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Rainbow Themed Appreciation Week Ideas They’ll Love

The title has warned you that this post will be totally over the top with rainbow inspired party suggestions to help you put on the most fabulous staff and teacher appreciation week!

Of course, these same ideas can be used for any sort of appreciation event or party, such as a volunteer appreciation events, birthday party or employee gratitude fete because who doesn’t like rainbows?


It all begins with adding in an eye catching display!

Set the stage for an amazingly colorful and cheer-filled week by decking out the Teacher’s Lounge in a rainbow hues.

Party Balloons 12 inch Assorted Color Balloons 110 Pack Rainbow Balloons Latex Balloon With Confetti Balloons For Birthday Party Decor

Balloons are relatively inexpensive decorations, so you can really go a bit wild with adding lots to your event space! This kit has everything needed to make a balloon arch or garland.

Rainbow Party Backdrop with Balloon Garland, Rainbow Cloud Unicorn Photo Backdrops Props Booth Rainbow Balloon Arch Kit for Kids Birthday Decorations Baby Shower Photography

Teacher’s lounges are notoriously boring spaces, so dressing up one or more of the walls with a colorful backdrop is a quick way to add flair to the room.


Top the table with a fantastic display using a few of these decor ideas:

Juvale 3 Pack Rainbow Plastic Tablecloth, Disposable Table Cover for Cloud Birthday Decorations, Rainbow Party Supplies (54 x 108 in)

First, lay a good foundation with this rainbow tablecloth, which is totally giving me Rainbow Brite vibes!

WILLBOND Rainbow Honeycomb Paper Centerpiece Rainbow Cloud Centerpieces Unicorn No Crease Converting Rainbow Centerpieces for Birthday Party Baby Shower Tables Decoration (2 Pieces)

Then draw eyes to the center of the table with this super fun centerpiece!

LANGXUN 12ft Table Balloon Arch Kit For Birthday Decorations, Party,Wedding and Graduation Decorations, Christmas Decorations Baby Shower Bachelor Party Supplies

Tables back up to a wall are an especially good place to add another bunch of balloons. This table arch kit has structure to use again and again!

Glad Everyday Round Disposable 10” Paper Plates with Rainbow Design | Heavy Duty Soak Proof, Cut-Resistant, Microwavable Paper Plates for All Foods & Daily Use | 10 Inches, 36 Count

Sturdy plates are a must for any meals you’re providing and these rainbow striped disposable plates are just the ticket.

Creative Converting Luncheon 8-Count 7-Inch Square Paper Dessert Plates, Rainbow

These square plates add a bolder pop of color and differently shaped option into the mix.

Cocktail Napkins, Jagrove 120 Pack 2 Ply Paper Beverage Napkins, Decorative Disposable Colorful Luncheon Dinner Napkins for Party Tableware Decoration, 6 Colors, 5X5 Inches Folded

Add a generous amount of rainbow hued napkins throughout the week alongside the treats being served throughout the week.

Daily Ideas

A week worth of events to toast your school staff doesn’t have to be an overwhelming endeavor.

Here are some ideas for each day of appreciation work!


Start the week off with a bang by putting out the most delicious luncheon spread!

I’m not a huge fan of food coloring, so I’d personally keep the rainbow colors restricted to the side dishes, although a quick Google reveals quite the number of colorful dishes should you choose to go that route!

Personally, I’d make or order sub sandwiches for a casual lunch to kick off the week.

All the toppings will add pops of color to the table and then you can add even more with colorful side dishes!

Some on-point sides include:

A rainbow fruit salad. This honey-lime fruit salad recipe from Dole is a tried and true Spring and Summer essential. But you really can switch up the fruits to include whatever’s in season in your area and you’ll still get a fantastic result!

A colorful vegetable tray is healthy and fun way to incorporate the rainbow theme.

And a rainbow pasta salad into the mix too.

Shuiniba Biodegradable Striped Paper Straws,Paper Drinking Straws for Party, Events and Crafts,Baby Shower Decorations 7.75 Inches,100 Packs - Rainbow Color

Don’t forget to add a decorative touch to the drinks served.

These colorful straws are both functional and fun for bottled water or uniquely flavored (and colorful!) lemonades.


Set up a display of packaged cupcakes for a take home treat!

Whip up a batch of these piñata cupcakes, recipe courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction.

STARUBY Cupcake Baking Paper Cups Muffin Cupcake Liners Colorful Rainbow Combo Disposable Baking Cups Set Standard Size,Pack of 400

Load the batter into a rainbow cupcake liner base.

Manvscakes Sprinkles - Themed Sprinkles for Cake Decorating, Sprinkle Mix for Cookies, Ice Cream, Fondant Cake, Gluten Free, Cupcakes & Other Desserts, Assorted Rainbow Sprinkles, Birthday

Add some chunky sprinkles like the recipe calls for, or add to the cupcakes once frosted.

Cupcake Toppers Baking Cake Decoration Crystal Glitter Colorful Rainbow Dessert Cake Birthday Cake Insert Decorative, 30Pcs/Pack

And top it off with this cute rainbow topper!

BLUE PANDA 24 Pack Rainbow Gable Boxes, Goodie Gift Box for Kids Birthday Themed Party Favors, Gifts, Treats (6.2 x 3.5 x 3.6 In)

Then box each cupcake up in this cute package for a treat they can enjoy later at home, to spread the fun.

Offray 435991 5/8" Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, Rainbow Stripe, 3 Yards

Finish off with a ribbon for an impressive and gorgeous presentation!


Help them get through the week with a bag full of bright and colorful candies!

Future Life 24 pcs Rainbow Party Favor Paper Bags, 5.2 * 3.2 * 9.6 Inch, Food Safe Kraft Paper and Ink, Natural (Biodegradable), Vivid Colored,Give Away Bags.

There are so many options to fill these candy treat bags with:

SKITTLES Original Summer Chewy Candy Packs, 36 Ct Bulk Candy Box

A pack or two of rainbow Skittles

Twizzlers Rainbow Candy, Fruit Flavored Fun Size Chewy Twists, Individually Wrapped, Bulk 2-Pound Pack

Or Twizzlers

Airheads Xtremes Belts, Rainbow Berry Flavor, Sweetly Sour Candy, Non Melting, Bulk Movie Theater and Party Bag, 3 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Or Airhead Extremes!


American Greetings Single Panel Blank Cards with Envelopes, Neon Rainbow Colors (100-Count)

Once they’ve come down from their sugar high, give them a warm feeling of love and appreciation with a personalized note!


Finish the week off with an ice cream bar!

Worlds Paper Ice Cream Cups Polka Dot Paper Yogurt Cups 4oz Rainbow 50 pack

How cute are these rainbow ice cream cups?

Joy Cone Waffle Bowls, 10 ct

Give staff the options of having a larger indulgence with these waffle bowls!

Ghirardelli Squeeze Bottles - Caramel, Chocolate & White Chocolate - Set of 3

Having a variety of toppings will make the treat even more luscious! This trio of Ghirardelli sauces look delish, no?

Smuckers Sundae Syrup Chocolate, Caramel, Butterscotch, and Strawberry (Variety Pack of 4)

As do these ice cream toppings from Smuckers!

Rainbow Sprinkles for Ice Cream Toppings with Chocolate Sprinkles, Crunch Coat Ice Cream Topping, Ice Cream Sprinkles in Rainbow Crispearls Sprinkles for Cupcake Decorating Natural Rainbow Sprinkles

Don’t forget about the ultimate toppings: sprinkles and candies! Adding in a crunchy texture makes sundaes more delicious.

M&M'S Milk Chocolate MINIS Candy 3-lb. Bulk Candy Bag

Mini M&Ms are a good sundae topping.

Super Z Outlet 5.5" Mini Acrylic Plastic Kitchen Scoops for Weddings, Candy Dessert Buffet, Ice Cream, Protein Powders, Coffee, Tea (Clear)

Set bowls of the dry toppings out with these mini-scoops for easy serving.

Over to You!

And that’s a wrap for this Rainbow Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week of ideas!

Want even more rainbow inspired appreciation ideas? Check out this Wizard of Oz Appreciation Week post.

If you’re looking for even more appreciation theme thought joggers, be sure to check out this collection of ideas.

Whatever route you go, whether totally frilly and fancy or more toned down, your teachers and staff will love your effort and thoughtfulness!

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