Thursday 9 August 2012

A Rainbow First Birthday Party

I was very excited at the prospect of organising Dylan's first birthday.  I had seen pictures of rainbow cake and despite never having made a cake by myself before, I decided to base the party around this theme.

first birthday bunting, rainbow birthday party, photo bunting

Armed with rainbow bunting, multicoloured plates and bowls and plenty of balloons, I set about decorating for our rainbow extravaganza.  I made some birthday bunting using 13 pieces of coloured card and sticking a photo of Dylan from each month on them.  I pegged them to a piece of string and made my very own memory bunting following Dylan from a tiny newborn to a mischievous one year old.

rainbow first birthday, first birthday party ideas, rainbow bunting, homemade first birthday, homemade birthday bunting, first birthday ideas

We had all the usual party food and for desert I decided on plenty of fruit as well as cakes so the little people could have a healthy lunch.  As well as plates of watermelon and assorted fruit I made a fruit rainbow using strawberries, slices of orange, melon, green and purple grapes.

fruit platter, rainbow fruit platter, first birthday party food, rainbow food

The cake was the obvious centerpoint and although the icing went a little wrong, it is what's inside that counts and I was incredibly impressed with my effort!  A huge white cake was cut open to reveal the six coloured layers and adults and children alike seemed to enjoy it.

rainbow cake, seven layer rainbow cake, multicoloured sponge cake

We had 50 friends and family over and the day was busy and brilliant.  We were lucky that the morning's rain cleared up and left a beautiful afternoon and the gazebo meant shelter for the little ones.  Dylan was completely spoilt and we spent most of the next day opening ll his lovely presents!

first birthday party, stardust kids, personalised children's t-shirt

Dylan was sent a lovely personalised T-shirt to wear on the day from Stardust kids and everyone loved it!  The headphone design was funky and the wire forming his name meant he stood out as the special birthday boy.

stardust kids t-shirt

The T-shirt was a soft and strong material and feels gorgeous even after washing.  It was a great fit on him and superb quality with buttons on the neck to make it easier to get on and off.

As it was a first birthday and many of his friends are that age, making party bags was a challenge.  I loved the idea though and was sent these wonderful little bags with personalised stickers on.  The paper bags were nice and strong and the stickers were lovely and thick (and dishwasher & microwave safe!) and gave them a personalised feel.  Name it labels to a variety of colours and fonts.

personalised party bags

I filled them with bubbles and these gorgeous chocolates that said 'Dylan's first birthday' on the front and 'Thanks for coming to my party' on the back.  Wrapped 4 you is a wonderful company and these chocolates are at an extrordinary price!  They tasted delicious and were perfectly sized for a party bag as well as an after dinner treat for those that stayed a little later to the party.

personalised chocolates,

We had a lovely day and were all well and truly exhausted by the end of it!  Here are a couple of pictures from Dylan's first birthday party.

thumb sucking, daddy and son, first birthday party

first birthday rainbow party, rainbow bunting


  1. What a lovely birthday party! So glad ur little man had a great day! I'm loving the rainbow theme, may have to copy it for H's second bday in December!

    1. It is a lovely theme and there are so many things you can do with it!

  2. Ahhh, it looks like he had a lovely birthday party. I'm sure you all did. And well done on all your rainbow efforts. As you know I'm a fan of the rainbow theme myself and think its fab, you did a great job. Love the photo garland. X

    1. I loved your posts, that is where my cake inspiration came from! x

  3. It looks like you had a great first birthday party and it is lovely that the weather shone for it. Now on to thinking about the second! ;) x

  4. WOW ! Your party looks amazing - I love that cake and how simple and happy your theme is. Awesome work!!!

    1. Thanks! I loved the theme and summer is all about colours!

  5. How wonderful. i too had seen the rainbow cake and thought 'i must make that cake!' i did and it went down a treat, that was about 2 years ago!!! I have been planning now to use that cake as my theme for my birthday for months. In 2 months i will become the grand age of 30 and i cannot wait to have a rainbow birthday *excited face*

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