icing sugar when I made them and they were almost impossible to cut out the star shapes when I unrolled it. I should have let it sit out to dry a bit to make the fondant more workable and then attempted to cut out the stars.

So RIP Fondant. It’s going to be awhile before I try to make you again.

Guests start arriving and craft making time begins followed by running around the yard, playing on the swing set, impromptu soccer and well, kids just being kids and having fun with their friends.



After crafts, pizza.

Yes those are IKEA plates from their kids department – the KALAS line (which they recently changed the shapes of, so if you have the old line and need more to compliment the old set, I suggest you go to the store – like yesterday).


The gust of hot dragon wind decided to arrive at this precise moment and I couldn’t light the candles to save my life. They kept blowing out!

We eventually got the #5 lit and sang Happy Birthday to that.

And the moment of truth…cutting the cake.

And the Rainbow Ice Cubes in their drinks.

The kids got to choose what colours they wanted.

This is what I could dig up through various zoomed in photos or go to the DIY links at the bottom of the page for the how to and way better photos of them.

And finally, the Pinata!


Biggest hits of the party:

1) Rainbow Ice Cubes – If you have any party, rainbow or not, make these to match your colour theme. I have never seen kids so excited and willing to line up for colored ice in my life.

2) The Rainbow bead stamped washer necklaces – A lot of people emailed me after telling me how much their kids loved their personalized necklaces. Even the boys (and I was worried about that because I know boys don’t tend to want to wear rainbow colours but they really liked them so I was relieved).

3) The Lollipop Tree – Honestly I could have probably set that out on its own with regular bags of chips and veggies and the kids would have gone nuts. It was like watching them visit Santa.

4) The Pinata. No I didn’t cry. It was fun as hell!

It’s funny because when we sent out the invites and told everyone it was a Rainbow Party, the most common question I got asked was “What’s a Rainbow party?”

It made me realize that if you don’t live in the world of Pinterest or read Decor/DIY/Home Blogs, an idea or theme or craft that may seem as if many people have done already, is in fact the opposite and a lot of new fans are just discovering its potential. Case in point, my 5 year old as this was her choice based on a photo she saw online.

So for all you parents out there that took the time to do this theme previously and shared your inspiring party ideas and creative how to’s, Thank You. You helped me create a creative and fun afternoon!

After the dust settled and everyone was gone, I took some photos of the bare backyard in the sunset because I knew the next morning I’d have to take it all down.

The Birthday Girl asked me if we could leave up the decorations until her birthday next year because she thought they made the backyard look so pretty.

I said that probably wasn’t such a bad idea.

Except that she asked if we could have a camping party next year. Listen, she decided last Halloween she wanted to be the Evil Queen from Snow White and it’s a year later and Evil Queen it still is.

So from Rainbows to Tents and Marshmallows and Lanterns, 11 months, 30 days to go…

If you’ll excuse me, I am rainbow-ed out and I have an overdue date with some thrift stores.

For your Rainbow Party Planning Convenience and DIY/Craft/Baking How To’s:

Rainbow Pinata

Rainbow Mason Jar Cups

Rainbow Cookies

Rainbow Froot Loops Treats/Squares

Rainbow Party Crafts

Rainbow Loot Bags

Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Tissue Paper Flowers/Pom Poms

Rainbow Ice Cubes

Rainbow Invitations

Rainbow Fondant

Rainbow Birthday Party by


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  • Reply
    September 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

    This is a fantastic party!! Your daughter is lucky!!!

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    Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    September 5, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I feel like I just ran a marathon!! All your decorations came out so beautifully!! Every detail is absolutely charming.

    You clearly possess a characteristic I can relate to – intense focus on one idea/thing/concept that may or may not be deserving of late-nights and frustration. And I’m curious what your husband thought while watching you pull this off? Paul would have thought the end result was great but that the stress was not worth it. (Although this may be because I handle stress by turning into a zombie. A very mean zombie…)

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      Alex @ northofseven
      September 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      No joke, his exact words after the party was over was “We’re not doing that again.” It was chaos. A complete tornado of rainbows, kids, cake, heat, guests and then just like that it’s gone. I don’t mind the crafting part (you can ask any of friends about my neurosis when it comes to their birthday presents – the ribbons must match the card and wrapping and present themes – I have always been this particular when it comes to attention to details) but I told my daughter, next year, she’s allowed 5 guests. She turns 6 so it’s her + 5. That way it won’t be as overwhelming of a guest list. We’ll see how that flies with the grandparents.

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    September 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Oh, you have done such a big and great job! I have absolutely no idea how long would it take to prepare a party like that, but it seems that isn’t something you do in a couple of days. But I think that a smile on your daughter’s face will make you forget all the hard work done! 🙂

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      Alex @ northofseven
      September 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      I can honestly say the planning/buying/prep and crafting started mid-July and her birthday was the end of August. I think my wedding didn’t get this much attention (who am I kidding…)

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    September 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    The pictures of her reaction made ME so happy, and she’s not even my child. Well done, mama!!

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      Alex @ northofseven
      September 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      That’s so sweet! She was a complete spazz when she saw it. Her fidgeting with her shorts was the equivalent of Thumper in Bambie.

  • Reply
    September 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Wow, all of your rainbow touches look great! I can’t even imagine how much time and energy all of this took. Great job!!

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      Alex @ northofseven
      September 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

      The kids were gone for a week. It was like a week long Craft Wars only I was the only competitor for 7 days straight.

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        September 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        Very impressive!! 🙂

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    Iris Interiors LLC
    September 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    The decorations and food look amazing. I admire your hard work. I remember the birthday party days all too well.

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      September 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Just for that, I think an adult birthday party craft is in order for yourself! 😉

  • Reply
    September 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    great looking party… makes me think wistfully of the paper mâché Pikachu Piñata I made several years ago… 🙂

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      September 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

      How many tries did it take it you to make it? Any pics? If you do it again, blog about it! 🙂

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    September 6, 2012 at 1:05 am

    NICE!! Your daughters expression was priceless and the yard looked AMAZING! So glad she loved it and you all can savor the effort that you put into everything. I totally dig the lollipop tree! My daughter always says “that’s so un-rainbow” when something sucks. This is VERY rainbow!

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    September 6, 2012 at 8:01 am

    WOW! It looks amazing and sounds like it was really successful (happy child=success). Good point about not everyone being obsessed with Pinterest..I forget that

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      September 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

      I’m not exaggerating, most people didn’t have any clue what it was. The ones that did, are blog/AT readers. We get so caught up in the idea that something is so “overdone” or “cool or not” that we forget sometimes that not everyone has the luxury (because it is a luxury in many ways) to read blogs, to scour Pinterest or have the time to do a craft/party etc. b/c there is such a thing as real life that comes first. If your kid(s) want a Star Wars theme and people are like oh everyone’s done that. Really? Everyone? Including the first time mom who hasn’t yet planned her newborns first birthday never mind his 5th.

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        September 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        I hope I remember to keep that in mind the next time I do something from Pinterest!

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    September 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

    My Lord, that is a big bunch of awesomeness!! And how is it possible that there are people that don’t live on Pinterest? Do these people know about the Internet? Do they use electricity?

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      September 6, 2012 at 10:31 am

      *whispers* I deleted my FB account 3 years ago. I know right? I have a public blog but I don’t have a FB account. What?

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    September 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Wow! Color me happy! This looks like great fun – I would easily turn back into my childhood persona (not very far from my up to date grown up persona) at the sight of this party. Great work – I must say I am impressed to say the least!

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    September 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Finally I get this to work…I opened two accounts because the first time I signed up I mispelled my web address and then didn’t know how to change it but everytime i try to comment it goes to the old blog lol…so much drama geez. Love this DIvs! OMG L is so precious she’s so excited!!! I love this omg I am going to make a princess sparkle pink diva birthday with all these ideas…I just need to find a baby diva to do it for!!! Great job darling! xo

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      September 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Diva, your birthday would put Mariah to shame. Or have her be very proud!

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    September 8, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Amazing party! I love everything you did and you made it look so easy and doable!

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      September 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s not hard as much as it is time consuming. I am all about trying to find the most um, shortcut – no wait, time effective way of getting things done.

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    September 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    WOW!! Everything is soooo beautiful! I mean, everything! Love the ice cubes, what a great idea! And your fondant stars were beautiful (I know how annoying fondant is to work with! lol) and I loved all the pictures! The ones of your (adorable) daughter’s face seeing the backyard for the first time are so sweet 🙂

    • Reply
      Alex @ northofseven
      September 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Fondant is another level of Dante’s Inferno. It’s no surprise that they turned out good to bad in the order of colour that I made them. By the time I got to Purple I was like what am I doing again?

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    September 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    What an AWESOME party! you get mother/crafter/party planner award of the year! Little L will always remember this party. My Mom threw me a pig themed party when I turned 10 and put a lot of effort into it like you did with this party and I will always treasure it as a really special memory and reminder of how much she loves me. I am sure she will too!

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    March 11, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Omg I love this rainbow Party idea I am going to try it

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    Heather Lynne
    June 10, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Alex,
    Just checking out your blog as I found out we’re both Nikon moms this year, and oh my goodness, this post made me so happy! 🙂 You created a rainbow wonderland- what a fabulous memory you’ve made! Bravo- awesome job!! 🙂

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    February 25, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    This really is a wonderful party idea and all of your hard work obviously paid off.

    The Birthday Girl looks so happy! 😀

    So glad I came to read this post. You are very talented!

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      February 25, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      I swear I look back upon this time and while to this day my daughter reminds me of how much she appreciated the party, when I look at it all I think how the hell did I get this done? That is the last time I made that cake by the way. 😉

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        February 28, 2015 at 9:52 pm

        The photos are great! It was all documented so well. A perfect sunny day for a rainbow party. So awesome!

        It was incredible enough to not require a second baking! 😉

        Your daughter will remember this forever. It really is amazing.

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    February 22, 2016 at 3:07 am

    This is beautiful and fun! Love it!

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    February 26, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    My 4yrs Old want a unicorn rainbow party. I want to do just the rainbow part so I can copy everything on yours! It is amazing that way!
    Me quito el sombrero!

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