Monday, September 1, 2014

Claire's Art Party

My baby girl turned 7 last month. I can hardly believe how fast the time flies. Wasn't it just yesterday she was dancing at her ballerina party? She loves to do crafts and especially paint so this year I decided to throw her an art party. I had so much fun planning this for her!

For budget friendly invitations I used paint chips from Home Depot and attached them with colorful brads from Hobby Lobby.

I had planned on setting up the tables outside on the deck for the painting portion of the party and wouldn't you know it started raining an hour before the party started! We brought the tables in, dried them off and had to rearrange the dining room. We got it set up with very little time to spare. It was a little crowded but we made it work. I made the pennant banner using paint chips and some kitchen string.

I had planned on hanging these letters up outside but since we had to move the party indoors I didn't really have a place for them. I decided to just lay them on the table. You can view my tutorial for covering letters here.

The paper medallions I pulled from my party stash so I didn't have to purchase anything new for the dessert table decor. The larger medallions are Martha Stewart available at AC Moore. You can view the tutorial to make the smaller ones here.

Each little guest had their own canvas panel, art apron and paint brushes waiting for them upon arrival.

I made these paint pallet sugar cookies using skittles. They were easy to make and a cute little addition to the dessert table.

The little easels I made using colorful paper straws.  Luckily I have quite an extensive collection so I didn't have to purchase any new straws for this.

We kept the menu simple by ordering pizza and served fruit, veggies and chips along with it.

Surprisingly my cake turned out OK.  Cakes with lots of layers can be tricky. Unfortunately we lost one in a freak accident... orange layer you were missed!

Pretty much all the little boys paintings were what I would call "abstract pieces" while the little girls drew actual pictures. I feel like there is a child psychology lesson to be taught here.

Since we are tight on space the art table is working double duty as the dinner table also.

Each little artist got to take home their own mini paint can filled with colorful goodies.

Overall I think the party turned out well even though we got "rained in".

Resource list:
Art Aprons
Washable paints
Plastic Paint Palettes
Canvas Panels
Colorful Paper Straws
Mini Paint Sets
Small Paint Brushes
Chevron rainbow name tags
Rainbow favor tags and cup cake toppers
Other paint brushes: AC Moore
Mini clear paint cans: AC Moore
Cupcake wrappers: AC Moore
Large paper medallions: Martha Stewart from AC Moore
Table cloths: Target

For more fun party inspiration check out my parties page here!


LeAnn said...

As an art lover, I love this theme!! :) I love how you used the paint chips - what a cute and creative idea!!!! Love it!!!

LeAnn said...

That is so cute! Love the cake. I am SO tired of the elaborately decorated, over the top cakes for a kids' party...that is just perfect!

LeAnn said...

Yeah, me too! How did you print onto the paint chips though?