Do you have a creative little? Would she love an Art Party for her birthday?
It’s not a common theme for a birthday party, but it has so many fun possibilities.
Yes, there is strong possibility that this is going to be an extremely messy party. But that’s ok.
When you’re prepared for messy ahead of time, it’s much easier to deal with. Throw some tarps down and pull out your smocks.
We’re throwing an Art Birthday Party.
Plan the Party
My goal for you here is to plan a party that everyone will love without losing your ever loving mind. I want you to have a plan and I want it to be simple. And amazing.
Every party has four elements.
- Party Favors
That’s it. When it’s broken down like that, it’s a lot less overwhelming, isn’t it?
I’ve chosen a select list of ideas for each of those four categories. The idea is you pick a few, I say two or three from each category, and you’re going to achieve that simply amazing party.
Art Birthday Party Food
Art Party Food makes me think of passed hors d’oeuvres and crudite. But we’re not doing that for this Kids Art Party.
We’re doing themed Art Party food, ok?
You’re going to love it.
I have a secret for you about Rice Krispie Treats. They are not easy to make.
However, they are easy to buy at the store. You could whip up these Paint Brush like treats from Crafts by Courtney in practically no time.
Ok, there’s the time it takes to melt the rainbow color chocolate and dip them. But other than that, these are super simple and still very high impact on the cute scale.
It’s important to remember that at a party, you still want normal party food. Like chips.
That’s what makes this “Paint Chips” label from The Tom Kat Studio genius. It takes some mundane bags of chips and makes them totally on theme.
Your guests will grab their Cheetos and go, “Wow, how clever…”. You want to be clever, right?
I write about parties a lot. I try not to let my bias for cupcakes take over every post, but I once again am going with cupcakes as the dessert of choice for this art party.
These Artsy Cupcakes from Jen Loves Kev are SO easy. And they are interactive. It’s like a craft and (cup)cake in one.
If there’s two things I love about parties it’s cupcakes and two-fers. Double duty do-ers.
If you want another sweet bite at your Art Party, then you should go for these cake pops from And Everything Sweet.
Similarly to the cupcake, cake pops are single serve, serve yourself, no knife required kind of desserts.
Exactly the opposite of the full on cake which in my opinion is way more work.
If you’re going to serve popcorn at your Art Party, you should jazz it up like this Paint Splatter Popcorn from The NY Melrose Family.
Because it’s awesome and looks amazing.
Pro tip: Serve this popcorn in individual size containers. Even a paper cup will do. Because you don’t want to share a popcorn bowl with 9 year olds. Especially 9 year olds who are at an “art party”.
If you only pick one thing from this list of food for your Art Party, please make it these Artist Palette Sugar Cookies from Arts & Crackers.
I want you to be the person who makes these cookies. The person who serves these cookies and watches the faces of the children light up when they ooh and ahh over these.
Do you want to be that person? Do you want to think in 30 years, remember those Artist Palette Cookies I made for your 9th birthday? I was a good Mother. You are so lucky.
Art Birthday Party Decor
One thing that is amazing about an Art Party is that the Art that the kids make becomes part of the decor.
But before the kids are done, you need some decor to liven the place up and get everyone in the mood to be creative.
It’s going to be VERY colorful. Ok?
Let’s start with maximum impact for the decorations, ok?
That’s what you are going to get with this DIY Fringe backdrop from a Kailo Chic Life.
How gorgeous is that? Imagine the pictures that are going to happen in front of that.
It is time consuming, however, it is not difficult and you can do it with minimal materials and skills.
If I made this I would never take it down.
You know you have a million crayons lying around somewhere, don’t you? Or you might be like me and just run out and grab new crayons to make this centerpiece with.
Either way, I love this Artsy Centerpiece from the Hostess with the Mostess enough to get out the glue gun.
It’s one of those small details that everyone will think is just too cute.
This spilling Paint Backdrop from Girl Loves Glam is a fantastic option for a large scale piece of decor.
Just imagine the kids walking in the door and going THERE’S PAINT SPILLING FROM THE CEILING!
Kids are so gullible.
When it comes to an Art Party, if you just go “rainbow” with all of your decor, then you should be good. This Rainbow Fan Garland from Ice Cream off Paper Plates is perfect.
And then you can reuse all of it for your Pride month celebrations.
I have to admit I am a fan of bright bold colors, but you could do this garland with more muted tones, too and still have a colorful, artsy look.
Flowers at your party are always a good thing. These pretty and colorful daisy arrangements from Glorious Treats are perfect.
They are bright and fun but still simple and inexpensive.
After the party you can gather them all in one vase for a centerpiece you can enjoy for the rest of the week!
Unless you are a flower murderer like me in which case they will have wilted by hour 2 of the party.
Here’s how we’re going to do this Paint Chip Happy Birthday Sign from Life Is a Party.
Casually go to the big box hardware store and head to the paint aisle. Have a swatch of fabric with you and pretend to match it up with different paint chips.
Hold them up to the light and make a “Would this work?” face.
Repeat 13 times until you have enough paint chips to make your sign.
Or just walk in to the store and grab them. You don’t need to go through the charade. No one cares what you do with your paint chips.
I don’t think. Maybe you should do the charade just in case.
Art Party Games & Entertainment
You might think that all the entertainment you need at your Art Party is the art the kids make.
I say, no.
You still need some games at your Art Party. You’re still serving them a ton of sugar, so you are going to need to burn that off somehow.
Trust me on that.
While I definitely have some reservations about putting darts in the hands of children, I figure, if they do it at carnivals across the nation, then it must be safe.
I trust you to keep a close eye on this fun game, ok?
Because the beautiful paintings from hello, Wonderful that may result from this activity are kind of spectacular!
Don’t forget that art isn’t just paint.
Sculpting is also art. And also way less messy than paint.
And I love that this pretty air dry pendant from Activa is a nice substantial favor in addition to being art.
Here’s where you can get some of that sugar energy out. It’s a Color Scavenger Hunt from I Heart Crafty Things.
This is probably best outdoors, but you could make it happen indoors, too. I would definitely recommend keeping it confined to a play room if you’re going to do it indoors.
And if you do this outdoors, be prepared to see the kids stomping all over your pretty flowers and other landscaping. It’s worth it for the joy, though.
I’m not sure if this is a less messy Art alternative to painting or not. Cleaning sand probably varies in difficulty depending on the suck power of your vacuum.
So keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to include these Sand Art Bottles from Art Bar Blog at your Art Party.
I say, include the Sand Art Bottles and upgrade your vacuum if necessary.
Here’s another fun activity to do outdoors and wring that sugar out of their systems.
Colorful Shaving Cream Twister from Lou Lou Girls is going to be messy. There is no way around that. Sorry to break it to you.
But it is also going to be very worth it. And you can just hose the kids off and tell them it’s a paint brush washing machine and they are the paint brushes.
Another gorgeous painting for the little arty party goers to take home.
I like this one because it is super creative. These Water Gun Paintings from Parties with a Cause are made with… you guessed it!… water guns!
Pretty cool idea! I’m normally never a fan of guns for kids but I would make an exception here for the sake of the art.
Art Birthday Party Favors
Yes, you guessed it. The best part of the Art Party is that part of the Party favor is the Art that the kids make!
But we’re not going to stop there, are we?
We’re going to take it a step further and really make this party memorable with Art Party Favors.
Brilliant party favor idea. This Sketchbook from Bee In Our Bonnet let’s your guests continue the art at home.
This is memorable. It’s useful. The parents are going to love you for not sending their kids home with still MORE sugar.
You cannot lose with this party favor.
I know what you are thinking. Why are we making edible Play Dough?
It’s not because you want the kids to eat the play dough. It’s because you KNOW the kids are going to eat the play dough, so you might as well just make it edible.
It’s like a retroactive fix for the problem of play dough smelling and feeling like something you should eat.
It’s a great party favor from Momtastic. Especially in that cute mason jar.
You may need something cute to send your party favors home in and these DIY Party Bags from Evolving Motherhood are just the thing.
This cute polka dot motif is so easy you can make your kids do it.
Don’t let them fool you with the whole, “Look how bad this came out, I shouldn’t make 27 more of these”. They’ll get better as they go. Growth mindset.
Without the adorable printable from Kelly Leigh Creates, these Watercolor paints are not a super exciting party favor.
Add the tag and they become super cute and also very useful.
I love that this is continuing the art when the kids get home.
Sending each child home with a unique, homemade party favor is pretty special. It’s memorable.
These homemade Heart Crayons from My Frugal Adventures check all of the boxes for a good party favor.
They are useful, on theme and memorable. It’s a win for everyone!
Here’s another great example where just the addition of a cute, themed tag takes a good party favor to a great party favor.
These Printable tags from Smashed Peas and Carrots can be used with these great stackable pencils, but you could also use the tag on a box of crayons.
Party The Plan
See, you love this Art Party idea, don’t you? It doesn’t matter how messy it is, does it?
When they are smiling with paint splattered all over themselves you’re not going to care one bit about the mess. You are just going to care about the memories you’ve made.