{Parties} Rainbows and Race Cars Birthday

I recently helped a good friend plan a birthday party for her two sweet children, a boy and a girl, who share the same birthday month.  The kids were turning 3 (Tim) and 1 (Annabelle), so they are young enough to “share” a party without thinking they missed out by not having their “own” party.

I spent a bit of time thinking up a party theme that would work for a boy/girl party and we settled on a theme of “Rainbows and Race Cars”.  I used primary colors to pull the “Rainbows” and “Race Cars” ideas together, with added emphasis on red and purple.

It was a casual, home party designed with the children (and the young guests) in mind.  The day included some colorful sweets, a yummy BBQ, lots of water balloons and a pinata.

Here is the colorful table of treats I prepared for the party…

For these cookies, it took me almost as long to make all the bags of icing colors as it did to decorate them!  I used the “wet on wet” technique, by outlining and flooding the cookies in white and then adding the lines of color on the still wet icing.

To create these cookies you’ll need…

Perfect Sugar Cookie Recipe

Royal Icing Recipe & Tutorial

These cute cupcakes are my Perfect Vanilla Cupcake Recipe with my Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe.

I designed the cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, food labels and napkin wraps using Photoshop (please don’t quiz me too much on that, I’m really no expert on Photoshop and these took me hours and hours to work out!)

I do have a tutorial on How to Make Custom Water Bottle Labels HERE.

Party favors included rainbow ribbon hair bows for the girls (HERE is the how-to on the bows), and Hot Wheels race cars for the boys.

I was able to find a perfect rainbow pinata (from Party City), which of course the kids enjoyed thoroughly!  And here is the sweet birthday girl modeling a mini version of the hair bows I made.

It was a colorful and sweet-filled day and I think the birthday boy and birthday girl both felt celebrated.  And little Annabelle is a girl after my own heart… she knows how to enjoy a cupcake!  =)


  1. I absolutely love this party! You are so talented! I would love to buy these templates from you if it’s possible? Also wondering where you purchased the mini star balloons? Thanks so much:-)

  2. Love your blog!!! I haven't used photoshop before and want to create red and white candy striped food labels for my son's pirate party… Do you have any hints? My email is Valerie.gent@optusnet.com.au thanks 🙂

  3. knottyknitpicks- Sorry, I haven't gotten to it yet! I wanted to work on it until it was as perfect as possible… I think I have it now, and I plan to post in the next couple weeks. Sorry for the delay!

  4. Hi Glory! has the Simple vanilla cupcakes recipe been posted somewhere yet? I can't find it. Thanks!!!!

  5. Hi Glory! What are the sprinkles on the cupcakes you used for the party? Thanks!! Getting excited for my own r and r party! Can't wait to send you some pictures!

  6. HI Glory
    I am so excited about these Rainbow cookies – my little girl turns 4 in September and these are exactly what I was looking for to go with her rainbow theme birthday – how perfect and I love your blog you are very clever


  7. Wonderful blog and ideas, absolute joy to see such great work! I liked your plan for this party and wanted to ask for a bit of advise: I'm a happy Mom to 2 girls who share the same birthday: Oct 29. They will turn 3 and 1 this year and I was wondering if you would have any ideas for a party for them? My older is really not into pink or princess stuff at all and my younger is too small to have an opinion :-)) i wish it could be an outside party but it will be freezing here by then. I just don't want their birthday to be overshadowed by Halloween so I'm really looking for a fun idea. Thanks!

  8. Bamberger Fam- Yes, I'd be glad to sell you the files. Just e-mail me at glorioustreats.gmail.com and let me know what pieces you want (or all of them), and what names/ages you want on them. I'm heading out of town (and away from the computer) tomorrow for a week. I can send you the files after that.

  9. is there any chance you would sell your templates for this?

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