A rainbow themed birthday party is a great way to celebrate your little one’s shiny, happy day. Take these rainbow party ideas to throw the brightest birthday bash possible!

If your child seems to have “rainbows” on their mind, fuel their rainbow obsession by throwing them a rainbow themed birthday party. There’s no better theme that could be used to celebrate a lively child who is full of color!

The Invites

As with all party planning, one of the first steps is to get those invitations out! While you can find inexpensive and generic invites at your local party supply shop, you and your special guest of honor will have much more fun getting creative and making your own unique homemade invites. One easy idea is to buy colored paper in rainbow colors and build your own rainbow by cutting out and gluing half circles on top of each other. Another clever idea is purchasing a bulk of rainbow lollipops and pasting the invite on the back of the lollipop wrappers. You can also make an invite by using these amazing free rainbow themed printables. If you’re really up to challenging yourself with DIY artistic projects, try making these super cute surprise rainbow party invitations. Make sure to include the dress code on your invites, asking your guests to come dressed in lively and bold colors will add to the overall theme.

Radiant Decorations

One of the best aspects of throwing a rainbow themed party is that you are not limited to just one or two colors. Having all the rainbow colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) incorporated in the decorations will make your party sparkle bright. Buy tissue pompoms or balloons in all the colors of the rainbow and adhere them to the wall in a rainbow shape. Add to the colorful theme by creating a rainbow candy buffet , a guaranteed hit with the demo under 10.

A rainbow is always a perfect background for pictures, use it creatively in a photo booth, like this fun hippy van where guests could pose with the birthday boy.

photo booth rainbow party

Photo by: Jolene Siana

Party favors are also important. You can fill up some cute bags with a variety of candies from the buffet for the goody bags. (Added bonus: you get the leftover candy out of the house).

Colorful Games and Activities

What is a rainbow party without some fun games and activities to keep your little sunshine and their guests happy? These games can be played both indoors or outdoors.

Rainbow Candy RelayTo play this sweet game, you will need two bowls of small colorful candy. Skittles and jellybeans are probably your best bet. You will need to place the two bowls of candy on one side of the room, and place two empty bowls on the other side of the room. Simply divide guests into two different teams. Give each team a spoon. The object of this quirky game is for players to use the spoon to transfer the rainbow candy from the full bowl to the empty one. The game should be played in relay-race-style. The first team to place all their colorful candy in the bowl wins the game.

Rainbow BowlingThis game is perfect for children of all ages. To prepare for this game, simply paint seven empty plastic bottles in the seven colors of the rainbow. You can also choose to use clear bottles and place colored sand in each bottle. Set the colored bottles up to resemble bowling pins. Use a ball as a bowling ball. Allow each child a turn to see how many pins they can knock down. Whoever knocks down the most pins is the winner of the game.

Rainbow Jewelry – You need a little preparation ahead of the party this activity. Put dried pasta (macaroni, penne and wheels are the best) in a ziplock back with a few drops of food coloring and some rubbing alcohol. Seal the bag and shake it until all the pieces are coated. Dry it on a paper towel and organize the pieces by colors and shapes. Now you have all you need for a necklace/bracelet station.

Paint Your Own Rainbow ActivitySet up a table full of colored pencils, paints, markers, and construction paper. Let your guests paint or draw their own creative rainbow while you’re prepping the grub. While this activity is simple, it allows each child to create their own personalized rainbow that they can take home with them and hang on the fridge. Plus, it buys you some time to get the food together while the little ones are occupied creating their masterpieces.

colorful games and activities

Photo by: Jolene Siana

Chow Down

A rainbow themed party calls for vivid and brightly colored chow. Rainbow colored pasta, rainbow bagels, rainbow fruit skewers, rainbow popsicles, rainbow macarons rainbow Jell-O are just a few great ideas. You also will want the birthday cake to follow the theme. There are many different cake designs you could use for a rainbow themed party. However, for a one-of-a-kind cake that is bound to blow your guests away, try our chocolate fondant DIY Rainbow Cake.

So, there you have it! Take some of these rainbow party ideas and throw the most dazzling rainbow party for your little sweetheart.