Showing posts with label rainbow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rainbow. Show all posts

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Rainbow Art Party

Amy & Rose had a great time at their birthday party!  They wanted a rainbow art theme so I got to work scouring the internet for fun ideas. This was a party on a budget so we went with simple food (all homemade) and easy crafts made from items we already had on hand.

First up the cakes. I went with super simple. Plain vanilla cake on the inside for both girls. It's their favourite. I had wanted to have some sort of rainbow decoration on the cakes but hadn't really planned it out. Rare for me since I'm usually all about the cake. I did a quick internet search and found this video. Perfectly easy and fast. I had made some fondant  and just cut their name out.  

Rose's Cake
I had a little cake stand accident at the party. When taking both of the cake stands out of the car I accidentally bumped them together and broke one! I was devastated. The party was held at the school playground so I improvised very quickly and used one of the cardboard cake push-pop stands instead. It was only meant to hold extra cake push pops and wasn't decorated or anything but it worked out OK.

Amy's Cake

I did have a little fun with cake. I tried push pops for the first time. It was super simple. I decided to only use 4 colours to make it easy. I think they came out pretty cute and they were tasty too! The kids just loved these. I will definitely make them again.

Rainbow Jello cups. I was totally going to leave these out and not make them but at the last minute I went for it. They just look so pretty! I actually made about 50 plastic shot glass sized ones for the kids. I used one regular sized package of each jello colour. There was still plenty of Jello left so I made these taller glass ones with some plastic party glasses that I had leftover from a previous occasion.These are time consuming to make since you need to let each layer semi set for about 10 minutes so it takes a while to get all of the layers made. It's not difficult, just tedious.
Here's the party dessert table. I also made some paintbrush and palette cookies. My husband and I decorated them the morning of the party. They kind of stuck together a bit during transport since they didn't have quite enough time for the icing to dry fully. They were delicious though!

The rest of the party food was super simple. It was a late afternoon party - so I just served a few snacks.
The veggies are arranged like a rainbow with cauliflower clouds, and the the fruit is a rainbow stripe. In addition, I just put out a little cheese & crackers, chips, popcorn twists etc. My Aunt really came to the rescue on the morning of the party. She ended up cutting up all of the fruit and veggies! My Mom also helped with baby duty and watched the all of the girls while Ozzie & I were in full party preparation mode. As usual, I was a bit behind schedule at the last minute. Having a party off site with so many little extras meant it took a while to get packed into the car and then setup. It's much simpler to be at home and take stuff out to the tables at leisure. Rose wanted to invite her entire class so we chose the playground because of easy parking and lots of space. It was a good decision, but now I have a better idea of setup time etc for an offsite location.

I had forgotten to take a photo of the food right away so you might notice a few nibbles out of the trays already. 

We had several crafts/activites on hand. Make a collage, paint a rainbow fish, make a hanging rainbow with tissue streamers and some colouring sheets. Here are just a couple of some finished pieces. We hung them up in a tent for our little art gallery  and also so that they could all dry. It was a windy day so this was a good idea. If we would have just laid them out on the table to dry many would have blown away!


I also setup a little staged photo for the children. My Aunt brought over her easel, some paintings and some brushes and a palette. We let the children choose a painting and then took a photo of them as if they were painting it themselves. The party guests were ages 3-7. I thought only the littles would be interested in this activity but almost everyone lined up for their turn. They really got a kick out of it! Here are my girls' artist photos.

Party bags were very simple for the party. They held a few goodies and I made them in a rainbow of colours. I also decorated party blowouts as one of the items inside each one.

I prefer not to put photos with other children on my blog but I can assure you there were lots of smiling faces during the party. The children had fun playing on the playground, creating some fun art, playing football (soccer) and playing pass the parcel. My girls had to wait a few weeks after their birthday for their party because the school playground was fully booked, but they will tell you that it was worth it! Thank you to everyone who came and made their party a success!

I used a couple of different party printable sets for this party. I liked elements of all of them. They can be found here. I have no affiliation with these designers.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Fast lunches for a busy morning

Well I fell asleep nice and early with the baby last night and then woke up at 5 am! I was cleaning out the fridge before trash pickup and doing some general kitchen cleaning when Rosie woke up and said I was making too much noise. So I went back to bed and back to sleep only to wake up a little later than I had wanted. No worries, easy, fast lunches to the rescue!

Rose's lunch
carrot sticks & dip, grape tomatoes, cantaloupe, strawberries
vitamin gummies, goldfish smore's
roasted chicken sandwich with a cheese flower topper

Amy's is quite similar with only a small variation due to her taste preferences and the fact that I am trying to use up little odds and ends of fruit and veggies before the storm.

Amy's lunch
cucumber sticks, carrot sticks and a grape tomato that she probably won't eat
strawberries, black grapes, vitamin gummies
plain goldfish (original), same roasted chicken sandwich as above

I do not know what the heck happened to these photos, I must have taken them with my eyes shut. There is some weird angle thing going on and it looks all skewed funny. The sandwiches were definitely normal looking circles in real life. Oh well, that's what I get for a late morning start. Regarding Amy -- I am probably going to give up on the tomato soon as she's approaching her 9,876,543 presentation of them! That's how many times it takes picky eaters to try something new right? ;)

Heidi's at home Lunch

2 chicken rainbow sandwiches, mini cup with 2 vitamin gummies
cucumber sticks and carrot sticks
black grapes, strawberries

I did not put any dip for her veggies, but as she is at home I can add it later. I figured that I might stand up her veggies and put some dip in the bottom of that section if she asks for any. I am pretty sure that she will since she loves to dip stuff. I drastically decreased the amount of food this time. This should be a better amount for her.

Here are some items that I used in these lunches:

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Rainbow Planetbox lunches

Rainbow planetbox lunches -- featuring our Rainbow Sugar cookies!

Heidi's lunch
Fruit of the rainbow: red strawberries, orange clementines, yellow golden raisins, 
green kiwi slices, violet grapes

The top holds our rainbow cookies, a few cheerios and a little rainbow cup with a vitamin inside
The sandwich is a homemade roll with cheese.

Rose's Rainbow Lunch
Almost the same as Heidi's. The same rainbow fruit plus she had crackers in the top and meatballs and BBQ sauce in the bottom. With two of our cherry tomatoes for good measure :) 

This was an OK day as far as what they ate. They wouldn't eat the kiwi ( still!) and they left a bunch of raisins and other odd bites. This was a pretty huge lunch so it's not a big deal - I think I just packed too much.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Rainbow cupcakes

Easy peasy lemon squeezy! As Amy would say :) I used one box of Duncan Hines Coconut Supreme cake mix and some food colouring. I separated out the cake mix into 6 bowls and coloured them- red, orange, yellow, green, blue and a violet-y-purple. Then I layered in one small spoon of each colour into each cupcake well.

Baked as usual and frosted with Betty Crocker cherry frosting and covered in rainbow sprinkles. The coconut cake and cherry frosting is really a good combination. I was not in the mood to make icing and all I had in the house was one can of ready made cherry frosting. I'm glad it worked out that way -- Delicious! These do not hang around too long -- I had to hide two that I wanted to take to my grandparents. they almost missed out!

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Rainbow lunches again for the girls.
Rose really wanted to use this lunch container again :)
grape tomatoes, cantaloupe, pineapple, granny smith apple slices, purple grapes,
nilla wafers, rainbow coloured sandwich, ranch dip for the tomatoes, apple slices

Amy & Heidi had the same thing - this is Amy's lunch -- no photo for Heidi's lunch
red apple slices, cantaloupe, pineapple, granny smith apple slices, plum slices,
nilla wafer, Rainbow coloured ham sandwich ( Heidi had cheese)
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rainbow lunch for Rosie

A rainbow lunch to cheer up Rosie
Ham shooting star sandwich, apple stars
rainbow star boiled egg, plum slices
cucumber cutouts with orange pepper fill ins
carrot & celery sticks with ranch dip in the little cup

Did you notice that the food colouring markers look better? It's a new brand! I bought them at International Imports. They were a bit expensive and I was hesitant to spend money on them without knowing if they would be just as annoying as the others. It was a good decision :) The brand is Ateco. I've only used them today so no report yet about how long they will stay so bright.

Rose is still unwell. We've been to the Dr once this week and are supposed to call in to report tomorrow. I imagine they will want to see her again. This lunch certainly cheered her up and she wanted me to take a photo of her with her lunch. She still picked at her food - ate the whole egg and all of the apple stars plus a few bites of everything else. Success in my book.

check out Rainbow Connection for some other rainbow food, crafts and activities:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The accidental rainbow

Finally all three girls were well enough to go back to school. We ended up being in a bit of a rush this morning so I just started packing lunch without any theme, fruit first as usual. Suddenly, I looked down and I had been using the colours of the rainbow - in order even  - top to bottom! I quickly remembered that I had some cute new rainbow cups, added a row of purple grapes & turned it into a rainbow themed lunch.

strawberries, clementines, pineapple, green & purple grapes
cucumber stars, carrots & PB dip in the little cup
Rainbow sandwiches - Ham

Rose's lunch
all the same - except she has ranch dip in her little cup :)

Heidi's Lunch
the same except no dip for her.

If you look really closely you'll notice that the colour yellow is missing from the rainbow sandwiches. I couldn't find the yellow food writer and we really were behind schedule today. The husband was complaining as I was colouring their sandwiches. I just couldn't let this accidental rainbow lunch go without a rainbow sandwich!! I was fast I promise.

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