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Kid’s Birthday Parties: Rainbow Pool Party!

Last week I shared my daughter’s Art Party details and I briefly mentioned that the previous year she had a Rainbow Pool Party so thought I would share some fun details from that party as well!

The food is SO fun with this theme!

As I said, I love a good theme and this one was so much fun because it involved color! There are so many possibilities with a Rainbow party, but immediately I knew I wanted to do one of those six layer rainbow cakes. For this cake, I bought six boxes of Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix in each color of the rainbow. I also bought the white Pillsbury frosting. I figured since I was making SIX boxes of cake, cutting corners with store bought frosting would be okay. Since I only had two 8″ round cake pans, I made two cakes Wednesday, two on Thursday, and two on Friday. I used frosting to “glue” each layer together and kept them in the refrigerator.

This cake is easier than it looks!

On Saturday I coated the whole outside with a second tub of white vanilla Pillsbury frosting and kept it simple by printing my own little cake banner with my daughter’s name in rainbow colors and a #6 candle!

Other party food included yogurt dipped pretzels with rainbow sprinkles, fresh fruit skewers in rainbow color order, chocolate chip cookies with colorful M&Ms, and a rainbow veggie tray with dip! I bought mini water bottles and colored them with a drop of liquid Kool-Aid.

I found these glass jars with colorful lids at Michael’s on clearance and scooped them right up! I filled them with Sixlets chocolate candies to create a fun rainbow backdrop for the party table, but didn’t factor in the heat outside, so chocolate candy was definitely not the right decision and these babies ended up staying inside for the party. For a pool party, I would recommend gumballs!

We also had a rainbow lollipop bouquet because those look so fun on a party table and are always a hit with the kiddos!

Party favors were fun too! Since it was just a bunch of little girls at the party, we did rainbow glitter lip glosses, rainbow rings, and colorful rubberbands to make bracelets with.

We were blessed with perfect sunny weather on the party day and all the kids had a blast! I bought jumbo balloons from Amazon and tied them to matching color buckets from the Dollar Tree to decorate around the pool.

And when it was time to cut the cake…bam! Look at that rainbow of color!! So much fun and all the kids were extremely impressed!

This girl was on a cloud after a day of swimming and snacking with friends! Another successful party down!

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Kid’s Birthday Parties: ART Party!

My oldest daughter just turned 7 last month and she is an artsy one! Pretty much the week after her 6th birthday (a Rainbow Pool Party) she had already decided she wanted to do an Art Party for her 7th. I love a good party theme and was thrilled with this one! It was one of the easier parties we have done because it was held in a local art studio which means I didn’t need to do anything in the line of decorating as the studio already had all the party ambiance one could want. And the best part was not having to clean my house before and after the party – so it was a win/win! I also didn’t have to worry about party favors since each guest would be getting a potty piece to paint that would be fired and returned to them as their party favor.
We had the party mid-afternoon so the only party food we had to focus on was a few sweet treats!

This is super simple with a big impact. I bought the wood palette at Michael’s for $4 and found these little chalkboard signs there as well for just $1 each! The bigger chalkboard was also a Michael’s find on a 50% off sale it was only $8. I knew it was a piece that I will use at home all the time! (#chalkboardobsessed) I made simple vanilla cupcakes and then a big batch of Royal Icing (I always use THIS recipe) and used gel food coloring to dye them bright colors to resemble different color paints.


Another easy dessert was rice crispie treats that I shaped into paint brushes and put on wood crafting sticks I also found at Michael’s. Then I used melted Wilton candy melts in a variety of colors to dip them in and give them the wet paintbrush look. This is such a fun cooking project to do with kids!

To add a little interest to the table I did a lollipop bouquet. I had the pink paint can bucket from the dollar spot at Target several years ago and I bought two bundles of lollipops at Dollar Tree (yes, only $2 spent on ALL of those). I picked up the wood #7 when I was at Michael’s and painted it purple with some craft paint I already had on hand. Then I hot glued a wooden grilling skewer onto it to make it a fun addition to the bouquet. I always try to incorporate the kid’s ages into the party table in some fun way!

Another simple way to customize any party is to create custom water bottle labels! Just pull off the existing label, wrap and tape these on. If you want to make them waterproof you can use packing tape to laminate them but I just used scotch tape on these since I knew they would just be room temperature sitting on the party table. I also like the small size at kid’s parties because it cuts down on waste from half drank bottles.

This party was a hit all the way around! The small size of the studio and bright lights made photographing the event more challenging, but I managed to capture some fun moments!

We ended the day with one very happy birthday girl! Happy 7th to my sweet Aubrey!

~ Tamie

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Sick Days and Teacher Appreciation M&Ms

Lots of illness in this house over the last few weeks. Guess I’m thankful that we are getting it out of our systems before we all huddle into an RV for a month. Speaking of that- we leave in three weeks and so much to do – eeeee!! But more on that later. So what do we do during all these sick days at home?

 candy crush time!
Well, there’s lots of Candy Crush on the tablet. It’s a favorite of ours and Nicholas has turned into quite the candy crushing guru. And what makes Aubrey happy? I volunteered to be her makeover subject and she did my hair, makeup, and accessorized me. It’s the closest thing I’ve had to a spa day in a long time!! She was quite proud of her handy work.

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In other news, it’s teacher appreciation week and we had fun with it this year! I found THIS cute idea on pinterest the other day and loved it. It was super simple and didn’t involve a ton of crafting, since we’ve been sick and lazy and all that this week. And it was a good excuse to buy some more mason jars, which I LOVE for storing and displaying things in around the house. I also got to bust out some cute washi tape for the labels. I couldn’t find a printable template for the poem, so I created one using Adobe Fireworks and am attaching it here. Feel free to download it and modify it for your own M&M:

I found this whole “apple collection” of stickers and gift packaging in the dollar section of Target last summer and scooped it up for future teacher gifts. That’s also where I stocked up on the cute red and white twine. So here is how it all came together: cute apple sticker on the lid of the jar, a bit of twine tied around the top, fill ’em up with M&Ms and attach the cute printable poem. I attached mine to some cardstock and added some wasabi tape for color and we were done!


For Aubrey’s preschool teacher, we packed her a breakfast “snack” which consisted on a Paradise Bakery blueberry muffin and a cute individual carafe of Simply Orange and we packed it in the apple gift box I mentioned above. Aubrey signed her name on the gift tag.

I found these adorable gift tags in the dollar section of Micheal’s. How cute are these to attach to $5 Starbucks gift cards for all of Nick’s specialty teachers?! They look like they were designed specifically for his PE teacher, French teacher, art teacher, and music teacher! I mean, c’mon! Music notes and French writing?? LOVE!

And here is how the completed project turned out! An apple is nice, but who wouldn’t love a jar full of M&Ms?!