Each child was able to choose the color of the rainbow they wanted to represent. They came dressed in the color. When they got here, most of them put on the felt headband we made them. The birthday girl was adorned in the rainbow skirt and rainbow headband we made her.
The food included big lollipops, rainbow goldfish, layered jello (I looked back in my history to try and remember who I saw this idea from…even looked through old emails, but I’m sorry I couldn’t find the post I had commented on to link back. If it was you, let me know, and I’d love to link back), Kool Aid in a array of colors, rainbow candy, fruit kabobs and of course the cake.
Fruit Loop Rainbows
Scratch Rainbow Paper
I had seen a fun party game on Pinterest, and I pinned it. It showed a balloon display with candy inside. The kids would throw darts at the balloons to get their prizes…brilliant…pin. Oh, hmmm…should I give a bunch of darts to three, four and five year olds? Maybe not age appropriate. Our oldest guest probably could have handled it, but I decided darts weren’t the best idea, but I still liked part of the concept. So, we put candy in some of these balloons. Their goal? To find it by sitting on the balloons of their color. It was taking a bit of time for their little bodies to pop those balloons, so we ended up giving them the scratch stick from the above craft. I was a little afraid that I’d have crying kids with all the popping, but there were no tears…just a lot of fun.
Presents and Cake
Our Tree Tradition
At our children’s first birthday, we plant them a tree. We take a picture at each birthday to see how they grow together. We try to get a tree that blooms at the same time as their birthday. It’s a late season – winter has lasted way too long, so you don’t see the beautiful white flower. Here’s a picture from her first birthday when we planted the tree:
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