After being completely worn out after the Alice in Wonderland party, I encouraged/forced my little girls to have a combined birthday party. They are only 2 years and 2 weeks apart, share a room, have the same friends, really a no brainer. They had to agree/compromise/fight over a theme and they decided on an ART PARTY.
I used my Locker Talk Cricut Cartridge to make the invites.
In a state of temporary insanity I decided to have the 20 girls under 8 years old paint. They actually did really well, took their time and I haven’t had any parents say they found paint in their daughters hair or anything. I warned parents to send them in clothes that could get painted on but wanted to make a smock for the girls. In a compromise of cute (not too cute to get paint on), inexpensive, and I promise not to completely neglect all housework while this project gets done, I settled on making these little smocks.
I used a hand towel (the dish towels were the same size but happened to be more expensive). Cutting terrycloth is a messy nightmare so I cheated and just folded the corners down on the top and sewed with invisible thread. I sewed fabric along the bottom back of the towel and then folded it up to make a pocket and the fabric accent also became the ties. I added the same fabric up top for a neck strap.
With canvases and paint, the girls were then ready to be professional artists.
The girls gave their painting a name and the art was ready to go to the art gallery.
I’m a “sucker” for bright colors and didn’t have any strength for another cake so we ate some colorful cupcakes.
Opened some presents and then it was time to get their favors. I made sketchbooks out of composition notebooks. And added some colored pencils, crayons and scissors.
I think the little artists were happy. Except for the one, belonging to me, that had a fit. I spared you all a picture of that on the blog. You’re welcome.
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The party sounds adorable. I think your cupcakes look fabulous – I like the bold colours, too.
Where in the world did you find such perfect suckers??
Rebecca- strangely enough- Staples- and why are you on the computer at 5:35 am?
What a wonderful party. Simple and fun!
Kathryn, Oh how I relate. I've made many promises that my moments of insanity wouldn't lead to neglecting my housework. I wish I was able to keep those promises.
I actually thought of you two while getting ready for my last party. It was comforting to think there are others like me and I am not completely crazy.
You seem to throw a lot of parties though. I don't know how you do it. They are always so well put together.
You have the best party ideas! I can't wait to try some of them out. Thanks for the great ideas.
So cute! I still want to see the tantrum picture……
Adorable party – love the cupcakes!
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I think this party sounds great! All of your ideas were wonderful (I especially like the cupcakes…what a simple and stylish way to decorate them! Two treats in one!)
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Visiting from TheGirlCreative. LOVE your idea's!! 🙂
Kathryn, thanks for sharing! I love the handtowel aprons – great idea! We did the same thing for our daughter on her 6th Brithday, but only had 10 little ones to keep an eye on – they all loved it, the best part for me was how proud they all were of their artwork when their respective Mums/Dads/Nans came to pick them up! Oh and I just love your cupcake cookes!
very cute! love the smock twist on the homemade apron.
What a cute idea! I really love this!
Funnest party EVER! LOL! Makes me want to have an art party for MYSELF! 🙂
What a creative party! Your party favors are especially cute! I'd love for you to stop by and share them at the Pretty Packages Party!
Where did you buy these canvases?