I started with a simple invitation: Paper from the Hob Lob and a cut out cloud glued on with details for the party.
The cake was the main thing I wanted to give time/energy toward. I started about 1 week before by baking the (3 at a time) 6 layers to make up the Rainbow.
I used a .96 cent box of white cake from Hy-Vee, split it 3 ways, added food coloring. I did red, orange, yellow one night and green, blue, and purple another night
I am a big believer in lining cake pans with parchment and spraying them too. Because each layer was so thin I baked them for 22 minutes.
I cooled and wrapped them in saran wrap, a freezer bag and called it good until I would frost them the day of the party. The night before, I put the cakes in the refrigerator.
Buttercream icing: http://pinterest.com/pin/35465915786200481/
I followed the technique for making a fondant style cake with a paper towel.
It worked pretty well. I did do a crumb coating, which I will always do again! I found that smoothing the icing with a metal spatula dipped in hot water gave it the fondant look I was shooting for (my icing may have been a bit thick)
Thin icing layer
Just before I put it in the freezer
After 2nd layer of icing and smoothing with a spatula dipped in hot water.
A little bunting to go on top.
It turned out so lovely!
It was a hit at the party, for sure.
Temporary tattoos for everyone!
I made up the game pin the cloud/rainbow on the rainbow and the kids really enjoyed it.
Lacing fruit loops (I used tutti frutti's off brand)
I read this book to the kids.
Eating Rainbow popcorn
A party favor to send home with each kiddo.