After the table decorations were all set and ready to go, it was time to start putting on the finishing touches. One of my favorite decorations was the rainbow photo banner. I was so excited when I found it on Etsy because not only was it a great idea, it matched perfectly with our theme.
The banner was meant to hang, but with the way the wind was blowing that day it kept falling down. So we decided to display it on the dessert table instead and it ended up working out great. A photo banner was a fun way to document Harper’s first year and watch her grow from month to month.
One of the things I learned from attending some of Harper’s friend’s 1st birthday parties, is that having an area where the babies can play and hang is a great way to entertain the little ones. So we brought some of Harper’s favorite toys to the park to share with her pals. “Baby central” was a huge hit!
And of course, no party is complete without good food and drinks. Guests enjoyed an assortment of LaCroix Sparkling Water which comes in an a variety of delicious and refreshing flavors. I love how colorful the cans are :)
We also had a variety of Gatorade as well. Otherwise known as rainbow in a bottle :).
For small snacks to munch on, I created a rainbow vegetable platter with homemade spinach dip (recipe to come). I used an assortment of bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots and cucumbers to fashion a colorful display.
I also constructed a rainbow out of different types of fruit inspired by a picture originally found on Pinterest. I chose to use sliced strawberries, peeled mandarin oranges, chopped pineapple, green grapes, crisp blueberries and juicy blackberries. We were able to find most of the fruit at our local farmers market the day before so it was super fresh.
For a late lunch we served marinated grilled chicken, tri-tip and an assortment of grilled rainbow vegetables. We also had a rainbow pasta salad made with this colorful Farfalline found at World Market tossed with red tomatoes, yellow bell peppers, broccoli, red onion and cheddar cheese. All of the delicious food was prepared by our dear friends Kat and Christina. Thanks ladies :) You rocked it!
And what about the birthday girl? She was having a good ol’ time :) Looking cute as can be in her rainbow dress and pink leggings.
I think that is about it for Part 2. Stay tuned for Part 3 coming up later this week where I will share about the cake, party favors and more!
All images were taken by my good friend and talented photographer Rachel Bradshaw of Little Sparrows Photography.