A Rainbow-Inspired Party!

All the colors of the rainbow lined up for your next event!

Kids playing underneath a rainbow balloon backdrop

What’s bright, fresh, vibrant and oh so cheerful, complete with balloons, crafts, and all the colors of the rainbow? A rainbow-inspired party of course! Rainbow parties are great for both girls and boys, plus it’s an easy and affordable party theme. All you need to do is collect and create bright party accessories, and voilà! You’ve just turned an ordinary room into the most vibrant and happy atmosphere. Here is some inspiration and tips to help you host your most colorful rainbow party ever!

Step 1: Pick A Theme

3d colorables

I would typically ask my child what they love. For my son’s third birthday he chose garbage trucks. Deep down, did I want to throw a stinky, gross, garbage truck party? No! But it wasn’t my party and he loves garbage trucks! So we used some of his toys for decor, created a simple sticker activity with garbage trucks and he loved it! If your child can’t choose a theme, pick something simple like their favorite color, cartoon character, sport, or a book they love. We just planned a joint 2nd birthday party for our children who are cousins (a boy and a girl), and a rainbow party was the perfect them to fit both of their personalities.  Other ideas: unicorns & narwhals, ponies, the color green (or any one specific color), cacti & succulents, vehicles, their favorite tv show, etc.

Step 2: Select One Staple Decor Piece

When we decided to throw a joint party for our kids we chose to do a rainbow party as our theme because 1) rainbows never go out of style and 2) it all all the colors our children love! We used mini multi-colored balloons and twisted them around a piece of wire shaped like a rainbow to create one centerpiece decor item. We used the rainbow as a photo backdrop and as a way to bring color into our party! It was big enough to catch people’s attention but small enough to hang in our kitchen. So find one bigger decor item such as balloons, or streamers, or honeycomb balls or a banner to make a statement piece to center your theme around. You can make it yourself or save some time and purchase it from a local party store!

Kids party activity setup with snacks and OOLY art supplies
Kids party activity setup with snacks and OOLY art + diy supplies

Step 3: Choose An Activity

Choose a project to do at the party that is age appropriate and something your children love to do. Our kids love art and art is a very popular activity in our home. Recently we discovered amazing OOLY products! OOLY’s Chunkies (mess-free, paint sticks) are incredible for young children. However, since OOLY has so many different art products (fit for every age) such as gel crayons, left-right crayons, stickers, double dip scented markers, pastel crayons etc. that we decided to create an Art experience for our guests. For our recent rainbow party, we gave each child their own doodle pad, and organized the supplies around the table for them to make their own masterpiece. By creating an inviting, organized space using age appropriate tools, the children all painted, colored and added stickers for a long time – longer than we expected two and three year olds to sit! The products were age appropriate and so was the activity which allowed them to experience success when creating!

rainbow birthday party

We ended our party with a few treats, snacks and an easy lunch – PB and J sandwiches with some veggies and cheese cut into shapes! It was such a wonderful party, and honestly it was one of the happiest and easiest parties I have put together for my kids and yet so much fun! So don’t stress, make a plan, find some age appropriate activities, and let your children create a rainbow-inspired party!

Birthday whiteboard sign with set of Chunkies Paint Sticks

Mom and Daughter standing in front of a rainbow balloon photo backdrop


Chelsea and Lauren from www.janeandshelin.com

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