In July, little Annabelle will turn FOUR. I know all parents say this, but I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. I have just started planning her family party and I realized I never shared with you all the details from her third birthday bash.
As you know, she loves crafting away with me, so I thought an Art Party would be the perfect way to celebrate her turning the big three. I shared her invitation with you awhile back, now here are a few highlights from her big day.
We have a large covered deck, where we set up the tables, the food and a crafting table for the kiddies. Her party was right smack in the middle of a heat wave, so it was HOT. Crazy hot. I was afraid the crayons on each table would melt.
Thankfully our family and friends are amazing and battled the heat to help us celebrate. As guest walked out onto the deck, Annabelle’s easel displayed a sign that read “Thanks for getting crafty with me”. I decorated it with pictures of Annabelle painting.
I also hung pictures of Annabelle crafting throughout the party.
I mounted each picture on different colored cardstock.
Spilled paint cans made of plastic table clothes decorated the deck.
We drilled a hole in each paint can (which I found at Home Depot) and hung the pail on a nail. Then I taped the plastic table cloths inside the cans and drapped the “paint” along the deck, securing it in place with nails.
They were really simple decorations that added huge splashes of color to the deck.
Instead of giving Annabelle’s little friends goody bags full of silly things that would probably end up in the garbage, I wanted to send them home with something special. So I had aprons made with each child’s name on. I hung them on the deck on a long ribbon using clothes pins that Annabelle had painted.
I loved that they doubled as both decorations and gifts for the kids.
My hope is that each child gets a lot of use out of them helping cooking and crafting. For a few of our friends with babies on the way, we had “Our Little Masterpiece” onsies made.
Both the aprons and the onsies were made by Lacey from Sew By L. You can check out her sweeter than sweet shop on Etsy. The aprons were already listed on her site, but the onsies were a custom order. Both came out adorable and Lacey was lovely to work with.
A few framed quotes about art decorated the tables.
This one is my favorite…
For a little photo op fun for guests, I set up a frame with a sign that read “Be Your Own Materpiece”.
I framed a few pictures of Annabelle posing with the frame so guests would know what to do.
Using the same glass vases I used for her Sesame Street party centerpieces, I made paintbrush centerpieces for each table.
I’ll share a post about how I made these soon.
To keep the art theme going, I used paint chips to label things like plasticware, sunblock and bug spray.
I glued the paint chips onto paint stirrers.
On the deck I set up a kid’s table with different crafts. We had:
Here’s Annabelle getting into it…
We had Sticker Art and Water Painting…
Off the deck we set up a kiddie pool, water table and a place for Chalk Art.
And then, of course, there was PAINTING!
I got a large canvas for each child and a large white t-shirt for them to wear while painting.
I wrote their name on the shirts on the back so they would look like jerseys and you could see all their names while they painted. (I’ll share a how-to post on the shirts soon.)
I thought the t-shirts would be another cute thing for each child to bring home. Annabelle wears hers all the time now when we are painting at home.
When planning this party, this was the moment I was most excited for.
I was nervous that the kids might be too distracted to want to stop running around to paint. But they loved it!
Every single child got into it and let their little artist rock out.
Mike took this picture of me giddy with happiness watching them all paint.
Leading up to Annabelle’s party, I started collecting egg cartons to use as “pallets” for the kids. I cut each carton in half and gave each child six different color paints.
Annabelle was so into it she wanted to cover ever single inch of her canvas with paint, including the sides.
When all the little artists were done their canvases had gone from this…
And just because I didn’t want anyone, including the adults, to leave without getting a little paint on their hands, I made Annabelle a Thumbprint Friendship Tree.
I had seen the idea on Pinterest (a lot of people are now using these trees in lieu of a guest books at weddings) and thought it went in perfectly with the Art theme. I found a bunch of trees I liked online, blended them together, and then free handed the tree and branches.
Next to the tree I set out two different colored green paint, wipes…
… and a few signs so guest would know what to do.
I tried to carry the art theme through to the food and drinks. Here’s the sign displayed at the bar…
Simple rainbow themed appetizers…
For lunch, as with Annabelle’s 1st and 2nd birthday parties, we ordered BBQ. We’re just suckers for BBQ for an outdoor summer bash. Here’s the menu:
The picture on the menu is of Annabelle painting the menu’s backdrop. Yes, it was messy.
For dessert, or sweet inspiration as I was calling it…
… we had paintbrush rice crispy treats and fruit.
And this amazing cake, made by Annabelle’s Aunt Janeen.
She even made a little easel on which she displayed a lamenated copy of the pictures from Annabelle’s invitation.
Finally, I set out supplies so the kid’s could “make some edible art”, i.e. decorate cupcakes! Messy, but so much fun!
It was an amazing day and our little artist had a blast.
Now off to plan her fourth birthday party!