Pinterest is awesome. It gives you many ideas for practically everything. Pinterest is evil. It gives too many ideas for practically everything and then you decide to implement all of them for one simple party. Of course this is not one simple party. This is a party I have been planning for 9 months. It started out as a crayola party for M’s fifth birthday. It evolved. It grew. Over the horrible summer, I had to cancel my grand plans for a rainbow party complete with foods and decor in every color of the rainbow. I was even going to attempt a multi-layer cake.
Then I realized I could postpone the party by a month and make it not only a Rainbow birthday party for my daughter, but a Welcome Home party for my husband, an “I Survived a Year Alone with Two Toddlers” party for me, and a day for little brother to eat cake. To throw a party of this magnitude is stupid. Obviously M wouldn’t care. She already had her cupcakes and punch on her actual birthday. The problems from the summer meant that I lost six weeks and was not ready for the issues involved with an international move and I still had some home improvement projects to do before finding renters for our house.
I did not have time to commit to a party. But I want a party. I deserve a party. Pout! I want a grand party to celebrate that our fixer-upper was done (even though it still wasn’t), to celebrate surviving this past year without resorting to prescription medicine or smothering either child, to celebrate having my beloved home again (and he could watch the kiddos as I attempted to recreate the elaborate ideas from professional Pinterest party planners), to say goodbye and thank you to all of our friends who supported us this year, and of course to eat a six-layer cake with my sweet half-a-decade daughter (can you believe she is FIVE?).
After discussing this dilemma many times with J, he was the one to encourage me to plan a party. Let’s party!
While the favors and most of the decor were already done, the night before I still had the dessert bar to decorate (how to hang lanterns without making holes or hurting brand new paint one month before moving?) and all of the food to prepare.
Multi-layer like I did with M’s birthday takes way too long, so I did tie dye instead. It felt so good to just plop the colors and not have to smooth each layer.
Like I saw on this blog, the tops were decorated in blue frosting for the sky and a candy sour ribbon was placed on top with white clouds (the clouds hold down the candy rainbow). The other half of the cupcakes were plain white frosting. I had hoped to try this or this, but ran out of time.
I don’t even know what to call these, but they are so easy to make. Place pretzels on a cookie sheet. Put a Hersey Kiss on top of each one. Heat in the oven for 3 minutes at 275 degrees. Place one M&M on top of each mushy Kiss and press down. Cool in the fridge while still on the cookie sheet. Once they are cold, move to a smaller container, but keep in the fridge until serving time. Yummy! This is what Pretzel M&Ms should taste like.
Now for the famed rainbow cake. Many have done this cake and it is all over the web. The original lady even demonstrated it on Martha Stewart. I am definitely out of my league if I am trying something Martha worthy. Weeks ago I was discussing this with JH who is a cake decorator extraordinaire. She told me I just needed the proper materials and loaned me her pans and these strips.
It is only because of these babies that my cake worked and did not topple over. The strips feel like the material my mom had on her ironing board decades ago. Simply submerge them in water to get them completely wet. Wring them out and pin them to the outside of the cake pan.
Now I did not make the batter from Whisk Kid. I am not that brave. I stuck with my normal Betty Crocker white cake mix–2 boxes. One box for the bottom three layers and one box for the top three layers. Frosting is also good ‘ole Betty. When I am back overseas in a few months I will learn how to make proper frosting (maybe for Z’s train cake?), but for now I am just happy that all 6 layers look awesome! I didn’t even need to trim any of them. Woohoo! Even if it is 1:57 am and I need more frosting.
I could have totally left the cake looking like this. Instead I wanted to surprise my party guests and cover it completely in white frosting with just candy at the base.
I wanted to make rainbow ice cubes, but totally blanked on doing it while I was cooking the dips. By the next morning it was too late.
These would these have been cool to do, but even I know that I have limits.
Kool Aid Water Bottles (her whole party was amazing)
Speaking of limits, there is still so much to do in the morning. Good thing this is an afternoon party.