And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
Two parties in two weekends! Oh boy what an effort! Lots of fun and everyone involved enjoyed the fruits of my labour but boy am I tired! (hmm... sounds like another type of labour....)
However I am going to type up this blog for you so you can get some ideas and see what an awesome party you to can throw :)
Cadence and Kyan are 3 years and a week and a bit apart for birthdays so June is very busy!
Cadence loves and I mean LOVES to draw (on everything and with anything, literally anything....) and do other creative arty MESSY stuff, so I decided a rainbow art party was right up her alley and she had a blast!
Since Cadence loves being arty and she ALWAYS makes a mess, her cake HAD to show this aspect of her personality. So I decided on a rainbow cake, with buttercream frosting. A figurine of 'Cadence' sitting in the middle with paint all over her and spilled paint tins all around her :) Pinterest was a great source of inspiration for a starting point :)
Directions for cake:
I will admit I cheated, I bought packet cake mix, in this instance I went for Edmonds buttercake - It's tasty!
I bought two packets of cake mix, made up the first packet & divided it into 3 batches of batter. Added a red and blue mix of food colouring (to make purple!) to one batch of batter, blue to another and a mix of blue and yellow (to make, wait for it.... green! who knew) to the 3rd batch of batter. Then I cooked one colour at a time in my cake pan. Repeated the process with the second packet of cake mix.
That gave me 6 layers of cake in all the colours of the rainbow. Starting with the purple layer on the bottom, I stacked them up with lashings of buttercream between the layers to create a rainbow cake stack.
Slather the cake in a crumb coat of buttercream (this is just an underlayer of buttercream) smooth it out with a paper towel then pop in the fridge to stiffen up a bit.
Whip up another batch of buttercream, this time using the predominantely shortening version so you get white buttercream. Slather the cake in the white buttercream and again smooth it out as best you can, but not completely as the imperfections are what gives it character.
For the dripping paint I just used regular old icing sugar, water and food colouring icing. Popped a bit into the fondant paint tins I had made then dripped the icing 'artistically' down the side :)
Then voila you are done :)
For the decoration I used a Cadenza Bella Extreme rainbow party pack + table tutu skirt. OR you can by some tulle by the yard in all the colours I can get in and give some of it a go yourself :)
There were 6 tutu's, one for each colour of the rainbow in size 2 for the guests to twirl around and paint in. A tutu table skirt, a cake tutu, tulle pompoms, tulle streamers and balloons in all the colours of the rainbow :)
I also bought a bunch of plastic roses in each colour.
For the lootbags I made some more Origami paper bags which had coloured jellies in them and a crayon aswell as there very own ribbon wand to take home :)
The food!! Was delicious! I saw these super cute artist pallette cookies on pinterest and had to try and make some, mine are not as good as the ones I saw, but i gathered it was ok as it was a 2 year olds party and what 2 year old does not mush the colours in, lol. We also had some rice krispie treats and some fruit for starters. The rice krispies were meant to be paintbrushes and have wee nadles but I was short on time so compromised.
The Jellies came out at cake time and were a hit! Rainbow Jellies rock! Although they take some time to make as you have to wait for each layer to set before adding the next.
I set up some canvas's, paints, qtips, collage pieces, paper, pens, crayons, watercolours, basically everything that you could think of to get the creative juices flowing. The kids loved it! Although the paint pots had to get put away as they quickly decided that pouring paint on the ground was the best fun and a couple (including Cadence) ended up covered in paint.
So that is more or less how Cadence's rainbow art party went. I hope you get some good ideas for your next party and feel free to pin this blog for inspiration :) leave a comment or ask a question :)