Monday, August 22, 2011

Art Party...

My little girl just turned 5, and I can't believe it! It seems like only 
yesterday I was holding her in my arms for the first time. 
This weekend we gave our little 5 year old an "art" themed birthday party. She keeps telling me that when she grows up she is going to be an artist and live in a house that I build for her in the backyard.... haha... She also thinks she's hilarious! I found lots of awesome ideas for an art party here. I took tons of pictures of everything we did and so I hope it gives you some ideas of your own :)

This was the theme:
Every Child is an Artist. 
The Problem is how to Remain
 an Artist once he Grows up. 

I bought a palate from Joann's and arranged the cupcakes in rainbow colors 
(the brush is a basting brush)

These were my favorite! Edible crayons. I bought the candy chocolate you put into molds, 
melted it and took a short rod pretzel, dipped both ends into the chocolate and let them cool in the fridge. Printed out the crayon printable and taped them around the pretzel.

Art palate cookies:
For these I could not find a cookie cutter anywhere so I
 took an old large heart shaped cookie cutter and bent it into the shape that I wanted.
 (a few minor tools involved like some needle nose pliers) 
Then decorated it with confectionery sugar icing, waited for it to set and then 
dripped/drizzled the other colors (made also from the confectionery sugar icing just with food
coloring added) 

Crayon cutouts:
I did the same thing with the crayon cutouts because again I couldn't find a cookie cutout.
Can you tell I love rainbow's!!

 Next Stop Decorations:
My wonderful father in law painted a chalk board runner for each table.
He took paper, the kind from a roll, spread it out and then painted
chalk board paint on one side. Once it dried the weight of the paint was heavy
enough to keep the runner from rolling up on itself. I put little tins of chalk on the tables 
so the little ones (or big people) could doodle away!!

What a perfect picture (this beautiful house is not mine but my mother in laws)
I have to thank her for having the party at her beautiful home because it's picture perfect...and it has a pool!

My mother in law made the birthday pretty..
Little L was thrilled when she saw all the decorations in her honor!!

These I LOVE: I found this idea while on pinterest and fell in love.
You find whatever color paint swatches you love (mine are rainbow of course)
put two back to back and sew up the three edges. Simple and Awesome!

Art Table:
I decided to do an art table for the little kids. And this is where the favors come into play. I found a bunch of 8x8 canvases at Michael's Craft store and painted them in solid colors (rainbow of course)
I brought them and a small paint roller and tray and white acrylic paint to the party and each child did their hand prints on a painted canvas. They took these home as part of their favor and each child received an apron with their name on it (iron transfers) with a basket that had homemade star crayons inside.

I bought the silicon molds from Michael's, took all my extra crayons and broke them up, put them in the mold and baked until they were melted. Then once they cooled in the fridge (just like candy) They come out of the molds perfectly.. and I love the star shape for little hands!

 Another picture of the favors with the apron..
This way they didn't get paint on their party clothes..

All the kids were so proud of their paintings! 
And we can't forget about the hours spent in that beautiful pool!

What a day.. Little L told me at the end of the day ..." I am officially 5"

Phew! it was exhausting but worth every second! I couldn't have pulled it of without my family!! Thank you all for the wonderful day you helped me and the hubby give to little L! 

A Marvelous Mess

The Girl Creative



  1. Hello Mar,
    Wow, your daughter’s birthday party looked so fun and super creative. I love the 8x8 canvas with the hand prints. What an awesome party.
    Smiles, Paula

  2. Mar...this is amazing! Everything looks picture perfect. ☺ Janel

  3. I know I sent you a email this morning, but I was just browsing your blog again and LOVE the color ideas. My 3 year old has trouble with colors and I want to use some of these fun ideas for her. I'd be just tickled pink to see you join up again today! Have a lovely day, Maria

  4. the edibe crayons were made only of chocolate right? Everyting turned out very cute. It looks like they had a good time!

  5. Karen, the edible crayons were made from the short pretzel rods with each end dipped into melted colored chocolate...the kind you would melt and put into candy chocolate molds :) and they did taste delicious too :) mar ~

  6. This is such a great party. I love the idea of the paint swatches as little holders for silverware. I would love to see you link it up to Upcycled Awesome (we are also doing stashbusting projects :)

  7. What a great party!!

    I'd love for you to link up to our Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings party going on now until Saturday!! Also, all parties linked up are added to an ongoing party directory so others can find your great ideas later, as well!


  8. This is all so cute! I have never seen an art party theme and I love it! My favorite is the cupcakes on the artists palate! Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday. We are partying again and I hope you will stop by! :)


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