Keaton LOVES to paint. A frequent answer to the "what do you want to do?" is "Paint! Paint! Paint!"
And so we do. And yes, I'm biased, but his work is quite good. See? He named this one "sea creature". I love the mixture of colors and plan on framing it to go into a beach themed bathroom.
Anyway, I've put away in my mind that when Keaton's older, if he still enjoys painting, we'll have a painting party. Maybe it'll be outside on a nice spring day with long tables and many different pieces to use at canvas and of course, loads of paint.
I ran across these invitations on Michelle's website, Sweet Mady's Paper, and I've saved the link for future purchase! I love the splattered paint at the top! Sidenote: It's important to note on the invitation that children will be painting so they come in appropriate dress (i.e. not their best party clothes!)
What else would I use for the party?
- Aprons - like the one Keaton has on above. Every child would get one. That one, I bought at the dollar store.
- Disposable tablecloths - also from the dollar store. As much as I hate them, they are easy cleanup! Exactly what you need in this situation.
- Every child would get their own paint can filled with paint supplies to take home. You can get empty silver paint cans at Lowes or Home Depot. I love the decorated paint cans with the ribbon on the handle. Maybe do something less girly for a boy's party:
- Also, each child would get a painters cap. You can find those at your home store as well or nicer paint stores. Provide fabric paint for them to decorate their own.
- Look at this cute artist palette cake! Learn how to create at Family Fun!
- Or, make each child a mini cake and let them "paint" it with frosting and brushes.
- Ahead of time, save your coffee cans or other cans and create each child a brush/marker holder. Decoupage on each can some fun paint splattered or other colorful fabric. Children can take those home too or you can keep them all to reuse for your next party. Decorating them to match the theme really adds a finished touch and pulls everything in. Kinda like this but with a different fabric.
- Oriental Trading is great to purchase craft items in bulk. They have great foam stamps like these that are $5 per dozen in many themes.
- What they can paint - tshirts, flower pots, foam visors, poster board, etc. Lots of options especially at the dollar store! Stock up in the summer when the fun foam items are out.
- They can also create a mural on a fence. All of them can work on one large themed piece together. Be sure to use WASHABLE paint for this one or chalk.
- If the children are older, a tye dye party is fun!!! Because it's a little more involved and usually uses dyes that stain, I'd wait until they are older.
Possibilities are endless! I'd love to see photos of paint parites you've hosted!