For my daughter’s 8th birthday we decided to do a painting birthday party last minute. It was a huge success! If I had a bit more time to plan we might have done a few things differently. Overall we had pretty good lucky putting something together with just stuff we found at the dollar store.
Painting Birthday Party
Eight kids attended plus my older three (including the birthday girl). It was a little bit chaotic when the paints came out! We did learn a few things too that would have made things go a bit smoother if I had thought about them beforehand. So here’s some tips (and pictures) to help give you ideas for your next painting birthday party!
Painting party tips:
If you’re eating cake or doing something else at the same table after you’ve been painting, buy asecond disposable table cloth. It would have saved me wiping down a big mess between painting and cake to just throw it out and replace with a fresh one
Put the paints into the trays beforehand. It took way too long to go around the room and add it to each kid’s palette individually. Then you can focus your attention giving extra paint or helping.
Have extra activities – we ran out of things to do! The kids did really well on the painting but they wanted to be entertained the whole time. It would have been better to have some other small crafts on hand. Especially for those who finished their art early.
Roll out paper everywhere. We used one of the paper rolls from IKEA and ran it down the hallway for kids to colour on.
Plan a way to label your cups. The stickers on the drink bottles weren’t planned, the kids came up with that. Oops!
For the goodie bags we had the kids decorate their own bag when they came in. Each one already had a package of markers in it for them to use, then they put them back after decorating to take home. After the pinata they were able to put all their treats in their bags and while they were eating cake I stuffed a treat voucher from McDonalds into each one.
Painting Birthday Party Decor
Painting Birthday Party Activities
First they decorated their goodie bags. Next, each kid was given a set that included a wooden block for painting (my daughter chose this over canvas), a wooden letter of their first initial, a paint brush and sponge, a tray for their paint, a napkin, and their very own apron. A bunch of kids ended up voluntarily painting their own hands which was a good thing for the hand stamping art. We had them contribute to it around the same time.
The kids had a lot of fun. I even heard one little girl say that this was the best birthday party ever. I was really impressed with how well they all handled painting. There was almost no mess except the disposable table cloth.
I can’t believe that little girl is turning 12 this year. It feels like we threw this party yesterday. I don’t live in this house anymore but I thought I’d share this anyway – just for fun.