Art birthday party: Best of the Web

Art parties were not really around when I was coming up, which might make me feel old. I know I would have really liked this sort of party. Having a creative bent, I think this is the kind of party I would have really gone crazy for. Now I have a child so I can just let him have the party I never had. That is what a kid is for-right? For me to live my childhood desires and push them on him?! Okay, just kidding.

Love these paint sample cookies!!
I have realized that the art party has 2 of my favorite details:  colors and cake. I love the rainbow palette that so many have used when planning this party. It turns out looking really cute and turning out really fun pictures. I even read where one mom asked all the kids attending to wear a solid color and they created a life size rainbow for a party photo!


One idea that is great for an art party is to ask kids to bring broken crayons to the party and create new ones.  You can use a muffin tin with shapes, or a regular mini muffin tin to create these new crayons. 
Directions: Heat the oven to 250 degrees. Using a mini-muffin pan, fill each mold with assorted colors of crayon pieces (paper removed) and bake until the crayons melt, about 10 to 15 minutes. (Tip: Place a sheet pan under the crayons to catch any drips). Once they’re cool, remove the crayons from the pan and smooth any rough edges by rubbing them on a knife.
This Crayon recipe is from the thepartydress.net
There are some cute variations on using a painters  palette- from putting cupcakes in a faux palette to creating your own from sugar cookies.

Picasso cake stand

 The next entry in the adorable contest is a Watercolor Cake.
Here is what she said about how she made it.

"I used airheads candy, rolled flat and cut in ovals, for the watercolors. The paintbrush is a brown tootsie roll, white tootsie roll, and airheads. I should have used one of those long brown cookie type things for the brush handle, but I didn't have one, so I did what I could. I made a "box" out of white chocolate I had melted, spread out on parchment paper, and let harden. I'm not a professional, and I'm sure someone else could make it better, but I really enjoy crafting cakes, and eating them too. 


Or, if you prefer layer cake, make your own with each layer showcasing a different color of the rainbow. I am not sure I could get mine to stand up straight enough to tell what each color is, but these look beautiful! Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
Finally, some great ideas for activities.
Mix your own drink. This smart mom did it in the garage and put them in their own personalized water bottles. She said all the drinks ended up brown but nobody cared!

The water bottles used for mixing...

Another cute activity for an art party-
Picasso Imitation. The painting “Starry Night’ was enlarged and divided into 15 squares. Each child had their own square to paint and try to recreate on their paper. They then were put together to recreate the painting together. 
The original to copy
If you want to pull a “mom”, you could teach a great lesson how we are all just part of the painting, and when we work together with others, things become great works of art. Expect your child to roll their eyes and probably kick you out of the party if you decide to do this.
The finished recreation
I have seen several parties where each child decorated their own cake, sugar cookie, t-shirt, etc. These seem to be a huge hit for the kids and I am sure they love having something of their own they have created.

These images are from a Rainbows and Unicorns
party, so because of the Rainbow element, I thought this would be a great one to include for an art birthday party as well.  I like the rainbow cake, of course, and also the use of jelly beans all combined together.


This Come Together Cards invitation has been a popular one for art parties.
The shirt is personalized with the birthday boy/girl’s age and name, if wanted.
It is shown with and without a graphic...

There are so many adorable ideas to make an art party unforgettable! Which is your favorite? Will you use any for your next art party?

*In my Best of the Web kids Birthday Party Series, I have complied some of my favorite ideas from around the Internet. I have done my best to link back correctly to every idea so proper credit may be given. If I have missed anything or if you see something that should have your name on it instead of someone else's, please let me know so I may refer people to the correct place. Thanks!

1 comment:

MichaelaM said...

Love the art ideas! How fun is the starry night collage!