the twins' rainbow party

IMG_7272Good morning!

It is a good morning over here.  Our drain is officially fixed (and by my husband, not the many plumbers that have looked at it), the counter is clear of icing spatulas and measuring cups, and we are actually moving forward in life now that the most anticipated event has happened: Annabelle and Ainsleigh's rainbow party.

I'm so excited to share the beautiful photography by professional photographer Elsie McDonald who documented the party--a first time experience for me-- which totally made the day of the party enjoyable.  All of the moments that I would have grabbed my camera, there she was, shooting away while I was very much involved with my girls.  These are just some of the photos from the day.  She's been kind to pass some on for this space so speedily while she edits the rest.

Get ready for some color...





We played games.  Pin the Cloud on the Rainbow and Find the Rainbow, both games the big girls organized.  Find the Rainbow used a small version of our felt rainbow glued together to play hide and seek with it.   We took a break for rainbow fruit in rainbow cups and the outdoor play continued.  Needless to say, the girls' new see-saw was the most exciting activity of the whole morning.


When cake was announced, everyone ran in to color Caroline's beautiful rainbow scene with rainbow crayons (from our own stash) at each child's place setting.  Their coloring page would later serve as a place mat for cake--that's one way to keep my white party tablecloth stain free.  :)

Strawberry milk was served (my first attempt at making it and ever drinking it, for that matter) and party hats put on.  It was a fun little group of excited children!


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And then we sang.  What happy girls they were to be sung to one at a time with their own cake.   And the most memorable moment...


Slicing that first piece!  I've never ever baked something so involved and tedious.  And yet, that moment with all of the little voices cheering when they saw the "rainbow inside" made it worth all of the hours baking.  I had two very happy little daughters to finally see the cake we had talked about for months.



(Side note: Thirty minutes before the party I ran out of my swiss meringue buttercream!  My husband-of-many-trades threw together the only icing that didn't require eggs as I had just used the last one: cream cheese frosting.  And in a few minutes I slathered that icing on to cover the cakes as fast as I could!  We like to work down to the wire around here. :) )


(Here's my one photo contribution above.  The little stacking felt rainbow party favors slipped inside the red ric rac favor bags when the kids left the party.  And the little plastic milk bottles--a new unbreakable party addition--were my inspiration for making strawberry milk.  Rainbow chevron straws found here.  The rainbow cake recipe I followed is here.  Although I'm very much a chocolate cake lover, this cake and icing recipe were absolutely amazing.)


An exciting day for two tuckered out girls.  (That's a glimpse of their quilts!)  Thank you Elsie McDonald Photography for making such a special day so enjoyable and capturing it all so beautifully!  If you're local, check out her wedding, family, and event photography.


I'm glad I could share some of my favorite snippets of the twins' big day.  I can only imagine what these girls' wedding day will be like.

Happy Monday!


Missed our rainbow party preparations?  Want more rainbows??

Here's more:

painted rainbow pillows

paper straw necklaces

stacking felt rainbow party favors

glitter rainbow invitations

rainbow quilts in the making

painted rainbows for party games


the sleepy time gal