Last summer I was excited about throwing my soon-to-be six year old a birthday party. For the past two years we were vacationing during her birthday and did not have the opportunity to do anything. So, this year, I decided to go all out. My first step was to search Pinterest, of course. I gathered several birthday party themes I was willing to use and asked my daughter which one she liked the best. I had all the pictures right there on the computer screen for her to compare. In the end, she chose rainbows! (I may or may not have slightly influenced her decision).
This blog has some pretty great tips on making the fabulously tall rainbow birthday cake. All the tips are helpful, however, I did not have success trying to freeze a layer of buttercream in advance. To be fair, it only had a short time to freeze, so that may have been my problem. All her other suggestions were spot on. My visual inspiration came from here.
I love everything about this cake! It made for such a great focal point. I couldn’t resist showing it off to all the parents when they came to pick up their kids. Shameless, I know.
The rainbow jello cups were too fun to resist. In hindsight, I would either make them several days in advance (and not the night before) or forego them altogether. They take FOREVER to make. It would not have bothered me had it not been so late and I not had so many other last minute things to put together. They did turn out pretty dang awesome though. Tip: a plastic cup full of jello is a lot of jello! But a half full cup of jello looks lame. I will be sure to use smaller cups if I ever make them again.
The wall of balloons made a great backdrop for pictures of the birthday girl as well as the group photos.
I also decided to make a great game out of it. I bought a cheap set of Nerf guns and added some tacks to the ends of the “bullets”. The kids got to shoot the balloons from a set distance away. If they popped a balloon with a “star” inside, they got to pick a prize. The kids loved it!
All in all, everyone had a great time. I couldn’t have done it without Pinterest!
Instead of cake, we went with these cute cupcakes instead.