Rainbow colours are perfect for a festive event, from kids or adult birthdays to anniversaries or graduation. The colours are also appropriate for a gay youth coming out party, since the rainbow is a symbol of gay pride. (Resource 1) Party decorations in the right colours or with rainbow patterns are easy to find, including bright bouquets of artificial or dyed flowers, crepe paper, balloons and paper lanterns. The only problem is narrowing down the theme possibilities.
Rainbow Candy Party
You can find candy buffets at candy-themed birthday parties and at wedding receptions as a fun alternative to traditional buffets. Adapt the idea for a rainbow party by setting up the candy buffet on a table. Display the candies in glass apothecary jars and bowls, and use rainbow-coloured candies such as skittles, rainbow-swirl candy sticks, candy fruit slices, gumdrops, gumballs and jelly beans (take out the black and white ones if you need to). Make a rainbow banner using paper and crayons or paints, and hang it on the wall so that the candy buffet is "at the end of the rainbow." Serve up some rainbow punch, which is fruit punch with scoops of rainbow sherbet floating on top, and hand out rainbow feather boas or leis to get guests into the spirit.
Transform the traditional brunch party into a Technicolor feast. Make stacks of rainbow pancakes from different-coloured batter. Sweetnicks.com suggests using colouring gel from an arts and crafts store to create the colours. Set out a fruit tray with fruits organised in the order of the rainbow colours: strawberries, orange slices, chunks of fresh pineapple, blueberries and purple grapes. Check your local florists or supermarkets for dyed fresh flowers in bright rainbow colours (including green and blue) to use as a centrepiece for the brunch table. Since brunches are occasions to dress up nicely, women may like to come in dresses that suit the theme, especially if the event is in the spring or summer, when light, rainbow-patterned dresses will be appropriate for the weather.
A tie-dye theme is perfect for a rainbow kids' or teen party or an informal adult gathering. Everyone can come dressed in the psychedelic colours and patterns, whether a T-shirt or a dress, and for an additional fun touch, wear rainbow Afros in keeping with the hippie theme. Check novelty stores for colourful lava lamps and tie-dye coverings or sarongs to spread over furniture, hang on the walls or use as tablecloths. Instructions for doing your own tie-dying are also widely available from online and print sources. Best of all, for a birthday party, is the opportunity to break out the food colouring for a tie-dye cake. Consult online recipe sharing sites, kids' party sites and blogs to get a quick array of ideas for a tie-dye cakes or frosting. Then top with some tie-dye birthday candles and serve with tie-dye ice cream! The Disney Family Fun site has a recipe for tie-dye ice cream using vanilla ice cream and powdered gelatin.
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