Frankie Rose turned two last month and we celebrated with some of our favourite people, some singing, a barbeque, an enormous cake and rainbows. A lot of rainbows. Frankie-Rose has been infatuated with rainbows since she was introduced to them in Mark Herald’s wonderful book of nature (one of our all time faves), and a rainbow party makes an irresistibly cute theme so I kind of ran-like-the-wind with it.
Rainbows could be found at every turn; decorating mini pizza’s, on top of the cake, in the shape of the fruit platter, hanging above the table, on the plates and cups, and in the kids amazing rainbow outfits.
Dave and I draped Rainbow streamers along the ceiling of the lounge, at midnight the night before (naturally) but surprisingly without marital rumpus. We hung a huge rainbow and some rainbow garlands above the table (the large rainbow was printed at a local printers then spray mounted onto some spare foam core). Paper pompoms, garlands, and balloons hung from every nook and hook around the room. Frankie squealed with glee when she saw the rainbow which was rather gratifying, I must say.
The grown ups were cooked a kick ass barbeque with homemade burgers by my mister and the kiddo’s had homemade mini pizza’s (decorated with veg in the shape of mini rainbows. Took me forever and once they came out the oven?! The rainbows were indistinguishable in the general veggie pizza mess. Great!) My cousin and I made a 4 tier carrot cake with buttercream icing (with half the sugar) from the hummingbird bakery book and decorated it with rainbow smarties. My thinking was that smarties could be removed if parents preferred. It was quite seriously delicious: moist and still really sweet with only half the sugar. I could have gone down the rainbow cake path, dying the different layers a bright colour but I didn’t fancy all the sugar and e-numbers. I made rainbow ice lollies by freezing different blended fruits in layers in the freezer. I then promptly forgot to take them out at the party (of course!). So Frankie Rose has been enjoying a LOT of rainbow ice lollies since!
There were 9 toddlers at the party (and 21 adults!) and I knew it could get a little manic without something for them to focus on, so I set up a few activities. I dyed pasta rainbow colours for the kids to make rainbow necklaces with and made each of them a birthday crown. Frankie-Rose ‘s most favourite thing in the world is singing and dancing, so Dave played his guitar and the kids sang and danced their little rainbow butts off. This was the highlight of the party, they were all so focussed on singing and dancing, on ‘sleeping’ then hopping like little bunnies, on holding hands and ‘okey cokey’-ing. The songs were followed by a breathless chorus of “more! More!” so they were repeated and repeated. They also played with rainbow rhythmic gymnastics ribbons which I didn’t get any photo’s of, but you can see a little video of Frankie working the ribbon like a champ on Instagram. They all really loved this and were able to make some impressive shapes with the ribbons. Little gymnasts! Cute overload!
I typically ran out of time to finish the decorations before everyone arrived. There was supposed to be a rainbow streamer curtain behind the table, and a mini rainbow streamer strip around the cake stand. I also ran out of time to take proper photo’s before everyone arrived too, as I was upstairs dragging a dress over my head and running around trying to find my shoes (at the same time. Not a good plan. Slightly ripped the dress. Wore it anyway). I could have kept going I guess but I chose to down tools and crack open a bottle of prosecco. A very good idea.
Preparing the house, decorations, activities and food was only possible because my cousin (baker, crafter, babysitter, all round amazing person) came to stay the week leading up to the party. And I’m under no illusions that most of the party decorations were for anyone other than me. I know that Frankie would have been delighted to dance naked around the living room and eat breadsticks. But I happen to get a kick out of party prep and if time and energy allow, I go for it. And it was wonderful. Just the right amount of rainbow themed kiddo fun balanced with grown ups eating burgers and quaffing sparkles.
P.S To give you a break from the onslaught of rainbow photo’s, a seperate post about our invites and thank you cards is coming soon!