Kate's Rainbow Art Party

Kate's 5th Birthday Party was this past weekend & it was a blast!
One of the reasons it was so fun is because Kate picked this theme for her party last May!
So, of course, I have been planning it in my head for the past 9 months.
The first thing I knew I wanted to make for the party was Rainbow Tissue Pom Poms!
Our house is so colorful with all the decorations! I still have some up :)
The morning of the party was slightly rainy & 3 of my friends texted me to let me know there was a rainbow outside...perfect timing for Kate's Rainbow Party. You can *barely* see it in the picture below:

I had a kids table set up & I used rainbow fabric from Joann's for a table cloth.
I had markers & crayons in mason jars down the center of the table with rainbow pom poms hanging above:

The chairs had an apron for each party guest & I sewed on their initial using the same rainbow fabric. Since we were doing art projects, I wanted to protect their clothes.
The aprons were reversible, one side pink, the other side purple.
Kate's initial was on the purple side (her favorite color) and the other girls were on the pink side. It made Kate's stand out & more special for her :)
I got the aprons at Michaels this summer for $1 each! Score!

The invite that I made:
{available in my Etsy shop}

I also made a Rainbow Birthday Banner:
And, I had a Rainbow Pennant:
I also had rainbow colored flowers is big mason jars & balloons!
I made little signs with the same layout as the invite:
And, colorful straws & party plates/napkins:
Party Activities:

The first project the girls did when they arrived was put on their aprons & then decorate white paper bags with dot dot art, markers & stickers.
These bags would be used to contain all the art projects they made at the party.
The next project we did was canvas paintings. Each girl had an 8x10 canvas that they could paint on. I had fun sponge paint brushes & normal paint brushes.

The girls also made beaded necklaces:

I also had the girls make Sock Puppets. Kate got a Puppet Theater for Christmas & is really into puppets, so the sock puppets were really fun to make.
I also had our awesome babysitter Torrey at the party doing face painting/hand painting for the girls.
Kate got a rainbow, of course!

There was one other craft, but I forgot to do it at the party!
I realized it right after the party was over. Spin Art!
So, I had Kate make some for fun as we were cleaning up.
Party Food:

Because the party was from 2-4, I didn't need to serve a meal, so had snacks!
I had a rainbow fruit platter:
And, veggies with hummus.
There was Lemonade & Fruit Punch:
And, of course....a Dessert Table! You know me...I love Dessert Tables:
I got the K at Joann's for a few dollars & then spray painted it purple.
(I picked out all the brown m&m's and then added some purple m&m's from the Valentines m&m mix:
Dipped Marshmallows:
These were cute, but a pain to make:
Paint Drops? Nope, Cake Balls!
Funfetti Cupcakes in rainbow polka dot liners:
Close up of the toppers I made:
Dipped Oreos:
Aren't they so pretty?
I also made rainbow jello cups, but I FORGOT to put them out!!! Ahh.
After the party, I opened the fridge & saw them still in there.
My friend Heather made a cute pennant for me that I wanted to use for the rainbow jello.
My girls didn't complain that we had 8 jello cups left :)
The Cake:
My mother in law made the cake (as usual) and this rainbow cake gave her a run for her money because when she woke up Saturday morning, the cake had slid (she puts custard between the layers of her cake & the custard made the cake expand & slide) She was able to salvage the cake & I still think it turned out great!

The rainbow cake:
Close up:
I even found rainbow candles at our local party store!

The inside of the cake:

The girls got to take home their aprons, all their crafts & I also got each girl a pad of white art paper, markers & box of crayons:
I got them at Target in August during their Back to School Sale. The markers & crayons were $.50 each!

It was a great party & so much fun. There were 8 little girls there & it was the perfect amount for an Art & Craft Party.

Kate told me that it was the best birthday party ever! I call that a success!
Thanks to everyone who came & helped celebrate Kate's 5th Birthday!
Now, it's time to start planning Claire's 4th Birthday party in September...I already have a few themes in mind :)


  1. You did a FANTASTIC job! What a great party!!

  2. What an awesome party. Looks like the girls all had a blast

  3. Awesome party! You are so good at all of the little details! :)

    I think one of my favorite parts of the party is the rainbow fruit dish!

  4. What a great party! So fun and colorful! Kate is smiling SO big in some of the pics- too cute!

  5. Love it! It gave me a lot of ideas for JJ's Art Birthday party in July!

  6. Great job and unique theme! I can see a lot of it being pinned and helping a lot of other mommies to plan fun parties. I appreciate your candidness about the cake balls! I hate when people say they are easy because they are NOT:o) I am in planning mode for my daughter's first in April!

  7. You always do such great themes!! I love all of it. Lucky little girls : )

  8. amazing

    I am speechless

    you are ....

    there are no words...

    holy rainbow moly

    i am jealous of your creative skills

    and more jealous of your ability to see it through

    my ideas are great...but they sit in my head

    will you adopt me?

    I would totally wear a rainbow shirt for you

    you rock

    I am going to be you for halloween

  9. absolutely darling!!!! so creative you are :)

  10. love all your ideas (and your honesty! =) looks like so much fun!

  11. Everything looks PERFECT! Great job! I can't tell you how many times I've forgotten something in the refrigerator and not realized it until after the party started. Lol

    I want a rainbow party now! :)

  12. I love rainbow parties! Yours look like so much fun!

  13. Wow- you went all out and it looks beautiful! I love the rainbow pom poms.

  14. Wow!!! You thought of so many fun details. I really like how the rainbow theme was carried out. Wonderful!

  15. seriosuly mel?!? You have out done yourself, this is fantastic!!!!

  16. love it!! your sweet babysitter even dressed in rainbow colors. too cool!

  17. love, love, love this. I'm not much of a party planner, but this inspires me :) rainbows + art = happy

  18. Wow! You're putting my parties to shame :) Seriously so much fun!!

  19. Oh.. My.. Goodness.. I LOVE everything!!!!!! I want a rainbow party for ME now!!!!! ;-)

  20. Yay! Kate was beaming in every picture...so, so, cute! Perfect party for when Anna turns 5! It's another year of princesses for us, but this time she just wants a princess bouncy. Becky, I mean Cinderella or is it Cinderbecky, will be at home this year ;)

  21. Beautiful party Mel- I am sure Kate was thrilled :)

  22. Im bookmarking those rainbow cake balls on the palette. My 8 yr old LOVES art(already wants to be an art teacher when she grows up) and she would love those! We made a rainbow cake years ago before they were all over Pinterest. They're such fun to cut into and everyone was shocked but the directions I was using were backwards and it took forever:)
    You're such a fun momma. These are memories your girls will never forget.

  23. As usual, it was adorable! And best of all, it seems like the girls had a blast! Such a cute idea for a party for this age!

  24. You are a genius. PURE GENIUS! You should start a party consultant business...Moms could email you their party theme and you could dream up ideas for it! I'd be first in line! Any lobster bake/nautical parties in your future?! :)

  25. wow. aren't you the coolest mom in the world. so many awesome elements. rock on girl.


  26. What lucky little girls to have a mom that makes birthdays so special!

    Oh, and I ALWAYS forget something in the fridge. Usually what I worked the hardest on. Ha!

  27. Fabulous! Everything was so cute, you did such a great job!!

  28. You always throw the best parties!! I'm so sad we weren't able to make it, and Leila is STILL reminding me that we were supposed to go but didn't. (She didn't realize until a couple days later.) Boo!

    Anyways, great job as always!! xoxo!

  29. Your family is DARLING and I can hardly stand it...cutest birthday party EVER!!! Your blog is SUPER cute! Thanks LOTS for visiting earlier! I'm excited to be your newest follower!!! I'd love it if you would share the 'LoVe!' on your next visit to It's Overflowing!!!

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  30. WOW! What a party! GREAT JOB! Everythig looks perfect. I especially love the cake balls that look like paint!

  31. Love the rainbow cake. It looks so clever and tempting :) Kids would love it

  32. Such a cute theme! And everything turned out great!! That cake... Ohh my! It looks delicious, but incredibly time consuming! Great job!

  33. "double rainbow all the way across the sky!" no detail went unnoticed. awesome party.

  34. I love this! We are planning on doing my daughters next party art themed, so thanks for all the ideas!! :)

  35. I love this! We are planning on doing my daughters next party art themed, so thanks for all the ideas!! :)

  36. Oh my! This is WONDERFUL!! Seriously, thanks for the do-able inspiration! Your daughters are so lucky to have such a wonderful, creative mom. Thanks for sharing!!

  37. Gorgeous party! You've done it again! Love, love, love! What a lucky daughter!

  38. Wow- This is awesome!! I just found this on pinterest, and was so excited, because I think I might do my daughter's 3rd birthday in rainbow theme. I do her and her brother's parties together though, and I like to coordinate them. I have to get my wheels turning on a boy theme that would go with rainbows...hmmmm....
    Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas! What a fun mom!

  39. Amazing party!! Someday when I have kiddos, I definitely want to do a party like this. :)

  40. can i come to her party next time? this care all things i like to do....craft an paint and eat!
    great job mel!!!

  41. Amazing! Your girls are so blessed to have a mom who puts so much creativity, effort, and love into their birthday parties. I'm sure my little girl would love something like this in a couple of years!

  42. Your attention to detail is incredible! I'm sure Kate loved it all. You could be a professional party planner! I know this party must be all over pinterest by now :)

  43. i knew it would be fabulous!!
    you are the party QUEEN.



  44. I love how that party turned out! I dipped marshmello's and oreo's for Olivia's party and it was SO much work! I don't know how you did it with all those fun colors!! :)

  45. I just sat with McKinley showing her Kate's party. She said she wants "that" and "that"...I'm thinking we might be borrowing a bunch of your ideas!

    Tha ks, Mel!

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