Kid’s Birthday Parties: ART Party!

My oldest daughter just turned 7 last month and she is an artsy one! Pretty much the week after her 6th birthday (a Rainbow Pool Party) she had already decided she wanted to do an Art Party for her 7th. I love a good party theme and was thrilled with this one! It was one of the easier parties we have done because it was held in a local art studio which means I didn’t need to do anything in the line of decorating as the studio already had all the party ambiance one could want. And the best part was not having to clean my house before and after the party – so it was a win/win! I also didn’t have to worry about party favors since each guest would be getting a potty piece to paint that would be fired and returned to them as their party favor. We had the party mid-afternoon so the only party food we had to focus on was a few sweet treats!

This is super simple with a big impact. I bought the wood palette at Michael’s for $4 and found these little chalkboard signs there as well for just $1 each! The bigger chalkboard was also a Michael’s find on a 50% off sale it was only $8. I knew it was a piece that I will use at home all the time! (#chalkboardobsessed) I made simple vanilla cupcakes and then a big batch of Royal Icing (I always use THIS recipe) and used gel food coloring to dye them bright colors to resemble different color paints.

Another easy dessert was rice crispie treats that I shaped into paint brushes and put on wood crafting sticks I also found at Michael’s. Then I used melted Wilton candy melts in a variety of colors to dip them in and give them the wet paintbrush look. This is such a fun cooking project to do with kids!

To add a little interest to the table I did a lollipop bouquet. I had the pink paint can bucket from the dollar spot at Target several years ago and I bought two bundles of lollipops at Dollar Tree (yes, only $2 spent on ALL of those). I picked up the wood #7 when I was at Michael’s and painted it purple with some craft paint I already had on hand. Then I hot glued a wooden grilling skewer onto it to make it a fun addition to the bouquet. I always try to incorporate the kid’s ages into the party table in some fun way!

Another simple way to customize any party is to create custom water bottle labels! Just pull off the existing label, wrap and tape these on. If you want to make them waterproof you can use packing tape to laminate them but I just used scotch tape on these since I knew they would just be room temperature sitting on the party table. I also like the small size at kid’s parties because it cuts down on waste from half drank bottles.

This party was a hit all the way around! The small size of the studio and bright lights made photographing the event more challenging, but I managed to capture some fun moments!

We ended the day with one very happy birthday girl! Happy 7th to my sweet Aubrey!

~ Tamie

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