So most of you know by now that I go way overboard with my kids’ Birthday parties. I don’t really know how it all started, but it’s super addicting to plan extra special celebrations for my babies and I typically end up over doing it. For this year’s party theme, my daughter specifically said she wanted to highlight her favorite hobby — painting. I wasn’t really sure where to start, but we came up with a few things and also looked around on Pinterest for some ideas and threw something together. This party was almost fully DIY, which made it extra cute and pretty affordable, but also very time consuming. If you’re a stay at home momma looking for a super adorable party idea and you have the time to do some DIY work, this party is perfect! The best thing about this theme, is that art is often messy, especially kid art, which means you don’t have to be an artist to DIY the decor. Trust me, I am the furthest thing from a painter, but all of this pulled together really well and easily.
The first thing we did was come up with what colors we wanted to use. We decided on 6 – red, yellow, orange, purple, blue, and green. We then based everything off of these colors to help it flow and it ended up creating a uniform and very artistic feel throughout the entire event space.
So lets start with the tablecloths…the table to the far right was super easy. I just bought 6 plastic tablecloths (one in each of our colors) from Walmart. I then scrunched them up and put them right next to one another to create a “rainbow” of our colors. This served as the cake table and it added a lovely pop of color in the room.
For the other tables, I bought a 12 pack of basic white plastic tablecloths and used acrylic paints in our 6 colors to decorate them. I let my daughter paint a runner on each in the middle section. This took a bit of time and we did 1 before bed and let it dry overnight then repeated the process until we had enough for the party. These ended up being one of my favorite parts of her party because I loved that it was her artwork on the tablecloths and it was an easy way to add a runner to the tables.
For the centerpieces, we wanted to bring another pop of color to the room (especially with the white tablecloths) so we did a row of balloons in our set of colors.
We decided to put the balloons in corresponding colored “paint” cans to really enhance the colorful effect. For these I simply saved our metal food cans for a few months leading up to the party and painted them with acrylic paints. After I had painted some splotches running down them, I also added paint globs to the top of the rim and let them drip down naturally. We then put a mixture of sand and glue in the bottom of them so they would be weighted down. We added tissue paper then two balloons (for each can) and ribbons, all in the same color. Because there was a helium shortage and the price of helium was so high, we ended up ordering clear balloon sticks and hot gluing them into the sand/glue mixture once it was dry. This saved money and kept the balloons in place as well.
For the paint brushes in the cans and on the table, we ordered a bunch of plain paint brushes off of Amazon, then painted them in the corresponding color matching the can. We put one in each can and set on on the table near that section as well.
For the tableware, we ended up ordering some super cute pre-made “little artist” party plates, cups, napkins, and cake plates all from Amazon. For the forks, we got all 6 of our colors in the party section of Walmart and put each color corresponding with which paint can was closest to the seat. We also ordered some paint splatter cutouts that really added to the table design.
We used the same DIY painted tablecloths and centerpieces for the food table, and just put a colored food in front of each set of balloons, (strawberries for red, lemon cookies for yellow, Cheetos for orange, purple corn chips for purple, blueberries for blue, and celery with peanut butter for dipping for green – these are just what we personally chose but any of these could easily be substituted).
We also did a cute little vase of Jelly Beans in our color spectrum that really added a bit of flare to the food table and brought all of the colors together.
Drinks were super easy and made for easy cleanup as well (though as an afterthought we realized that we really didn’t need the cups since we used small bottles). Going back to our color set again, we found bottled drinks in each color and set them up in rows. Made the drink table super easy but still fitting for our theme.
For the decor on the food tables and cake table, we wanted to continue with the theme and still keep everything pretty affordable, but cute at the same time. We went to our local Goodwill and other thrift stores and grabbed some old glass jars and splattered acrylic paint on them. Then I added a smaller version of the paint brushes we used in the centerpieces (painted in our colors of course) to some of them and to others I added a multi-pack of artist brushes. Because we knew we wanted to let everyone paint later in the day, these were dual purpose. The jars were used for paint water to rinse brushes and we used the actual artist brushes to paint with. We also grabbed some wooden artist palates and painted our color scheme on them and used those for decorations as well.
I also added more cans with paint drips (rainbow this time instead of the solid color) to the tables. We put forks in one near the cake, tissue paper in others, and paint brushes in some as well.
Behind the drinks we added a small setup of our acrylic paints and the 5×5 canvases (not shown in the photo) we would paint with later during the party. It functioned as both decoration and also made it easy to grab them when we were ready to paint! We also had basic tempera paint and kid paint brushes on hand for the little ones, that way we didn’t have a giant mess on our hands! The tempera paint is easily washable which made it ideal for the younger crowd. All of the acrylic paints and the tempera paints were purchased from our local Walmart.
As a photographer, I obviously love photos. Before her party, I took my daughter out and let her go wild with painting and photographed the process and the aftermath. As I figured any 4 year old would, she ended up with paint all over herself, so it made for some very theme-appropriate photos that really embraced who she is at this age. I fully believe in “let them be little” and this photo session was completely in line with that thought process.
These photos ended up serving as adorable decor throughout her party. We had our favorite one framed and put in the middle of the food table.
We also added a bunch of wallet sized photos of another favorite for people to take. We set them on the palate she used to paint during the session.
We put out a few more favorites in 5×7 size throughout the tables. This added a personal touch and everyone loved seeing all of the photos.
The final touch to all of the tables was my daughter’s art work. In the weeks leading up to her party I bought various canvases and let her paint to her heart’s content. We added the big canvas that she painted in her photo session on a tabletop easel in the middle of the food table, then added the rest around the tables. At the end of the party we let close family and friends pick their favorite and take it home. It was like a mini art show and my daughter loved that everyone took their favorites home to hang.
We had an awesome friend of ours make our daughter’s cake and it was phenomenal! It was super colorful, the inside was rainbow (kicking myself for not getting a photo), and it legitimately tasted like Skittles. You could absolutely taste the rainbow with this cake and it was pure awesomeness!
The cake topper was another super quick and easy DIY! I purchased some glittery scrapbook paper, scrapbook letter stickers, and some Crayola paint brushes that would match our colors. I searched Google for a ribbon clipart, resized it to the size I wanted it, printed it, traced it on the back of the scrapbook paper, cut it out, added my daughter’s name, then simply glued it onto the paint brushes. Super easy and adorable!
My daughter really wanted to incorporate her second favorite thing — cupcakes! She wanted to blend cupcakes and her love of painting and we found an adorable idea on Pinterest and modified it a bit. We left the frosting off of the cupcakes so we could let our guests use colorful icing to “paint” them, then we filled these little plastic palates with cupcake decorations.
When it was time to cut the cake, we all grabbed a cupcake, “painted” it, then decorated it. It was super fun and extremely delicious!
For an easy, affordable, and super cute outfit, we picked up a cheap pair of shorts and a plain white t-shirt at our local Walmart and let our daughter go crazy with painting while acrylic paints wearing it (outside of course). The entire outfit was $7 and was perfect for the theme! We did also purchase this adorable paint splatter dress from Amazon, but in the chaos of the day we completely forgot to change her into it after the painting was done.
I hope you all enjoyed this super fun party! I loved getting to plan it with my little one and I loved how affordable it all was! Creating all of the decor for the party with my daughter leading up to it added to the fun and made some wonderful memories with her. If you have a little artist and are planning a party for them, I hope you found this helpful! Feel free to post a comment here or email me at TiffanyReaPhotography@gmail.com if you have any questions! I’d love to help! Keep in mind that I’m taking a break from my business this year, so I may be a bit slow to respond, but I’ll get back to you as soon as I can! Happy party planning!