Back-to-School Rainbow Cake Party and the Pajama Program

by Cate on August 29, 2010

Ready for the Oven

A little switch up from the usual Weekend Photos in Review to celebrate Rainbow Cake goodness!

How is it possible that we are already celebrating with our Back-to-School Rainbow Cake Party?  It seems like just yesterday we were kicking off the summer with our End-of-School party!  But it wasn’t.  Reality sets in.  It’s back to the books.  But not without a little multi-colored madness to set us off on the right path first.

Preparing for Battle

This time, I decided to do something a little different.  When the invitations went out a few weeks ago, I asked guests to bring a pair of brand new kids’ pajamas, so we could pack up a box and ship them off to the Pajama Program.  It’s a New York-based program that we support regularly, and I thought it would be a nice tie-in for our little party.  “Danger season” is coming up, and with the temperatures starting to drop, warm toasty pajamas are needed now more than ever.

As the kids came over, we put all the pajamas in a box and I passed out coloring pages for them all to work on.  As an aside, this web site is a great spot to find coloring pages — the wonderfully detailed pictures take up the whole page and they print without advertising and extra junk on it.  I thought including coloring pages in the pajama box as a little something extra for the kids on the receiving end would be a nice small gesture.

Pajamas for the Pajama Program

Payton Coloring

Nick Coloring

Going In

The menu tonight was simple.  Fresh fruit.  Vegetable chips and dip.  Honest Kids juice (love them!) and, of course, Rainbow Cake.  This go ’round, I did the traditional six layer cake and then I also did a 9×13 cake pan as well.  Although I loved the cupcakes I made back in June, I didn’t love the time they took.  Too fiddly.  This longer sized dish worked out beautifully.  I just put one layer of batter on top of the other and baked it.  It looks a little more tie-dyed than rainbow-like, but that’s ok.

Individual Pizzas

Thin Crust Margherita Pizza

Ready for the Troops

Vegetable Chips

You Wouldn't Believe the Amount of Strawberries These Kids Ate

Splinter Surgery

Naked Cake

We only have the rainbow cake twice a year, but it never fails to make me smile when I first cut into it.  So many gorgeous colors popping out from the inside.  Even the crumbs are pretty!  And now, the Rainbow Cake is retired until next June… and the kids (both!) get ready to start school next week.  One more week of freedom before reality (and routine) set in, and we’re going to eek out every bit of fun that we can from this last week of summer.

Rainbow Cake

The First Cut

Love the Colorful Crumbs

Digging In

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Merry120 August 30, 2010 at 12:54 am

I’ve got to come up with an excuse to make a rainbow cake! It is the prettiest cake ever.

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Joanne August 30, 2010 at 6:15 am

That’s what I was missing yesterday! Multi-colored madness! Of course I don’t feel prepared to go back to school… Oy. Looks like a super fun party, Cate You certainly know how to throw one :P

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Ramona August 30, 2010 at 10:47 am

Luv the cakes. Pizza looks good too.

The pajama thing is something new to me too!

Glad ya’ll had a good weekend.

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TheKitchenWitch August 30, 2010 at 11:56 am

That cake (and the pajama party) look like terrific fun! I bet the kids thought the rainbow layers were incredibly cool.

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Shaheen {The Purple Foodie} August 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Rainbow cakes are so fun!!

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Meg August 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm

The rainbow cake never fails to make me smile, too! A great way to end the summer.

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thecoffeesnob August 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I can’t decide which I love more- the tie-dye cake or the layered rainbow one!

Sounds like your kids had such an amazing summer and back to school feast!

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mandy September 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I love the rainbow cakes! The pictures of them never fail to make me smile. I think I’m going to make one just because in the next few weeks.

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Melissa B September 2, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Is the rainbow cake just food coloring?

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Lisa September 7, 2010 at 1:42 am

I’m not sure what we’ll be celebrating next, but I’m pretty sure we’ll do it with a rainbow cake!

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Monica September 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm

How do you get the colors for the cake? Food Coloring/Jello?????

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Bruna November 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm

loove the rainboow cakee!

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