My gorgeous girl Charlotte turned 6 last month, so been a creative mum and a mum that owns a Online Party Store I feel it is essential to really celebrate in style! Charlotte is obsessed with all things rainbow at the moment! So, since it was during the Autumn months and we live on the Sunshine Coast QLD which has maybe a day or two a year that is slightly cooler, we decided to have a outdoor rainbow birthday party!! As it is Charlotte’s first year at school we decided to go ahead and invite the entire class, yes it was big but it was a great opportunity for me to meet the other mums and for Charlotte to bond with her new friends. Charlotte was very shy when she started at school as this is naturally her nature and we had just moved interstate from Sydney so she knew No One at all and had missed the getting ready for school days the year before starting school so she struggled to make friends at first. I have to say the party was a huge turning point for Charlotte. Immediately everyone knew who Charlotte was after this fantastic birthday party and everyone wanted to be her friend, well done mum!! After you have looked at the pictures below please see underneath them some Rainbow Party Food recipes and ideas.
So back to the party.
Below were the invitations that went out to all the party guest, to let all her new friends know that the theme was a rainbow birthday party we obviously had the invitations made up to be rainbow party invitations and we added a extra not on the invite to come dressed in your favourite colours. If you wish to purchase these invitations please head over to http://onestopkidspartyshop.com.au/product/8-rainbow-party-invitations/
So the day came around for the big Rainbow Party and I had to get up very very early to do the finishing touches to the rainbow party cake and set up all the rainbow party decorations and games. We purchased an inflatable rainbow slide of the internet and we already have a permanent swing set and monkey bars in our backyard. We also have a large springfree trampoline with we covered in rainbow balloons. I also had stick the horn on the unicorn rainbow party party game ready to go and a Rainbow pinata so I was pretty confident the kids would have lots to do.
Each of the guests got to take home a special rainbow loot bag and within each of the party bags I put a very special Rainbow Beaded Necklace which can be purchased through our website. I also filled the bags with Rainbow stickers, Rainbow Candy as well as Rainbow Bouncy Balls I like to put in party favours that the kids can actually use and keep for sometime after the party as a thankyou for coming and just something special to reflect and look back on and what is really nice is a lot of Charlottes friends have since worn their rainbow necklace to other kids parties in their class it is really cool how they all have the same matching piece of jewellery.
How to make Rainbow Cookies
your favourite sugar cookie recipe or sugar cookie mix from the grocery store
liquid or gel food colouring in red, yellow, blue and green
Make your cookie dough and separate into six separate servings in a bowl
Add food colouring to each serving and mix well. When mixing colours to get purple and orange, make sure to mix the colours in a spoon ahead of time to get an even coloured dough
Chill your dough in the fridge for 30 minutes and then roll each serving out to about 1/4 inch thickness on a piece of plastic wrap. Make sure each piece is about the same size.
Layer each piece on top of each other in the proper order (purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red) and put in freezer for a couple of hours.
Once solid, remove from freezer and slice dough into 1/4 inch slices with a large sharp knife. Depending on the size of your ‘loaf’ you can half each cookie – make sure every cookie is about the same size.
Place cookies carefully on parchment lined cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart (my dough spread from a small rectangle into 2.5 inch round cookies). Bake according to instructions until edges turn just golden.
Let cool completely.
If you are worried the layers won’t stick, you can brush a little egg white between each layer when you assemble the cookies.
RAINBOW FAIRY BREAD ROLL UPS
Slices of plain, soft white bread, room temperature
Vanilla cake frosting
A bazillion sprinkles
Spread an even layer of vanilla frosting onto each slice of bread and coat liberally with sprinkles. Trim the crusts off the bread.
Roll the sprinkled bread up like a sushi roll and cut each rolled up slice of bread into three pinwheel rounds, or desired thickness.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1/2 hour to help set the shape and keep the rolls from unravelling..
RAINBOW RICE CRISPIES
Simply Use premade Vanilla LCM’s and stick a paddle pod up the middle, I just used plain coloured paddle pop sticks but you can get coloured ones as well. and Betty Crockers Pre Made Vanilla icing and dye it using different colours then spread on top of LCM.
For Kids birthday parties I personally go a little over the top ha it’s only once a year and seeing the kiddies little faces light up with delight at the interesting colours, shapes and ideas that I come up with in regards to presenting the yummy party food it is worth putting some planning, effort and time into. Below is 12 of my personal favourite tried and tested kids party food recipes. Ha I’m no0000 genius in the kitchen by any means so if I can pull these party food ideas off so can you. Don’t forget party food does not just have to be left for birthday parties, you can also take along 1 party food plates to mother’s group, play dates, fundraiser’s as so on.
Caramel popcorn lions
Line eight holes of a 1/3 cup-capacity muffin pan with paper cases.
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 pieces of corn. Oil is hot enough when corn turns slowly in a circle. Add remaining corn. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Shake saucepan gently when corn starts to pop. Remove from heat when corn stops popping. Pour into a large heatproof bowl. Discard unpopped corn.
Place golden syrup, sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes or until sugar dissolves (don’t boil). Bring to the boil. Boil for 4 minutes or until golden.
Working quickly, pour caramel mixture over popcorn. Stir to coat. Divide mixture between paper cases. Using the back of a spoon, press down to flatten tops slightly. Set aside to cool.
Reserve 8 chocolate melts. Place remaining melts in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high (100%) for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, or until melted and smooth. Spread a little melted chocolate on 1 side of 2 Lifesavers. Using picture above as a guide, position Lifesavers on 1 popcorn mixture to form eyes. Top Lifesavers with a little chocolate and position Smarties on top. Spread flat side of 1 reserved melt with a little chocolate. Position in the centre below eyes.
Cut 1 piece of licorice into 8 x 5mm triangles for noses. Cut remaining licorice pieces in half lengthways. Leaving 5mm at 1 end of 1 piece, cut lengthways into 3 even strips. Repeat with remaining licorice pieces. Spread 2 uncut ends with a little melted chocolate. Slide under chocolate melt to form whiskers. Spread 1 triangle with a little remaining chocolate. Position triangle on chocolate melt to form a nose.
Draw eyes on Smarties and mouth on melt. Repeat with remaining popcorn mixtures, melted chocolate, Lifesavers, Smarties, melts, licorice and icing. Set aside to set. Serve.
Hawaiian pizza pops
Please note I first found the fantastic idea for Hawaiian pizza pops on taste.com when I was searching for fun, creative yet simple kids party food ideas for my son’s birthday party. It is not my own personal recipe but I have made it and it went down a treat.!
Don’t forget it is very “In trend” at the moment to present your party food with a label to say what it is, ok so it might be obvious what it is but heck that is besides the point it’s all about the look so label your party food if you wish to present a very modern birthday party. At One Stop Kids Party Shop we sell the chalkboard signs and chalkboard labels that are very fashionable at the moment.
To make pizza dough, combine the water, yeast and sugar in a jug. Stand for 10 minutes or until foamy. Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture and oil. Stir until a soft dough forms.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 8-10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl. Cover and set aside to prove for 40 minutes or until the dough doubles in size.
Combine the pineapple, ham and spring onion in a bowl. Season.
Preheat oven to 200C. Punch down dough. Knead until smooth. Roll out to a 42cm x 22cm rectangle. Spread with pizza sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Top with the pineapple mixture, leaving a 2cm border at 1 long side. Starting from the other long side, roll up to form a log. Trim ends. Cut into 24 slices, about 1.5cm thick. Place slices on 2 lined trays, with room for spreading. Insert soaked bamboo skewers into each slice. Spray with oil.
Bake, swapping trays halfway through cooking, for 14-15 minutes or until golden and crisp. Cool slightly.
RAINBOW JELLY CUPS
You can not go wrong with the infamous rainbow party jelly cups. Honestly my sister and I have the rainbow jelly cups at every party we put on for our kids and they are super super popular, in fact we always make extra as 1 rainbow jelly cup never seems to be enough!!
TIP: Make your rainbow Jelly cups the day before the party.
MIN of 4 different flavoured Jelly packs
Rainbow plastic Shot Glasses (Which we sell here at One Stop Kids Party Shop)
1 Pack of snakes (If desired Not compulsory).
Chose which colour jelly you are going to have as your first layer and make it up according to the instructions on the pack. Prepare the jelly in a pouring jug for ease later.
Once your first jelly is ready pour a small amount of the liquid jelly mix into each shot glass, then place the shot glasses in the fridge to set.
Once your first layer is set, make your next layer of jelly according to the packet instructions and then pour a small amount of the next colour on top of your first colour which is now set so the liquid of the next jelly colour will simply sit on top of your first colour it wont mix with it.
Place the jelly’s back into the fridge and wait till your second layer has set.
Continue this process until you have used all your jelly colours.
If you decide to use snakes, cut your snakes in half and when preparing your last layer of jelly put the lolly snake into the liquid jelly of the last layer and put in the fridge to set, the snake will set inside the top layer of the jelly cup.
Marshmallow Sticks are so simple and Easy we just love them, they look pretty and exciting which is the type of food you want to have on your kids party table and they are just so quick to make.
1 large pack of Pink & White Marshmallows, (Don’t go for the cheap variety there is a difference spend a dollar more and get the nice branded Marshmallows, after all if you are going to go to this effort make sure you don’t get dried up crunchy Marshmallows which we have noticed some of the cheaper brands are like this).
1 pack of white icing sugar
Butter or Margarine
1 pack of 100’s & 1000’s
1 pack of rainbow dots
1 girly mix colours & shapes 100’s & 1000’s
These different types of 100’s & 1000’s as seen in the image can all be purchased from Woolworths and Coles, I’m not sure about Aldi I will have a look next time I’m there.
1 pack of cake pop sticks
In a large mixing bowl make up your white icing sugar, use mostly butter and a drop of water to make a nice thick icing mixture, only use 1 pinch of water at a time this is very important or you may have to start all over again, you do not want a runny icing mixture you want a nice thick one.
Open your cake pop sticks and marshmallows and push 1 marshmallows on top of each cake pop.
Using a paper plate or normal plate I personally like using paper plates so I have less washing up at the end, open up your first type of sprinkles and spread them out onto your plate.
Divide the Marshmallow sticks up evenly and using your first division of sticks, spread some of the icing mixture on top of each of the marshmallows.
Dip each of the Marshmallow sticks from your first division on top of your first plate of sprinkles, place in a cup or cake pop stand to dry.
Repeat this process with each of your sprinkle variety’s.
Depending on the theme and colour scheme of your party chose how you are going to present the marshmallow sticks on the table. If you are having a rainbow birthday party then perhaps use 3 or 4 different coloured plastic or paper cups and divide the sticks into each cup, if your having a fairy birthday party you may wish to present the sticks in only purple, pink and white cups for example.
TIP: THERE IS A VARIETY OF OTHER WAYS YOU CAN PRESENT AND MAKE MARSHMALLOW STICK POPS, YOU CAN USE CREATIVE PAPER STRAWS FOR EXAMPLE WHICH WE SELL A HUGE VARIETY HERE AT ONE STOP KIDS PARTY SHOP AND YOU CAN USE COLOURED ICING INSTEAD OF WHITE ICING, YOU CAN SPREAD THE ICING OVER THE ENTIRE MARSHMALLOW THEN COVER THE ENTIRE MARSHMALLOW IN SPRINKLES ETC, PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW.
Rainbow Themed Parties are so in trend at the moment, in fact in 2013 Rainbow Party Theme’s were voted the Number 1 theme for girls and yes boys birthday parties. Mum’s and Dad’s love Rainbow Themed Birthday Parties as there are so many easy and fun ideas that one can create with a Rainbow themed party. Unlike many more specific themes say “Batman” or a Disney Princess party Rainbow parties are a lot more straight forward. You can go with a mixture of Solid colour party supplies and party decorations, you are not just limited to one specific character.
We have found here at One Stop Kids Party Shop that our customers when shopping for Rainbow Party Supplies tend to go with Red, Yellow, Purple, Hot Pink, Lime Green and Blue. What we see is customers purchasing tablecovers in these colours and having several different party tables set up each with their own colour theme and together creating a beautiful Rainbow effect. We see nearly all of customers purchasing our 10metre long Rainbow bunting flag that is designed to be used both indoors and outdoors, and we see these same customers purchasing our rainbow linking balloons and our metallic rainbow helium quality balloon mixes. Which can all be found in our Rainbow Party Category of our store just follow this link http://onestopkidspartyshop.com.au/product-category/rainbow-party-supplies-girls-party-supplies/