Many of you may already know that all three of my girls' Birthdays fall within 11 days of each other (Anya's is on the 22nd November, Allegra's 26th November and Teddie's on the 3rd December) and both Anya's and Allegra's fall during Thanks Giving week. And with Christmas just a month later, it is and always will be a BUSY time of year in the Bouw household! For this very reason I was a little (ok, VERY) reluctant to throw them each their own party but given it was Teddie's big milestone first Birthday, I thought she deserved a celebration… after all, both her big sisters got one for their first Birthdays and I didn't want her being left out just because she is #thethirdchild ;)
Also given the busy time of year I was sure we would have quite a few that wouldn't be able to attend making a three way party more manageable… boy was I wrong! We had almost 100% 'yes' rate for RSVP's which meant we would have close to 100 guests… eeek!
After deciding that a three way party was the way to go, I began the search for the perfect venue. I stumbled on Concord Fifty Five by accident really when a friend had posted a photo on Instagram of her daughter at a party. My eyes were immediately drawn to the clean, modern, light filled space and I just had to know more! After viewing the venue the following week, I was 100% sold and party planning commenced full steam ahead! When it comes to choosing a party theme, I am usually inspired more by colours and patterns rather than a specific 'theme'… it's no secret that I love ALOT of colour so I decided to do a twist on your typical Rainbow theme by incorporating our name 'Bouw' … and so Somewhere over the RainBOUW was born :)
The first thing I had to tick off my list were the invitations. I had been dying to recreate the DIY invitations a friend Corri from Glitter and Bubbles had made for here daughters Birthday a few years back so by choosing a relatively plain invitation, I could introduce the 'Rainbow' element by using the colorful confetti (refer below video). I wanted the invitation to be fun, magical and playful and leave a happy impression and I think they did just that! I'm still so thrilled with how they turned out :)
And then of course there were the hand made clouds. After a casual trip to The Land of Nod (one of my fave stores her in Chicago) to pick up some kiddie Birthday presents, I was blown away by their latest window and store display… the entire store was kitted out with beautiful, dreamy clouds hanging from the ceiling and I immediately became obsessed. I NEEDED some for the girls' party! So, after googling a few different DIY's I decided the easiest way to make them was simply by covering white paper lanterns with Polyfill. The were super easy to hang with some fishing wire and looked amazing under the lights. A HUGE thank-you to Carissa and Hannah (the faces behind Concord Fifty Five) for doing such a brilliant job placing these!
With such a beautiful space to work with, I knew I wouldn't have to go too overboard with the remainder of the decorations so focused on creating a feature: the dessert table! It was quite a task to hang all the paper decorations (thanks to my darling Mr B for climbing up and down a rickety ladder whilst I directed him where to place everything hee hee) but it all came together on the day once all my baked goods were in place. I baked and decorated three cakes (one for each of my girls) along with 50+ handprinted sugar cookies, homemade colorful meringues and 50+ iced cupcakes. The party favors tied in with both the theme and the invitations and I created little 'Pots of gold at the end of our Rainbouw' by placing gold chocolate coins in clear pillow boxes complete with confetti and thank-you stickers.
As for the rest of the setup, we had an indoor bounce house with built in ball pit, the most incredible face painter, a piñata, balloons, a giant inflatable unicorn and a play corner set up on a large comfy rug with two play tents, dolls and duplo. All of the delicious food and drink was catered for by Knife and Tine.
I am relieved to say that the party was a huge success! I can't thank Carissa and Hannah from Concord Fifty Five enough for all of their help and expertise. They were SO easy to work with which meant the party was completely stress free for me and I could just sit back and watch everyone have a wonderful time. To my mother-in-law for all of her help with the girls whilst I was in full party planning mode in the days leading up and of course to Mr B for supporting my love for throwing a big party and never questioning what the hell I was doing when I was up to my elbows in hot glue and polyfill ;) And to all of our wonderful friends here in Chicago for their company and generosity in helping make the girls day so special!
Hopefully this is a party my girls will remember for years to come :)
Ok, that's enough of my ramblings… I've included some supplier info at the bottom of this post and here are a few photos I've put together of our Somewhere over the Rainbouw celebration! xxx
Venue and catering Concord Fifty Five
Desserts all homemade by Mrs Bouw ;)
Invitations from Minted
Clear pillow boxes from US Box
Confetti in 'Unicorn' from The Confetti Bar
Thank-you stickers on party favors from Tiny Prints
Gold Chocolate coins for party favors from Candy Warehouse
Honeycomb tissue paper balls from Party Supplies by PPS
Tissue paper garlands and paper fans from Soiree Supply
Mini gold foil balloons with tassels cake topper from Steph Shives Studio
Rainbow leggings with cloud knee patches from Trendy Tot
Allegra and Anya's white Boho Lace Dresses from Lola and the boys
Teddie's floral dress from Ralph Lauren
Giant inflatable Unicorn from Amazon
Rainbow piñata from Amazon
Pink play castle play tents from Amazon
Bounce house from The Fun Ones