I love birthday parties.
I know that it is super popular to hate birthday parties these days. Don’t give party bags, right? Who needs decorations? Themes- what a waste of time….right?
Not in this house! The whole family likes to join in on the planning and we all love to celebrate the special birthday child along with a bunch of the child’s friends!
This year, Aly turned FIVE. How can this be?
Last year, you may remember me talking about how I thought she wanted an art party and so was planning that…but then at the last minute, she said, of course she wanted a Monster Princess party. The art party planning came to a halt, and the Monster Princess party planning began.
This year, I present to you an art-themed party.
We sent out these really fun invitations from MrPrintables (a favorite website of mine). The invitations were easy enough for Aly and I to work together on. I did the cutting, she did the taping!
My goal for the party was to keep everyone entertained. We invited Aly’s entire 4K class, so 18 students in all. Not all of them came :). We live in an apartment, so having it inside our cozy space would not work at all. Outside in Wisconsin at a park in April is too risky. So, we decided to have it in our apartment building’s community room, which opens up to a nice patio.
I created several “stations” that the kids could visit at their whim. I knew that I do not have the magical touch of keeping 18 kids on-task for an hour and a half, but that I could control chaos.
Sign your Name!
Each year that we have had a party, I’ve tried to have a book that represents the theme of the party and have all the guests sign it. This year, it’s Oops by Barney Saltzberg. I had to give the kids permanent markers because that was the only kind that would sign on the slick paper without smearing off!
Eat: Colorful Foods
While I didn’t get a picture of the foods, we had iced animal crackers with sprinkles, cheetos, a mostly fruit tray with rainbow colors (strawberries, carrots, banana, green grapes, blueberries, and purple grapes), and fruit snacks.
Read: Art Books
I don’t remember every book I had, but nearly all of them came from our public library. There are a ton of great art and color books for kids. You can ask a children’s librarian at your local library to make recommendations!
Build: A Colorful Town
I knew that at least one of the kids was not super into artsy things, so I tried to include something a little different, but still in the creative vein.
Color and Create
Of course you can find a gazillion free pages online, but if you’re interested, you can click the page you like and go to the site:
Playdoh: Make a Creation
I put out all of our personal playdoh supplies out and let them go at it! This is the aftermath of the playdoh fun. At one time, 8 kids were huddled around this table creating. The pink plastic bucket is one from the dollar store- they come in a wide variety of colors.
Craft: Create a Rainbow
I made sure to precut the plates and the streamers so that kids could jump in. I hung this one up (my example that I did before the party) to show them an example. I was so glad to see that the kids made it their own, though, and didn’t feel the need to do it exactly like mine.
Collaborative Art: Stickering
I bought a couple packs of the round office stickers, and then covered the wall in packing paper. It was a little experiment for me– what would they create? This is what it looked like for most of the party. Then, by the end, my husband made a flower and a house, and others then joined it! 🙂 So, my recommendation would be to do a sample from the beginning. I got the idea from Teach Preschool
Graffiti Art: Sidewalk Chalk
I wasn’t so sure if the apartment building managers would appreciate chalk all over their patio, so we drew on cardboard instead. The kids thought it was fun!
Instead of a big cake, we went with cupcakes this year. The kids had fun sprinkling with gummy bears and many different kinds of sprinkles. I purchased these trays from Joanns. They were a dollar each, so whatever you do, do not spend the ridiculous amount of money that Amazon asks for! 🙂
A little note signed and decorated by Aly and Ada, tied with a ribbon to the watercolors.
You know what the kids did most of the time? Enjoy the beautiful spring day…outside on the patio. They probably spent 45 minutes jumping off of the ledge together, holding hands. 🙂
If you want more ideas, I have a bunch pinned over on my art-themed party/lesson Pinterest board.
Happy fifth birthday, my sweet Aly!
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