Lots Of Lovely Color For This Chic, Rainbow-Inspired 40th Birthday Party

Rainbow 40th Birthday

“I’m forty, and darn it I’m freaking fierce.”

We all need to take a cue from Bay Area-based planner and event designer Marissa of House of Fete, cause sometimes you just gotta celebrate yourself!! “I wasn’t really prepared to have a party,” Marissa says, “but I said: ‘You know what Marissa? This is a huge milestone.’ I needed to celebrate it.” 

Marissa went all out for her 40th with this rainbow birthday celebration at The River Bottom Ranch. The festivities centered around a delicious feast of Marissa’s fave foods at a breathtakingly decorated outdoor banquet table, but that wasn’t all. There was a champagne wall with colored glassware guest favors. There was an adorable lounge area. And there were tons of disco balls to amp up the festive rainbow flair!!

We can’t get enough of this bright and colorful birthday party, so let’s take a peek at photographer Dani Lacey’s fabulous photos!

We are IN LOVE with this gradient table decor!!

Marissa snagged sets of the Anthropologie’s “Briar” dinnerware collection in five different shades to create these color-blocked place settings.

Emerald Grace Floral Design worked all kinds of magic to build this lush, rainbow floral table runner.

These precious disco ball watercolor escort cards are one of House of Fete’s signature touches.

We adore these custom acrylic drink tags!!

Mobile bar Tipsy Little Dove rolled up to take care of the party’s drinks!

Inspired Engravings created the party’s iridescent acrylic rainbow signage! Also, loving those festive gold paper straws! Such a great way to make your drinks feel fun.

Have you ever seen anything cuter than this Estelle Colored Glass stemware?!

Gotta start a celebration with some bubbles! Guests started off by sipping either champagne or rosé—Marissa’s faves! Check out our guide to champagne walls and how to pull them off!

One of our favorite touches? These glasses were guest favors!! Take a peek at our 39 creative and unique guest favor ideas if you’re trying to decide what your guests will get to take home with them!

Here’s the birthday girl!! We’re digging her sparkly rhinestone booties! They remind us of the “Cady” boot by Betsey Johnson—they come in so many fab and festive colors!

Fig & Honey put together these stunning charcuterie spreads.

Take a look at our collection of 39 best charcuterie board ideas that’ll totally wow your guests!

Really into the mixed media feel of these white wooden farmhouse tables and shiny gold dining chairs from Stockroom Picks! A little rustic, a little glam!

The iridescent menus that adorned each place setting featured Hand Lettered By Tiffany’s calligraphy skills.

An all-white guest dress code is such a fun idea at a super-colorful party!!


The party’s meal, catered by Southern Hospitality Company, was a tasty parade of some of Marissa’s favorite foods like chicken and waffles and short ribs!

Marissa and her husband made the rainbow “Forty and Fierce” backdrop that anchored the colorful theme of the gathering out of shiplap and sample-size cans of paint! And Stockroom Picks outfitted this lounge area with cozy vintage furniture and throw pillows in every shade!

Con Besos created this stunning ruffled rainbow birthday cake!

Those gold sparkler numbers are the perfect touch and look so fun and festive when they’re lit up!

This Estelle Cake Stand in Lavender by Estelle Colored Glass is so deliciously delicate!

Desserts, disco-style!!

Soirée Macarons provided this spread of sweet treats!

Those ombré wool pom pom garlands from Pearl & Jane are such a cute tabletop touch!

Marissa calls rainbow her “signature color,” and we like the way she thinks! Why pick one color when you can pick EVERY color!

Your rainbow 40th was as fierce and fabulous as you are, Marissa!! Happy birthday from GWS!

photography: Dani Lacey // venue name: The River Bottom Ranch, Sanger, CA // event design: House of Fete // planning: House of Fete // florals: Emerald Grace // paper goods: Itsy Bitsy Parties // calligraphy: Hand Lettered By Tiffany // catering: Southern Hospitality Company // cake: Con Besos // desserts: Soirée Macarons // furniture rentals: Stockroom Picks // music: DJ Diko // lighting: Light Up The Walls // cocktails: Tipsy Little Dove // acrylics: Inspired Engravings // glassware: Estelle Colored Glass // charcuterie boards: Fig and Honey // gold chairs: Let's Party Prettier // watercolorist : Alexis Gorham Art // cake stands: Joyeux Company // dishware: Anthropologie // restroom rental: Prime Time Events // guest favor glassware: Estelle Colored Glass