After lunch, Harper decided to take a little snooze on her daddy’s shoulder. All of the excitement from the party proved to be a bit overwhelming.
But her little snooze turned into a proper nap and soon we had to wake her so we could cut the cake. She was a little groggy but seemed to enjoy everyone singing to her.
The cake was a little idea I experimented with that turned out better than I expected. This was my first attempt at a cake like this and I am glad I was able to materialize the image in my head.
I had planned on making the batter from scratch but at the last-minute turned to my buddy Dunkin Hines for some support. In order to make the cake I prepared 3 boxes of cake mix according to the directions. I separated the cake mix into 6 bowls and dyed the batter in each bowl using gel food coloring. Once I had the colors I was looking for I poured two colors into each pan layering them according to their rainbow order (red & orange, yellow & green, blue & purple). After the cakes were cooled I iced them with Pillsbury Funfetti Frosting. Instead of putting the sprinkles inside the icing (which is the point of the funfetti icing), I used the sprinkles on the outside of the cake to jazz it up a bit. I thought this brought a fun and festive element to the cake (as if 3 layers of rainbow star cake weren’t fun and festive enough…). We served the cake with a side of Icing on the Cake Ice-Cream from Baskin Robbins.
Since we were expecting so many guests, I started to worry that the rainbow star cake wouldn’t be enough. So I decided to make a few batches of cupcakes as well with an idea inspired by a picture I found on Pinterest.
To make the cupcakes I used the same batter and icing as the cake. I layered a small dab of each color on top of each other, going in rainbow order. The rainbow cupcake liners were from Etsy and I made the cupcake toppers myself by gluing a toothpick between two stars that I cut out of cardstock.
As yummy and colorful as the rainbow star cake and cupcakes were, I decided to make Harper her own mini-birthday cake. I decorated it with some of her favorite fruit and plain white frosting.
I was hoping she would go for the gusto and paint the town with icing, but she was very dainty about the whole thing. So lady like :) But she sure thought it was delicious!
After filing up on cake and ice cream it was time to say goodbye to all our guests. And what a better way to send them off then with a few little parting gifts. For our “little guests” we put together a collection of some of Harper’s favorite things. In rainbow colors of course.
For the adults, I decided to make homemade rainbow star cookie pops! Again, I had every intention to make them from scratch but considering everything else I had on my plate I enlisted some help from Betty Crocker.
I found this great pan which made baking these pops easy as…well, cookies! Once they were cooled, I used this icing to make simple designs and then topped them off with some rainbow sprinkles. I wrapped them in a treat bag and tied them with a rainbow ribbon. A fun way to say thank you for celebrating this special day with us.
I still can’t believe my baby girl is one. We had such a blast at her party and are extremely grateful for all our friends and family who joined us on Harper’s special day. The rainbow star party was a huge success. Here’s to a wonderful year filled with love, laughter and joy!
All images were taken by my good friend and talented photographer Rachel Bradshaw of Little Sparrows Photography.