My inspiration for this party was everything Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple! Thanks to Roy G. Biv, I never forget the order of colors in the rainbow. :)
I snatched up some beautifully-priced colorful plates, cupcake wrappers and picks, and tissue paper at Marshalls. It's so true, I always find things when I'm NOT looking for them!
For the table decor, I uploaded some pictures of Aubrey to Picmonkey, adjusted the exposure to make them lighter, and then added the colored letters with a matching border. I printed them onto photo paper and then taped a wooden dowel to the back and stuck the dowels into some pieces of styrofoam that I had in my craft closet. I first covered the styrofoam with the decorative tissue paper and then inserted the dowels. Because I wasn't planning to use the cupcake picks that came with the wrappers, I decided to stick those in the styrofoam too.
Aubrey had fun piling on the clouds. :)
Just a word to the wise... If you ever make these with cotton candy, don't make them more than a day ahead or the clouds will melt into the frosting.
I made these rainbow marshmallow treats using the original Rice Krispy Treats recipe but substituting half fruity pebble cereal and half brown rice cereal. It's funny, I grew up on Fruity Pebbles - it was my favorite cereal as a kid - but nowadays I find them way to sweet for my palate, so that's why I used half unsweetened cereal.
- Melt 1/4 cup butter with one 10 oz. package of marshmallows, then stir in three cups fruity pebbles cereal and three cups brown rice cereal. Using a greased spatula, press tightly into a greased baking pan. I used a 2 qt. casserole dish to get the thickness I wanted.
- Let cool completely before slicing and eating.
To serve the birthday girl her treats, I placed a cupcake on top of a rice krispy square.
I just love how God made food so colorful!! Isn't this pretty?? Using the order of rainbow colors as a guide, I chose strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, green grapes, blueberries, blackberries, and red grapes to shape the rainbow. I placed waxed paper on top of the tablecloth and then set the fruit on the waxed paper. This way I wasn't confined to a tray and I could make it as big as I wanted. Because of the colors and shape, this was the perfect centerpiece for the food table.
I made a fruit dip to place at one end of the rainbow as the cloud. For this dip, I simply mixed together one container of marshmallow fluff and one package of lemon yogurt.
Rainbow Salsa and Chips
I decided to do a jazzed-up version of my simple Three Ingredient Salsa to create this rainbow-colored salsa. A can of petite diced tomatoes (red), a handful of shredded cheese (orange), can of corn (yellow), two avocados (green), can of black beans (this was my blue since I couldn't think of anything really blue to add), and some diced red onion (purple). I topped it off with a handful of cilantro, a drizzle of olive oil, a generous pinch of salt, and lots of fresh lime juice. I picked up some different colored tortilla chips to complete the dish. This was actually the biggest hit at the party!
These were inspired by the Pioneer Woman's tortilla rollups. I made a colorful veggie version using red pepper, carrots, orange pepper, yellow pepper, cucumber, and red leaf lettuce. (Again, the only color I couldn't come up with was blue). I love how pretty they turned out! I displayed these rollups on waxed paper as well. Not only does that allow me to set them where I want, but it's also easy clean-up! :)
I made Ree's original turkey version as well.
Rainbow Ice Cubes
To make these, I mixed 1-2 drops of food coloring per 2 cups of water, then froze in ice cube trays. Once frozen, I transferred ice to a plastic freezer bag so I could re-use the trays to make more colors.
No party is complete without a Pin the Something on the Something game! So Aubrey and I made a Pin the Cloud on the Rainbow game using some papers I had in my craft closet. Who knew - cutting paper in the shape of a rainbow wasn't the easiest task for me. :)
The Birthday Girl
I asked my friend Jenny at Free Spirit Jenny to make this cute rainbow-colored headband for Aubrey to wear on her special day. Needless to say, she loved it! :)
It was certainly a fun-filled rainbow day with both sets of grandparents here for Aubrey's birthday. Can't believe my baby is FIVE!! This was a very fun party for me to plan, and I hope you find some inspiration here as I have found inspiration from others!