The Color Run Birthday Party #Happiest5k

Planning our children’s birthday parties are always such fun for me! I love sitting down with them and planning a party centered around their interests at that time of their life. It can be a lot of work too but it is always so interesting to look back, see their smiles and remember how much they loved (insert party theme here) at that stage of their life.Color Run before

Running has become a big part of our lives over the last year. I don’t think I realized just how big until Kaitlyn made it a goal of hers to run in a Color Run 5k in 2014 when we made our “New Year’s Bucket Lists”. Planning this party was even more meaningful knowing we were helping her complete that goal and centering her whole birthday around it. It was one party we will never forget. ( Thanks to Courtney @ for helping make this a success!)

I also knew was going to have to get creative with the party planning because there just weren’t any prepackaged “Color Run Birthday” kits.  Next step, Pinterest. Not many to choose from there either. Of course I DID create one for our party- You can check it all out on our Color Run Birthday board here.

I designed her invitations with a printed paint splash background, vellum overlay with all the party details, and  tied together with multi-colored tulle matching the tutu’s the girls would make and wear during the run. Then we sprayed the envelopes with paint to look like the colors that are thrown during the run. I was so pleased with how they came out (tutorial coming soon!).

color run 2014 birthday invite

The party food and decor was simple. Confetti was a must and we mainly went with a color palette utilizing colors in the run. We served  confetti cookies and mini-cupcakes with sprinkles. Color Run party food

We spent the evening taking fun photo-booth pictures, painting nails, and making tu-tu’s for the girls to run in the next day. Since our main even would be the early the next morning we didn’t want to stay up too late. We got our Color Run swag all laid out ( the Color run is one race that provides several items for beyond a t-shirt for your entry fee) and the girls snuggled in their sleeping bags excited for the morning!color run photo booth

We got there just a little before the run began and were greeted by several sponsors. Kind, Sports Authority, Zico Coconut Water, Nestle, Honest Tea, and Shout all showed up with fun games and tons of giveaways before the run began. We made sure to take photos with as many mascots as possible!

color run unicorncolor run Nestle bunny

And of course we would need a good “Before Pic” …..

Color Run before

The boys wanted one too….

color run boys

I was really glad we took those before pics to compare the after pics too. There was a lot of “happy” being thrown around. Our girls looked like smurfs by the end. Color Run smurfscolor run hair

I was so thankful for the industrial blowers at the end of the race to blow off all the extra color! We still ended up with blue toes and color residue in our van.

BEST INSIDER COLOR RUN TIP: Pampers Sensitive Wipes do an excellent job of getting  the color off car upholstery.   color run before after

It was such a fun time for all of us and a memory we will never forget. I think Kaitlyn may be hooked on these fun runs because she has already been asking which one we can do next.

Color Run kaitlyn

Have you run in The Color Run before? What was your most fun run ?