Rainbow Polka-dot Party – real party

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posted on April 10, 2010 by  |  posted under Birthdays

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

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Rainbow Polka-dot Party

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Where does one come up with THIS theme, you ask?  I’ll tell you.  Because that is what you get when you ask a certain little 4 year old girl who’s super power it is to shoot rainbows from her hands that wrap around the BAD guys and catch ‘em and a certain other little girl’s mom who is obsessed with anything polka-dot what kind of party they want…if this is not a run-on sentence, I don’t know what is:).  Maybe don’t ask next time, EM… no, do ask ’cause this turned out FABULOUS!  Two minds are definately better than one when planning a party around a made up theme…especially when EM is the other mind!  Her creativity amazes me.

I promised you pictures and pictures I took!  Sorry if your scrolling finger gets tired:)

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

Garland used around the room to add polka-dots and color…and cute pics of the birthday girls!

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

These are streamers we hung from the doorway for the kids to walk through.  Em just stapled round foam circles we found at the dollar store to wrapping ribbon.

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

tutus and…

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

feather rainbow hair clips for the girls.  Nicely done, EM.

Polka Dot Rainbow Party party favors for all

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

Gotta Love Ikea Plates!

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

Colored Lemon Heads for a treat.  Found these at CostCo – you NEED to try these, YUM!

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

Shelley’s ADORABLE birthday hat, click here for her tutorial on how to make these.  And beads to make rainbow bracelets…on pipe cleaners so 4 year olds could actually string their own!

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

The party table.

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

I couldn’t figure out how to photograph this to give it justice…this doesn’t.  Emily tied and tied and tied and tied and tied until all the colors of the rainbow were connected onto a long string which we hung over the back door.  It MADE the party decor.  You could do this with any colors to match your theme, it took a bit of time, but it was worth it…I can say that ’cause I didn’t do all the knots…I did, however blow up my fair share of balloons, even if they weren’t as big as EM’s and she made fun of me:)  Just be sure to do it in the middle of the day and not at 11:00 at night when you are so tired that you can’t stop laughing at each other’s faces as they puff out each time you blow into a balloon, it really hinders your progress.

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

Last but certainly not least…the cake.  EM did an AMAZING job on this!  Look at the polka-dots:)

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

Each layer had frosting in between…lemon flavored…delicious!

And I have to share a few of the BIRTHDAY GIRLS…

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

Girls and Secrets

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

Do these wings look familiar???  EM shared a tutorial for angel wings at Christmas time.  She adapted them to fit the rainbow theme.  Also, the shirts I made with the Silhouette…a tutorial can be found here.

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

I LOVE her giggle:)

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

bEST fRIENDS fOREVER!

Over and Out until next year…or the next year – I don’t know how much of this I can take!

Polka Dot Rainbow Party

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COMMENTS
  1. April 10th, 2010 at 10:28 am
    cherylene says:
    Love it! So adorable.
    .-= cherylene´s last blog ..Chore Cans =-.
  2. April 10th, 2010 at 11:08 am
    Amber Filkins says:
    Okay, I ♥♥♥ this post!! My daughter's 3rd bday is in June, and I've started planning a Rainbow party!! I've been bookmarking ideas, and trying to find more rainbow inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    I'd already planned the rainbow balloon arch and the rainbow {cup}cakes. Thanks for the heads up on the rest of the stuff! I'll definitely check out the rainbow Lemonheads from Costco.

    Thanks again!

    ♥ Amber
    .-= Amber Filkins´s last blog ..Deep Thoughts for a Friday =-.
  3. April 10th, 2010 at 11:29 am
    Stephanie Lynn says:
    What a fabulously fun party! The colors are amazing and I just adore the theme {The rainbow shooting fingers super power is adorable!} That cake is TDF! Great Job putting everything together - looks great!
    .-= Stephanie Lynn´s last blog ..A Second Birthday Carnival Extraordinaire =-.
  4. April 10th, 2010 at 12:17 pm
    Polly says:
    I LOVE the theme! How fun and colorful everything was! I am throwing a baby shower in June- I might use your idea!
    .-= Polly´s last blog ..Another Mirror Makeover =-.
  5. April 10th, 2010 at 12:33 pm
    Heather says:
    that is terrific! I love those colors. I've started collecting ideas for my kids' birthdays and I will definitely be remembering some of these ideas!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Pink Baby's gonna look good! =-.
  6. April 10th, 2010 at 1:01 pm
    beth anne says:
    my birthday is this month and i would LOVE this! who cares that i am 39!
    .-= beth anne´s last blog ..lucky birthday month strikes again! =-.
  7. April 10th, 2010 at 2:10 pm
    Jacki says:
    I did a rainbow playdoh party for my 3 year old daughter recently, but in pales in comparison to yours!

    Here's what we did:
    http://johnandjackidaley.blogspot.com/2010/01/natalies-birthday-party-part-1-rainbow.html

    And here's my Cricut post on decorations/favors:
    http://johnandjackidaley.blogspot.com/2010/01/natalies-birthday-party-part-2-rainbow.html
  8. April 10th, 2010 at 2:42 pm
    Sarah says:
    So wow!!! Loving this. I want my super power to be shooting rainbows from my fingertips, too. :) What a sweet & colorful party. I just did a pink princess party for my 1 yr old & had so much fun doing it. I'm kinda into parties now. I want to do another one! It's addicting. lol. Thanks for sharing such beautiful inspiration. Love how it all turned out.

    Blessings!
    -Sarah
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..So, yeah... I'm pretty excited! =-.
  9. April 10th, 2010 at 3:08 pm
    Mindy says:
    Adorable! Especially the little b-day girls. That table really is out of control cute!!!
  10. April 10th, 2010 at 6:18 pm
    Cherees says:
    Looks like it was so much fun! I told my 10yr old I want to have a polka dot party and she just giggled.
    .-= Cherees´s last blog ..5QF & Follow Friday =-.
  11. April 10th, 2010 at 7:04 pm
    Tasha says:
    Love it! It just made me smile through the whole thing. What a perfect party and love ALL the fabulous ideas. I love parties. They are just happiness.
  12. April 10th, 2010 at 7:18 pm
    Kim says:
    Super fun! I love bright colors for kids parties!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration
  13. April 10th, 2010 at 8:01 pm
    Misty says:
    I've been planning a "Rainbow Party" for my daughter's 8th birthday in June....thanks for some great ideas!!
    .-= Misty´s last blog ..Homemade Twix Bars =-.
  14. April 10th, 2010 at 9:19 pm
    Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says:
    LOVE it ALL!
    .-= Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}´s last blog ..shredded beef =-.
  15. April 10th, 2010 at 10:03 pm
    karin marie smith says:
    Oh man! I'm doing a Rainbows & Sunshine theme for my daughter's second birthday April 24th! (the day she was born) I actually was gonna do Ikea plates too! I wanna be as green as possible! I love what you created! Got my mind flowing even more! Do you have a recipe for the frosting?! It sounds super yummy!! :) Where did you get the tutu's? there super cute! The red fabric near the arch is that just a curtain or a bed sheet or something?! Oh man your getting me super excited for my daughters birthday! :) I hope I can finish everything in time! Thanks for explaining what you did because I was trying to figure out the balloon arch but those link-o-loons are kinda pricey. You did an awesome job! :)
    • April 12th, 2010 at 9:29 am
      Missy says:
      I will have to ask EM for the recipe, if I get it I will comment again. We found the tutus at the dollar store in the toy section, the red fabric is just my curtain for my back door. Your party sounds fun! Good Luck!
  16. April 10th, 2010 at 11:06 pm
    Emily says:
    This is amazing. We went to a polka dot party awhile back and one of the cutest ideas was a 'craft' using the "do a dot" markers (Michael's or Joann's) and using them to fill in a picture of a gumball machine. You could do the same thing with a rainbow picture. The kids loved using them, but I guess it would depend on the ages.
  17. April 11th, 2010 at 4:32 am
    Sdary Mommy says:
    I am in LOVE with this party!! So, so fun!! It's amazing!!
  18. April 11th, 2010 at 7:11 pm
    Emily says:
    At the risk of sounding like a baby, I just have to say you got me crying! Those two truly are Best Friends. I love how you talked about Lays super power. You are a good story teller. You are also the best photographer ever, and I can't wait to steal the pics!
  19. April 12th, 2010 at 6:59 am
    Courtney Kebodeaux says:
    This party was perfectly decorated and photographed.
    I hope you don't mind me saving a few pictures for future inspiration, you just did such a fabulous job!
  20. April 12th, 2010 at 9:43 am
    Craft Passion says:
    This is fabulous, so colorful!!! Beautiful girls in colorful party, ENVY!!!
    .-= Craft Passion´s last blog ..Bag Tutorial: Shaggy Bag With Lining =-.
  21. April 12th, 2010 at 9:51 am
    Nesleirbag says:
    That party was RAINBOW HEAVEN! Thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas and photography!
  22. April 12th, 2010 at 12:59 pm
    Natasha says:
    I loved looking at all the pictures, I miss those days. I am hurridly trying to come up with ideas for my daughters 16th birthday.
  23. April 12th, 2010 at 1:06 pm
    Mickie says:
    This is awesome! Another idea- not the perfect rainbow colors, but still fun. There are these beads you can order online (I'm sorry I don't have that information handy)... they are ultraviolet beads that are bland colors- make bracelets with them then go out in the sunshine- they will change colors from the light! Kids love them!
  24. April 12th, 2010 at 1:13 pm
    Lisa says:
    Love the rainbow theme - how cleverly executed! That cake is just fabulous! Looks like the adults had as much fun planning the party as the kids did attending! Thanks for the fun ideas.
  25. April 12th, 2010 at 1:33 pm
    Karen says:
    I am SO having a rainbow party for my daughter's 1st birthday in May! Yeah!
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Spring? =-.
  26. April 12th, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    Ellen says:
    I love it! i fully plan on pinching these ideas! ;-D
    .-= Ellen´s last blog ..Love Notes... =-.
  27. April 12th, 2010 at 6:03 pm
    Megan says:
    What did you do for invitations? Thanks!!
    • May 2nd, 2010 at 8:37 pm
      Missy says:
      I used a circle stamp in photoshop and stamped polka-dots all over a 4x6 in rainbow colors then I put the information about the party in the circles along with a couple pictures of the girls - it turned out pretty cute! Then I just printed them at costco as a 4x6 picture.
  28. April 12th, 2010 at 7:52 pm
    pamela ponder says:
    How adorable, you have the cutest ideas I am so making a cake like that for someones birthday this summer :-)
    the party looked like so much fun!
    .-= pamela ponder´s last blog ..THE ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY ~LET'S PARTY!!! =-.
  29. April 12th, 2010 at 9:40 pm
    Aubrey says:
    Wow! That is SO awesome! We had a rainbow cake this year, but one of my BFF's and I have little girls born less than 23 hours apart...I am thinking this would be a great future party for them! Thanks for sharing!!!!
  30. April 14th, 2010 at 7:02 am
    Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. says:
    Such a cute idea! I absolutely love all the bright colors!
    .-= Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy.´s last blog ..Bunny Chase Fundraiser =-.
  31. April 14th, 2010 at 7:56 pm
    ALyssa says:
    I LOVE this party, it looks fantastically fun and I will have to print it off and put it in our party book. I keep a running list (with visual aids- ideas for games/favors/decorations/cakes) for my kids to pick their party themes out of so that they don't pick weird things that I can not do (last year my son picked a 'bear in a den' theme for his party and this year he has selected a bat theme for his June birthday- we need to limit it to things I CAN do).
    On her wing tutorial it says that Em may be doing a tutu tutorial, is that in the works? I would love to find a way to do them inexpensively, without having a lot of left over materials. We only have two girls and teh way that I know how has LOTS of leftovers in materials and wasted $.
    Thanks for sharing this
    Alyssa
    • April 14th, 2010 at 10:03 pm
      Missy says:
      She said she would do the tutu tutorial - YEAH! Now I just have to get to helping her...ie take pictures of her doing it so I don't screw it up!:)
  32. April 15th, 2010 at 1:32 pm
    Kelli says:
    What a fun party! I love the cake and the candy on the outside makes it even better!
    .-= Kelli´s last blog ..Sometimes I Wonder.... =-.
  33. May 15th, 2010 at 6:44 pm
    stacy says:
    What a great party! Wish I could have been there! I don't know how I missed this post, but it looks like it was fabulous! I love the rainbow cake...so cute!
  34. July 26th, 2010 at 2:54 pm
    Lori says:
    Super cute party! Where can I find the recipe for the cake? Is it a mix tinted different colors or made from scratch? I would love the lemon icing recipe too!
    • July 26th, 2010 at 10:17 pm
      Missy says:
      I will have to get the cake recipe - but white cake mix tinted the colors would work. Here is the frosting recipe:
      2/3 cup butter, softened
      4 cups powdered sugar
      1 tsp vanilla ( I think she used lemon extract instead)
      2 to 4 tablespoons milk
      Beat butter until kight and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in extract and enough milk for desired consistency.
      YUM!
      • August 2nd, 2010 at 11:21 am
        Stacy Buckley says:
        Were you ever able to post the cake recipe anywhere. thanks!!

        sb
        • August 5th, 2010 at 1:28 pm
          Missy says:
          I am geting Em on it as we speak!
  35. October 1st, 2010 at 4:55 pm
    Sara says:
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the balloon arch!! Do you have a tutorial for making one??
    (oh, and I loved everything else, too! So cute!!)
  36. December 29th, 2010 at 1:45 pm
    Megan says:
    I am not near an ikea store. can you order the plates online? if so, are they paper?
    • December 29th, 2010 at 1:55 pm
      Missy says:
      I don't think they are online and they are plastic.
  37. January 7th, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    Sara says:
    Awesome!!! Tutorial for balloon arch??
  38. January 31st, 2011 at 9:06 pm
    amy says:
    Did you blow up the balloons on the arch or use helium? I do not want to pay that much to have each blown up at the store so I was going to use a little pump. I am attempting to make a balloon arch for my daughter's birthday THIS weekend. Any advice will be appreciated!! Thanks! amy
    • February 3rd, 2011 at 12:57 pm
      Missy says:
      We just blew up the balloons...takes a while but a lot cheaper!
  39. April 26th, 2011 at 10:50 am
    Pudding Pie Lane says:
    I'm looking into making a rainbow cake in the future (that's how I found this site), and this is by far my favourite post. Absolutely amazing, great photos and lovely concept :)
  40. November 21st, 2012 at 5:53 am
    stacy johnson says:
    I just found your blog and this adorable post, I am 47 and would have LOVED this party!!!!Totally adorable. How did you get that cake so perfect?
  41. February 27th, 2013 at 6:36 pm
    Adrienne says:
    Love the rainbow cake, what flavor did she use and did she bake each layer individually? Thanks, party favors are awesome
  42. November 2nd, 2014 at 8:43 am
    roe perkett says:
    I love everything about this party. Colorful and definitely unique. Thanks for sharing.
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