Yesterday, we held a rainbow party for my now 6 year old Chloe, and she and her friends had a lovely time. Unfortunately I woke up on Saturday with the flu, and was still feeling horrible on Sunday, so didn't get lots of the little things I had planned done. The perfectionist in me had to remember that no one knew! My poor old head couldn't cope with any decisions though, and I put the smarties on the cake upside down (ie violet to red, not red to violet) but the lovely thing about decorating a cake for six year olds is that they really don't care as long as they get to eat those same smarties!
Unfortunately, I can't take the credit for the gorgeous rainbow table skirt, which was on loan from the amazingly generous Siobhan from Hip Hooray, who had made it for her own daughter's party. She left a comment on the post I did on the party invitations last week, asking if I wanted to borrow it.... did I ever! As well as having a very inspiring blog, Siobhan and her sister Vanessa also have a fantastic online shop called Details, details which stocks all things fabulous for parties and other celebrations.
My bigger kids made this beautiful rainbow from crepe paper circles which they scrunched into rough flower shapes and then painstakingly poked through the holes of a big pegboard we use for market displays. I was really impressed with how they stuck at it, even though it took them hours, and how effective it looked.
More crepe paper... long strips this time twisted into flowers and pinned into styrofoam for a centrepiece.
The rainbow jellies turned out well considering I rushed them a little. Having only a small-ish fridge and 8 people in the house meant that I couldn't spare them any room until Thursday, so I risked mixing layers by adding two or three colours a day. They were demolished!
My daughter asked that the take home bags be very rainbow-y, so we found some plain white metal buckets and stuck different lengths of coloured ribbons to a strip of double sided tape. Amazingly, the ribbons fitted exactly around without having to miss any colours at the join. My big kids were good at this job too - see how useful it can be to have six children?!!
As for the games, we had a treasure hunt to find the gold that the naughty pixies had stolen from under the rainbow. Luckily the good fairies had left the girls clues on how to find it again, which also involved doing lots of colour challenges, all of which they passed with flying colours. We finished the party off by making rainbow coloured necklaces which was a lovely quiet activity. But the biggest hit of the party by far was the puppet show that my husband and two sons put on. Following the tradition begun by my dad (and Joy's) who always gave puppet shows at our parties, my hubby has gamely stepped up to the challenge for our own children and he is a natural. It was so lovely to see the girls so excited, screaming instructions at the puppets and giggling away at the rather lame jokes. Priceless!