Sunday, June 16, 2013

Rachel's Rainbow Second Birthday

idea from here
So a few months ago I was browsing Pinterest (of course!) and saw that a friend of mine was pinning ideas for a rainbow-themed birthday party for her daughter. And suddenly, ideas for Rachel's birthday just started popping up everywhere. (Mostly because I searched "rainbow parties" on Pinterest and got nine million ideas! Ha ha ha!) But Rachel brings so much colour and fun to our life it just seemed like an awesome theme.

Dave, as is the tradition, hung streamers in shades of purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red.
I replicated the flowers in the lower left of this pin on our piano.
And Dave recreated this pin for a fruit tray. We had it on our counter with extra fruit in my Fiestaware bowls. So pretty and colourful!!!
My last Pin-spiration was this, Rainbow Pasta Salad, although I did change a few things. I put in cherry tomatoes, yellow peppers, cucumbers for green, and purple cauliflower. I made a oil/balsamic vinegar and basil dressing to go with it and I loved it! This just might be my new favourite pasta salad. Good thing too, since we have a ton left :)
While Dave and I were getting things done this morning -- making cupcakes and the pasta salad, eating breakfast, doing dishes, etc -- the kids were playing together very nicely upstairs. But then Dave discovered  this:
After adding "clean the upstairs" to our list of things to do, Rachel went down for nap, Dave hung the streamers and Sam and I went to pick up some brightly coloured flowers for the centre of our birthday table. Sam thought this bouquet would work, and so did I.
Then I assembled and iced the cake, after making a bunch of different colours of icing.
Rachel licked the beaters. It's the birthday girl's right to do that, you know :)
Then Dave's family and Tim, Janice, Tessa and Willem came over and we got the party started. First on the list -- presents!!!
Rachel got an LLBean bag with her name on it from the Hedricks, a Melissa and Doug sushi set from Auntie Sarah and a Melissa and Doug cookie set from Grandma and Grandpa. Then Daddy (who is patiently waiting until Wednesday to celebrate Father's Day) BBQd burgers.
After supper it was time for birthday cake. Rachel did a great job of blowing out her candle but got fairly close to the flame which was concerning for Mommy!
Let the cupcake eating begin!
Rachel's party was very fun and colourful, just like our darling girl! And now I'm going to bed.


  1. Another great party! Your kiddos sure are lucky to have you ;) also, I'm dying to know what would happen if someone accidentally turned on the fan those streamers are attached to... ;)

  2. What a very cute and colorful party! I love all the sweet little touches you added with the cake, flowers, fruit display, and pictures. Hope Rachel enjoyed her special day!

  3. What a precious party!! Love that fruit tray...and pasta salad...and cupcakes!! So many cute details-- way to go!!

  4. I love it! And the food looks so delicious (says the always-hungry pregnant lady).

  5. As a girl who adores nothing more than a theme, I LOVED THIS!!!! I loved those cupcakes, especially!! Great job on all the food - and OH! The flowers in the multi-colored water. LOVED that too!!

    1. Thank you! I still love the flowers in the multi-coloured water. Although I might have to change them out for some fresh flowers soon.

  6. Everything came together so well! I just love the rainbow pasta salad. I've seen a lot of the other rainbow details before, but that one is new to me. Plus it looks delicious!


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