Rainbow Themed Patio Party
The term party is used loosely here because this was really a little patio get together with my girlfriends, but I decided to have fun with it and make it into a theme. The ideas shared here are definitely party-related so I named the blog post as such. I just wanted to be clear when you saw a photo of me and four women so that you weren’t like, “She calls that a party?” OK, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s get into this incredibly fun event! As I mentioned, I had a little get together happening and was feeling the rainbow vibes after decorating my patio last month. I decided to roll out a rainbow theme and ordered some fun decorations, including a photo backdrop – I know my friends well – and grabbed some festive foods and favors. It had been a long time since I’d planned an event with a theme like this, and Chris commented on how nice it was to see me so excited. I guess I’d forgotten how much I love a good theme, and entertaining, too, I suppose.
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Twenty points if you see the bag of top soil peeping out from behind the shed. Oops.
Rainbow Party Table
Let’s start at the table. As you can see, I used my Mexican serape as a tablecloth and brought out my Fiesta ware and vintage pink goblets. Above the table, I hung inexpensive colorful paper lanterns by tying them to our string light cords.
My friends were aware of the theme beforehand so were asked to bring some colorful foods as well. They delivered!
Photo courtesy of @xoxo_susel
I bought an inexpensive oval platter (that is from the same set as our plastic dishes) and used it to create a rainbow fruit tray with strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, green grapes, blueberries and “red” (come on, they’re purple!) grapes.
Rainbow Party Decorations
Of course, you already saw the colorful paper lanterns . . .
but one of our favorite pieces was a rainbow photo backdrop.
My friends love a good photo opp – and this Leo does as well – so I knew I needed to create the perfect scene for that. I found this rainbow streamer and balloon kit and spent a good bit of time setting it up, but it was worth it.
Chris actually blew up most of the balloons, so I have to give him a huge thank you. And Emmy stood outside and cut streamers while I taped them all up. Team work makes the streamers work.
We all took turns having our photo taken in front of it, naturally.
Above our patio loveseat, I strung YAY balloons I picked up from Target. These balloons are reusable, which I love.
Here you can see how it all came together. The flamingos were quite happy with their efforts. They’re lookin’ pretty smug, if you as me.
Rainbow Party Favors
Even though we are a group of 30-something to 40-something women, we like a good party favor. I’ve mentioned my talented neighbor before. As soon as I picked this theme, I asked if she could make rainbow cookies for me and she delivered! Her golden sugar cookies at the rainbow’s end are way better than a pot of gold.
They came individually packaged and I placed them in a fiesta bowl
I love how they pair with the tablecloth and dishes.
In the coral bowl at the other end of the table, I placed rainbow tattoo sheets that Emmy and I cut into individual pieces so that people could select the ones they wanted. I forgot to take a photo of those, but here they are:
Lastly, I ordered this set of 6 rainbow glitter confetti beachballs and Chris blew them all up for me, minus the one I half-filled before almost passing out. True story. I lined my stairs with them so that when my friends walked down the steps to the patio, they’d see them right away. Don’t they look like giant bubbles!?
They definitely don’t have as much confetti in them as they Amazon photo showed, but they were fun nonetheless.
This evening was so much fun that I told my friends, from now on when I host, it’s gonna be themed. (Sing that last part in your best JT).
Do you love a good theme party? Tell me some of your favorites!
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