Simple Rainbow Party Ideas

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Just a week and it’s summertime! This is going to be an insanely busy summer with our big move in just two weeks, registering both kids at a new school, Richard starting a new job, the start of our major home renovations. There’s just so much going on. But I don’t want life to just feel busy. I want to enjoy our time as a family, and my hope is that before the school year begins, my children will make some neighborhood friends. While I don’t want to have to plan any major housewarming party for ourselves {since we know few people in our new area}, I thought a Simple Rainbow Party may be fun for a playdate. Here are my ideas!

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Let me start with the cupcakes. I went to BJ’s Wholesale Club where I was able to purchase a dozen plain vanilla cupcakes for $8.99. Quick story: The only cupcakes they had out were neon colors. I asked the woman who worked in the bakery section if they had any plain cupcakes in the back, and she pulled these out just for me. Great customer service!

Back to the cupcakes… I placed each cupcake inside a plastic wine glass that was filled with a specific color of bright candies. I was able to buy a huge bag of candies at BJ’s, which made this so much easier to do. After the cupcake was in place, I added rainbow sprinkles over the top.

These cupcakes look seriously awesome! They make the perfect cupcake rainbow. The frosting kinda looks like puffy white clouds, right?

Next up, you need a healthy snack to balance out our treat above, so I made a rainbow fruit salad. I love how it looks in a trifle dish, so that you can see all of the beautiful colors! Here’s how I made it:

  • Red = raspberries & strawberries
  • Orange = cantaloupe
  • Yellow = pineapple
  • Green = grapes
  • Blue = blueberries
  • Indigo/violet = blackberries


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Now the party table is ready for set-up. What’s awesome about Rainbow Party? You can use up all your miscellaneous leftover plasticware and paper straws from all your previous parties. I actually had some paper plates left from my Inside Out party two summers ago!

I kept the party favors simple this time. I purchase these super cool rainbow-striped boxes. Each box can be filled with a little bottle of bubbles, sunglasses, and small toys that are perfect for summer!

Now it’s time to head outdoors for a fun Rainbow Party! Arrange the items on table. I like the contrast of the plain white table and the brightly-colored food items, party favors, straws, paper plates, napkins, and plasticware. If you want a little more color, add a tablecloth or some balloons.

The kids were excited to try these rainbow cupcakes. First you eat the frosting, then the cupcake, and then the colorful candy at the bottom. What child wouldn’t enjoy this summertime treat?!

Head to BJ’s Wholesale Club where you can pick up all your favorite fruits, cupcakes, and candies for your summer gatherings. Don’t forget to look for exclusive in-store coupons! BJ’s Wholesale Club has 210 locations in 15 states along the east coast. Check for one in your area so you can save on the products your family loves.

What party playdates do you have planned for your kids this summer?

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia (age 7) and Bryce (age 5). Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.
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