Happy Birthday Mini Me!!!!!
Mini Me turned 4 last week….
I remember when she looked like this….
unless ….you get her angry and then you get a good dose of yummy 4 yr old “goodness”….(all you parents of 3/4 yr olds know what I mean)
“I’m going to savor these moments….”
Yep…I keep that thought on automatic repeat when she is having a meltdown about how I don’t “listen to her” or how the show she just watched wasn’t “her show” but the choice of her baby sister…..who was in the next room playing…
Oh, the joys of being a toddler…
After brainstorming for a while, we came up with the idea of an art party. She was only having a total of 8 people at her party so we figured this would be easy to facilitate.
Now…I like to throw a good party…but I don’t like to spend a lot of money nor do I go “all out” for my kids. I’m not doing a magazine spread so no need for anything really overdone. Pinterest is a great resource for quick ideas. You can pick and choose ideas from what other people have done. Hands down…my favorite resource for everything that I plan.
This was my “inspiration”….but I was going to take it down a few hundred notches.
No way, I was going to pull that off with my procrastinating “let’s do a party in five days”.
Let’s start with the cake…
* disclaimer: this is a “real” blog with “real” messes. Yep…that’s a back counter covered with all the “party crap” that I’m assembling and working on….
Well..back to Pinterest for more inspiration since all I had was a cake at this point…..
I found this “automatic download” by Tasha of whimsicledesign on etsy. It was perfect!
This was it! A great way to start my creative juices flowing….
Yep! I could totally pull that off!! And the “placemat” from the instant download made for a great table tent.
I got each child a medium canvas and used masking tape to make their initial on the canvas. I provided each child with an art palette, brush, and washable paints that I purchased in a pack from Walmart.
I also found some adorable art smocks from the local dollar tree and placed them on their seats. You can see the hot pink one that Mini Me is wearing in the picture.
The “starving artist” food tabs were perfect for our grub:
We served “nuggets of inspiration”
Next was pinata time!!!
- small rubber bugs and worms
- fancy dress up rings
- ring pops
* we also used some leftover halloween candy to stuff the remainder.
Each child also left with one of these cute “goodie bags”. Thanks to Kelly at KelliNichollsDesigns I was able to purchase some great favor tags.
This art party came together very quickly and was such a success!
Hope you enjoyed the tour of our party.