This year my little man is turning 7. Seriously where do the years go? He told me that he wanted a dog party.. Where everyone brings their dogs.. I love my son, but our one dog is enough to have in the house. While I wouldn’t have minded doing a dog themed party(without the extra dogs), I wanted to do something a little more interactive and not based solely on a cartoon character. So I asked him if he wanted to do a painting birthday party. His friends could come over and create their own art and it wasn’t something that would completely break the bank.
The best place for me to get canvas is at Michael’s Craft Stores. If you watch the sale papers, they have canvas on sale a lot. Pair that with a 20-30% off everything coupon or even just the 20-40% off one item and you can save a bundle on the canvas. I chose the flat canvas for this just because they were a bit cheaper, but for better hanging purposes you could go with the wrapped canvas. The paint that I bought was only $1.99 for a decently large bottle. It was a bit watered down, but I wanted something that was super washable since there would be all ages of kids involved. You could go with a little more expensive paint if you want brighter colors. I was able to get a mixed box of sponge brushes for around $4.99. These can be used over and over again if you wash them properly.
We have tons of plastic cups that we get from my hubbies work so no need to buy those. I recommend a table cloth on the table and maybe even under the table if you don’t want to have to clean up paint off all surfaces of your house.
For the poster board, I got three and made a sign that said Dylan’s Art Studio. So easy. Just don’t judge how horrible my painting is.. 🙂
We were going to keep it simple for this party since it was just the afternoon and not specifically at lunch or dinner. First I started with cookies since they take the longest to dry. I went with a simple circle shape then iced in white. To make it more fun and to be honest less work for me, I took three colors of royal icing and thinned them out. Then I went crazy just drizzling the colors all over the cookies. To finish I piped his name and the number 7 on top. The cookies are messy looking, but it fits in with a paint birthday party theme. You could also leave the cookies with just the white and the kids can decorate their own cookies with edible markers.
I also decided to make rainbow layered jello. Now this does take a while since you have to let one color set before you can pour on the next one, but seriously it is so easy. For 6 colors, I used a 13X9 pan and the jello fit right up to the top(with a little spilled in my fridge..haha).
This was all that I got done the day before, but had us well on our way to a fun party.
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