With a third birthday party approaching, Stephanie turned to her daughter Alyssa's favorite things for inspiration. Lyssie's love for sorting things by color and the rainbow at the end of The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight provided the inspiration for a vivid celebration with lots of colorful DIY details. Stephanie used plenty of white to avoid an over-the-top color scheme. Since she doesn't own a sewing machine, Stephanie improvised a handmade table skirt using plastic tablecloths that she cut into strips, ruffled using twine, then hot glued to a base tablecloth. The dot garland was made with colored paper circles, fishing line and hot glue.
The party hats, banner and favor tags were all made by Stephanie, who runs PaperCuts. Stephanie had a baker make the rainbow cake and cover it in plain white fondant, which she decorated herself with candy dots. Outside there was plenty of kid-sized furniture for lounging, stations for colorful sand art and glitter tattoos, and plenty of balloons staked into the lawn with golf tees. Alyssa and her friends had a fantastic time, and her mom managed to pull all of this off while extremely pregnant; a few weeks later Alyssa got a little brother named AJ. Happy birthday to Alyssa and AJ!