Disclaimer: Yes, I know Audrey turned two in January, and yes I know it's August and I'm just now writing about it. I will milk my heart condition for all it's worth on this one. :)
Up until a month before Audrey's birthday party, I was set on throwing her a nautical party. Then my grandpa died. While I sat with him at hospice, I decided we needed a rainbow. And with that, it clicked.
I've always loved rainbows.
Exhibit A: Audrey's Halloween costume from last year, made by yours truly with some wine-courage in me.
And with that, I had invitation-inspiration:
While I had lots of decor debates with Audrey's penguin birthday, this theme just fell together for me perfectly. It was truly meant to be. And her party was a great success.
My favorite overview. Those circle paper streamers were quite the project, but totally worth it. Thank you Martha Stewart paper punch.
The food (mini pig-in-a-blankets, veggie and beef pinwheels, rainbow fruit salad, cheesy potatoes, pasta salad and orzo salad):
Menu labels are easily my favorite thing to design! They are simple to make and go a long way visually.
These water bottle labels didn't stay on as well as last times, but it was still a fun decor visual.
I found these adorable rainbow cups at Oriental Trading company. Fun for the kids, and spill-free for me.
For dessert there were lemon, strawberry and chocolate cupcakes, cake pops, and sugar cookies.
Favor table – Aside from the rainbow cups, each child got a rainbow sucker and wand.
I debated about not making the rainbow wands because, well, they sounded annoying to make, but they were a huge success and the kids loved them.
Paper streamers hanging from the kitchen chandelier.
I make family books each year on Blurb, and I thought doing a "birthday guest book" spread would be a fun idea.
And of course, my birthday girl. Also, I've decided, I'm making a tissue paper number every year for her to stand next to on her birthday – I just love these too much.