Invitations: Since I had to act quickly to make all the invitations, I went with supplies I already had at the house. I typed up the text on the computer and cut around it to make the artist's palette. I then used a circle punch to cut out circles and trimmed one side to look like a blotch of paint. I backed the palette on red card stock and rounded the edges. Simple.
Decorations: At the entry door, I set up an artist's easel and made a giant crayon box Welcome Sign to sit on the easel. I used my Cricut machine to cut out all the letters and just enlarged the crayon photo from a Crayola box image I found online. I did have to do some photo editing with this to make it as large as I wanted, but I think the time spent on this was worth it. Love the way it came out. If you would like the image, just email me, and I can save you the hour editing!
I decorated all the tables with plastic tablecloths in primary colors. As a centerpiece, I bought $10 worth of colorful flowers and arranged them into small vases I already owned. I borrowed large paint brushes from the art teacher at my school, and stuck 3 in each vase.
Above the food table, I created an art inspired banner. I don't have a cartridge that has a paint can or paint brush, so I again used Google images to find a paint can and brush. I traced these images on the card stock and cut them out. The paint brushes served as the spaces between words. I have made several banners, but this one has to be my favorite. Colorful and fun. I also bought silver paint buckets from Home Depot and used a plastic tablecloth to look like paint was spilled out and covering the table. My intention was to hang these and have the paint spilling out onto the food table, but I ran out of time. To label the food, I created tags using a paint brush font and a Clipart image. I placed these on mini easels I found at Joanns for $2, but I also made some easels out of toothpicks (to save a bit of money).
I used a collage of picture frames on my wall to adapt into an art wall of my daughter's paintings, etc.
Along the fence at the side of my back yard, I placed pieces of plywood together that I covered in cheap plastic tablecloths. I then used masking tape to create an art easel. The kids used these for the painting activity (see below).
- Red: Strawberries and Cherry tomatoes
- Orange: Orange Slices and Carrots (with ranch dip served in a hollowed out orange pepper)
- Yellow: Pineapple slices
- Green: Grapes and Celery (again with dip in a hollow green pepper)
- Blue: Blueberries and blue licorice
- Purple: Purple Grapes and Blackberries
Dessert: I got a little carried away with dessert! Of course, first I made the cake. This was such a fun cake...a rainbow cake! I promise to post the recipe in the next few days, and this was the coolest and easiest recipe! I cut the round cake to look like a paint palette and added the paint splotches and brush. I love the Crayon candles too. I found them at Calico Cake Shop.
I also made cupcakes, Rice Krispie paint brushes and paint palette cookies. We couldn't find a palette-shaped cookie cutter, so we used an empty can and bended it in to make the shape. The rest is just frosting. I used pretzel sticks as the paint brush on the cupcakes and just added a tip to it with frosting. I bought some sticks at Michaels for the Rice Krispie treats, stuck them in after cutting the rectangles and then dipped them in various melted chocolates.
Party Activities: The first art activity I had for the kids to do whenever they felt like it was Fruit Loop necklaces. I set out yarn and Fruit Loops and let the kids make their own (and eat some along the way). It works really well to put a piece of tape around the end of the yarn so it doesn't fray and kids can easily string the cereal.
I also had chalk pieces set out for the kids to draw on the ground.
We used the easels for our first group activity. I gave each child an apron I bought at the Dollar Tree, a large paint brush (the ones from the centerpieces), and a paper plate with paint on it. I posted all the animals I had drawn on butcher paper up on the easels and the kids chose which one they wanted to paint. SO FUN! To make the coloring pages, I simply found an image on Google (choose line drawing) and then put it on an overhead projector to trace onto the paper. I can't draw, so this was an easy way around it. The kids loved these and it made great decor for the party.
The final activity was painting with their feet. I bought canvas from Michaels and used contact paper to put each child's first initial on the canvas. The idea was that after the kids painted the canvas with their feet, I would remove the contact paper and the initial would still be the white of the canvas. This idea did not work as well as I had hoped. I think it would have worked great had I just had the kids use their hands to paint, but with their feet, they twisted which pulled up the initial on some of their artwork.
Favor: As a take home gift, I made crayon bags with card stock. I bought the bags in a multi-pack at Michaels, and used construction paper for the "wrapper". I used black card stock and colored cardstock for the rest. On the back was a tag that read "Thanks for helping to make my art party a masterpiece!". Inside, I had a paint set I bought at the dollar store, 2 colored pencils, and a crayon I made. If you've never made these round crayons...they are so easy and fun. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray, and break up crayons into each hole (I used four crayons per muffin). Then put in a 325 oven for 8 minutes. Take out and cool. I put mine in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. Then they are done!! Such a fun way to reuse old crayons.
Hope you're inspired to host an art party soon....it's so much fun!