A Rainbow Party for My Rainbow Baby

I put together this collage showing a photo from each stage of this year. Now that the party is over, I will replace the middle spot with a birthday girl photo in color!

I am excited to share with you Grace’s first birthday party.  I wanted this party to be special to reflect the blessing that Grace has been to Richard and me. Two years ago, we lost a little boy to extreme premature birth. Grace is what the infant loss community calls a “rainbow baby” because she came after a storm in our life bringing joy and hope. I decided that the rainbow with its bright colors and symbolism would be the perfect theme for her birthday.

I have no intention on trying to compete with the fabulous blogs that show wonderful and creative party and decorating ideas. But, I love parties, especially imaginative parties that make my children happy. Grace’s rainbow party was easy, affordable, and loads of fun. And, really, if I can do it . . . anybody can!

Curling ribbon + a chandelier

I was able to find multicolored plastic serving dishes and paper products at a local dollar store. To add even more color, I decided to go with a rainbow colored food theme as well. I served:

  • Egg salad and tuna salad sandwiches (I had peanut butter and jelly on the side for the kids)
  • Multicolor Goldfish – I used a glass ivy bowl as a “fish bowl”
  • Green, yellow, and red apple slices
  • Pineapple (the juice from the pineapple was perfect for dipping the apple slices to keep them from browning)
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Baby carrots
  • My yummy fruit dip (3 pkg. cream cheese, 1 bx. dark brown sugar, 2 tsp. vanilla)
  • Cherry and grape CapriSuns and lemonade

The kids loved the brightly colored all finger food menu! The moms loved it too, since it included lots of healthy choices. 

For decorations, I kept it simple with curling ribbon. I decided that I love curling ribbon because it generally looks good no matter how little talent you have. Balloons would look great with this theme too, but unfortunately for us Grace likes to eat balloons.

Check out Grace’s cute birthday chair!

Last but not least — DESSERT! I can’t wait to show you Grace’s adorable cake that my mom made using a jumbo cupcake tin. (Special thanks to Emily Kate Blog for this idea!)

My mom made this cake too. Isn’t she great?

The rest of us enjoyed a much larger rainbow cake and rainbow ice cream sundaes (vanilla ice cream with mini M&Ms, gummy bears, and crushed multicolored candy canes mixed with sprinkles). Note: Be sure to have the dessert at the VERY end of the party so you can send the kids home before the red food coloring sets in!

Happy Birthday, Grace!

For more rainbow themed party ideas see here and here.

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