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!
paint chip party invitaions

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

diy art party invitations

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.

art birthday party

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.

art party decorations

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.

kids birthday party decorations

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

art birthday party decorations

kids art party

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

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.

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art party

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

birthday party food

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!
art party cake

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.

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

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!