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Happy Birthday Kiddo: Rainbow Brite.

I’m one of those gals who is a little extreme when it comes to spending money. I’m either spending $200+ on a schmancy Marc Jacobs handbag or I’m spending $2 on a bag from the thrift store or something from Target. It’s sort of working for me. I’m not at all opposed to throwing down money on something beautiful or well made, as long as it’s “special”. That’s why I’ll never throw down crazy money for, say, a Prada t-shirt. Makes no sense to me. At the same time, I LOVE getting creative and snazzing something up that was really affordable. One of the things I’m most proud of here at Modern Kiddo is that we feature a range of stuff. It’s true, some days we post gorgeous-but-spendy European clothes—and why not? I think it’s perfect eye candy and great for a splurge! At the same time, we’ll also offer up totally affordable things from Target and our beloved recycled vintage items from Etsy and ebay. Which all leads me to today’s post. A clever birthday party for an amazing little girl. If you are one of our original readers, then perhaps you already know this adorable little lass. The fabulous Miss Pippi:

I love this kiddo! She’s got mad style and clearly a most adorable personality to boot! Last weekend she celebrated her 3rd birthday. Her mama Heather told me that she didn’t have much time to throw together the party and had to get creative. Well, let’s just say I can’t wait to see what this talented lady cooks up when she HAS time. I think this is one of the cutest parties ever, and what I love most about it is that it was super simple, sweet and affordable. The theme? Rainbows.

(That expression kills me. “Um, can everyone please stop looking at me? I’m trying to focus on my cake!”)

Um, yeah. The cake? HELLO. I thought it was adorable before they cut into it….but now?? WOW.

Pip’s older brother Dax was the DJ for the party (how cool is that kid??) and I’m told the set list included some old school faves like Billy Idol, Michael Jackson and a personal fave, Kung Fu Fighting. Aw yeah! I love this family.

Please note La Pip hopping on the trampoline in the background….too cute!

To keep the party easy peasy, Pippi’s mama picked up some rainbow tissue paper banners and a couple dozen balloons in rainbow colors. She scored rainbow tooth brushes and Care Bear gummy bears from the .99 cent store and the lollipops and sixlets candy were from Oriental Trading Co.—which all made for super fun and colorful favors. In addition to the amazing cake, they ordered some yummy pizzas, cut up fresh fruit in rainbow colors and added a batch of rainbow cupcakes to sweeten the deal. All totally do-able, affordable and completely adorable.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE LADY!! We think you’re pretty great.

Love, yer pals at Modern Kiddo.

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  1. jenny freckle says

    fabulous party! is pip’s mama for hire?! i need help planning a certain soon-to-be-2 year old’s party soon!!! :)

    and that last vintage number with the apples?! i die.
    sooooo great!

    happy birthday lady p.

  2. Dottie says

    Ahmazing! If that is your version of slap dash, then I can’t wait to see what fancy shennanigans await Miss Pip on her fourth birthday!

  3. Esther says

    I love that party theme and the pictures backing it up are amazing. Really inspirational. And the older brother DJ is just too cool.

  4. RocketGirl says

    1) That apple dress KILLS me, as I think I wore it as a child;
    2) The CAKE. THE CAKE!
    and lastly…
    3) Is THIS what I have to do to put together something slapdash? This would require hours of work for me!

  5. Alix says

    I’m tellin’ ya, this party is so cute!!!

    Rocket Jodi, you MUST dig up some old photos of you as a kiddo!!!!

  6. Melissa says

    Rainbow parties are the best! We had one for Olive’s birthday last year. We also had rainbow cupcakes and a rainbow Jello mold: http://www.flickr.com/photos/twocheesy/3420591266/

    Sadie loved it so much she has requested one this year. I love the rainbow layer cake, we’ll have to do that this time.

    I love all the birthday party stuff! I am taking a break from making goody bags for Olive’s superhero dance party tomorrow. Kid’s parties are the best!

    • Alix says

      UM, Super Hero Goodie Bags???? Hellllo! TAKE PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We would love to show off Olive’s special day!!
      Also that rainbow jello mold is kind of gorgeous.

      We have the most talented readers, DANG!

  7. heather says

    super hero dance party sounds amazing!!!! thanks for featuring miss P and her party!!!
    i think the best thing about the rainbow theme is how simple the cake is and everyone goes bananas for it.
    i have plans to make a red white and blue one for 4th of july!!!!

  8. lishyloo says

    love it so!! need the details on how to do the cake!

  9. Marla says

    OK. I will admit it. I am baking stupid. How do you make that many layers and all those different colors! I LOVE the rainbow theme. To die for.

  10. heather says

    this cake was a martha stewart buttermilk cake recipe….but you can use a box cake mix. just make sure it is a white cake. divide the batter into six bowls and add food coloring. the wilton’s pastes work the best because they are the most vibrant. i have a mini wilton pan set that came with three 4in cake pans. bake a red an orange and a yellow. and then a green a blue and a purple. viola!

  11. Alix's Old Man says

    $200 for a MJ bag? Hahahaha. Try $400 – $900.

    • Alix says

      OK fine, I might have payed more than $200 for one back in the day…but NEVER $900. Spoilsport….
      ;-)

  12. carino ortiz says

    I love it….I want a rainbow party, with the cake.

  13. Virginie says

    im turning 32 in a few days and *I* want a rainbow party just like Miss P!! this is so great :D

  14. jenny freckle says

    dying. “alix’s old man”. busted.

    thanks to pip’s mama for sharing the deets. i had seen a rainbow cake somewhere before- i think i fave’d one on flickr. it’s amazing and totally brilliant!!!

  15. Ryan Schulz says

    That party looks amazing! Every rainbow touch is absolutely cool. And the cake…WOW! Seriously? Coolest cake I think I have ever seen. :)

  16. OhSydney says

    Best party EVER! I’m getting so many great ideas, I’m definitely your newest blog fanatic!

  17. Natalie says

    We WILL be doing a Rainbow Brite party in the future. Now all we need is a super cool little boy DJ!

  18. Emily says

    Love the cake! I can’t find the star sprinkles, though. Could you please tell me where you got them and also how you iced the cupcakes to look like clouds? I am giving my daughter a Rainbow Brite party in a few weeks. Thanks!

  19. heather says

    the star sprinkles were from tjmaxx!!! and the clouds were piped on with a smaller sized round tip to made in cloud like shapes!

  20. sari says

    Hiya,

    Would you share your icing reciepe with me? I think it just looks perfect with the rainbow cupcakes and I too am having a Rainbow Birthday Party for my little girls who’s turning 2 & 3 next month!

    Thanks, Sari

    SariAsenith@gmail.com

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