Saturday, April 5, 2014

1st Birthday Rainbow Explosion

My baby girl recently turned one!! So hard to believe how fast the first year went. Being a party planner this was the perfect excuse to have something fun,bright and colorful.

Before she was even born I had decided on a rainbow themed first birthday. With Pinterest's help here's how it went.

First the invitation - I'm also a graphic designer so I designed this and then had it printed through VistaPrint.

Now the food, I made it light snacks and desserts since had over 100 people invited. For the snack food, we had fruit kabobs, veggies, veggie straws, cheeseballs, rainbow goldfish, big pretzel "1" and egg salad and chicken salad dollar roll sandwiches. (plate and napkins from Party City - utensils from Dollar Tree - rainbow containers from Target)

For the desserts, we had miscellaneous rainbow candy (Skittles, Gummy Bears, Starburst, M&Ms, Starburst Jelly Beans, Gumballs, Jolly Ranchers), "1" cookies (from Kim's Cookies), Fruity Pebbles Treats (made just like Rice Krispee Treats but with Fruity Pebbles), Froot Loops Candy (almond bark and Froot Loops), Cupcakes (from Sam's), and Layered Jello Salad. 

Cupcake holders and suckers from Shindigz.

Next, was the decorations, the ceiling balls were from Party City. The centerpieces were just Mason jars filled with gumballs (from Sam's). The rainbow boxes held pretzels and Chex Mix and they were from the dollar bin at Target.

So there were lots of little kids invited to the party so I wanted to be sure I had fun activities for them. We had water bottle ring toss (dyed water and swim rings). I made rainbow streamers for the kids to run around with - and they loved them! (Find out how here.) We also had coloring books out for them and pin the cloud on the rainbow.

For their take home I had several different things because of the age groups - the 0-1 year olds got a bath toy (Babies R Us) and rainbow ball (Dollar Tree) - the 1-2 year olds got bubbles, playdoh (Dollar Tree), and crayons(Office Depot) - the older kids got glow sticks (Michaels dollar bin), playdoh and crayons.

Individual packs of Skittles for everyone.

I took the picture every month with sticker on her belly and I really wanted to do something cute with them so I made this streamer to hang. We did her one year photoshoot prior to the party so I was able to use those pictures as decoration as well.


For the smash cake I really wanted her to have a cute background with the rainbow explosion so we hung streamers on the wall and had lots of balloons (which the kids also loved to play with). I made the sign for the front of her high chair to match the 12-month streamer.

I thought the bakery did an amazing job with the smash cake - it was everything I wanted and matched the theme perfectly! Cake from Sarah's Cake Shop.

And finally my princess had to have the perfect outfit to fit the theme! I bought her tutu from Sassafras Tutus and the shirt was made for her by Swanky Shank.

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