February 25, 2013

Rainbow Jelly Bean Birthday Party

I (Mindy) live in northern California and one of our family’s favorite outings is to the jelly belly factory! Aubrey was so excited about this theme for her party {and so was her brother ... my little guy has lots of allergies and jelly belly beans are vegan and safe for him to enjoy too} and since Aubrey’s birthday occurred in the middle of writing my book, I relied quite a bit on the incredible vendors (listed at the end) to help make her day special! 

I also relied on a simple color scheme: Rainbow! The Jelly Bean Printables were designed by Bird’s Party - the jelly bean and striped patterns were exactly what I was looking for – and they were just perfect!

she was pretty excited :)

custom "jellybean" scented SOAP favors...
get it??? clean YOUR jelly BELLY? well i thought it was funny! 

Party Desserts and Treats :

Amanda from Traylor Made Treats created this beautiful cake to incorporate the printable designs by Bird’s Party – and of course the bottom tier was rainbow layers with yummy vanilla Swiss meringue butter-cream  I served easy and kid friendly food: JELL-o and JELLY sandwiches… get it?!

I also used the fruit cups in a symmetrical set up with fruit that color coordinated with the cup! The kids really loved this part!

I found cups and plates at Target that were perfect colors/patterns and served the colorful drinks with colorful striped straws. the kids also loved eating from the fun and colorful forks!

Party Styling and Decor:

I am a big fan of using cheap tablecloths... for only $7, I was able to get a tablecloth in each color, cut it down the middle and create this draped backdrop! 

The table was set in a 2 inch nook in my dining room so i hung the tablecloths from a spring-loaded bar across the top. I gathered them off to the sides with ribbon and taped it to the poster board backdrop - Super easy and super cheap way to get a big punch of color!

Party Favors:

I wanted to re-create a jelly belly store in my house for each kid to sample and take home a bag with jelly beans of their choice. i went to the outlet store near me and they generously offered samples of assorted bags of jelly beans, bags for them to fill, and even hats for the kids!

The kids really loved being able to fill their bags with colorful jelly beans! Each kid also received a patterned favor bag from Spiral Sage Shop with a toy in it!

They also were able to pick out a fun smelling jelly bean soap that was custom made by Sun Basil Garden Soaps. I got a little “punny” with my sign “Be sure to clean YOUR jelly BELLY!”… well I thought it was funny even if the kids didn't really get it!

Party Activities:

I picked up a fun “bean boozled” game… but the kids were not so into that – pencil shavings, skunk, and moldy cheese were not really their cup of tea! i tried to convince the moms to play but everyone was a little skittish after someone ate the canned dog food one… i don’t blame them!

 BUT they did love the jelly bean artwork! at the jelly belly factory there are huge portraits of celebrities made out of all jelly beans SEE THEM HERE  - they are amazing! I thought we could do a scaled down version of this by creating a nameplate for the kids doors. with help from their parents, they glued jelly beans to poster board to spell out their names. and then of course we had the bounce house set up for all of our little “jumping jelly beans”!

I loved this party because it really was so simple!A great and easy color scheme, fabulous Jelly Bean printables by Bird’s Party, an amazing cake by a dear friend and who doesn't love jelly beans?!

Amazing Vendors:

Styling and Photography: Mindy - Creative Juice
Jelly Bean Party Printables: Bird’s Party
Cake: Traylor Made Treats
Spiral Sage Rainbow Striped wooden forks: Sucre Shop 
Polka Dot Cups and Twine: Tom Kat Studio
Custom Jelly Bean Soap Favors: Sun Basil Garden Soaps 
Rainbow bowls, white sign holders, Glass candy jars – Ikea
Bean Boozled Game, Jelly beans, Jelly Belly Hats – Jelly Belly Outlet
Cups and plates – Target


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