Monday, August 29, 2011

Annalise's Rainbow Birthday Party

My sweetest little munchkin turned 2 and we celebrated by having a rainbow-themed 2nd birthday party! We had about 50 guests so our little home was full and happy. :)

I made rainbow invitations,

and she wore her first nail polish! (With which she is now obsessed.)

The front door had a rainbow welcome wreath (I adapted MADE's acorn wreath with kidney beans because that's what they had at the dollar store!)

There was another rainbow welcome sign to greet the guests as they came in.

Rainbow letters spelled out 'TWO' to go in the frames I like to switch out for holidays and special occasions.

There were rainbow paper pom poms for the ceiling and the cat helped a lot with that part. He laid on the tissue paper I was trying to use.

Annalise helped by discovering the Windex somewhere and cleaning things that didn't need cleaning.

With the scraps from the bigger pom poms I made little ones to scatter on the mantel,

which also sported a cardstock pennant banner with Annalise's name on it.

The rainbow pinwheels came in two packs from the dollar store, and poked out of thrifted milk-glass bud vases.

The cardstock banners adorned windows and sliding doors too.

The treat table had lots of yummy rainbowy goodness.

There were Rainbow Twizzlers,

rainbow Otter Pops,

and a fruits-and-veggies dollar-store tray with that had six compartments which would have been perfect if I'd added the pineapple and blueberries like I'd planned. :)

The party favors were giant rainbow lollipops from the dollar store that got decorated with a customized rainbowy message I printed on sticker paper.

Chips and beverages were served in rainbow platters and pitchers we happened to get for our wedding,

and you had your choice of plenty of colors of plates and utensils!

I decorated plain cups with personalized stickers,

and for those just wanting water, there were customized water bottles! (Water-bottle label tutorial HERE)

I'm a sucker for details- the bottles sported personalized nutrition facts with her name, age, and birthdate too. :)

Dave barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers and there were other goodies too. (Including rainbow goldfishfish crackers- which actually only come in three colors.)

And the yummiest part- the cupcakes!

They were piled up with fluffy white (cloud-like!) frosting and sprinkled with rainbow sprinkles.

The handmade cupcake toppers on lollipop sticks matched the theme.

The cake itself was Pillsbury's Rainbow Funfetti.

Annalise danced and conducted the music as her guests sang to her,

but was strangely wary of her rainbow candles. She let Daddy do the honors of blowing them out.

Thanks to all her friends and family, Annalise had a blast at her rainbow party!

And it ended the way any good party should. :)

(Please note she cuddled off to sleep with daddy's iPhone like a teddy bear.)  :)

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  1. Super CUTE party!!! Love all the fun and bright colors!!! (=

  2. so cute! and i'm glad i knew that you & audrey are friends...i wonder if i would have recognized her from the back...? ;)

  3. Jessica @ Craftily Ever AfterAugust 29, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    That IS Audrey! And in the same picture is Anna heading out the back door. :)

  4. Love it! We're thinking of doing a rainbow party for my daughter's 4th bday - I'm pinning this post for sure! And great pic of your daughter with the lollipop! Nice job!

  5. I loooove it. Totally pinning this for future party inspiration. Happy happy second birthday!

  6. I hope you took a nap after too! Just looking at all those decorations makes me exhausted! Totally awesome though!

  7. Good heavens, girl - where do you get all the energy?!? It's a beautiful party and your little cutie looked like she was having a lot of fun. I loved the last pic of her and daddy. My granddaughter wanted a rainbow party for her 5th birthday - wish I'd seen all of this back then! Great job.

  8. Oh my!
    There isn't any detail you didn't think of. I bet you had a blast planning all of this. Thanks for posting all of the ideas.

  9. Wow, from soup to nuts you hit the rainbow on the head! So sweet!

  10. I love your rainbow party; how cute is she! Fun photos and wonderful memories made~

  11. SO adorable! I want to have a rainbow party and I'm almost 24! :)

  12. When I got to the photo of her smiling with the giant rainbow lollypop...I thought - "this is the best photo" but then I got to the last one...awwww...most precious!! Great job Mommy!! Tons of work and you are amazing! She is a lucky little girl with you as her Mom.

  13. You did a fabulous job! So so cute!!

  14. Who can resist smiling at the rainbow of fruit flavors? Love the TWO sign...and my two year old is LOVING nail polish, too;)

  15. What a cute party! I love it! Also the fact that she fell asleep with daddy's iphone. :D

  16. I just looked through your whole blog and am fascinated with how crafty you are! everything is beautiful and so well done!

  17. What a beautiful party, I love everything especially the water bottle labels :)!

  18. Underbart!
    Och vilken fin blogg, vad glad jag är att jag hittade hit!

    Malin live a lot

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  20. I LOVE this party - so pretty!! I'm bookmarking this one for my daughter's 3rd birthday...I might have to steal your theme. :)

  21. Just adorable. I came across your blog looking for rainbow party theme ideas on Pinterest.

  22. We're just planning a Rainbow themed party for our little girl who will be 2 in December - thanks for the ideas, I'm so excited about it all. I LOL at the last picture - just like Natasha - dummy & Dad's iPhone!!! Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  23. What a great party and I love the theme...the kidney bean wreath is an excellent idea, because I made the candy corn one and that gets a bit messy because the sugar in the candy makes it crip without sealing it really good, I like the bean idea and a thought I just could paint the beans a different color that would be pretty too...

  24. New follower here, just wanted to let you know how adorable this is! I love all the details and will definitely be using some ideas for future parties!

  25. Nice details, but for me it is too much... And I just wonder about so much sweets and candy for a 2 year old?

  26. You are so uber talented, gf!! One beautiful, lucky girl! Happy B-day to her {and I loved Daddy and her drifting off in the last cute}!! You have a gorgeous family and lovely party!

  27. REALLY great job on this party!! I ooh'd and ahh'd over those lovely rainbow tissue poms : )

  28. this is too cute!! And funny about the i-phone. I'm sure my niece would do the same. YAY for good dollar store finds. I do love that place.


  29. Such great Ideas! Totally stealing them for my daughters 2nd Birthday party!

    -Tambi @

  30. a G.R.E.A.T,everything was amazing,I wish you could share with some printables


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  31. I can't resist smiling at the rainbow of fruit flavors. What a beautiful party.

    - Herman Swan

  32. HI! Love this and planning something similar, but i can't find colored utensils anywhere! Can you please share where you got them?

  33. I found this post while searching rainbow party ideas. This will be for my daughter's first birthday and she is also Annalise. :)

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  35. Love this! Especially love the two photos at the end!

  36. Im planning my babys 1st birthday love the ideas..Please can you tell me where did u get her dress?Love it

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  38. This is so amazing and cute :)