RAINBOWS and UNICORNS!
Know a rainbow or unicorn obsessed kid? It seems every little girl goes though a unicorn loving stage and who doesn’t love a good rainbow? So I wanted to share some fun party ideas to incorporate the theme throughout your event. On Instagram, I had detailed how I used dollar store items to create an affordable, custom-look with a little DIY. So check that out if you haven’t already. And see below for some inspirational images and let me know what your favorite parts of the party were. All party partners are linked below so if you’re in the SoCal area, you’ll want to make sure to follow and bookmark these amazing vendors. They were truly spectacular in service and a great addition to ensuring memories were made.
To fully transform our backyard into a venue, it was important to add in some themed rental pieces. Renting these pieces really takes the ordinary into the extraordinary and helps transport you into a different scene! Luckily, we were able to partner with Isabella’s Special Occasions. They are based in San Diego and had such a cute collection of party rental backdrops, props and figurines like the rainbow and unicorns you see here.
Additionally, they will custom paint these items to match your party colors which was an incredible offering and something that really elevated the party and made exploring the space full of surprises!
Entertainment at the party came in 3 forms. Besides the pretend tea party sets, fidget toys and Jenga that were scattered in stations throughout the backyard, guests could bounce around with plush unicorns in Sky High Jumper’s beautiful white bouncy castle. Isn’t this such a sight? The modern take on the usual, eye sore of a kids’ bouncy house was much appreciated and such a fresh take on kiddie entertainment! The team was so wonderful in answering my many questions about install and safety issues. And they arrived promptly on time to handle the setup as promised, making sure to disinfect everything too. They were very professional, reliable and priced at the most competitive prices around town being a new start up business. I’d highly recommend them to anyone in the LA area!! The bouncy house will wow all of your guests, most of whom have never seen an all white one like this before. You won’t regret it. It’s simply SUCH a fun focal point at the party.
We dressed it up with rainbow colored balloons as another way to carry the party theme through. I have no idea how this was attached and created so quickly, but with the professional help of Tara from South Bay Balloon Bar, that was one worry, I could take off my already full plate. I am so glad I decided to offload this task (cuz yes, I did consider trying to blow up all these balloons myself and then learning how to create and attach the garland). But I’ve learned from past trial and error that sometimes these things are best left to the professionals!!
Inside, you’ll see that Rainbowcorn plushies, (which were sent to us from Zuru toys) greeted the happy guests. What a perfect tie-in to a rainbow unicorn themed party huh? They were playfully thrown around inside the bouncy house and really added to the atmosphere and theme. My daughter loves these! Check this link because some of them are scented, some of them parrot what you say and they all come in the most adorable packaging you’ve ever seen. It makes for a great gift!
Entertainment also came in the form of painting unicorns and all things rainbow. Thanks to our party partner, My Signature Timber, we had custom paint kits for all the little party people. My daughter chose all her favorite wooden cutout designs from their vast selection (which included fun shapes like unicorn heads, rainbows and all her favorite desserts). And then we showed them our party colors and they packed our shipment with all the coordinating paints, brushes and paint dishes that we would need. It was amazing! So convenient and SO cute. Everything was delivered straight to my door and the painted crafts made for excellent favors! Each girl took home their paint kit and finished product. What a fun favor, right? My Signature Timber also makes cute wooden signs which you can see on their Instagram page here.
We also entertained the girls with a live unicorn who surprised all the guests at the end of the party with its presence. Its mane was rainbow colored and it too came with its own paint set (all non-toxic, and easily washable of course). And the girls couldn’t believe their eyes (or luck). Cuz who in this world gets to play with a unicorn AND paint it- right??! Afterwards, the birthday girl got to ride the unicorn around the cul de sac and leave all the neighbors wondering whether they were hallucinating when spotting this wildly painted unicorn outside their window.
The 2nd (back-to-back) party we hosted had another rainbow themed activity to entertain the guests. Yes, I hosted 2 birthday parties in one day cuz of covid and wanting to keep the groups extra small.. Bijou Indochine, sent us these super cute jewelry making kits which were so perfect for these creative cuties aged 7-10. Each set came with such an extraordinary set of colorful beads and all the tools and materials needed to make customized bracelets and necklaces. This really got their creative juices flowing and allowed for the birthday girl to not have to repeat the prior paint project from her earlier party. Bijou Indochine has such pretty jewelry to purchase for adults too. (This was a side offering they pivoted towards during the pandemic). So check out their website for these party sets as well as more sophisticated designs and jewelry making kits for adults too!
Besides the activity favors (jewelry making kit or rainbow paint set above), guests also walked away with the Cutitos rainbow unicorn (burrito stuffy shown here) thanks to Basic Fun Toys, another party sponsor.
They were such a fun giveaway and treat that all the girls were talking about at school the very next day. And of course, Juliet was super thrilled to add more unicorns to her collection!
I’m so thankful to Corrie from Lenn M Photography who provided the light and airy photos you see here. She captured such cute candids along with making sure to help document all the party details for me. Being in direct sunlight for much of this outdoor party made for challenging camera shots but she came through and also provided all the documentation that I needed from this event when my legs no longer wanted to stand after hours of party prep haha! Thank God she was there to capture it all! If you live in SoCal, make sure to follow her. Her next spring mini-session is perfectly timed in time for mother’s day photos on May 1st. So save the date and make sure to follow her on IG here for more!
Thanks to Super Smalls who gifted Juliet her gem necklace and pearl bracelet. (And yes, we had a bunch of unicorn themed kiddie tattoos for each of our guests like you see here). The jewels gave her the glam and color she needed on this special day. This also, is such a special gift idea for your fabulous fashionista. The packaging feels so special and is such an eye-catcher when on display that I never throw the boxes out. Even Vogue magazine featured Super Smalls! They’re just so happy and fun, don’t you think? Juliet decked herself out in more Super Smalls at her next event…the Oscars! Click here to see what I mean!
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Lastly, here’s a quick round up of the foods and desserts that I prepared for our rainbow unicorn themed party.
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And to learn how I made this naturally rainbow colored grilled cheese to go along with the unicorn rainbow shaped pasta (which you can buy here), Click to download the Ibble app. I have a full tutorial there!!
Thanks again to all the sponsors. This event could not have been as memorable without you! Cheers to year 9!
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