Ok so this themed scared me a little bit at home…art party in my house. I had visions of paint spills on the carpet and TB’s death ray. So the planning got creative in art that wouldn’t leave a mark.
First the food. Thanks to pinterest I was able to find lots of fun ideas.
We had decorate your own cupcakes. This was my personal favorite.
Create your own rainbow water. The kid’s favorite- they all thought it was too cool.
Then we had designer fruit and paintbrush veggies. I had a little issue dying almond bark for the paintbrush pretzels so I improvised and they turned out cute. The kids loved them I should have probably made more. And finally art pallet cookies from the cookie jar. The signs were all from Chickabug and turned out just perfect.
On to the crafts. At the last minute we decided to move the party inside. More for my comfort. It is just still a little on the warm side.
When the girls arrived the picked up their aprons and berets (thanks MOM!!!) And then we had play dough ready for creations as everyone arrived.
Next up was pearl bead creations in rainbow colors. This was a perfect art task…it took the girls a long time to create. They had to focus and worked hard on their designs. The only downside was ironing while keeping the party going- but I had my helper on hand so that worked out great.
Next we did the painting. I found these dot painters. Think bingo stamps. The kids all had their canvas and went to down. I only got 6 so they had to share but that worked out ok and they each took their time.
Finally we finished with a candy corn keychain. This was a little difficult for some of the girls but they helped each other out and a few of the older girls finished and helped the younger ones out.
I covered the tables in butcher paper so when they were done with a craft they could draw on the table…never a dull moment.
The cupcakes were a huge hit. We sang happy birthday and then each girl went to town decorating them. My favorite—the colors and everything so cute. Not to mention delicious, Dana at Simply Sweets always delivers. And the cake was an incredible creation. We saved that later for family and friends…and let’s just saw a few friends stopped by just to pick up some cake to take home- because her cakes are that good!!!!
Then we did presents and I had a little bit of time to spare. So in true fashion I got the girls together and had them do some posing. We got some great shots…think 12 silly girls, running towards the camera like in Fame. I won’t post them up here in case the parents would mind…but what memories we made.
As the girls left home with their 3 creations they also had fun little goodie bags with crayons, rainbow glasses, paint puzzles, and these fun notebooks (thanks again Mom)…don’t you love the gift tags that Chickabug made!
Now the only thing left is to fill out the thank yous…and this final touch is another favorite of mine, and MB’s – she is excited to write her thank yous thanks to the creative touch of Heather at Chickabug!!
Now what will I do at 8. I realize now that I have a reputation. With the mom’s and with the girls. I heard a few of them tell MB how happy they were they got invited cause her mom throws the best parties.
And just a note…TB was behind the camera and a major clean-up help…but at some time during the party I asked him to take Indy and great out of dodge for a bit. When I went in to ask him for a favor I found him sound asleep. No worries we had it under control but since he is a light sleeper I felt really accomplished. 12 little girls in the house and he could sleep- that speaks for itself.
Until the next party….