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This post is a hell of a throwback, seeing as the twigs are now 4! But I was looking back at old photos and thought I’d really like to write about their first birthday party. It was awesome but I hadn’t yet started my blog at that point. So here are some rainbow first birthday party ideas, that might be helpful in case you were thinking of throwing one yourself! 😀

rainbow first birthday party

Our rainbow first birthday party for the twigs was more of a party for the adults really! As I’m sure a lot of first birthday parties are. The babies were way too young to understand and we were really just celebrating having survived a whole year of parenting twins! So it was kind of like a very tame house party in the afternoon. It was such a lovely day though, so here are some of the ways we rainbowed it up!

1. Rainbow Cake

rainbow first birthday party

We all know how important the cake is at a kids’ birthday party! My other half is the better baker of the two of us, so he made the cake. I think it turned out so well! He used a rainbow cake recipe from Kerry Cooks. I bought the rainbow cake topper from an independent shop I came across on Instagram called Confetti Day. Also, we got a rainbow candle from Amazon.

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rainbow first birthday party
rainbow cake

2. Rainbow Decorations

rainbow first birthday party

I bought a few different rainbow decorations to make our table look lovely and colourful.

Letter Bunting

I got this DIY letter bunting from This Modern Life. It’s so pretty and really versatile as you can spell anything you like. We’ve used it lots!

Rainbow Garlands

I also bought a rainbow paper tassel garland which looked fab. Unfortunately the shop I bought it from is no longer selling but I found a very similar one on Amazon. We also had honeycomb lantern decorations and various other rainbow garlands and bunting around the living room.

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First Birthday Prints

There are loooads of shops you can get birthday prints from or you can even have a go at making them yourself. I am far too lazy for that so I bought customisable ones from Freddie the Kid 🙂

Colourful Letter Trains

colourful name train

I bought these cute colourful name trains from The Letteroom. They started off as just decor but the twigs play with them lots now.

Party Accessories

We bought a load of rainbow party plates and napkins and so on from Amazon. You can find absolutely tons of rainbow-themed party accessories on there 🙂

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3. Rainbow Party Food

As I mentioned, the twigs’ first birthday party was more for the adults, therefore we had a buffet rather than the traditional kids’ party food you get a few years down the line. To be fair, we could have gone a lot more overboard with making the food rainbow. But ya know, life was a bit crazy with twin babies so we just couldn’t quite manage a full rainbow spread! We mostly just got in easy party food really and kept it pretty simple. We did try to keep it nice and colourful, for example by arranging the crudites in rainbow order 🙂

rainbow fruit kebabs

These rainbow fruit kebabs were super easy to make though and looked really effective 🙂 We just used strawberries, melon, pineapple, green grapes, blueberries and black grapes.

{Just a little safety note: These were for adult guests and mostly just babies who would only have been fed these by their supervising adult, and a few older children. If these were for, say a two- or three-year old’s party, I would definitely not serve the grapes whole like this but would ensure they were halved to prevent choking.}

4. Rainbow Outfits

twins rainbow first birthday party

Well of course, the babies had to be wearing rainbows! Our rainbow obsession is a little more developed nowadays, so the rainbow outfits would probably be a bit more extreme now! Also it was really hot at the time, so I just bought some comfy little rainbow shorts from an independent handmade clothing shop on Instagram and some bibs with ‘1’ on them. And I couldn’t resist a beautiful (but rather OTT!) rainbow bow for C from Pom and Minnie.

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Thanks so much for reading! I really hope this was useful and gave you a bit of inspiration for planning for your little one’s rainbow first birthday party!

Til next time,

Hannah xx

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  1. We did a rainbow theme for my eldest’s 1st birthday so great for little ones with all the colour. Some great ideas here, I really need to try and make a rainbow cake as they look so amazing. #DreamTeamLinky

    • Reply

      Ah yes, we love rainbows and they look amazing for a party 🙂 Haha I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to attempt a rainbow cake but my hubby likes a challenge! 😀 x

  2. Rainbow parties are a lot of fun, we had a fifth birthday rainbow party. I didn’t have the courage to try making a rainbow cake though – I just iced a plain cake and made a rainbow out of Smarties :o)


    • Reply

      Ah that sounds like a great idea – I wouldn’t attempt it either! 🙂 x

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  4. These rainbow ideas are so lovely and even more poignant right now. I hope they had a wonderful birthday (and their 2nd, 3rd and 4th too)! Thanks for linking up with #dreamteamlinky

  5. What a gorgeous throw back photo! I love all your rainbow party ideas. Especially the tassel decoration and the rainbow fruity kebabs. So simple, but super effective. Thank you for sharing these lovely ideas over on the #DreamTeamLinky xx

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