My Girl’s 5th Birthday Sleepover Party – with GF rainbow cake

My soon-to-be 5-year-old is 4 going on 14. This girl wanted to have her whole pre-K class over to sleep at our house for her birthday. Instead, I let her invite 4 girls with her “Pajama party – sleepover optional” party. We ended up inviting one more little girl the morning of the party when I saw her mom dropping of her daughter at the girls’ dance recital.

We had 6 girls (5 and under year olds) from 6-9pm in their PJs at my house last Saturday night. Thankfully, only two of the little girls decided to stay over. We decorated sleep masks a la Fancy Nancy style with glitter, glitter glue, googly eyes, lace, ribbons, feathers, and rhinestones.IMG_6545

We had pizza (dominoes has a GF crust option) for dinner.IMG_6543

We had rainbow layered gluten-free cake with cream cheese frosting and Neopolitan ice cream.  IMG_6558rainbow GF cake

They sprayed silly string all over our “target” (a blank poster board I had planned on using for our Family rules, but abandoned when I found art at Bed Bath and Beyond that was premade and good enough.)IMG_6574 They also put on clip-on earrings, makeup, and a feather boa (dollar store find) and had a fashion photo shoot.IMG_6578IMG_6583IMG_6586IMG_6587

All of this was done from 6-8PM, because 5 year olds still have short attention spans. So, I attempted putting in for a movie (trying to reign in the energy and my demanding birthday girl) and ate popcorn while snuggling up with blankets and pillows. movie watchingThey watched Bolt… for about 20 minutes when everybody was off playing in different rooms in the house again. Next, I tried putting on Just Dance on the Wii. We played it with just girls dancing in front of the TV (no remotes) so that “everybody wins.”  This is them dancing to Call Me Maybe.IMG_6609

The parents (of 3 of the girls) came while we were playing Just Dance. After the day party-goers left, my daughter and two of her friends were left to get ready for bed. They brushed their teeth and we washed the makeup off their faces with no problem. I set up the trundle bed in my daughter’s room into a King-size bed and lined them up (no pictures). We read three books (two Fancy Nancy and one Llama Llama book). The guests settled in easily and went to sleep after I had to pull my party girl out of the room for talking too much.

Overall it was a good night. I will likely wait another 2-3 years to have another sleepover. There’s a reason most people don’t have birthday parties for little kids from 6-9pm. These kids are still very dependent on adults. As one mom jokingly asked “is this a trial for running your own daycare?” She was so right. One kid asked for another slice of pizza while everyone else was having popcorn. A few minutes later she came back and said “I ordered pizza.” Another time I had one kid tattling on another kid saying “she is being mean to (another girl) telling her she’s not her best friend anymore.

The sleepover part went surprisingly well. They woke at 7am (much to the chagrin of my sleepy daughter). We had chocolate chip pancakes, scrambled eggs, and bacon. The girls were picked up by their mom’s at 9am. The sleepover part of the party was definitely the easier part.

Also, I have to thank Dollar Tree for all our treat bag loot, the boas, and the supplies for our sleep mask craft.  That place is so handy for stuff like this.

Here’s the recipe for the Gluten-free Rainbow Cake (adapted from this recipe for the Tiffany Cake by Gluten Free Mom):rainbow GF cake


  • Shortening (to prepare cake pans)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup milk (use coconut milk for dairy free)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Gluten-free mama coconut flour blend
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons xanthan gum
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ cups baker’s sugar
  • 16 Tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter (use Earth Balance for dairy free), softened but still cool
  • Blue, Yellow, Green, Red food coloring


Follow the very detailed directions (with pictures) at Gluten Free Mom’s website.  I eyed the color to get the right amounts for this bright cake.  I used a cream cheese frosting, coconut shreds to conceal the  side layers the showed too well under my too soft frosting, and turquoise sixlets to add some extra flair.

The cake was phenomenal!  Seriously, the best tasting cake I’ve ever made (gluten-free or not).


One thought on “My Girl’s 5th Birthday Sleepover Party – with GF rainbow cake

  1. Sounds like a great party! The cake looks AWESOME and the festivities were perfect for that age. Glad you survived it. 😉

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