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RL Entertaining: A Colorful Birthday Party

Mark a milestone birthday with a fete as colorful as the celebrant’s life!

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno

Every birthday is special, but every ten years we all observe a big, milestone birthday. Whether it’s the big 3-0, 5-0, or even 9-0, the passing of a decade is a happy occasion that merits a fun gathering of family and friends. Plan a special party for a special someone’s momentous birthday—whether it’s your dad, grandparent, or favorite aunt, give him or her a bash that joyously commemorates the colorful years he or she has lived so far. What better way to celebrate than with a happy party inspired by rainbows?

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Make creative invitations

It’s easy to make homemade invitations—you can either use a computer and print them out, or ask the kids of the family (the celebrant’s grandkids, for example) to take on this special project by hand.

On one end of the rainbow, you could put the celebrant’s baby picture; on the other, his or her recent photo—it symbolizes what a colorful journey the birthday boy or girl has had. Ours has the words “Come celebrate 50 colorful years!” written on the rainbow. On the reverse side of the invitation, print the details of the party: date, time, place, and venue.

Take it ourside

Rainbows are painted across the sky, so it is but natural to have a rainbow-themed party outdoors. Set up tables in your lanai or garden, and place DIY candleholders bearing the celebrant’s age. We simply cut up some cardboard and backed it with parchment paper. Placing a votive candle inside produces a soft, diffused glow.

Choose bright placemats

Department stores offer cheap placemats in literally every color of the rainbow! Pick out red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet placemats and set them under plain white plates. Or you could opt for colorful plates over placemats in one color. The mix of colors makes a fun, playful setup, while the unified colors give the setup a more grown-up feel befitting the celebrant.

Prepare ice-cold treats

Present guests with homemade popsicles in different colors. In honor of our 50-year-old birthday girl, we placed stickers on each cup with the words “50 is cool!” 

Set up a sketching station

Have a fun activity for the kids and even the grownups! Set up a sketching station, where there are sheets of paper, pencils, colored pencils, and other drawing and coloring materials available. Encourage guests to draw the guest of honor’s picture, and present all the sketches to him or her as a gift at the end of the party.

Line up the souvenirs

Send guests home with a “choco-rainbow”—individual packets of Nips! If you have time, you can sort out the candy per color, placing pieces of the same color in one bowl, and lining up the bowls for a nice decorative touch. Place scoopers in each bowl and hand out paper bags which guests can fill with candy on their way out.


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