It was supposed to be small; in the house, maybe a few balloons and strictly family. Somehow, it turned into a guest list of 70, a face painter and a pinata. Although a spent a little more than I originally planned, everything was done with a set budget in mind.
Enjoy the pictures of the party taken by my good friend, Amaly Yossef.
Let’s start with the cake.
Because the party was supposed to be small, I was going to make the cake myself. Let’s just say that my “practice cake” was er, edible. In a panic, just a few days before the party, a talented friend of mine, who so happens to be an awesome baker, Maisam Cakes, offered to help me out. I gave her creative freedom to do what she wants and she went beyond my expectation. Just look at this beauty.
I was worried that there wouldn’t be enough food so I made a quick stop the morning of the party. I was running around Wal-Mart, filling my cart up with last minute items (and presents for Mariyah), when I get to the check-out, I’m pulling out items out of my cart, that were NOT mine. I quickly realized that, somehow in the midst of birthday madness, I walked off with someone else’s cart. I just feel bad for the person who couldn’t find their cart. Oops.
The ideas for throwing a rainbow party are endless. And Pinterest became my “how to throw a rainbow party” manual. That is where I got the recipe for these awesome Funfetti sugar cookies. I’ve also used this sugar cookie recipe for a fruit pizza and it is delicious.
A big I.O.U. to my friend Mase, who along with taking care of her one-year-old, she was dipping Oreos, truffles and pretzels in chocolate all night long, the night before the party. She confessed that when the orange chocolate wasn’t working right, she had a mental breakdown on her kitchen floor at one in the morning. Damn you. orange chocolate!
The best part about throwing a rainbow party is that I could literally throw sprinkles on anything and it magically becomes part of the theme.
The Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes were a hit with the kids. Something about eating a cupcake that looks like ice cream amazed them. (Tip: make sure that you use a large muffin pan and put the cones directly on the uncooked batter. No worries, they won’t burn.) I found the idea here.
I made the jello literally 2 hours before the party, thankfully the jello settled in time. Each packet made 6 – 3 ounce cups.
As much as I would like to take credit for the decor, my chocolate dipping queen, Mase, also decorated. All I have to say is that streamers and balloons go a long way. I also hung a year worth of pictures along the fireplace. It was great to see how Mariyah has grown month by month.
For the centerpieces, I filled clear vases with M&Ms and Skittles (separately) and marshmallows and made these rainbow wands, as I would like to call it. For the wands I cut the tip of a kabob stick (to prevent stabbing if so it happened. I didn’t know what kind of party this was going to become). I cut ribbon of each color and tied it with a small clear rubber band to the stick. I then cut cloud shapes out of white felt that I bought from Joann’s for only .79 and glued it to the kabob stick.
The kid tables (below) were a little more festive. I rimmed the plastic cups with sprinkles which paired well with the chocolate milk I served. I did not think that rimming plastic cups with sprinkles was going to be difficult, but it was. (Tip: First, use milk. Second, make sure you use a small amount of sprinkles in a bowl at a time. Sprinkles + milk = a sprinkle glob = not cool.
Of course a girl’s birthday party wouldn’t be complete without a tutu. I made a rainbow tutu and whatever tulle that was left over, I made a high chair tutu with.
The best part of the party had to be the pinata. This pinata was invincible! I was about to stab the pinata with a butcher knife until my sister-in-law charged at the pinata with a broom stick. One hit and that sucker went down. The room roared “AH” and all the kids charged at the candy. A priceless moment that I regret not getting on video.
This was definitely one of my great impulse purchases. Quick story;I got lost in Target (don’t be surprised, I get lost driving home) when I
spotted this book at the end-aisle. I picked it up quickly and continued my search for the front check-out. My husband was all $15.99 for a book blah blah and I was all it was on sale, as I crumbled the receipt in my hand.
All the guests wrote Mariyah a little note for her to read when she gets older.It was a great way to remember all the wonderful friends and family who helped us make my child’s first birthday special.
After all is said and done, I don’t regret spending a dime or my time. It was a perfect end to a great first year. Now, all I have to say is: