Harper’s Rainbow Star Party: Part 3

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.

We found the boxes at Party City and filled them with color coordinated star glasses, bubbles, a recorder and a book.  Each item proved to be a big hit!

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.

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10 thoughts on “Harper’s Rainbow Star Party: Part 3

  1. Tammy says:

    I love that you dressed her to match the cake! So cute!

  2. Harper’s first was a birthday party to remember! – Now I dream in technicolor!

    Love

    Dad

  3. Courtney says:

    Thank you for sharing! Looks like a great time was had by all! You did an EXCELLENT job with all of the decor. Hope to see all of you soon!

  4. Aunt Rosemary says:

    Harper is a star so your rainbow star party was a spectrum of fun & food. Good job! Mom sure knows how to throw a party.

  5. What a fantastic party!! I was so excited to see pictures! Thanks for sharing. You did an awesome job. Love all the details!!

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