How to arrange a rainbow party (1904)

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How to arrange a rainbow party

Dainty decorations and games for it

The rainbow, with its softly blending colors, makes a delightful motif for a home entertainment, especially for a gathering of little people.

Games, favors and room decorations can all have a rainbow coloring whether the affair is to occur indoors or out.

Notepaper having three bands of blended color washed across it may be used for the invitations. In the lower left hand corner, write the words “Under the Rainbow,” to give the little people a hint of what is to come.

Rainbow party decor

The decorations may be simple or elaborate and can be extremely pretty in either case.

An easy and inexpensive way to produce a delightful effect will be to take seven stripe of tarlatan in the rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. These strips are four inches wide, and long enough to span the room where the games are to be played. They are to be sewed together lengthwise, the edges lapping about an inch. Small upholstery rings are sewed along the red edge, and the whole thing is slipped on to a heavy wire, which, when fastened to hooks in the ceiling, will form a rainbow.

Colorful party games

To overcome the awkward silence which usually prevails at the beginning of a party, we must have a game arranged which the first arrivals may play, and the rest join in as they come. Seven beanbags of rainbow hues, if kept flying from child to child, will soon make them forget party frocks and manners.

Another picturesque and interesting game is known as Raindrops. Sides are chosen by two leaders, who arrange their players at either end of the room. A net of white tarlatan is stretched across the center of the room, and a small table, or stand, is placed on each side, about four feet from the net. On each of these tables is an iridescent glass finger bowl, filled with soapy water.

All the children are provided with soap-bubble pipes tied with rainbow-colored ribbons. Seven children on one side of the net try and blow their bubbles across to the opposite side, while their seven opponents must prevent them from coming over, by breaking them with their pipes before I they cross the net. The next seven bubbles are blown by the other side, and the game goes on until ten bubbles have been put across by either one of the sides.

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This might be followed by “Rainbow,” which is a simple cotillon figure easily mastered even by children. Seven couples dance until a whistle is blown, when they stop, and each is given a rainbow-colored scarf of cheese-cloth, two and a half yards long. Each dancer chooses another partner, who takes one end of the scarf.

The children now make two rows down the room, holding the scarfs above their heads and stretching across the room. The colors should be arranged as they come in the rainbow. The first couple, holding a red scarf, now dance under all the others and take their places at the foot of the line. The next two, who are holding an orange scarf, follow them, and so on until the whole line looks like a floating rainbow. The children must keep moving up the room to make place for those who dance under.

After so much activity, they will be quite ready to settle down for a few quiet moments, and this is the time to bring in a story. It should not be too long, and it may be woven around the ever-fascinating tradition of the pot of gold. How firmly we believed we should find it if we could but reach the end of the rainbow before the sunset.

By this time, an appetizing but wholesome supper will be in order.

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