An Art Party for a little artist!
Last month, Miss A turned six.
She absolutely LOVES art, so an Art Party was the perfect way to celebrate with her friends!
I had lots of different ideas (sometimes Pinterest can be overwhelming!) but in the end I decided that Art Stations would be a great way to run the party. It also meant most of the prep was done before and not too much to do on the day – which worked well given I was still battling
morning all day sickness.
I didn’t want to set ‘time limits’ on stations…I wanted the kids to be able to express their creativity in a way that worked for them and to have a number of different activities on offer, but I also didn’t want the kids to feel like they HAD to do all of them if they didn’t want to. I also didn’t want them to miss out on what was on offer, or have ALL the kids at the same activity at once.
To overcome this, (mum came in very handy – thanks Mumma!) we laminated plain sheets of paper as ‘place mats’ and gave each child a ‘checklist’ as they arrived that explained as long as there was a place-mat free, they could take part in that activity and stamp each one as they completed it – as many or as few as they liked! Worked perfectly!
Box Craft was a huge hit! My mum, my sister, my mum-in-law, two close friends and I each collected recycling materials from our homes a few days before the party – I was amazed at how much we collected! Everything from egg cartons, to paper towel rolls, juice boxes, milk cartons – there was HEAPS! Next I raided my art supplies – feathers, goggly eyes, cardboard, scissors, glitter, pop sticks, match sticks, pom poms – anything you could stick down! A few tubs of glue later and our Box Craft Station was ready to go!
What’s an Art Party without some painting? I got some cheap canvases and lay them out with different palettes of paint (and paint brushes and water of course!) I set up 8 to a table and then had the rest of the canvases in a box next to it, plus more paint, ready to ‘top up’ as required. The kids LOVED it! So easy!
On Pinterest *sigh. I love Pinterest* I saw an awesome idea for decorating cupcakes with a palette! I bought some rectangle ones, then found out my beautiful friend Mrs S.W had some already on hand – in a perfect shape! These were so cute! We included a little round label attached to a toothpick so the kids could write their names on them as they finished – DELICIOUS!
DRAWING MISS A
Another Art Station I loved was an idea similar to ‘Pin the Tail…’, where a child is blindfolded and given a pen or texta (marker), then steps towards a piece of paper and had to draw part of the ‘birthday child’ (an ear, their head, nose, leg etc). As most of the children coming were around six years old, I thought this might be a little too tricky, so I wrote down a whole heap of body parts (head, left leg, right leg, hand, arm, neck etc) and put them in a bowl with a bunch of textas handy and a blank canvas. The idea was (in any order) one child at a time picked a piece of paper and drew that part, and they had to kinda make it come together. HOWEVER… on the day I was so busy
chatting running the party that I forgot to keep an eye on it and it kinda turned out totally different to what I’d thought! That said, Miss A LOVES it – all of her friends came together to draw her, which is what it’s all about really! Even Smiley had a go! 🙂
With Smiley around (and other small siblings) it was a great excuse for the big kids to still have fun with Play Dough. Rose Petal, Gigi and Miss A had a great time making fresh play dough with me the day before – with extra oil to make it so soft!
CRAZY CRITTER CRAFT
My mum found these really cute little ‘critter’ craft projects (foam pieces you glued together and added goggly eyes and cardboard etc to) so we did a table of these too which were really popular – another activity to keep little ones busy!
Okay, who has seen Princess Diaries?! Do you remember when ‘Princess Mia’ (aka Anne Hathaway) and her (artist) mum were throwing darts at balloons full of paint? I’ve always wanted to do it! And now was my chance! Okay, fine, it was supposed to be about Miss A and her birthday but honestly, SO MUCH FUN!!!! I did have to hide the darts after (and kept a close eye for safety reasons!)
Here’s the before and after – honestly, you HAVE TO DO THIS!! SO AWESOME!!! Wish I’d done more!
(Tip: Use a funnel to pour the paints into the balloons and have an hand help air pump handy to finish blowing them up!)
All those creative juices created 25 hungry little artists! To make it a bit of fun, I labelled the food with ‘arty’ type names and wrote them onto labels I bought from a downloadable and print at home template from Etsy *sigh. Love Etsy too!*
We had Van Gogh Veggie Sticks with home-made hummus (I’ll post the recipe for that soon!), Starving Artist Sandwiches, Rainbow Jelly (made with the preservative free and ‘no artificial colours’ jelly crystals), Signature Sausage Rolls, Michelangelo Mini Quiche, Renoir Rainbow Fruit, Still Life Scones (with jam and cream), Picasso Pizza, Artistic Arancini and Sushi (which I can’t remember the name for and I don’t seem to have a photo of the label!) All in all, most of it went! Oh and ‘Creative Juices’ in a Water Dispenser (cranberry and pineapple juice).
But what’s a party without a BIRTHDAY CAKE!?
Miss A wanted an artist paint palette and that’s what she got! I combined two different ideas (one from The Australian Women’s Weekly Kids Party Cookbook and one from Pinterest!) and this is what I came up with – was delicious if I do say so myself! 🙂
The thing I loved most about this party was how much mess the kids could make, but it didn’t matter! I love giving my kids the opportunity to get messy, be creative, use glitter, glue and paint – but it’s so much work to get it all out and clean up again – this was an awesome way to do it all, (on the grass outside!) and not worry about it at all. The kids seemed to have a great time – and with the ‘drying table’ quickly becoming full it was fabulous to see all their creations!
Happy Birthday Miss A! I hope you enjoyed your Art Party party my darling girl! xox