Arts and Crafts Birthday Bash

24 Jun


This was the sign posted on our front door the day of Madison’s 7th Birthday Party.  I can’t believe my little girl is seven years old.  She’s getting too big, too fast.  I love that my children choose a theme for the birthday parties that reflects their personality at that particular time.  This year Madison is really into all things ART.  We can always find her with a crayon or pair of scissors in her hand.  She’s a very creative little girl.  This year she chose an Arts and Crafts theme for her 7th birthday party.

I let Madison choose her guest list and she only wanted to have a small number of friends celebrate with her this year.  We hand delivered these paint palette invitations to her friends’ homes.  The party details were on the inside cover.


We held the party in the late afternoon.  The entire morning was filled with excitement as Madison anticipated her friends’ arrival, asking every five minutes, “Is it time yet?”  Finally 3:00 arrived and Madison was so excited for her party to start. She greeted all of her guests at the gate, welcomed them to her “Art Studio”, and escorted them into the backyard.



Upon arrival, the girls found their art smock which I personalized with their first initial using glitter iron-on transfer paper.  They then colored a caricature of the birthday girl while waiting for everyone to arrive.





Madison chose all the crafts that she and her friends would create.  I set up four tables that the girls rotated through during the party.  First up, was the paint station.  This station included painting the first initial of each girls name.  After painting their wooden initial, they got to paint their very own masterpiece on the mini-canvas displayed on miniature easels.

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After the masterpieces were completed the girls washed up in some buckets of suds and moved on to the next station…


I put all the beading supplies out on the table and let them bead until their hearts content.  They made some beautiful jewelry from bracelets and necklaces to rings and anklets.  One creative guest made a tiny bracelet for her doll…so cute!




After beading for a bit, the girls found their place card at the party table and sat down for some refreshments.  The place cards were made using two paint swatches stapled together to form a pocket.  Inside the pocket was a napkin, fork, and paper straw.


I used scrapbook paper in each color of the rainbow as placemats and each place setting had a white charger, pretty water color paper plate and a personalized water bottle wrapped in rainbow duct tape.  I stapled streamers to ribbon and hung them on the backs of the chairs as added color for the tablescape.




Carrie Budke of Angel Cakes made a framed canvas cookie with a blank canvas and I let the girls use edible markers to decorate them.  This activity was a huge hit.






After creating the canvas cookies, it was time to sing happy birthday to the birthday girl.


Then the Starving Artists helped themselves to treats.  We had “Creative Juice” which was 20 calorie Gatorade in every color of the rainbow, paint brush Rice Krispie treats, a rainbow of candy in clear paint cans. rainbow fruit cups, and cupcakes displayed on an artist’s palette.






After dessert, the girls got their craft on again making Spin Art and Sand Art.





In addition to all of the crafts, smock, and treats, each guest went home with a little paint bucket of art goodies that included a rainbow notepad, shuttle pen, stackable crayon, and rainbow lollipop.  They each also got a paint can puzzle.



This was one of the more enjoyable parties I’ve thrown.  I loved seeing all the girls so into all the crafts and activities we planned for them.  The small number of girls was manageable and allowed each of them to interact with one another.  The party was a success and my little girl had a wonderful time crafting with her friends.

I hope you enjoyed your special day my little Picasso!  Mommy loves you with all her heart.  You’ll always be my first love.






10 Responses to “Arts and Crafts Birthday Bash”

  1. The Party Gecko July 24, 2013 at 5:33 PM #

    Love it! And the great thing about this theme is that you don’t even have to figure out additional games because the crafts are more than enough to keep them busy!

  2. ReeDaBree August 25, 2013 at 11:54 PM #

    That is the SWEETEST party I have ever seen!!!
    Wonderful MOMMY YOU ARE…YOU ARE!!!
    Miss Madison is ONE LUCKY YOUNG LADY!!!
    What a LOVELY Family!!!

  3. Susie September 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM #

    You are one talented mom! We too are having an arts and crafts party this year! I LOVE the “rainbow crayon pen”in your goodie bags! Would you kindly share the source?

  4. Susie September 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM #

    So, I just found them! Ignore previous email. Thank you!

    • Christine January 8, 2014 at 11:01 PM #

      Hi there…where did you find them? I am also doing an Art party and love these favors. I’m trying to duplicate them. Thanks!

      • Shannon January 8, 2014 at 11:10 PM #

        All of the favors and favor tin are from Oriental Trading.

  5. Angela September 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM #

    Such a cute party! Would you mind sharing where you got the aprons?

    • Shannon January 8, 2014 at 11:11 PM #

      The aprons are from Oriental Trading.

  6. jessica July 9, 2015 at 2:19 PM #

    Can you tell me where and how you did the custom initials for the aprons?

    • Shannon July 13, 2015 at 7:20 AM #

      I created the image in MS Word and then printed it in iron transfer paper. I then ironed them onto the aprons.

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