Over the weekend we had a beautiful and fun RAINBOW PARTY for our little girl!
We have been planning and prepping for Cadence’s Rainbow party for two months… and then this happened….
Soooo plans changed, and we scrambled to find a new venue for our party that would accommodate the bounce house we rented, but hey, that’s life right? You just have to roll/bounce with it 🙂
We were able to secure space on the indoor turf field at the local Rec Center—it was perfect and SO MUCH fun!
Bounce house + bouncy balls = awesome four-year-old party!! All of the kids had a blast, and were sufficiently exhausted by the end of the party, which earned us major points with their parents 😉
The only problem was that there is a strict NO FOOD ALLOWED rule on the turf field. Completely understandable. It just sucks when you’re trying to have a party.
To be fair, the Rec Center has party rooms available, and if we had planned this arrangement from the beginning, I would have had time to reserve one. Instead, we improvised! I made rice crispy treats, and we sang Happy Birthday to Cadence in the snack area 😀
When asked what her favorite part of her party was, Cadence replied, “Giving my friends the goody bags!” She helped me pick out and assemble the goody bags for her rainbow party. Here’s what we included:
After the party, we had a little celebration at home that included all of her rainbow decorations, and the pièce de résistance, the rainbow cake!
Neither of my kids are big cake-lovers, yet they insist on cakes for their birthdays. Last year, I experimented with ganache instead of frosting on cupcakes. This year I used Cool Whip!
The cake was fairly simple to make. Red velvet cake for the red layer, yellow cake for the cake layer, then yellow cake again with some food coloring for the orange layer. White cake with green food coloring for the green layer. And last, Pillsbury makes a blue cake mix that we used for the blue layer.
I baked each cake layer in 9″ circle pans (because that’s what I have) then I used a 6″ cardboard circle as my template and carefully cut out the 6″ cake from the middle of the 9″ cake. I used this fun tool to level each layer, so they were all exactly the same size.
Then it was just a matter of stacking and smearing Cool Whip between the layers!
And the best part is, that her actual birthday hasn’t even happened yet! We get to celebrate this darling girl again this weekend!