It's the latest craze for tweens…. the Rainbow Loom. Think of it as a replacement for the Silly Bandz… except that this is both a crafting activity as well as something that you can collect. And my kids are addicted to making them and wearing them!
The only problem- what to do for the party guests who don't already own a loom? I can't buy one for each party guest- at $16.99 per kit they are just too expensive. But then I saw this video on the Rainbow Loom website where they demonstrate bracelet-making using the included Mini Loom. And even better- you can purchase Mini Looms for $3.99 each! (The only other problem at the moment is that most stores are out of the rubber band refills. You can find them on eBay…. but you'll be paying $7.99/bag instead of $2.99/bag! I am sure this is a temporary situation as the owners start producing enough inventory to “catch up” with demand!)
The Rainbow Loom Birthday Party Invitation
Rainbow Loom Birthday Party Order of Events
Guests arrive and join us at the kitchen table to begin making bracelets on the mini looms. Rubber bands are set out in bowls separated by color, making it easier for guests to find just what they want!
You'll want to have a few adults on hand who have already “been trained” on how to use the mini looms. It isn't complicated- it just takes some patience while you are learning.
And in no time- the kids will be creating links! Allow about 50 minutes for bracelet creating- everyone should easily complete one in that time frame, and experienced loomers may be able to create 4 or 5 bracelets. Use the next 5-10 minutes to allow all of the guests to build a small container of bands that they can take home in their favor bags (see below) for future bracelet making.
Cake and Punch
Of course a rainbow cake is the perfect sweet treat for this party!
And it wouldn't be a party without some Rowley Party Punch:
Party Punch1 can of frozen orange juice concentrate 1 container of fruit punch 1 2 liter bottle of lemon-lime soda 1 container of rainbow sherbet
Fill a large punch bowl halfway with the fruit punch and add the lemon-lime soda until the bowl is ¾ full. Stir in one can of orange juice concentrate (found in the frozen foods section of the grocery store), and then top with scoops of rainbow sherbet. Gently stir and then enjoy!
Outside bracelet scavenger hunt
is the perfect way to end a rainbow loom party….. have your kids make some rainbow bracelets ahead of time,and hide them in the yard. Have party guests see how many they can find!
Rainbow Loom Birthday Party Favors
Each guest can put their small tub of bands and their mini loom into favor bags that have already been pre-labeled with each guest's name. Twist tie to close.
Rainbow Loom Birthday Party Thank You Notes
So do you think that your son or daughter would love a rainbow loom birthday party?
If you liked this party idea, you might also enjoy these other at-home birthday parties we've thrown for our kids: