For her 5th birthday, my daughter wanted to have a dance party with a rainbow theme. She had just learned the colors of the rainbow, and rainbows and dance parties? As perfect together as cornflakes and milk, honey. Stories in Motion in Maplewood, NJ (alas, now closed), graciously accommodated us; I bet your local kids’ dance studio can, too. For the dance music, we created an age-appropriate, color-themed song mix (copies given out in goody bags). The studio supplied various colorful props, including rainbow-colored ribbon streamers, and the kids had a blast burning up the dance floor. We served rainbow cake and each kid left with a colorful, affordable goody bag. Mission accomplished.
Rainbow Dance Party mix
Noalee drew the original CD label with markers, and I scanned and printed multiple copies. For the text, I clearly lost my mind with fonts and colors on Photoshop. In a good way.
- “Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland (stretching/warm-up)
- “ROY G BIV” by They Might Be Giants
- “99 Red Balloons” by Nena
- “Jenny Jenkins” by Lisa Loeb
- “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles
- “Five Green Frogs” by Rafi (counting!)
- “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins
- “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley
- “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
- “Lady in Pink” by Backyardigans, feat. Cyndi Lauper (not exactly great for dancing but we were on a Backyardigans bender at home. Maybe Pink Panther anthem instead?)
- “Rainbow Connection” by The Muppets (cool-down slow jam)
Rainbow Dance Party Goody Bag:
- A bag of rainbow-colored M&M’s. I think we bought a couple of huge bags of the standard assortment and then supplemented with a bag of purple-only. Noalee, in a Van Halen concert-rider power move, insisted we remove the brown, which wasn’t a problem because I disposed of them in my mouth.
- Rainbow lollipop from Oriental Trading Company tasted horrible to me but excellent to the guests.
- Rainbow crayon, also from Oriental Trading Company. Really works!
- Rainbow dance party mix (see above), all stored in a
- Rainbow gift bag (plastic). Not sure where I got this. Maybe Party City?